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[12 FEB 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Coventry City Revise Ticket Arrangements

Coventry City have revised their ticketing arrangements after fans complained about the handling of their allocation for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Everton.

The club have placed a restriction on how many season ticket books or executive club cards people can hold after some supporters missed out on Everton tickets despite queuing for eight hours.

The changes will be introduced before the tickets for the game at Aston Villa on 27 February go on sale on Monday. The club has an allocation of 3,000 tickets for the Premiership clash.

The club maintain that stories of large multiple purchases were exaggerated but have now ruled that people queuing can hold up to only six season tickets or executive club cards.

They have also improved stewarding and other facilities to make queuing more pleasurable for supporters.

Ticket office manager Jamie Roberts said:

"As we promised after the Everton tickets had been sold, we have looked at our arrangements and listened to what people had to say.

"Equally we have stressed all along that when there are only a few thousand tickets for a game attracting great interest, there is no perfect system and people inevitably miss out.

"Supporters were mainly concerned about multiple purchasing – an issue which hadn’t previously raised its head despite us reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup for the last two years – so we have placed a restriction on that.

"We do not consider it is reasonable to expect every season ticket holder to queue but we do think it is acceptable for people to hold up to six season tickets or executive club cards.

"While we did provide stewarding, catering and toilet facilities when the Everton tickets went on sale, we will be opening the East Stand mall on Monday morning. From 7am people will be able to buy food and drink and use the toilets without losing their place in the queue."

Tickets for the Aston Villa game are priced at 17 with no concessions.
  

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