Manchester United puts 4,000 season tickets on general sale
July 26, 2010
English Premier League side Manchester United has been forced to place 4,000 season tickets on general release following poor sales.
Despite a price freeze and marketing campaign, season ticket sales have been slow as fans have chosen not to buy them in protest of the Glazer family’s ownership of the club.
The move is unheard of for the club, where fans have had to wait up to ten years for a ticket in the past.
It is also unclear how many of the club’s 8,500 premium seats, 7,000 executive seats, and 1,500 hospitality packages, have been sold.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) has said the poor sales are a victory for the campaign against the Glazer’s ownership.
MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo said: “This is great news for fans in terms of the balance of power shifting back towards them.”
But a club spokesman has said there is nothing strange in tickets being put on general sale. They said: “There is always a ‘churn’ of season-ticket holders who don’t renew for various reasons. The churn was within the normal tolerances when compared to recent seasons.
“As a club, we are very happy the way sales have gone and have already sold more season tickets than the capacity of 17 Premier League grounds.”