THE rush for Wembley tickets is on after Sheffield United clinched a place in the play-off final on a nail-biting night for supporters.
Blades fans queued from the early hours on Wednesday to snap up the first tickets that went on sale at Bramall Lane.
And the surge for tickets will continue for the rest of this week as they go on general release at the weekend.
Sheffield United left it late on Monday night to beat Stevenage 1-0 in the play-off semi-final to set up an all Yorkshire affair against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, May 26.
Dave Hobson claimed number one spot at the front of the queue in the Bramall Lane car park as 350 fans waited for the ticket office to open at 9am.
While many fans opted to buy tickets online, Dave from Conisbrough decided he was going to brave the unseasonable May temperatures to be first in line.
“I’ve been here since 12.50am,” he said. “It is a special occasion and probably a sell-out, so I wanted to make sure I got my tickets in my hands.”
His efforts did not go unnoticed and club Managing Director Dave McCarthy presented him with a United polo shirt. “Fans like Dave are our lifeblood and we hope he has a great time,” he said.
It will be the fourth play-off final appearance by the Blades who have yet to score in any of them and hold the distinction of losing at the old Wembley, the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, and the new Wembley.
After defeat to Burnley in the Championship showdown in 2009 many Blades vowed never to risk similar heartache again and were to be heard during the season declaring they would refuse to go to Wembley if it came to that. In the cold light of day this week many quietly agreed they couldn’t resist going after all.
They will be going in hope rather than Sheffield United have been allocated the East Side of Wembley Stadium and approximately 39,800 tickets are available.
There are five price ranges for tickets: £88 adults and £44 concessions; £64/ £32; £54/ £27; £44/ £22 and £34/ £17.
Supporters will be able to request a particular price of ticket but not a particular block, row or seat number in line with Wembley regulations. Concessions are available to Juniors of 16 and under (who must be accompanied by an adult) and Seniors over 60.
There are 126 wheelchair spaces available priced at £34 adults and £17 over 60s, 16 and under, with a carer free of charge. Ambulant disabled tickets are also available priced at the above, with a carer free of charge should this be required. Proof of disability will be required.
Approximately 1,000 tickets will be available in a designated family area in blocks 107-104. These are Category 3 priced tickets (£54/ £27). Tickets in this area will only be available to families with children with a restriction of adults per child. This area cannot be booked online.
Sheffield United advise that with the pressure on the ticket office and phone lines the quickest and easiest way to secure a ticket is to book online at www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk.
The system of priorities began on Wednesday with availability of two tickets each to members (including season ticket holders) with between 15,000 and 18,000+ Loyalty Points
Today (Thursday, May 17), 9am -2pm: 12,000+ Loyalty Points; 2.30pm- 9pm: 8,000+ Loyalty Points.
Friday, 9am-2pm: 5,000+ Loyalty Points; 2.30pm – 9pm - 2,500+ Loyalty Points, Super Draw Members, Blades Members, Official Supporters Club Members.
On Saturday tickets go on general sale. Supporters can purchase in person, over the telephone on 0871 995 1889 or online at www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk