Manchester City sell season tickets in record time

The Premier League champions have sold 36,000 seats for the forthcoming season, as demand to watch their star players defend the title for the 2012-13 campaign soars
Manchester City have sold their Premier League season tickets in record time, with demand to watch the team play described as being at an all-time high.

Roberto Mancini's men beat fierce rivals Manchester United to the title on goal difference on the last day of the season, and Blues fans have snapped up the 36,000 available tickets, despite an average nine per cent rise from last season, to see their club try to repeat the feat.

The club will receive a £50 million windfall due to the increased demand ahead of the season, as exclusively revealed by in June.

City have had to cap the number of season cards, in order to allow supporters who could not afford the lump sum the chance for regular admission to games, and, with demand at all time high, they are expecting to sell out all of their 19 home league games in the new campaign.

A club spokesperson said: "Interest in the club is higher than ever. Last season we sold out as the season was starting, and this season they had all gone within the first two weeks of June.

"Demand is significantly exceeding supply. We are advising supporters to become Blue members, if they are not already, to give them the best possible opportunity to be a part of it next season."

With the majority of existing cardholders renewing by the June 17 deadline, the remaining season tickets were sold within an hour and a half. The club has had to deal with unprecedented demand for their fans to watch the likes of Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and captain Vincent Kompany in action.

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Acting chief executive John Macbeath said: "The level of season card renewals and speed of take-up of available new season cards for this coming season was unprecedented and it is clear that demand remains significant.

"We cap the level of tickets to ensure that loyal supporters on our Blue membership scheme, who are unable to commit to a seasoncard, still have the opportunity to watch games at the Etihad Stadium.

"We would therefore encourage all fans to join the Blue membership scheme, which also places them on the waiting list for any season cards which may become available for the 2013-14 season."