The EFL Championship Play Off Final is arguably the biggest, most financially rewarding football match on the planet. Two teams going head to head for a place in the Premier League where untold riches, and glory, await. Get your Championship play-off final tickets now at SeatPick!
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The EFL Championship, the second tier of the English footballing pyramid, is notoriously tough. Each of the 24 teams faces 46 matches, and though the top two at the end of the season can start to dream of Premier League life while relaxing on a beach enjoying the summer, those sat in the four positions below now have the small matter of playoff clashes to overcome. The playoff system pits these four teams against each other, first in two sets of two-legged encounters in the semi-finals before the victorious teams then meet at Wembley Stadium for a match that is eagerly anticipated. Football playoffs in the English league are a relatively new development, with the first occasion of their use being in 1987.
The final for these occasions moved to Wembley Stadium in 1990, adding even more pomp and ceremony to what was already a weighty occasion.
There have been many thrilling play-off finals over the years, but perhaps the most infamous and nail-biting occurred in 1998 when Charlton Athletic faced Sunderland.
That year Nottingham Forest won the title, and Middlesbrough finished in second place, and third-placed Sunderland finished just two points clear of London outfit Charlton.
The Black Cats took care of Sheffield United in their semi-final, and the Addicks beat Ipswich to set up the glorious finale on a sunny afternoon in late May.
Veteran forward Clive Mendonca gave Charlton the lead after 23 minutes before goals from Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips gave the side from the northeast a lead on the hour.
Mendonca levelled matters after 71 minutes only to then see Quinn bag his second two minutes later.
With five minutes remaining, it looked as if Peter Reid's side were going to secure promotion to the Premier League but Richard Rufus made it 3-3 and sent the game into extra time.
Nicky Summerbee put Sunderland back in the lead on 99 minutes before Mendonca completed a memorable hat-trick with a superb volley to make it 4-4, sending the game to penalties.
After 13 spot-kicks were successfully put away, up stepped Sunderland full-back Michael Gray, who saw his penalty saved by Sasa Ilic to send Charlton fans, who had just watched all the action unfold, into a state of delirium.
The race to secure promotion to the Premier League will be as challenging as ever this season, and those sides that fell from the top tier last time around, Burnley, Watford, and Norwich City, will expect to be among the teams challenging for an immediate return.
The cost of EFL Championship Play-Off Final tickets varies. If you want to sit in padded VIP seats or in the Club Wembley areas, then there is a price to pay for this opulence.
Tickets elsewhere will be less expensive, and there are many different ticketing categories, all of which are covered at SeatPick.
The average price of tickets for the play-off finals is 250 Pounds per ticket. Tickets for those looking for a VIP experience will set you back a lot more, but they are also available via SeatPick.
The team that wins the EFL Championship Play-Off Final can stand to win as much as £390 million.
This is the amount they'd made up from the Premier League TV deals from Sky Sports and other broadcasters, as well as improved sponsorship deals and increased ticket prices.
This game is worth more than just about any other match in world football, and therefore it's a game that every football fan wants to attend.
The winner of the match secures a place in the Premier League, the richest professional football league in the world, having played 46 league games and three play-off matches in order to do so.
The EFL Championship play-off final takes place in the last week of May or early June, depending on the schedule for the particular season. In 2023 the final takes place on Monday, the 29th of May.
The EFL Championship Play-Off final takes place at Wembley Stadium. The venue is ideal, situated in West London, and there are plenty of seats for fans, with the stadium having a capacity of 90,000.
The grand, historic location adds further atmosphere to what is already a mouthwatering occasion.
Club Wembley is a membership scheme that offers you access to all the major events that take place at the famous stadium.
This includes FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals and most other events at Wembley Stadium, known as Wembley Stadium, connected by EE for sponsorship purposes.
Be warned, a Club Wembley membership is incredibly expensive. If you want to see matches at Wembley, including England internationals and club finals, then SeatPick is your best option.
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