Surprising Wednesday update on sales figures of Newcastle v Southampton tickets
An update on sales of Newcastle v Southampton tickets.
Saturday’s match is now only three days away with 15th in the table taking on 16th.
Cardiff’s win on Tuesday night appears to have made it a two club race for the last relegation place as the Welsh club trail Brighton by only two points.
Southampton and Newcastle are five and seven points clear of third bottom respectively and the bookies make both of them massive 300/1 outsiders to go down.
Despite this looking a largely meaningless game, on Wednesday afternoon the official Newcastle United ticketing site is showing less than 100 tickets remaining.
What is particularly impressive is that Newcastle fans have also had 1,500 tickets usually reserved for away fans.
Southampton took an allocation of 1,700 tickets and with none on sale on their official ticketing site, it appears they have sold the reduced allocation they took.
The Saints fans are helped by the fact the club’s sponsors (Virgin Media) subsidise all away tickets, meaning that no Southampton supporter has to pay more than £20 for an away ticket.
This will be a second game in a row whereby Newcastle have the backing of over 50,000 fans.
Crystal Palace also only had three blocks of the away section totalling 1,700 tickets but failed to sell around 300 of them, meaning that despite Newcastle fans buying the rest of the tickets, including the sections not sold by Palace, one of the Palace sections was only half filled and because of segregation issues the unsold tickets couldn’t be bought by Newcastle fans.
The fact the game is on live TV hasn’t proved a deterrent either, with of course a 5,30pm kick-off fitting nicely, if your intention is to go straight out in town after the match.
Sounds like a plan!
The Premier League 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
51,237 v Fulham
52,217 v Man Utd
49,864 v Cardiff
52,174 v Huddersfield
48,323 v Burnley
52,242 v Everton
51,926 v Crystal Palace
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