St James Park and the fans that fill it, have been the only constant area of pride for Newcastle supporters year after year.
However, even that is about to take a massive blow as many of our Premier League rivals overtake Newcastle United’s capacity.
Only Manchester United with 75,000 had a bigger capacity than Newcastle United’s 52,000, until Arsenal opened the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium in 2006.
However, Manchester City will take third spot for the coming 2015/16 season when their capacity reaches 54,000 midway through their major building work.
The overall picture looks like this, with the Premier League clubs and their new look capacities in the next few years.
2015 Man City 52,000
2015 Man City 61,000 West Ham 54,000 Liverpool 54,000
2018 Tottenham 65,000
Just so long as all clubs remain in the Premier League, you will see NUFC having the fourth biggest capacity in August 2015, then sixth biggest by August 2016 and seventh largest in August 2018.
By August 2018 the pecking order is set to be:
75,000 Manchester United
61,000 Manchester City
54,000 West Ham
Meanwhile, Mike Ashley is going ahead with the planned sale of a lease on land opposite St James Park, which if then fully developed, would remove the only remaining realistic chance to develop the NUFC stadium further.
It is possible that Newcastle United’s capacity could rise to over 60,000 if the Gallowgate End was developed to its full potential.
The 2014/15 season saw United average fifty thousand crowds yet again, despite only surviving relegation on the last day of the season.
Just imagine what the demand would be with any hint of success…
Another potential option to help more Newcastle fans to be able to see their team in the future, and at more affordable prices, comes with the news that Celtic have being given permission to trial a safe standing area.