Brentford, Swansea given 1,000 more play-off final tickets each

Date published: Wednesday 26th May 2021 8:09 - News Desk

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Brentford and Swansea City have been allocated an extra 1,000 tickets each for this weekend’s Championship play-off final.

Having failed to persuade the Government to use the game and its League One and Two counterparts as pilot events, the English Football League has secured an increased capacity of 12,000 for the second tier showdown as part of an NHS app trial.

An EFL spokesperson said: “Having moved our play-off schedule to align with the Government’s move to Step 3 protocols and enable fans to attend, we look forward to welcoming supporters back to Wembley at the eagerly anticipated Sky Bet EFL play-off Finals, after a season behind closed doors.

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“While the small increase in the Championship Final is welcome, we would of course have preferred to admit fans in much greater numbers, but like other public events are subject to the Government’s Step 3 guidance.

“Unfortunately, the play-offs were not selected to operate as a pilot event as part of the Government’s Events Research Programme – despite a request from the EFL on behalf of the clubs involved and their supporters – which meant that achieving significantly greater capacities at all three Finals was not possible.

“The EFL shares the disappointment of the clubs and their supporters that many fans will be absent but we will continue to liaise with the Government in the coming weeks as we pursue our aspiration of a return to full stadia for the start of next season.”

The increased allocation will mean almost 85 per cent – or 10,000 – of the available tickets will go to supporters of the two Championship clubs, and 80 per cent of the 10,000 capacity for the League One and Two finals, greater proportions than in pre-Covid days.

Remaining tickets will be split between Club Wembley, event organisers and sponsors.

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