Number of Newcastle v Arsenal tickets still unsold is revealed – Explains desperate Mike Ashley interview
If you were wondering why that pathetic Mike Ashley ‘interview’ (PR statement) went out on Friday night, the number of unsold Newcastle v Arsenal tickets stands out a mile.
The NUFC owner stated that the big selling point of the club when he bought Newcastle United in 2007, was the fans.
These past 12 years have shown that to be the case, with Mike Ashley refusing to sell the club because it has given his Sports Direct retail empire massive worldwide exposure for free.
A key part of that Ashley plan needed a full stadium to make that strategy work, adverts with thousands of empty seats in the picture and on the screen sends out very much the wrong message.
Mike Ashley went on the offensive on Friday night as one of his pet journalists gave him a free platform to lash out at those he claims have/are harming the club and have being unreasonable, including Rafa Benitez and the fans.
The spell has been broken though with the automatic 50,000 crowds he has been able to take for granted.
Thousands of season ticket holders did not renew this summer and now on Saturday mornijng detailed below is exactly how many Newcastle v Arsenal tickets remain unsold only two weeks before the match.
No wonder Mike Ashley is lashing out!
The club’s online ticketing website showed a map of St James Park, which allows fans to pick their Newcastle v Arsenal tickets.
What that also allows is somebody to then count up how many are still unsold for the opening match.
Areas you can’t check out are the away section (Arsenal have 3,200 seats to sell) in the Leazes End, as well as the Directors box and all corporate areas which I understand to be another 4,000 or so seats.
However, everywhere else you can visit every section and see which seats are unsold.
I went around every section to total them up, you didn’t need to count the seats one by one, there was a total of unsolds for each section.
Though still a pain in the backside, though very interesting to see the reality.
East Stand – 614 seats available
Gallowgate East Corner – 160 seats available
Gallowgate Stand – 1,829 seats available
Gallowgate West Corner – 483 seats available
Leazes Stand – 1,440 seats available
Leazes East Corner – 755 seats available
Leazes West Corner – 1,946 seats available
Milburn Stand – 2,363 seats available
By my calculations, there are still at least 9,590 unsold Newcastle v Arsenal tickets in normal ticketing areas, plus however many of the 4,000 or so corporate ones that are still unsold.
Ashley hitting lucky with it being Arsenal who should sell at least most of their allocation but the second and third home games are Watford and Brighton, history telling us that they will take up less than a thousand tickets, meaning another two and a half thousand empty seats to add to those in the usual home areas.
As it stands Mike Ashley is looking at around 40,000-43,000 for the Arsenal game by my reckoning, plus of course that only references number of seats sold. Season ticket holders are being asked to boycott this opening match as a one-off and so the actual gate could still end up less than 40,000.
As for those Watford and Brighton matches, unless something very positive happens in the meantime (Ashley selling the club…), I think we are all but guaranteed those crowds to be under 40,000.
No wonder Mike Ashley is panicking, his running of Sports Direct an absolute shambles and a £605m tax bill having landed, plus now the Newcastle United gravy train running out of steam.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.
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