Club explains the reasoning for the Hull City arrangements
For the forthcoming Emirates FA Cup 4th Round fixture on 30 January, we would like to explain the reasoning behind the ticket allocation and stand selection for home and away supporters.
The club had a meeting with the Safety Officer and Greater Manchester Police on Wednesday morning, whereby the Police had spoken to Hull City, their ticket office, as well as figures from their own police intelligence officers, with regards to their estimated number of tickets they require for this fixture.
The information supplied from the police and Hull City was that they would require 5,000 tickets for this game to their supporters. With this in mind, the Police would only allow Hull City supporters to be allocated to the Les Hart Stand and the Ratio Law Stand to cover their requirements.
Based on recent home attendances this season, Bury fans have an average of 3,200 fans – this figure includes all season ticket holders and complimentary tickets that are distributed throughout the community. In the FA cup the away club is entitled to an increased ticket allocation, we could restrict this if we had a regular home attendance in excess of 7,000, however this is not the case and would leave us with a half empty stadium if we restricted the away allocation.
With these statistics in mind, we have the ability to sell to home supporters for this fixture up to a maximum 5,000 tickets. This gives us 1,800 tickets to sell over our normal average attendance.
We are extremely thankful to our season ticket holders and supporters for their continued support over the season, however at the start of the season we informed all season ticket holders that we may have to move supporters for certain games based on intelligence and number of away fans, for their safety provided to us by the police and safety officer.
As a football club we have not been at home in the fourth round of the FA Cup since 1986 – 30 years ago. The attendance for that game with Reading was 5,527. At no point this season have Bury fans sold above 5,000 tickets for a game. For us to maximise the potential income for this fourth round fixture the police have worked with us and will only allow the away tickets of 5,000 if we use the South Stand and Ratio Law Stand.
Unfortunately, that means some of our regular supporters will have to move for this one game in order for the club to maximise the income. Whilst we appreciate this is frustrating for some fans, we hope that you understand and continue to support the club and we sincerely hope you all attend the fixture next weekend to get behind the team, especially as this is the furthest we have got in this competition in many years.
As of this morning, Hull City had sold over 1300 tickets, and to date Bury FC have sold around 400 tickets. We have kept the pricing of the game to our lowest category in order that we try and achieve our biggest attendance of the season thus far, and to fully support the players in their quest of getting to the fifth round.
The last attendance of over 8,000 was the Southend United fixture last season, which the chairman gave as free admission to every supporter attending the game. Unfortunately, the next league home fixture after that game was AFC Wimbledon, which had a home attendance 3,787 (Bury fans).
Tickets are now available to purchase online, supporters can also phone the club during working hours to purchase a ticket which can be collected or posted to you. Tickets can also be bought by coming to the club during working hours. Tickets will also be on sale throughout the night on Tuesday evening when we entertain Crewe Alexandra for the Sky Bet League One fixture. The club will also be open late on Thursday evening with ticket office staff available in the club shop until 7pm.
We would also like to say a big thank you to the supporters that travelled to Valley Parade on Tuesday evening, as you were instrumental in the team’s victory. Especially when the lads went down to ten men and the noise levels generated by our own fans was exceptional.
Please note that this game is all ticket on advice from the police and Safety Officer.