Norwich City reveal discounts for fans as Sunday midday kick-off at Wigan is confirmed by Sky Sports
PUBLISHED: 12:13 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:24 07 March 2019
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Norwich City have announced cut-price tickets and coach travel for their Championship trip to Wigan on Sunday, April 14, as the televised game’s switch to a midday kick-off was confirmed.
Sky Sports revealed earlier this week that the match at the DW Stadium was moving to 12pm on Sunday, April 14, seemingly in error – with the article announcing the news later deleted.
However that change, from the original time of 3pm on Saturday, April 13, was officially announced on Thursday morning.
The Canaries have taken their full 5,000 allocation and will offer heavily discounted tickets of £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for under-18s, with £10 off the price of coach travel as well.
City officials had already negotiated a discounted ticket price with Wigan of £15 for adults but will now offer subsidised match tickets and reduced coach travel as a thank you to fans for their huge backing on the road this season.
“Our away support over the years has always been brilliant and a real source of pride for everyone connected to Norwich City,” said Ben Kensell, chief operating officer. “They are always there at away grounds up and down the country getting behind the team, rain or shine.
“We wanted to do something to thank as many of our away followers as possible this year and we’re delighted to be offering significant reductions on both tickets prices and coach travel for the match at Wigan.
“We hope as many supporters as possible will take advantage of this great deal - and what a boost it will be for Daniel (Farke) and the team to have another huge contingent of the Yellow Army behind them for another crucial game.”
The reduced price tickets will be available under the away points allocation system for the first instance from Tuesday, March 19, with any remaining tickets going on general sale from Monday, March 25.
Coach travel will cost £20 per person, with coaches scheduled to depart from Carrow Road on Sunday, April 14 at 5am.
It means six of City’s next seven matches will be broadcast live, as Sky jump on the promotion bandwagon of Daniel Farke’s impressive league leaders.
The Canaries will look to extend their two-point lead at the top on Friday night when the Sky cameras beam the Carrow Road clash with mid-table Swansea (7.45pm) to the nation.
Wednesday’s visit of play-off hopefuls Hull (7.45pm) has also been selected for TV coverage, followed by a regular Saturday 3pm game – which is not being televised live – at Rotherham on Saturday, March 16.
An international break follows but when Farke’s squad return to action they have four Sky games on the spin, starting with a trip to promotion rivals Middlesbrough, a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, March 30.
Home games against QPR on Saturday, April 6 (12.30pm) and Reading on Wednesday, April 10 (7.45pm) follow as the campaign enters the finishing straight for Championship sides.
Then it’s the Wigan game, which we now know will be a Sunday midday kick-off on April 14, which will be followed by a Carrow Road clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday, a 3pm kick-off on April 19 – ahead of the final three matches of the Championship campaign, which as yet has not been selected for TV.
City’s chief operating officer Ben Kensell told the Pink Un Show last week that as many as 5,000 tickets could be available at Wigan and that efforts were being made to secure the ‘maximum allocation’ for the remaining five away games.
However, the subsequent switch to a Sunday midday kick-off has prompted the Canaries to try and help supporters make the 450-mile round trip, which would require those travelling by car from Norfolk to leave at around 7am.
It also makes train travel difficult, while some fans had already made holiday plans around the originally scheduled Saturday game, during the Easter half-term school holidays.
The last time Norwich went to Wigan was on a Tuesday night in February 2017, when 677 away fans witnessed a 2-2 Championship draw at the DW Stadium.
However, with the Canaries in the thick of the promotion race, plenty more fans are expected to make the journey to Greater Manchester next month.
• For further details, and to buy tickets, head to canaries.co.uk
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