Information on Newcastle United season ticket prices for next season have been released by the club on Tuesday morning.
The club saying that prices will be ‘frozen’ at 2016/17 prices for 2017/18.
The statement says ‘…the price they’ll pay in 2017/18 will be exactly the same as the price they paid for their 2016/17 season ticket’.
However, having read their statement (see below) a number of times, I am still not totally sure what the situation is, with two possible interpretations:
All season ticket holders will pay exactly what they did last season, including the 10% discount that was then applied after the fall into the Championship was confirmed, regardless of which division we are in next (2017/18) season.
All season ticket holders will pay ‘exactly’ the same price if Newcastle are in the Championship still next season but prices will revert to 2015/16 prices (without the 10% relegation discount) if in the Premier League.
The club have also revealed that currently they have just under 38,000 season ticket holders, which includes those who purchased half season tickets midway through this season.
Not being churlish but with English football ridiculously expensive, any club putting their prices up further is surprising.
Especially if Newcastle are promoted, the massive amounts of cash Premier League clubs are getting from TV should equal lower prices for fans of all PL outfits.
If Newcastle do end up staying in the second tier, the prices for the majority of NUFC supporters are up there at the top end anyway when compared to Championship rivals, even taking into consideration that 10% discount if it is/was applied again.
Obviously, if NUFC are in the Premier League next season and end up paying 10% less than they did in 2015/16, then that would be a decent step forward in the right direction.
(In recent days/weeks a number of other Premier League and Championship clubs have announced their season ticket details for next season and all of these clubs have said prices will be frozen or cut: Manchester United, Norwich City, Everton, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City)
Official Newcastle United Statement:
‘Newcastle United have today confirmed that existing season ticket holders will enjoy a price freeze for the 2017/18 season.
The announcement comes as United see themselves restored to the top spot in the league, following a win against Derby at the weekend.
Supporters on long term price freeze deals will hear from the club later this week to confirm their price schedule for the 2017/18 season and those on one-year and half-season deals will be able to renew at the current one-year price later in the season.
Lee Charnley, managing director at Newcastle United said: “The support from our fans this season has been nothing short of amazing. They have flocked to St. James’ Park to support Rafa and the team, in the quest to see us returned to the Premier League.
“We wanted to help repay their incredible loyalty with a price freeze for all existing season ticket holders, meaning the price they’ll pay in 2017/18 will be exactly the same as the price they paid for their 2016/17 season ticket.”
Last season the club made significant reductions in season ticket prices for supporters under the age of 18, with a further 10% reduction applied across all season tickets when it was confirmed the club would spend 2016/17 in the Championship.
Season ticket holder numbers have since soared close to 38,000, with thousands of new junior supporters taking their places in the stands at St. James’ Park.’