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FA Sets Up Neutral Zone At Wembley for FA Cup Semi-Final After Wigan Fail to Sell Ticket Allocation

The FA has taken the unprecedented step to open up a neutral zone at Wembley for this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final between Wigan Athletic and Millwall after Wigan were not able to sell their ticket allocation for the match.

Both clubs were allocated 31,000 tickets. Wigan Athletic still have at least 10,000 tickets remaining from their allocation, so The FA has decided to sell a maximum of 6,000 tickets from Wigan’s section and to open up the area to neutral supporters.

Wigan has an average home attendance at the DW Stadium of 18,000, which also takes into consideration the away support. The club’s inability to sell its complete allocation of 31,000 tickets is probably due to a few different reasons: 1) The club’s fanbase isn’t that large, 2) the north-west of England is typically a more depressed economic area of the country, and 3) many Wigan supporters may be saving up their money hoping that the Latics will play in the FA Cup final against Manchester City or Chelsea.

Wigan against Millwall will be televised live in the United States this Saturday at 12:15pm ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go.

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  1. brn442

    April 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Serves the FA well for moving semi-finals to Wembley.

  2. Scrumper

    April 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I can remember when Wigan were a non league team. They’ve done pretty well for themselves considering everything. Good luck to them, but I’ll be supporting my Dad’s hometown Millwall this Saturday.

  3. Matt

    April 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    the magic of the FA Cup…

  4. Latics Fan

    April 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I am a Wigan fan, born and raised in Wigan. When i was in school, pretty much everyone supported either Liverpool, Everton or Man U (seeing as Wigan is about 15-20 miles from each). Of course, Wigan wasn’t anywhere near the top division then, but it’s not like all those Liverpool, Everton, and Man U supporters I grew up with suddenly switched their allegiance to Wigan once they reached the Premier League.

    Given the size of the town, and the proximity to more established clubs, I think it’s impressive that Wigan gets attendances of around 20,000 each week and has stayed in the Premier League so long.

  5. Marc L

    April 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    What is ironic is that if you were a Wigan supporter you’d have had a pretty interesting run since they’ve been up. Fighting off relegation year after year and whatnot.

    I can’t imagine they have ended on more than 45 points since they’ve been up.

    Perfect example of a club that would be exciting to follow despite never being particularly good on the field.

  6. M Owen

    April 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

    doesn’t surprise me…have you ever met a person who’s a Wigan supporter.

    • The Gaffer

      April 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I’ve met one in Florida a couple of years ago.

      To be fair to Wigan, the town’s population is only 81,000 according to the 2001 census. Plus, they have a ton of competition from a very sporting north-west region of England.

      The Gaffer

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