The Hull v Newcastle ticket debacle just gets ever more embarrassing for Hull City and annoying for Newcastle fans.
Newcastle supporters were given the bare minimum of tickets, receiving 2,474 for the League Cup quarter final, competition rule stating they have to allocate at least 10% of their 25,000 capacity to the Magpies.
Even Hull fans were saying this was crazy with no chance of the home supporters filling the stadium, especially with the animosity toward the club owners.
Newcastle sold their 2,474 tickets straight away and over twice as many as that number have already grabbed tickets for the TV beamback screening in the various St James Park bars.
Tickets have been on sale to Hull fans for some weeks but on Wednesday (23 November), tickets are available to the general public.
What this also means is that if you registered on the Hull City ticketing system, you could get to see how many seats have been sold to Hull supporters…and how many haven’t.
Below are four screenshots taken from four random sections around the stadium, they are also spread across the various prices (£9, £12 and £15).
Looking around all the various areas and making rough estimates (not counting every single seat), it looks as though between a quarter and a third of seats have been sold.
With six days to go to the match, only between 5,000 and 7,000 tickets (if you are being generous) sold to home fans (though I do know a number of Newcastle fans who have already got mates in the Hull area to buy them tickets in the home ends).
It is an absolute shambles and a lot of hassle and potential trouble could have been saved by giving Newcastle a realistic allocation.
Four screenshots from the Hull City ticketing website showing the unsold seats (marked in green) in the various price level (£9, £12, £15) areas:
Hull City Official Announcement:
Remaining tickets for our EFL Cup Quarter-Final home tie with Newcastle United go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday morning.
The Tigers will be looking to make it through to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in the Club’s history when they host the Magpies in a fixture that will be played at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday 29th November (KO 7.45pm).
Tickets for the game are priced:
Zone 1: £9, Zone 2: £12, Zone 3: £12, Zone 4: £15
Supporters can purchase tickets online* from www.tigerleisure.com (before 2pm on Friday 25th November for those requiring postage), in person* from Tiger Leisure at the KCOM Stadium or by calling 01482 505600* (before 2pm on Friday 25th November).
Please note that available tickets are for home supporters only. Visiting supporters found to be in home areas of the KCOM Stadium will be removed with no refund.’
Whilst there is a warning saying away fans will be thrown out, there is absolutely nothing to stop Newcastle fans buying any/all of these unsold seats in the home end. In fact, my mate (with a north east address) registered this morning and bought tickets for us in the home end.
Championship clubs have said that only fans with a past history of buying tickets could buy tickets this season, to prevent Newcastle supporters getting them in the home areas. None of that with Hull though, with anybody able to now either walk up, telephone, or register online and buy tickets.
I bet the Police in Hull are over the moon about this – shame they hadn’t stepped in and ‘advised’ Hull City to give Newcastle fans a realistic allocation, considering any sane person knew the home fans would never come close to filling the stadium.
***Hull City have now (Wednesday lunchtime) taken the Newcastle match off their online ticketing system!