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Glamour game will be sold out
TICKETS for Swindon’s League Cup match against Chelsea have been in such demand there is a possibility the game will be sold out before going on general sale next Saturday.
More than 10,500 have so far been sold, including the allocation for Chelsea fans, and with a week to go some fans are set to be disappointed.
However, the new system of releasing tickets over stages has won praise for cutting out lengthy queues and waiting times on the phone.
The first stage saw tickets released to season ticket holders and yesterday saw tickets go on sale for those who had built up 50 loyalty points and Junior Red members.
Loyalty points are collected by ordering tickets for matches in advance and are designed to reward loyal fans.
The system, which was installed over the summer, also allows fans to purchase their tickets online.
Clint Ricketts, 43, was among the first to qualify under the stage and went to the club shop to pick up his tickets.
He said: “My son is a Junior Red so we have been able to get two. They feel like gold dust so I’m very happy to have some.
“My son plays in a football team and I am a coach so we are eating and breathing football at the moment.
“It’s going to be a good game and I’m looking forward to it.”
Clint, who lives in Haydon End, has had to join lengthy queues in the past for tickets but said the new ticketing system has made it much easier.
“I think it was the Wigan game last year when I ended up having to queue for hours,” he said.
“I was expecting to have to queue this time but it’s been so much easier.”
The game, on September 24, could see some of the biggest names in world football at the County Ground, including Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard.
Fans from both clubs have been eager to snatch up tickets, with Chelsea selling out their allocation of 3,000 in just under four days.
Mark Isaacs, the stadium manager, said: “We put in a lot of time and effort to put in the new ticketing system and it has improved everything tremendously.”
Those with 30 loyalty points and My World membership will be able to buy tickets from Monday either by phone, online or in person.
Fans with ten points and the membership can buy them from Thursday by the same means.
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale at 9am next Saturday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ tickets.
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