Ahead of the Leeds v Newcastle match next month, the Yorkshire club have given an update on ticket sales so far.
Over three weeks before the fixture (Sunday 20 November) Leeds United have revealed that over 25,000 tickets have already been sold to their fans, with tickets not even on general sale yet.
Leeds had announced Newcastle fans would get the ‘highest possible allocation’, which turned out to be a disappointing 2,764 tickets.
Newcastle United press release on ticket news for Leeds on Wednesday 26 October:
‘United have been given an allocation of 2,764 tickets for the fixture, and season ticket holders with 100 or more loyalty points can now secure their seat.
Tickets are priced at £37 for adults, and £25 for senior citizens ages 60 and above, disabled supporters and young adults aged 16 to 22. Tickets for juniors under the age of 16 are priced at £18, while tickets for juniors under the age of 11 cost £9.’
When you include the Newcastle allocation which is guaranteed to sell out quickly and is on sale now, it means a crowd of 28,000 is already guaranteed.
With over three weeks left to the match though, it appears Leeds United are assured of their highest crowd in years.
The highest so far this season was 28,514 when Huddersfield visited, although after these years of neglect, gates haves fallen as low as nineteen thousand for Championship matches.
Last season, the highest crowd at Elland Road was also against Huddersfield – 29,311.
Going back the previous four years, the highest gates were 31,850 v Rotherham (2014/15), 33,432 v Brighton (2013/14), 33,816 v Chelsea (League Cup 2012/13) and 33,366 v West Ham (2011/12).
Various websites all give the current Elland Road capacity as 37,800, although with that not having been needed for a number of years, it looks as though we are set to see just what is the exact capacity now, taking into consideration segregation etc.
Fair enough up to point Leeds giving Newcastle a lower than hoped for allocation, if they end up selling all the tickets themselves. A bit different with Hull City, who have refused to give Newcastle higher than the minimum allocation they have to by competition rules, despite it looking most unlikely that they will sell out themselves.
Leeds Official Update on Newcastle Ticket Sales:
‘Tickets for our home fixture with Newcastle United on Sunday 20th November (Kick off 1.15pm) will go on general sale from Monday 31st October 2016 at 9am.
As expected we have experienced a high demand for tickets for the fixture, with sales having already passed 25,000, during the Leeds United Members sale period which will end on Sunday at 10pm.
Supporters are advised that they can guarantee their seat for the visit of the Magpies by signing up to become a Leeds United Member until Sunday at 10pm by clicking here.
In addition to expecting our highest attendance of the season, we have also provided Newcastle United with the highest possible allocation of away tickets, and we would like to take this opportunity to state that, for safety reasons, any away supporters identified in the home general admission seating areas will be ejected from the stadium.
To help ensure that the home areas are kept for Leeds United supporters only, the club will temporarily stop new registrations on our ticketing database from midnight on 30th October, and throughout the general sales period.
Any remaining tickets for the visit of Newcastle will be made available for general sale at 9am on Monday online, on the phone on 0871 334 1992 or in person from the ticket counter at the Elland Road Superstore.’