In the latest example of Chelsea FC being an amazing club to support whether in England or abroad, the club announced today that they will be subsidizing all of the away tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid. The club has agreed to subsidize the tickets and reduce the price by £20 regardless of the actual cost of the ticket. With reports of airlines charging ridiculously high rates from travel between London and Madrid on the days of the semifinal ties then this will be welcome news for the Chelsea FC’s fantastic traveling support.
The statement on Chelsea FC’s official website:
The ticket selling arrangements for our Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday 22 April have been announced, with Chelsea Football Club subsidising the cost of each ticket by £20.
This is to thank our travelling supporters for the fantastic backing they have given to the team over the course of the whole season, and follows similar subsidies to travel and tickets for domestic away games.
Chelsea has been allocated exactly 3071 tickets so if you are doing the math just like we are, that comes out to £61,420 for the tickets. Not much for a global powerhouse of a club like Chelsea but a fairly decent amount of money to spend for no reason other than to thank your supporters. The away support has been great in Europe this season with the exception of the yahoos who rioted in Paris, though there is no way to say with 100% certainty that they were Chelsea supporters.
The Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid is not the biggest of stadiums but it is an absolute cauldron when the supporters are in full voice. Chelsea will have a big task ahead of them but with the help of their travelling support it may be that much easier.
In other ticket-related news, today is the onsale for the final batch of World Cup tickets. If you’re unable to purchase any directly, make sure to check out viagogo, the world’s largest ticket exchange and the premier source for 2014 World Cup tickets.
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