Arsenal and Chelsea have only been allocated 6,000 tickets each for the Europa League final in Baku on 29 May.
Azerbaijan’s Olympic Stadium, which is hosting the match, has a capacity of 68,700 meaning nearly 57,000 tickets have or will be sold, balloted or given away to other interested parties.
In a statement released soon after the Gunners 4-2 win against Valencia, the club expressed their disappointment with the situation. They also made clear they’d try and bag a few more tickets, but there’s no suggestion they will be successful. For context, we have 45,000 season ticket holders.
Arsenal also warned that travel to and from Baku, which is the best part of 3,000 miles away, will likely cost in excess of £1,000.
We’ve just checked Skyscanner and there are no direct flights available flying the day before the game and coming back the day after. The flights with stopovers tend to go via Turkey or Bahrain. Taking the stop into account, the journey is at least nine hours in each direction. Before we forget, you also need a visa to enter Azerbaijan.
Basically, it’s a logistical nightmare.
While additional flights will probably have to be laid on from London, the fact it’s school half-term and just after a bank holiday weekend means flight operators are seemingly short on planes.
Tickets are priced at £121, £78, £43 and £26. As a result of the paltry allocation, only current registered members of the Away Scheme will be guaranteed a ticket. Any remaining tickets will be sold, category by category in the usual fashion.