England Set To Play In Half-Empty Wembley As FA Prepares For Record Low Attendance
England is set for its lowest attendance yet "at the new Wembley next week as ticket sales hover around the 37,000 mark ahead of the friendly against Norway," according to Sean Gallagher of the London DAILY MAIL. So far around 20,000 tickets "have been sold for the game, with 17,000 Club Wembley members in addition" who may or may not turn up. Since the stadium opened in March '07 the lowest recorded attendance for an England game came in Oct. '11 "when 48,876 turned out to see the Three Lions face Sweden." An FA official confirmed the figure and said, "It is hard to say whether we will surpass the total figure who were here at the Sweden game in 2011. However what we will do is to continue to push on with further marketing and media campaigns right up until the day promoting the game and hopefully we will beat this total" (DAILY MAIL, 8/27).