Sunderland set for bumper Boxing Day crowd as 40,000 tickets sold for Bradford clash
Charlie Methven has confirmed that Sunderland have sold over 40,000 tickets for the Boxing Day clash with Bradford City.
Methven, the club's executive director, set supporters an ambitious target of snapping up over 40,000 tickets for the festive fixture as he looked to break the modern-day attendance record the third tier.
That record - held by Leeds United for their clash against Gillingham in 2008 - was broken yesterday and Methven's target has now been smashed.
Speaking on the Jim White Show on TalkSport, Methven confirmed that the club passed the 40,000 mark earlier today.
The Bantams have sold just shy of 2,000 tickets for the clash, meaning that Jack Ross' side looked set to be roared on by a home support of over 38,000.
Such has been the demand for tickets that the club have re-opened the Premier Concourse as a season-high crowd looks set to descend on the Stadium of Light.
And chairman Stewart Donald has praised the club's support for their backing ahead of the fixture.
In a message posted on his Twitter account before the club broke the 40,000 mark, he said: "Absolutely Fantastic.
"We are selling 1000 tickets a day & with the roll up on Saturday it looks very likely we will smash 40,000.
"Thank u to all the @SunderlandAFC fans for such a wonderful response. It is an important period and we will give it everything"