Party time this Saturday for Norwich City fans
The centre of Norwich is going to be buzzing with Canary celebrations this Saturday as Norwich City's promotion heroes play their final match of the season at Carrow Road.
Tickets for the game are like gold dust with the game already announced as a home sell-out.
About 25,000 lucky City fans will be inside the ground hoping to see Paul Lambert's team crown their promotion glory with one final victory against Coventry City.
The 12.45pm kick-off is a sell-out in home sections and for matchday hospitality. It is thought that Coventry have not quite sold out their allocation, but they have sold enough to make it unlikely new tickets will be freed up for home supporters.
The only way City fans might be able to get their hands on the hottest tickets in town is through the club's buy-back scheme.
This is expected to yield a very small amount of tickets however, with the club saying only 'limited' tickets are expected to be available from the buy-back window in the Jarrold Stand from two hours before kick-off.
This has been the case for most of the recent games at Carrow Road, during City's ascent to promotion, as people who already have tickets but can't attend usually give their ticket to friends or family for such important games.
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Norwich is gearing itself for an almighty party and local pubs are expected to be packed.
Wetherspoon's Queen of Iceni on Riverside is hoping to make the day a promotion party to remember and is opening at 7am for breakfast.
It will have music on all day, Norwich City banners and a prize draw with a signed football as a prize for the CLIC Sargent charity.
General manager Alasdair Peat said: 'It's been really good at our place recently after games and it feels like we've become the main place for Norwich fans on match days. I'm a Tranmere Rovers fan and follow them all over the country. I think Norwich fans are the most well behaved fans in the country so it's always a good atmosphere.
'I think on Saturday we will have a lot of people in just celebrating who can't get a ticket for the match because it has been such a big achievement by Norwich City.'
The Trafford Arms, on Grove Road, will be selling featured beers Premier Crew from Woodforde's and On The Beer City from Winter's. They will be opening early, at 10am, and are looking to do some themed foods as well. Landlord Chris Higgins, soon to become the Sheriff of Norwich, and a season ticket holders of 27 years, said: 'It's going to be party time again. I've only just recovered from Monday which was just brilliant.
'We have a great home following who drink here on match days and we try to look after them. Going up is not just great news for landlords but the county as a whole. It is going to raise the city's profile and we will have to get the maps out for the Fleet Street journalists again so they know where we are. And then they will find out about the genius that we have got in the dressing room in Paul Lambert, because what he has done here has been just incredible.'
The Mustard Pot on Thorpe Road will be opening at 10.30am and have a barbecue going before and after the game. Landlady Trish Hopkins said: 'We'll have plenty of staff on board and are expecting a busy day.
'It's certainly good news that Norwich have gone up and hopefully we'll all benefit from them going up, the whole community, not just the pubs.
'But we are always very busy because we are the last pub before you get to the ground when you come in on the Yarmouth Road, so I'm sure we'll be very busy as always.'
The Coach and Horses, further up Thorpe Road towards the train station, will also be opening early, at 10am. Landlord Bob Cameron is expecting a busy day as well, saying: 'We're going to have the balloons and a few bits and bobs out and it should be a fantastic day. It's an early kick-off so I'm sure we'll be busy and there will be a party atmosphere because Norwich fans are a good bunch.
'I'm sure there will be more interest from away fans next year but I don't think Norwich fans could do any more and I'm sure they'll have a great time on Saturday.'
Coventry arrive in Norfolk with just one defeat in the last seven games to steer them to 17th position, comfortably away from relegation. With all the celebrations that have been enjoyed this week, Paul Lambert could have a job on his hands to get his players focused on their football among what is certain to be a carnival atmosphere. The result is of course irrelevant to the already-promoted Canaries, but fans will hope City can end their fantastic season on a high.