After a remarkable rise in season ticket sales ahead of the new season, Aston Villa have taken the steps to cap the sale of season tickets.
Words by Alan Wilson | @VILLAlan54
Aston Villa has capped the season ticket allocation to 30,000 following unprecedented sales ahead of the new 2019/20 season.
The current demand for tickets has beaten the previous record of 27,709 that were sold in the 2008/09 Premier League season, and is the best of the club’s ‘modern era’.
With a current capacity of 42,788. Villa Park will be close to capacity for all of their home matches next season.
The club will provide up to 3,000 seats for away fans visiting Villa Park, based on demand, so with most visiting clubs expected to take up their full allocation, Villa Park will be rocking with close to 40,000 home fans.
This is a mouthwatering prospect for the Aston Villa side who will be spurred on by the amazing vocal support and electric atmosphere that fans create when the stadium is filled with these kinds of numbers.
Historically, due to the club’s status as one of England’s top footballing clubs, Aston Villa have always enjoyed great support. After World War Two and throughout the late 50’s and early 60’s, Villa Park had a capacity of around 65,000 and regularly drew crowds of 50,000 plus. Indeed, the record crowd in Villa Park is an incredible 76,588 crammed in for a 6th round FA Cup tie against Derby County in 1946.
Going back even further, one story from the 1920’s tells of how visiting teams to the stadium would have to drive their coach down towards the player’s entrance at the North End of the Trinity Road stand. The driveway would be packed with thousands of Villa fans who created such an incredibly vocal welcome for Villa, and the opposite for the away team, that it was said to be worth a goal at the start of the match for the home side.
To this very day, players who don the famous claret and blue tell of how inspiring the atmosphere is for them at Villa Park, and how it can push the team to perform above their normal energy and commitment levels. Away players and managers have for many years warned against the awe-inspiring noise of the 13,500 fans in the Holte End.
Villa Park is set to be full of adoring fans roaring them on against the best teams in the land. How many points will the support be worth to the team in the long season ahead?