UPDATE: The club have today released the following details:
- We urge season ticket holders to buy your seats ASAP: your seats will be released if you do not buy before 5pm Wednesday.
- We have sold all the non-season ticket holder seats that went on general sale on Monday morning. So tickets are currently only on sale to season ticket holders.
- Any seats that are not purchased by season ticket holders will go on general sale at 5pm Wednesday online, on the phone 0118 968 1313 and in person - special extended opening hours until 8pm on Wednesday. We anticipate high demand for these extra seats.
As per a tweet sent out by the football club:
Reading FC (@ReadingFC) March 9, 2015
The date is still be 100% confirmed, as the tie between Manchester United and Arsenal could have thrown another spanner in the works. Still, the club seem confident enough that it will indeed be next Monday. If not, the club have said that fans can get refunds up to 24 hours before the kick-off, so that should ease concerns of anyone worried about a late date change.
The decision to go straight to general sale is one that's likely to annoy a few fans as while season ticket holders have their seats reserved, otherwise it's a total free for all for the remaining 8,000 or so tickets that should be available to Reading fans. However, with as little as 7 days to go until the tie you can understand the desire to get moving with sales.
Interestingly there's been no confirmation from Bradford about their away allocation so at this point it remains unclear whether they'll have half, or the full South Stand. FA Regulations give visiting clubs the right to up to 15% of the capacity of a ground, so at the Madejski this would be around the 3,500 mark, therefore the entire South Stand. However given the fact it's a Monday night game that's likely to be on the TV it remains to be seen how many tickets they will request.
Regardless, if you fancy a ticket the chance is there for you.