Non-season ticket holders have been desperately waiting for news of when Newcastle v Sunderland tickets will go on sale, with only 22 days to go until the derby match, the club are cutting it fine.
Whilst no Newcastle match has sold out since December 2014 (Everton Home), NUFC are taking advantage of the fact that they know this game will definitely see a full St James Park.
This is little comfort for supporters waiting to see if they can get a ticket, especially those living further afield looking to get travel & accommodation at decent rates by booking as early as possible. No doubt some will have already gambled and booked, hoping they will manage to buy tickets when they eventually go on sale.
No such problems for the mackems hoping to get Newcastle v Sunderland tickets, their club announced ticket sale details back on Monday 15 February and commenced selling on Wednesday 17 February, selling out their full allocation this Tuesday gone (23 February).
The derby tickets cost adult Sunderland fans £47, so Newcastle fans will once again have to pay a premium for the pleasure of watching this relegation six pointer, once the derby tickets eventually go on sale.
As for reasons for the big delay in putting the Newcastle v Sunderland tickets on sale, you don’t need to look far to see why.
The club have been heavily promoting a five match package for home games, using the Sunderland match as part of that deal to try and ‘encourage’ as many Newcastle fans as possible to commit to the other less attractive games (Bournemouth, Swansea, Palace and Spurs). The only remaining home game being the Manchester City one which is yet to be rescheduled.
However, there is a glimmer of light for supporters hoping to get a derby ticket.
Friday saw a final push by the club, with supporters receiving an email containing the following plus heavy promotion of it on the official website:
‘LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR FIVE GAME DEAL
Five game packages are on sale until Monday 29th at 9am, giving supporters a final chance to secure their seat at St. James’ Park for the remainder of the season, including the sought-after Tyne-Wear derby.
The deal includes tickets to the sought-after game against Sunderland, which have sold out exclusively to members and season ticket holders year on year.’
So using logic, it appears that the Newcastle v Sunderland tickets will go on sale as soon as possible after that 9am deadline for the five match deal, on sale to members from Monday morning at the very earliest – 20 days before the actual game.
The club website has Monday (29 February) down as the on sale day for members in the ticket section (but nowhere else, including within the marketing of the five game deal) but no mention of times – how many tickets are actually available will be down to how successful the hard sell has been on the five match deal.