Norwich City break record again; �39m heading for Carrow Road
Promotion-winning Norwich City have smashed their record for season ticket sales yet again.
A total of 21,883 seats have been snapped up for the 2011-12 campaign in the top flight – a figure 820 higher than last season's record of 21,063.
But as few as 1,200 to 1,500 tickets per match may be on sale to home supporters on a casual basis as City play host to the elite of English football for the first time in six years.
Every spare seat is likely to be eagerly snapped up with nearly 5,000 fans already signed up as 'super members', given first priority for casual tickets.
Chris Bailey, City's head of stadium operations and supporter services, confirmed that they were obliged to offer 10pc of the 27,000 capacity at Carrow Road to away supporters under Premier League rules.
In addition, some sections – up to 500 seats in some cases – must be kept clear to segregate opposing fans, while he said the Premier League was entitled to a certain number of tickets for sponsors.
'It is hard to give a precise figure but there could be about 1,200 to 1,500 tickets available on a casual basis,' he said.
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The Canaries are planning to put additional seats into the stadium during the summer, but it will be 'hundreds rather than thousands'.
In the longer term, the City board plans more extensive work to expand ground capacity. For now, City have capped season ticket sales and 1,718 fans have joined the waiting list for new season tickets.
Supporters can join the waiting list for a deposit of �50 for adults and �10 for under-16s.
Priority for any new season tickets that become available will be given to those on the waiting list, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those wishing to buy casual tickets next season are being urged to join the super membership scheme for �20, with 4,668 fans already signed up.
• Norwich look set to earn a minimum �39m next season in Premier League prize money and television revenue.
Figures released by the Premier League yesterday for the 2010-11 campaign showed Blackpool were the lowest earners but still banked �39.1m from their brief stay in the top flight, which ended with relegation at Manchester United on Sunday.
The champions became the first club to top the �60m mark in earnings from prize money and TV revenue, taking �60.4m as record overseas television deals saw top-flight clubs bring in up to �7m more than the previous season. Chelsea earned �57.7m, Manchester City �55.5m and Arsenal �56.2m.
This season, each club received �13.8m as the equal share of domestic television rights and �17.9m as the equal share of overseas television rights.
On top of that, every place in the Premier League table is worth �756,000 – West Ham received that amount and Manchester United �15.1m.
Facility fees of �582,000 are paid to a club every time they play in a live television match – with a minimum income of �5.82m even if a club has been involved in fewer than 10 live games.