Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail on the Drive programme on Thursday 9th May 2013, after around 1.5 days worth of ticket sales for the 2012-13 League One Play-Off Final.
BM: I bet it's been a pretty busy day for you and your team today?
DL: It's hectic, to say the least. But we're not complaining as we'd rather be like this than not - that's for certain.
BM: Exactly! So how's the day gone then?
DL: It's been very busy. I think we're approaching around 12,000 tickets being sold. Of course, they're not being sold from here - they're being sold from our ticket agency. So it's going very very well. We're gearing up to getting stock in the shop ready for the onslaught on the 19th.
BM: 12,000 is already more than Huish Park itself, so that's a good sign. I heard you speaking to Matt (Faulkner) this morning and you were saying at around 25,000 would be nice, or possibly as many as that 30,000 allocation. There's plenty of time to sell those.
DL: Well, we only went on sale at nine o'clock yesterday morning, so in only a day-and-a-half, 12,000 tickets has exceeded our expectations. Things never cease to amaze me in Yeovil and Somerset, and who knows, we might exceed the 29,000 we took to Wembley in 2007.
BM: Well I hope so. It was your season ticket holders who had that opportunity to buy on Wednesday I'm assuming that most of them took up that chance.
DL: Yes, I think so. Obviously the reward for season ticket holders is to give them first options to buy their tickets. I think that most took that option up. There were obviously one or two who couldn't get to the phone or online. But I'm sure they won't be disappointed by booking today. I think there is lots of different availability in the Wembley arena, so I don't think anyone has a problem with the choice of the seats.
BM: Has everything gone smoothly, because sometimes there can be delays, especially with phone calls and these sort of things?
DL: I think that on yesterday (Wednesday) morning there was about 5,000 people trying to get through onto 50 phone lines, so as you might imagine it went into meltdown! But given half an hour, it was fine after that. There was a little bit of a wait, but I think that everybody was chomping at the bit to get onto the phone and get the prime seats for wherever they wanted to go. Everyone phoned up at the same time by the sounds of things.
BM: Monday was a brilliant day for Yeovil of course, and it was a brilliant feeling. How has it been atmosphere-wise in the club this week?
DL: It's been tremendous. We're not complaining - we'd rather it was like this than twiddling our thumbs and waiting for next season to arrive. But the whole club has got a buzz around it, and there's a euphoria around the town that's starting to build. As we start to get closer and into the latter part of next week it's going to get even more intense. It's been really really good and it's a pleasure to be involved in it.
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