Newcastle fans have a trip to Wembley to look forward to this season, with Tottenham hosting Premier League matches at the national stadium for 2017/18 whilst their new ground is built.
Earlier today we brought you news (see below) that Tottenham had revealed that away supporters would be allocated 6,000 seats for each PL game.
With naturally many Newcastle fans keen to take the opportunity of a first trip to the ‘new’ Wembley, the news of double the minimum guaranteed allocation was very welcome.
No doubt still not enough to meet the demand but a very decent number.
However, Tottenham have now admitted that they made a mistake on their website and that Newcastle supporters and those of the other 18 Premier League clubs had been misled.
Rather than 6,000 of the 90,000 capacity Wembley stadium being given over to away fans, Spurs are giving only the bare minimum they are forced to give, 3,000.
This is pretty poor and seen as people all around the country helped pay for the new Wembley to be built, before Tottenham were given the exclusive privilege of using ‘our’ stadium, they should have had to agree to give more fans of every other club the chance to got to a game there next season.
From The Mag earlier today (26 June 2017):
Newcastle fans welcome Spurs to St James Park on the opening day of the season.
The game currently scheduled for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 12 August, though live TV games for August and September are due to be announced early July.
Before the fixtures were announced though, little doubt that Newcastle fans who regularly travel away would have been looking to see when the Spurs away match would be.
Whilst their new stadium is being developed, Tottenham have been given permission to play all Premier League home games at Wembley next season.
No matter the size of the stadium, PL clubs are only obliged to give away teams at least 3,000 tickets, unless their stadium is under 30,000 capacity, when it has to be at least 10% of the capacity.
So even though Wembley holds around 90,000, Newcastle fans were left wondering just how many spaces would be made available.
Monday has brought good news, with Spurs confirming that Premier League away fans will receive around 6,000 tickets.
These will be in sections 112-119 at the East and South East area(s), on the bottom tier.
The Spurs v Newcastle match is currently due to be played on Saturday 17 March, so fingers crossed that this doesn’t change and make travelling plans more tricky than necessary.