Suggested Hull give out free tickets for semi-final to avoid repeat of Newcastle embarrassment
Much of the talk beforehand was about the expected crowd at the Hull v Newcastle quarter-final.
Not the best of supported clubs and with Hull fans protesting against the owners, Newcastle fans were more than a ‘little’ unhappy to receive only 2,474 tickets (the minimum competition rules say Hull had to give), with forecasts of thousands of empty seats in the home sections.
The tickets ended up on general sale and hundreds (if not more) of Newcastle fans managed to gain access to the home areas, despite threats of being thrown out if identified.
The eventual count saw over 8,700 empty seats, which is shocking for a cup quarter-final, in a stadium that only holds around 25,000.
The final crowd figure was given as 16,243, which many Hull fans and the local media saw as a major embarrassment for the club and support.
As they wait to see who they get in the semi-finals, the main local newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail’, have proposed that the club should give out free tickets to try and fill the empty seats.
Alternatively, they suggest two for the price of one and/or letting kids in for just a pound.
As adults tickets were as cheap as £9 (top price £15) for the Hull v Newcastle clash, it is hard to see price as being the biggest issue.
Interesting to see what does happen in the next round and of course what crowd they attract, as well as whether they give such a low allocation to the away club
Hull Daily Mail:
‘The win over Newcastle was history-making, so it is such a shame that so few fans were in attendance to witness it.
The principles of those supporters pledging to stay away from the club while it remains under its current ownership must be respected. Nobody can force fans into attending.
But City, as a club, must do everything in its power to ensure that the KCOM Stadium is as packed-out as possible for the home leg of the semi-final.
If that means handing out free tickets to season ticket-holders then so be it. If it means introducing buy-one-get-one-free offers or ‘kids for a quid’ deals then so be it.
It would reflect poorly on the club if the stadium were as sparsely-populated for the semi-final as it was for the (Hull v Newcastle) quarter-final. Hull City are in the semi-final of a major cup competition. It’s not often you can say that so it would be silly not to make it the occasion it deserves to be.’
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