Arsenal have criticised The FA’s decision to allocate Gunners supporters just 25,000 tickets for the FA Cup final against Hull City on 17 May.
Disappointed that a large proportion of the club’s 45,000 season ticket holders will miss out on the showpiece occasion because 37,000 tickets are held back for members of the ‘football family’ and those with access to Club Wembley, Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis stated:
“We fully understand this is the showpiece FA fixture to celebrate the game as a whole, but we also believe the loyal supporters of the competing teams deserve a greater chance to see their team play in what is one of the biggest matches of the season. The balance in the FA’s allocation system is not right.
“Arsenal have approximately 45,000 season ticket holders and 150,000 members, many of whom come to games.
“They all give us their loyal support throughout a season but with the FA Cup final allocation at 25,000 there will be many disappointed Arsenal fans, who have supported the Club home and away for years, who will be unable to get a ticket to this historic match.”
Eager for supporters unable to attend Wembley to experience a large-scale atmosphere, the club have confirmed they will show the game on giant screens at the Emirates with fans seated in the lower tier of the stadium.
“We want this to be a special day for Arsenal fans wherever they are,” continued Gazidis. “The screening will be a great way for thousands of our supporters who are unable to get to Wembley to watch the match together at Emirates Stadium.”
A throwback to the days of the Highbury jumbotron on the pitch in front of the North Bank beckons!
The club also confirmed that the allocation of FA Cup final tickets will follow three basic principles:
1) Members of the Away Scheme (Away Season Ticket Subscription) will be guaranteed a ticket, provided they are registered members during the relevant season of the particular cup final and so long as they purchase in their priority period.
2) Platinum and Gold members who have attended 3 or more away fixtures registered to their current 2013/14 membership, will be guaranteed a ticket as long as they purchase in their priority period. This will be based on the past two consecutive seasons from August 13, 2011 – April 7, 2014.
3) The majority of tickets will be allocated to the balance of Platinum and Gold Members. Successful applicants will be determined by a random ballot.