Aberdeen have been guaranteed 20,300 tickets for their Betfred Cup semi-final with Rangers at Hampden.
The game is scheduled for 4.30pm on Sunday October 28, with the Reds initially allocated 16,800 ticket in the national stadium’s south and east stands, with north stand tickets only set to be made available if the Red Army snapped up most of those tickets.
However, Aberdeen FC board member and commercial director Rob Wicks today confirmed the SPFL have handed the Dons extra tickets in the south and east stands, while also hitting out at the authorities.
Wicks said: “Whilst we are pleased that we have now been able to secure a larger guaranteed allocation of 20,300 tickets for our supporters, the fact that it’s taken ten days since the semi-final draw leaves a lot to be desired.
“These unnecessary delays surrounding the venue and kick off time of our match have impacted upon the time available to sell tickets. Last Friday we were told we’d get the North Stand if we sold substantially all of our initial allocation of 16,800 tickets. In good faith we gave this information to our fans – only to find out yesterday that in order to get the North Stand we’d have to sell virtually all of our initial allocation of 16,800 tickets in a matter of just a few days, putting us in an impossible position.
“I’m sure we can all appreciate the SPFL’s desire to see a full stadium and maximise ticket income for these high-profile fixtures but moving forward allocations have to be done on a basis which puts supporters first and without the time constraints we have seen here. We at Aberdeen are calling for more transparency within the game in Scotland. Our fans deserve to know these facts. We must put fans first. We sincerely hope the SPFL will have learnt from this experience and that we don’t see a repeat.
“Let’s have the Red Army at Hampden in numbers and give the team all the support they need as we look to secure our place in the final.”
The Dons also revealed semi-final tickets sales will begin tomorrow, with fans with more than one loyalty point able to buy as many tickets as they want from 5.30pm on Friday as the club ramp up efforts to sell their allocation.