Arsenal Chief Disappointed At Ticket Allocation for FA Cup Final

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has expressed his disappointment at the number of tickets that both Arsenal and Hull City have been allocated for the FA Cup final.

The Gunners received 49,000 tickets for Saturday’s semi-final at Wembley Stadium after Wigan returned some of their allocation, but the Football Association (FA) confirmed on Monday both Arsenal and their opponents will receive 25,000 tickets for next month’s Wembley final on Saturday 17 May.

It is the third year running that prices have remained the same.

The Budweiser  FA Cup.
The Budweiser FA Cup.

Gazidis told the club website: “We are disappointed many of our supporters and also those of Hull City will be unable to get tickets to the cup final.

“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.”

Gazidis says plans to screen the final match concurrently on a giant screen at the Emirates Stadium is on.

Gazidis added: “We want this to be a special day for Arsenal fans wherever they are, and 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.”

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