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Ben Kensell updates on Wigan ticket news and season-ticket sales

7 March 2019

Chief Operating Officer Ben Kensell has hailed the “phenomenal” support of Norwich City fans after revealing the latest season ticket sale figures.

Kensell says the Club has already sold 21,500 season tickets for next season and believes the loyal support for the Canaries makes them the “envy” of many clubs in England.

“The support has been phenomenal from the fans and there were plenty of long hours put in by the team at Carrow Road to ensure we could facilitate the 21,500 tickets, which isn’t an easy job,” he said at a media briefing at Carrow Road on Thursday.

“We’re probably the envy of a lot of the clubs in the Championship, in the EFL and in the lower parts of the Premier League because we’ve got phenomenal support. We’ve had that for a number of years and we are very thankful.

“Off-the-pitch and on-the-pitch things are going great. We’re a real unit and we’re really together, both sites [Carrow Road and Colney]. The fans, staff, players, management, board - everyone is pulling in the same direction.

“The numbers are indicative of that – 21,500 season tickets is incredible but there will be a cap. We have to cap it to allow for our casual supporters to come next year in whatever league we may be in.”

Kensell was also on hand to reveal news surrounding the trip to Wigan Athletic match in April. The fixture has been moved to Sunday, April 14 with a 12pm kick-off, after being selected for broadcast on Sky Sports.  

The Club revealed that half-price tickets are on offer to supporters for the game, as well as money off coach travel, and Kensell said the move was a thank you for the loyal support of fans this season.

“Today is about celebrating the phenomenal support that we get away from home. What we did was we negotiated with Wigan to get a reduced price point and a maximum allocation, so we got 5,000 from Wigan," he continued.

“Wigan gave it to us for £15 [per person] and we took that back as a Football Club, spoke to the board and we’ve now subsidised that down even more to £7.50 for an adult and £2.50 for an Under-18.

“Because the game got moved to a Sunday, we also thought we should definitely subsidise coach travel as well. They’re going to have to get up early to travel!

“Hopefully it will be like a yellow wall for the lads. I know that they really respond to it and they’ve noted it at Carrow Road and at Colney as well when they’ve come back and spoke about the away support being phenomenal this year.”


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