Tickets to FC Cincinnati’s US Open Cup semifinal match against the New York Red Bulls sold out just hours after being released to the general public at 1pm on Tuesday. The ticketing platform, supplied by vendor Glitnir, immediately had problems keeping up with the high demand and corresponding web traffic. The problems were significant enough that ticket sales had to be suspended for most of the afternoon. The ticketing platform was re-opened just after 8pm on Tuesday, and the match sold out overnight.
FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding had the following to say about the sell out:
“To sell out on the first day of our public sale is tremendous and we are confirming that we do not have any seats available. Our sales team sold 16,000 tickets in roughly seven hours and we are thrilled that our fans are excited about our match-up against New York Red Bulls. The atmosphere at Nippert Stadium is going to be spectacular.
I want to thank our fans for their understanding and patience when our system went down. Despite all the preparatory measures we took with Glitnir, the demand was simply too much for the system. For those who are still trying to purchase a ticket for the match, I encourage you to sign on with us as a season ticket holder to receive priority in the future.”
The semifinal match will be played on Tuesday August 15th at 8pm at Nippert stadium. FC Cincinnati advanced to the semifinals after beating Miami FC 1-0 on August 2nd in a rescheduled quarterfinal match. Djiby Fall scored the deciding goal in that contest, but will be suspended for the semifinal due to yellow card accumulation. The semifinal winner will face the victor of tonight’s match between Sporting KC and the San Jose Earthquakes. If FC Cincinnati and San Jose both advance, the US Open Cup final will be played at Nippert Stadium.
“We sold 16,000 tickets in 7 hours yesterday. I think that speaks to this wonderful soccer movement that we have going on in our city.” –Jeff Berding
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