Tickets have gone on sale to home supporters for the Burton v Newcastle match.
This is one of the most eagerly awaited trips for Newcastle’s travelling fans, as it is a new stadium to add AND the novelty of being able to stand (legally) at a match.
A topical subject, as Premier League clubs have revealed that they are to start discussing the issue of potentially allowing standing areas back into the top tier, which would be dependent on legislation as well. In Scotland, Celtic are currently trialling a 2,900 capacity safe standing area this season, the laws north of the border allowing this.
Burton’s impressive rise through the divisions means they are a bit of a one-off, currently they have only one stand with seats in and the other three are all terracing for standing.
For the Burton v Newcastle game in five weeks time (Saturday 17 December), the away supporters will get the whole of the East Stand which accommodates around 1,400 standing fans. Then on top of that, Newcastle will also get around 400 seats in the main stand, next to the sitting home fans.
The League rules state that each Championship club shall, with effect from the start of its fourth season in the division, have to provide an all-seater stadium, but Burton haven’t rushed into any major changes just yet. With three seasons to make up their minds, they are seeing how well the club can compete on the pitch first.
The Pirelli Stadium as had some extremes this season in terms of crowds. Whilst the stadium officially holds a claimed 6,900 fans, effectively it may be a little less.
Local rivals Derby County have helped produce the biggest so far, with 6,746 turning up to see Burton beat the Rams 1-0.
On the other hand, most crowds have not come close to seeing a possible sell-out, with the lowest Championship one being the 3,725 to see the QPR match. They also attracted 6,450 when Liverpool visited in the League Cup this season.
The coming days should see Newcastle United release details of how to get away tickets for the match, though Burton have now made public that the adult prices will be £24 for seats and £20 for standing – the terracing seeing prices as low as £7 for Under 13s.
Official Burton Albion Announcement:
‘The priority window for tickets for Burton Albion’s home game against Newcastle United on Saturday December 17 (3pm kick off) is now open.
Priority members can now purchase tickets and season tickets holders and vice presidents can also purchase extra tickets during this window.
All remaining tickets will go on general sale at 10am on Friday, November 18.
All Burton Albion fans will need to purchase a ticket before entering the Pirelli Stadium.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult – £24.00, Senior (65+) – £22.00, Young Person – £22.00, Under 17 – £14.00, Under 13 – £14.00
Adult – £20.00, Senior – £18.00, Young Person – £15.00, Under 17 – £7.00, Under 13 – £7.00