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Price of Newcastle v Arsenal tickets isn’t going to help fill those empty season ticket seats

10 months ago
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The Newcastle v Arsenal tickets go on sale to season ticket holders and members from Monday 22 July.

It is then online general sale from Thursday 25 July and then full general sale from Monday 29 July.

The game is a 2pm kick-off on Sunday 11 August and today the Gunners released details of their away allocation.

They have taken the maximum 3,200 tickets and whilst the £30 maximum price for a Premier League away ticket is still the case, Arsenal are subsidising every away ticket this season, meaning their fans will only pay £26 (concessions paying lower prices).

On Monday we revealed that the official NUFC ticketing sight was showing that over 13,000 seats in season ticket areas were so far unsold, reflecting the fact thousands and thousands of season ticket holders haven’t renewed this summer.

With the match live on Sky Sports and moved to a Sunday, it won’t exactly help the NUFC owner to fill all those empty seats.

More importantly, the prices fans will have to pay for Newcastle v Arsenal tickets are most definitely going to be a major obstacle.

Newcastle fans have been regularly told that Mike Ashley is ensuring that they are paying some of the lowest ticket prices in the Premier League.

Like so much of what we are told though by Mike Ashley and his minions, when you scratch away the surface, it tells a different story, the Ashley spin that the newspapers slavishly reproduce, simply isn’t true.

Newcastle United’s ticket prices have been consistently amongst the highest in the Premier League, for those clubs outside the top six.

Thanks to Chris Holt, these are the match by match ticket prices that Newcastle fans were charged for each game last season (2018/19):

As you can see, last season Newcastle fans had to pay £39 for tickets against Arsenal in the Leazes and Gallowgate, whilst for the east Stand it was £50.

The match against the Gunners falling in the second highest band of prices along with Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City. With Man Utd and Liverpool costing more.

With 5% added to season tickets, it looks all but sure, certainly judged on previous seasons, that this will then be reflected in match by match tickets.

These Newcastle v Arsenal tickets for the game in just over three weeks time look as though they will see at least a £2 increase on last season. With Newcastle fans probably asked to pay £41 for the Leazes and Gallowgate, with £52 or £53 for the East Stand.

Of those 13,000+ seats that were unsold as of Monday, exactly how many people can you see rushing to buy either season tickets or match by match tickets, especially with the dismal scenario we see at the minute. Losing key players, no signings, Rafa gone and no replacement, then even when that changes it appears that we are laughably going to have Steve Bruce rake over.

Something that I also came across today was an announcement by Tottenham, they were thanking fans when announcing that their first three home games had sold out instantly – Villa (10 August), Newcastle United (25 August) and Crystal Palace (14 September).

It is heartbreaking the state of Newcastle United, just looking at where Spurs are now and yet when Mike Ashley took over at St James Park back in 2007, NUFC’s Premier League history up to that point was way above that of Tottenham.

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