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SBD Global/April 11, 2013/Events and Attractions

Premier League Side Wigan Fails To Sell FA Cup Ticket Allocation For Wembley Stadium

The FA Cup semifinal between League Championship side Millwall and EPL club Wigan at Wembley Saturday "will be open to 'neutral' supporters following the Premier League team's struggle to sell tickets," according to David Kent of the London DAILY MAIL. Wigan has not sold 10,000 of its 31,000 tickets for the last-four tie against Millwall, and the FA has "intervened by opening a mixed zone for spectators." Both teams "were given just over 31,000 tickets" and Millwall, which is based in London, is expected to sell its full quota (DAILY MAIL, 4/10). The BBC reported even with sales in the neutral zone, the authorities "expect a minimum of 14,000 empty seats at Wembley." Wigan's failure to sell out its section "is not altogether unexpected, with the club averaging just short of 19,000 for home matches" in the EPL this season (BBC, 4/10).
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