Leeds United have announced plans for the distribution of Championship play-off tickets in the event that the club secure a top-six finish.
United moved to confirm their ticket policy nine games before the end of the season, pledging that all season-ticket holders will be guaranteed a seat at Wembley if Leeds are involved in the Championship final on Monday, May 30.
Tickets for the away leg of a prior semi-final will be sold on a loyalty basis but Leeds’ early announcement about Wembley comes with the club’s tally of members and season-ticket holders likely to exceed their allocation by around 8,000.
A statement from United read: “The club has historically outlined its play-off ticket distribution policy a number of weeks before the end of the season to ensure fans are aware of how members can apply for tickets should Leeds qualify.
“It is anticipated that the play-off final participants will receive an allocation of around 32,000 tickets and we expect to have over 40,000 season-ticket holders and members.”
United have stated that all season-ticket holders will receive one ticket for Wembley, along with members who have applied for or attended four away fixtures this term up to and including United’s 3-0 defeat at Swansea City.
Any remaining seats will be allocated to other members via a computer-generated ballot held during the week beginning April 11.
Chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “This isn’t about being presumptuous. This is about communicating the message to our fans at the earliest possible opportunity about the new policy that will be in place should we be one of the two clubs competing in the play-off final.
“In previous seasons we’ve been in a position to guarantee all our members a ticket for the play-off final should we qualify but this season our membership numbers exceed any possible allocation.”
United’s last appearance at Wembley came in 2008, when the squad managed by Gary McAllister lost to Doncaster Rovers in the League One play-off final.