A number of supporters have made enquiries to the football club in relation to the timing of releasing tickets or the option of paying at the gate ahead of the 2018/19 season getting underway.
With season ticket sales at a record level, we are working hard to ensure we maximise match by match availability in all parts of Sincil Bank. There are of course a number of factors which dictate the timing of this process and the below aims to narrate the generic process that club officials will be taking in the build up to each each fixture. With this, please do note that each fixture is subject to change based on a number of unique factors that will be bespoke that the game in question.
The General Process
LCFC will proactively contact every opposing club to get an early understanding of how many supporters they would expect attend their upcoming fixture at Sincil Bank and where possible reach agreement as to the number of forecasted sales; therefore suppling the agreed ticket stock for advance sales only. Based on the allocation agreed this may also enable an initial stock of home Stacey West tickets to be put on sale immediately on release of the fixture.
In lieu of the above please note EFL rule 34.2.1 which LCFC are mandated to operate within at all times.
Each Club must make provision for at least 2,000 visiting supporters at every home match or such number as represents 10% of the Club’s certified capacity, if less than 2,000…..
Where the opposition club agree to act as vendor for Lincoln City home fixtures, tickets for away supporters will remain on sale at their respective ticket offices until 12pm (noon) on the day before the scheduled fixture (Friday for Saturday fixture’s and Monday for Tuesday fixtures). The away club would then supply LCFC with actual sales numbers. Based on this information LCFC officials will then consult with external colleagues (if required) to consider moving the segregation line to allow more Imps’ supporters into the Stacey West Stand and/or if we can allow Pay On The Gate for home and away supporters. This decision will be made and announced as early as possible.
If there are any extra tickets for home supporters they will be made available for supporters to purchase online via Eventbrite at 7pm on a Friday ahead of a Saturday game or Monday 7PM evening ahead of a Tuesday evening kick off. Please be aware that due to variable timescales in communicating with the away club, LCFC may not always be able to provide extensive notice period for additional sales, however this will be no earlier than 7PM the day before a game and where possible 7PM will be adopted the regular timeslot. To be explicit, it is expected that advanced notification times may be variable, however where possible 7PM will become a permanent fixture across the season.
Similar also applies to Junior Imps sales with Junior Imps tickets being released from block 6 downwards (i.e. block 6, 5, 4 etc.). Junior Imps Sales will cease at 11.59pm on Wednesday before a Saturday fixture, and at 11.59pm on Thursday ahead of a Tuesday night fixture the following week. Any unused Junior Imps will then be released for general sale at 7pm the following day. These will be sold from block 1 upwards (i.e. block 1, 2, 3 etc) with a soft segregation put in place between the general admission and the family stand. General admission sales will NOT be sold within the family area and as a result, there may at times be odd seats that remain vacant and unsold. LCFC believe it is important to retain a ring-fenced environment for the Junior Imps members and as such appreciate your support and understanding with this policy.
Following the closure of the JIC ticket sales, JIC members will still be able to purchase tickets at the MyImps price across the stadium (subject to availability).
The buyback scheme will also be in place for games that sell out in advance of the fixture. Depending on the timing, tickets are anticipated to be released at various intervals in the build up to the fixture. These are also expected to be released at 7PM. More details of the buyback scheme will be released in due course.
Any option for home supporters to pay on the day of the game at cash turnstiles will be a decision made by Club officials in consultation with external colleagues (where required). Safety of all fans is paramount to LCFC so with a number of influencing factors affecting this decision LCFC will aim to keep fans updated by way of regular communication; offered at the earliest opportunity.
Thank you for your amazing support.