Newcastle United finally set to sell out for first time in 234 days
Newcastle United are set for a first this season in four days time.
At the 11th attempt we are set to see the sold out signs at St James Park.
With Mike Ashley doing everything he can to drive fans away, the opening 10 games have all failed to sell out. Though of course the away support for Rafa’s team has been immense, as usual.
The NUFC owner ridiculously raised ticket prices all around the ground in the summer, whilst at the same time insisting on £20m+ profit on transfer deals in and out.
With Rafa Benitez refusing to extend his contract due to Ashley’s refusal to allow any proper investment in the Academy, training complex or playing squad, surely the amazing thing is that the crowds have stayed around the 50,000 mark.
However, as the season as progressed, it has been obvious that the actual numbers inside St James Park are far less than the official crowds announced, which are for numbers of tickets sold. The attendances at times looking at least a couple of thousand less than the official figures.
That is all set to change on Wednesday though, as the official NUFC ticketing site shows the Man Utd game is almost sold out.
Only around 130 tickets remain on sale spread around St James Park.
However, it has still been a struggle, with tickets on general sale for weeks. In the past this fixture would have sold out instantly but as yet another sign of the underlying damage Mike Ashley is inflicting, it will only be on the eve of the game when the last tickets are eventually sold.
The first sell out since the final game of last season when a full house watched Newcastle beat Chelsea 3-0 in a match where Rafa’s team had nothing to play for!
The crowds so far at St James Park this season have been:
51,749 v Tottenham
51,791 v Chelsea
52,165 v Arsenal
51,523 v Leicester
50,329 v Brighton
49,157 v Watford
49,266 v Bournemouth
51,853 v West Ham
50,223 v Wolves
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