The final few weeks of a nailbiting Vanarama Conference title race has served to capture the imaginations of Bristol Rovers supporters.
Crowds have been steadily increasing over recent weeks as Rovers have been involved in a three way race with Barnet and Grimsby for the one highly coveted automatic promotion spot that guarantees a return to the Football League.
Such has been the demand at the ticket office in the last few days, the club has had to draft in a small army of volunteers to help with general enquiries in order to cope with what has been the busiest few days since Rovers reached the 2007 play off final and the extended FA Cup run in 2008
The club yesterday confirmed that the final game of the season against Alfreton Town at the Memorial Stadium on April 25 has been made all ticket after tickets for all seated areas of the ground were sold out this week
Almost 8,500 turned up to watch Rovers dismantle Chester at the Memorial Stadium on Good Friday and officials are hoping that over 9,000 supporters will arrive when Darrell Clarke and his side entertain Southport tomorrow.
Rovers completely sold out of the 2,600 tickets allocated for the game at Kidderminster on Easter Monday and just over 1,700 tickets have already been snapped up this week for the trip to Dover on April 18.
“It has certainly been one of the busiest weeks we have had at the ticket office for some while,” said ticket office manager Clare McDonagh. “Since we started selling for the Kidderminster game around a month ago it has been pretty much non stop.
“We’ve had people in and out of Pirate Leisure looking to buy tickets for the remaining three games of the season. The phones have also been ringing constantly and we have appreciated the efforts of the volunteers who have kindly agreed to come in and help us out with general enquiries.
“I wouldn’t say we have been surprised by the demand because we know the supporters have been there all year, but we have sold a lot of tickets.
“We’ve also had a phenomenal response from people wishing to purchase season tickets, even though they do not know what division we will be playing in next season.
“It has been great. You can really sense how excited people are about what Darrell and the players are doing on the pitch at the moment and we are seeing first hand in the club shop that there is a real feelgood factor around the place again.”
For all ticket enquiries supporters can call the ticket office direct on 0117 909 6648.
At tomorrow's game The Bristol Post will be running a social media T-shirt competition during the match when they will be asking people to tweet or comment on Facebook for a chance to win a T-shirt signed by members of Darrell Clarke’s squad.
There are 30 T-shirts to give away and winners can collect their prize in the car park after the final whistle. The Post are also be handing out dual branded flags in the Bristol Post Family Enclosure before the game.