With only 2 games left to go on sale at St James Park, it’s safe to assume those prices and get a view of the overall costs fans have paid to watch Newcastle home games this season.
West Brom and West Ham are to be announced, but it’s certain they will match the price structure already seen for Swansea, Villa, Stoke, Southampton, QPR and Leicester. So what was the cost for each game?
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Looking at a standard adult in the Gallowgate and Leazes ends:
So a member spends £553 on tickets. With the £35 cost of membership that gives a total of £588.
A non-member could get tickets to all but 4 games themselves, and the cost would be £452, but members didn’t buy all the tickets on offer for 2 of the other 4 games.
Shamefully the club allowed these games to go ahead without selling out, rather than offer tickets publicly. If you had a season ticket or membership holding friend though, they could have easily got you a ticket for Arsenal and Man U at a cost of £36 and £42 respectively, bringing the non-member cost up to £530. A £58 saving over members, but it would mean sitting out the home defeat off the mackems (gratefully?) and the victory over Liverpool.
Many people entered long-term deals prior to the 14/15 tickets being announced, but for anyone investing in a season ticket for the first time, or coming to the end of a 3 year deal, the 2014/2015 season ticket prices in these areas were £578 for a single year and £549 for a 7 year deal.
This offers only limited financial benefit over membership and anyone who has missed a single home game would have been better off with a membership over a season ticket. If you’re a season ticket holder that missed the Liverpool game, you’d probably have been better off not even stumping up for the membership and going public, given what was served up against Sunderland.
Remarkably, in the East Stand the totals are even more geared against Season Ticket Holders.
It is £20-£37 cheaper to be a member and take in ALL the games than it is to do so as an East Stand season ticket holder. If you’re ok with missing the visits of Sunderland and Liverpool the savings approach £100 for the same seat if you DON’T buy a Season Ticket or Membership.
The other interesting point to note from the ticket categorisation above is that Newcastle United have SIX different categories for the visits of 19 teams.
Only one other Premier League club has more than three and that is Everton with four.
Newcastle United are one of only two clubs where all of this information is not available on their website throughout the season, Manchester City showing a similar aversion to publicising which opponents will be in which category outside of the short window when tickets are on sale.
You can see similar comparisons for Junior and Senior tickets here, for whom it’s a similar tale.