Cardiff v Newcastle is the final away match of the season for the Magpies.
Last month saw claims that Newcastle had asked for 10,000 tickets and that Cardiff were going to try and make 8,000 available.
When ticket details were then announced, Newcastle stated that 3,400 tickets had ‘initially’ been allocated.
Early April though saw many Cardiff City season ticket holders receive a letter (extract reproduced below) which explains that they will have to move to accommodate Newcastle fans.
The letter states that fans are being moved due to safety concerns, with Newcastle fans guaranteed to be in the home sections if demand can’t be satisfied.
Cardiff fans informed that instead of the usual 2,200 away allocation, there are up to around 6,000 places allocated to Newcastle supporters if the demand is there, both the Safety Advisory Group and South Wales Police backing the decision.
As Friday’s game approaches, Cardiff club officials have revealed that they are expecting between 4,000 and 4,500 Newcastle fans to be at the match.
The standard allocation for away fans in the league is 2,200 at Cardiff but that has been increased in cases of high demand in the past, with Aston Villa bringing 3,258 earlier this season.
Wales Online report that the current record for away fans in domestic matches at the Cardiff City Stadium is around 4,000 and this was set by Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg in 2012.
The Cardiff City officials have indicated that Newcastle fans are set to beat that total with over four thousand set to be there, just a shame that it’s a Friday night kick-off, as any weekend kick-off would surely have seen the full 6,000 taken up.
Letter sent by Cardiff City to season tickets holders – 4 April 2017:
‘Dear Season Ticket Holder,
As you are aware this season’s final home game is versus Newcastle United.
The demand for away tickets for this fixture could greatly exceed the capacity available in our normal away section and with capacity available around the ground there is legitimate concern over away fans buying tickets in home areas for what could be a crucial fixture for our visitors.
Discussions have therefore been held with the Safety Advisory Group and South Wales Police and it has been decided to attempt to satisfy the demand for travelling supporters by potentially increasing the away ticket allocation from 2,200 to maximum of c6,000
The increase will be achieved by extending the away sector into blocks 123, and possibly 124 and (part of) 125 of the Family Stand and we apologise that this contingency may result in your possible relocation for this fixture….
Thank you for your ongoing support and trust you understand our rationale behind the decision that has been made in the best interests of public safety.’
For and on behalf of Cardiff City Football Club
NUFC official update (on Tuesday 4 April 2017) on away tickets for Cardiff v Newcastle:
‘Tickets for Newcastle’s final away game of the season, at Cardiff City, are on sale now.
The Magpies have initially been allocated around 3,400 tickets for the Friday night fixture, which will kick off at 7.45pm on 28th April. Seats are currently on sale to season ticket holders with zero away loyalty points.
Tickets are priced at £24 for adults, £20 for over-60s, £15 for 16 to 21-year-olds and £12 for under-16s. Ambulant disabled tickets are the same price but with carers free of charge. Any supporters under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Family area tickets are also available but these are limited and supporters must call the Box Office.
They are priced at £18 for adults, £12 for over-60s, £10 for 16 to 21-year-olds and £5 for under-16s while a family ticket (two adults and two juniors) costs £40.’