FC Cincinnati sells out Aug. 15 Open Cup semifinal match in just one day of sales

CINCINNATI -- Soccer fans excited to see FC Cincinnati take on the New York Red Bulls crashed the ticketing system Tuesday as the Aug. 15 game sold out in just one day's time, the team announced.

Tickets for the U.S. Open Cup semifinal match went on public sale at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but fans quickly found the website and phone system lagging as they tried to secure their seats. High demand caused the Glitnir ticketing system to crash, but it was repaired just after 7 p.m.

“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,” said FCC President and General Manager Jeff Berding. “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.”

FC Cincinnati said it was the largest sales day in the club’s short history. Berding also pointed out that season ticket holders are given priority for Cup matches, international friendlies and playoff games to secure their current seats as well as to order additional seats.

“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," Berding said. "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.”

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