Gazidis: Community Shield allocation disappointing

Gazidis: Community Shield allocation disappointing

The FA have confirmed that Arsenal and Manchester City will receive approximately 26,000 tickets each for the Community Shield showdown on Sunday 10 August.

The allocation – 1,000 more than the Gunners received for May’s FA Cup final triumph over Hull City – sees prices range between £20-£45, but has been deemed a disappointment by CEO Ivan Gazidis who has again pointed out that 38,000 tickets will fall into the hands of people not directly involved with the participating clubs.

“We are all looking forward to playing Manchester City in the Community Shield,” he told Arsenal.com.

“However, as with the FA Cup final, we are disappointed with the official allocation of only 26,000 tickets for this match. This means that both clubs will only officially receive a combined total of approximately 52,000 tickets, in a stadium which has a capacity of 90,000.

“The club will implement a ticket-allocation policy which will be as fair to all our supporters as possible, but we appreciate that many of our loyal supporters will be unable to obtain tickets for this match. We will be explaining our position to the FA and will try our best to obtain more tickets for our supporters.”

Arsenal have won the Community (formerly Charity) Shield 12 times in their history but haven’t taken part in the top division’s traditional curtain raiser since 2005/06 when we were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea.

Fingers crossed we can pick up where we left off at Wembley by snaffling a second piece of silverware in consecutive visits to Wembley.

Arsenal have yet to confirm the date that tickets will be put on sale.