Just to go off topic "Hotel Football" the Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs mob financed hotel has opened literally right across the road from Oold Trafford since the last Grand Final. I've never been, but I've heard they've got a massive bar what gets hammered on match days specially designed for large crowds. I can't see it not being open. So it's worth giving a go if f you're looking for somewhere to have a pint before you go into OT.
PS: I don't work for them, but I won't say no to a free pint for pointing out their bar.
As of about a minute ago there are still 78 bays with individual tickets still available in them.
And that surely is the issue. How many people will be wanting to go the final on their own? We can't suddenly start playing a game of muscial seats with the odd ones left to squeeze a couple more folk in.
I've not got figures but am just going off press releases for retirements from either code. You don't get 37 year olds like Peacock, Morley and Leuluai running about at the top of union game. There also seem to be a lot of union players retire younger these days due to injuries