Sunderland are yet again struggling to sell out their biggest match of the season.
‘Even’ the Big Sam Allardyce factor failing to excite the natives.
Tickets went on sale a month ago (23 September) but with only five days to go before the big match, whole blocks of tickets still remain unsold (see image below).
Despite tickets still on sale from only £15 and fans allowed to buy six tickets each, thousands of tickets remain on sale.
Despite Sunderland claiming that only a ‘limited number’ remain available, if you look at the screenshot below taken at 8am this morning (Tuesday) from the Sunderland ticket section, you can see whole rows/blocks of tickets are still unsold.
As in previous years, with Newcastle’s 2,800 ticket allocation selling out quickly to only those with a large number of loyalty points, numerous United fans have been forced to buy tickets in the home end.
As you can see in bold below in this Sunderland press statement, the Wearsiders are again warning their fans that they will get into trouble if they pass tickets onto Newcastle fans. However, with supporters able to buy six tickets each then it isn’t difficult to see how many black & whites will be able to get their hands on tickets.
Once again though it raises the question of why Newcastle aren’t given a bigger allocation when year after year Sunderland struggle to sell out to their own fans.
One of our regular writers is amongst those forced to get a ticket in a home area (see below)
Official Sunderland Statement
‘The Wear-Tyne derby takes place at noon on Sunday and Sunderland fans are advised that only a limited number of tickets remain for the much-anticipated Barclays Premier League clash.
There will be no cash turnstiles operating on the day of the game and anyone who has yet to purchase a ticket is advised to do so as soon as possible.
Supporters are reminded that they must have a valid customer number and purchasing history recorded on the club’s database in order to buy tickets.
Tickets start from £15 for under 16s, £26 for over 65s and £32 for adults. A limit of six tickets per customer is in place and all ticket transactions are recorded and can be traced to the original purchaser. Supporters are reminded that they are responsible for any tickets bought under their name and customer number and given to third parties.
The Stadium of Light’s Fan Zone will open at 9am on the day of the game, featuring a full food and beverage service, along with activities, live music and entertainment for all ages.’