The Football Association has announced the details for the Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser played between the league champions and FA Cup winners.
This year’s match will see Arsenal take on Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, August 10 (kick-off 3pm).
Both clubs will receive "approximately 26,000 tickets" for the match, with ticket prices ranging from £20 to £45. The full ticket allocation process for Arsenal supporters will be announced via Arsenal.com in due course, as soon as club officials have discussed the process with the FA.
However, as with the FA Cup final, we are disappointed with the official allocation of only 26,000 ticketsIvan Gazidis
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “We are all looking forward to playing Manchester City in the Community Shield. However, as with the FA Cup final, we are disappointed with the official allocation of only 26,000 tickets for this match. This means that both clubs will only officially receive a combined total of approximately 52,000 tickets, in a stadium which has a capacity of 90,000.
“The club will implement a ticket-allocation policy which will be as fair to all our supporters as possible, but we appreciate that many of our loyal supporters will be unable to obtain tickets for this match. We will be explaining our position to the FA and will try our best to obtain more tickets for our supporters.”
Money raised from the Community Shield will be distributed to charities and good causes across the country, with clubs competing in last season’s FA Cup first round and beyond eligible to nominate organisations to receive a £2,000 payment from the FA.
Both Arsenal and Manchester City will receive £25,000 for a charity or good cause of their choice. Arsenal’s money will be distributed via The Arsenal Foundation to support projects which reach young people in the local community.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Jun 2014