Newcastle v Tottenham tickets are in big demand for what could be the hottest show in town/toon, with those tickets on sale for as much as £1300.
The final day of the season could see all eyes on St James Park, with the potential of a match that could decide Tottenham’s title hopes and Newcastle’s Premier League survival.
With dreams of their first title in over 50 years, little wonder that the Spurs fans have instantly snapped up their away allocation for the last day of the season.
That news instant followed by NUFC announcing (see official statement below) that all remaining Newcastle v Tottenham tickets will only be sold to those who have a past history of buying tickets for Newcastle games.
So basically there will be no general public sale of tickets, with only Newcastle United members/season ticket holders able to buy them and the tickets able to be traced back to who bought them…
With the aim of trying to prevent Spurs fans getting tickets in the home areas, the move by Newcastle United has obviously helped boost the demand for tickets put up for sale by third parties.
Amongst the many outfits offering tickets for sale online, is Football Ticket Pad.
They have Newcastle v Tottenham tickets on sale for £1294.12 each, though they are ‘kindly’ not charging anything extra for using your credit card…
It all adds up to what could be a very strange end of season game at St James Park.
Whilst Newcastle fans have been lifted by the arrival of Rafa Benitez, the odds are still stacked against survival because of the stupidity of waiting so long before replacing Steve McClaren (who should never have got the job in the first place).
The disillusionment with Mike Ashley’s running of the club still strongly remains and the Manchester City attendance on Tuesday was the lowest for almost three years.
Almost six thousand under capacity, the 46,424 there on Tuesday, was the lowest Premier League crowd at St James Park since the visit of Fulham (46,402) on 31 August 2013.
The final day of last season when Newcastle had their relegation clincher against West Ham was also not a total sellout, with the only time St James Park was full in the last 16 months (apart from the rugby world cup…) being for the derby match last month (prior to that was Everton at home in December 2014).
So if Newcastle have nothing to play for on 15 May and Spurs have everything to play for, the temptation for some Newcastle supporters to sell on tickets to Spurs fans will naturally be there.
In the past when there have been issues to do with preventing away fans from being in home areas, visiting supporters have still been able to buy them on the various corporate areas, so interesting to see how Newcastle United are approaching that this time.
Official Newcastle United Statement
‘Tickets for Newcastle United’s final Premier League game of the season at home to Tottenham Hotspur are now on sale to current members with a previous purchase history.
Regrettably, tickets will not go on general sale as the club takes reasonable steps to minimise the risk of away fans purchasing tickets in home areas.
Please note that supporters purchasing membership between now and the match on Sunday 15th May will not be able to purchase tickets for the fixture with Tottenham Hotspur.
Steve Storey, head of safety and security for Newcastle United, said: “Away tickets have sold out for this game and we are aware that a number of Tottenham fans have attempted to purchase tickets in home areas.
“This is contrary to Premier League ground regulations and I must stress that away fans found to be in home seated areas will face the risk of being ejected from the stadium.
“Accordingly, tickets for this game will be restricted to Newcastle United members who have previously bought tickets through the club’s box office.”
Members with an existing purchase history at Newcastle United can purchase tickets at www.nufc.co.uk/tickets, by calling 0844 372 1892 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network access charge) or in person at the St. James’ Park box office.’