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13,000 plus tickets sold already!

The tickets for the semi final with West Brom are selling like hot cakes, as within 24 hours of going on sale a record number of more than 13,000 Pompey tickets were sold via Ticketmaster to season ticket holders, and blue army/junior members.

There are 550 Ticketmaster lines and they were jam packed with applicants as Peter Storrie revealed on the Pompey Site: 'the response has been extraordinary and we're delighted that the vast majority of season ticket holders have secured their seats for one of the biggest occasions in the club's history.

'The most tickets we have ever sold in one day is 4,000, which underlines why we have used Ticketmaster and employed so many operators to deal with inquiries.

'Taking postal applications would have been unworkable considering ticket prices for adults vary from £25 to £55. And if we had sold seats from the ticket offices the queues would have stretched down to Gunwharf.

'We have had a small number of complaints from season-ticket holders who are perhaps not used to buying their seats through Ticketmaster. We are addressing those issues as quickly as we can.

'It is worth noting that Wembley's policy is not to send out duplicate tickets, which means all tickets have to be sent out by recorded delivery. This contributes to the charge per transaction.

'But we do thank supporters for their patience and are pleased that so many have managed to get their tickets within the first 24 hours of them going on sale.

'Everyone naturally wanted to get hold of their tickets straight away, but remaining season ticket holders do still have until midnight on Saturday to do so'.

With pushing on for half the amount we have been allocated already selling out it is clear to see that these tickets will not 'stay on the shelves for long', season ticket holders can apply again on a first come first serve basis between Monday and Wednesday, so these 4,000 or so up for grabs will not last 5 minutes at this rate…

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 19 2008

Time: 3:50PM

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Wow that is a great take up! 13,000 in one day. A lot of my friends were saying that Pompey would never sell the 32000.

I just cannot wait to be outsinging those Baggie fans and imagining what it would be like in a new Portsmouth stadium (not the size) but the extra supporters.
sneakay
i dodnt think pompey would sell 32 000. however, looking at it, i cant see which area WONT sell out...so now, i reckon we will...easily!
pompeycarpet
a sell out - altho not achieved yet, but it will - was never in doubt for me, we could have sold this allocation twice over i reckon...
pompeyrug
We would have sold 50,000+ for this game, no worries. You can't go on what turns up for a home game. We have a huge support from those who have moved away but still 'folllow' & love the club. My brother & I first went in the mid 70s. He saw many games over the next 15 years. He then went to Uni in Norwich in early 90s & has made his life there ever since. I'm 99% sure he'll get a ticket somehow. I am lucky enough that I can manipulate my life & work to never miss a home game, lot's can't. However a cup semi will allow many to enjoy this wonderful experience.
storagematt
that is true i guess. i would have more worries on whether we would fill a 36 000 seater stadium week-in, week-out
pompeycarpet
yep, we will surely sell out, although that means that some will be left disappointed! and i found a small problem with the ticket system, where instead of choosing which price range, we chose best available, thinking it was closest to the pitch. turns out that after 18 minutes of autmoated rubbish that our seats were right up in the corner at the very top. great. we werent willing to go through another 18 minutes of vey expensive automated rubbish to change it, to find out that they were the only ones available, so we confirmed them. but there are still tickets available in our section, but we cant exchange or refund!!!! still, we were expecting to pay 55 a ticket, and it was 64 overall inc booking fee for 2 adults one kid! but yeah, moral of the story, get rid of the automated rubbish!
jbaker
jb I had the same story - best available ended up in the gods too. Automated system has caused problems for the older supporters too I gather.
eastneydave
Me too! I was really upset afterwards because I thought I had accidentally chosen the lowest price tickets instead of the highest. I wasn't expecting to be very popular with the friends I was buying tickets with either. I found at today that someone at work had got through before me and had spoken to a real person who had said £25 tickets only left, which made me feel better. At least we are in anyway and I will just have to remember to take some binoculars!
Pompey Half Pint
yep, but surely the best seats are given away first, and there must be more than 13,000 seats in the bottom two tiers. My dad has phoned up 33 times at 9 different time periods today, and he hasnt been able to get through to anyone. if they have a certain amount of good seats per phase than thats ridiculous! block 509 better have a great atmosphere!
jbaker
The people who get tickets because they have a ticket stub from Man U, Villa or Birmingham are all getting £45 tickets! I am now wondering whether to try to get better seats in phase 2 and then sell my £25 tickets to deserving family and friends. The chances of getting through on the phones must be slim though.
Pompey Half Pint
yep i was wondering about the phase 2, and whether phase 1 ticket holders can get their second tickets in phase 2 too, and then do as you said half pint. so the season ticket holders went to villa ad bham nd maybe man u, given the chance i would have bought an extra ticket to villa and then got a better seat here! thats unacceptable really!
jbaker
Hope Ticketmaster don't live up to their reptation of ballsing it all up though, they are notorious for not delivering on time
paultsmouth
Be interesting to see if/know if all the tickets available during phase 1 actually do get sold... Wouldn't imagine they'll be many or indeed any left ... Don't unused ones go directly into phase four ?
Chix
 

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