SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s clash with Barnsley could be a Hillsborough sell-out.
Already more than 20,000 tickets have been been sold for the Easter Saturday showdown.
That is well up on the corresponding stage before the season’s best attendance so far, 28,528 for the visit of Leeds.
Owls officials regard a 30,000-plus crowd for the Barnsley game as a certainty.
The 20,000 already in the bag includes 1,000 tickets sold so far by Barnsley out of an allocation of around 4.700, which could all be snapped up.
The capacity will depend on what the local safety authority feel is appropriate for a derby where there will have to be some seats, perhaps around 2,000, left vacant because of segregation.
This was not a major issue for the last sell-out: the promotion-clinching game against Wycombe last season, which attracted 38,082, almost all of them home fans.
Barnsley’s visit is not all-ticket but could end up being made so next week. Fans are being advised to buy early to avoid missing out.
Owls ticket-office manager Alastair Wilson said: “We have seen a huge surge in sales for this game compared to others this season – and there are still 10 days of sale to go. This will undoubtedly be our highest gate of the season so far.
“The club would advise fans to purchase tickets well in advance. If the rate at which we are selling tickets continues, it is almost certain that tickets will not be available for some stands on the day. Everything is pointing towards a game not to be missed.”
The match is not being televised and kicks off at 3pm. Wednesday and Barnsley are 21st and 20th in the Championship respectively, with the Owls a point behind their local rivals and a point above the bottom three.