SEASON ticket sales at Blackpool FC are poised to break the 10,000 barrier for the first time outside of the top flight.
The Seasiders need only to sell around 100 more season tickets to surpass last season’s tally of 9,787 and the club are hopeful of topping the 11,000 mark by the start of 2012/13.
While not expecting to match the 11,647 figure for the 2010-11 Premier League season, the club are delighted by the response since the club missed out so agonisingly on a return to the top-flight.
Seasiders secretary Matt Williams told The Gazette: “I think the fact we’ve now frozen prices three seasons in a row has helped, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we are now the most attractive side to watch in Lancashire.
“Our attacking style makes us a much more attractive option for fans than Blackburn, Burnley and of course Preston, so it’s no surprise sales are going well.
“Our fans support us home and away and have been a huge part of the club’s success in recent seasons.”
Chairman Karl Oyston added: “The sales show the club is moving in the right direction and continues to attract new supporters to Bloomfield Road, which is important if we want to carry on growing.
“Fans are optimistic after going so close in the play-offs and that has been reflected in the sales so far.”
With 2,500 tickets available for away supporters for Championship matches next season, only around 3,000 tickets will go on general sale for each game.
The ground’s capacity is expected to rise to around 16,800 at the start of the season with the opening of the South East corner.
The extra seats form part of the club’s hotel, which hopes to welcome guests for the first time this weekend.