Kick-off time confirmed for 2016 Emirates FA Cup Final

Friday 29 Apr 2016
The 2016 Emirates FA Cup Final

The 2016 Emirates FA Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United will kick off at 5.30pm on Saturday 21 May at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

The 2016 Final will see more fans attend English football’s showpiece match with more than 57,500 supporters of the two finalists in attendance. The increase will see 28,780 tickets per team, the equivalent of 80 per cent of the available seats in the stadium.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

The 2016 Emirates FA Cup Final
5.30pm, Saturday 21 May
Wembley Stadium connected by EE
Live on BBC One and BT Sport 2

In addition to this, it was agreed earlier in the season that ticket prices across all price points would be reduced by £5, with prices at – £45, £65, £85 and £115.

The FA is a not for profit organisation with all money generated going back into the game at all levels. This season alone the Emirates FA Cup has distributed almost £30m to clubs through the competition prize fund and broadcast fees.

Watch highlights from the semi-final between Crystal Palace and Watford

With the majority of Crystal Palace fans set to use public transport, their fans have been located in the west side of the stadium and Manchester United the east, to allow for the quickest access to the North Circular (A406) for onwards travel.

This kick-off was agreed after consultation with the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, the Safety Advisory Group and other key parties in the game. The FA will work closely with both clubs on all transport options to and from the stadium.

Both BBC One and BT Sport 2 will broadcast The Emirates FA Cup Final live, with the winners receiving £1.8m and the runners-up receiving £900,000.

Watch as Manchester United sealed their final place by beating Everton

As well as the 57,500 ticket split between the two finalists, approximately 14,000 tickets will be distributed back into the game through the football family which includes volunteers representing counties, leagues, local clubs and charities.

Football family tickets will also include the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs, plus another 134 Full Member clubs and all the clubs that have reached the Third Round Proper of this season’s competition.

As The Emirates FA Cup Final is part of the Club Wembley membership package, 17,000 tickets will be used by Club Wembley members.

By FA Staff