Today was the first of two days exclusively set for season ticket holders, with large queues developing on all fronts and even a fan camping outside the ticket office from 2am to make sure she got a ticket for Wembley - did anyone tell her there are 30,000 odd?
During the first day queues reached around 45 minutes to an hour at the ground, and dissipated by early evening with a few sections sold out, ahead of the office closing at 9pm. Here they are:
Red: Still available in person for blocks 105, 118 and 119. They are completely sold out online or by phone. This means almost all lower tier halfway-line seating has been snapped up - which was also the most expensive section of seating. Furthermore, this section also had the smallest number of tickets. The halfway-line sections of 102 and 122 were the first to sell out this morning.
Blue: Two sections are 'unavailable' according to the club: 110 and 118. Block 110 is one of the behind-the-goal sections, with 118 holding a very small number of tickets due to being split with the end of the red section. Blocks 501 and 527 - on the halfway line in the upper-tier were announced as 'close to selling out' earlier today but no 'sold out' confirmation has been made, as of yet.
Green: The only Green block - the cheapest pricing band - unavailable as of this evening was 511, at the back of the upper tier and also behind the goal.
Yellow: No news on any selling out today, on phone/online or in person, despite waits of up to an hour for the red/yellow offices, but there should be plenty of these upper-tier seats.
For a full overview of the block numbers and positioning of Wembley, click here.
UPDATE: Thousands of tickets sold today, queues are now minimal, open until 9pm so now is a good time to buy! pic.twitter.com/7XLcN8EV9w— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 24, 2015
On The Tilehurst End
With the ticket sales kicking off today, Hoops wrote this excellent piece on why he probably won't get a ticket - and why that's okay. We also have our semi-final 'Full Coverage' piece holding all the key info as we count down to April 18th. In addition, we noticed how things could be a lot worse; in case anyone is confused by Reading's process of semi-final ticket sales, check out Aston Villa's!
Buying your FA Cup ticket? Be glad you're not a Villa fan, look at this cluster of a selling criteria. pic.twitter.com/lDdoh1JSmv— The Tilehurst End (@TheTilehurstEnd) March 24, 2015
Tomorrow is the second day of season ticket holders-only purchases, again opening at 10am and closing 9pm. If one is to speculate, a few more best-view blocks will slowly sell out but there will probably be less queues at the Mad Stad and online/phones.
Did you get a ticket today? What block did you choose, and why? Comment below.