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Revealed how many Newcastle United Season Tickets are unsold for new season (2019/20)

1 month ago
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The Newcastle United season tickets went on general sale today.

Fans were stunned when in June they found out prices had gone up by 5%, this on top of Mike Ashley forcing people to pay up to 20% extra for their season tickets last Summer (2018).

Existing season ticket holder were only given three weeks to renew before the deadline passed and now at 10am this morning (Monday 15 July), the Newcastle United season tickets that weren’t renewed (as well as those that went unsold last season) have now gone on sale.

After everything that has/hasn’t happened at Newcastle United this Summer, you really can’t imagine why anyone would be deciding that this is a great time to get a season ticket.

However, how many people have held on to their season tickets?

The issue is further complicated with thousands of people who are on direct debit payments having to start paying for the following season whilst the current/old season was still going on.

A number of fans claiming, especially on social media, that even though they have already made some payments, with Rafa’s departure and the rest of the Ashley mess this Summer, they have now stopped any further direct debits and written to the club, to say they are binning their season ticket with immediate effect.

So whether NUFC will be showing these season tickets as available, is an unknown.

Anyway, with them going on sale, the club’s online ticketing website shows a map of St James Park, which allows fans to pick their Newcastle United Season Tickets today.

What that also allows is somebody to then count up how many season ticket seats are currently still unsold…

This is the St James Park map showing in green which areas you could buy a season ticket in this morning.

The away areas (3,200 seats) in the Leazes End are showing as unavailable, as well as the Directors box and corporate areas.

However, everywhere else you could visit every section and see which seats are unsold.

I went around every section to total them up, you don’t to count the seats one by one, there is a total of unsolds for each section.

Though it still took plenty of time and patience…

Recently there were claims of 10,000 season ticket holders not having renewed.

This is what I found to be unsold as at 11am on Monday 15 July 2019.

Level 7 Milburn/Leazes

2,868 seats available

Rest of Milburn

2,239 seats available

Rest of Leazes

3,327 seats available

East Stand

1,999 seats available

Gallowgate

2,980 seats available

By my calculations, there was a choice of 13,413 empty seats in season ticket areas. This includes seats that would eventually go on sale as match by match ones, which will still be the case, only a whole lot more of them…

Unless something dramatic and positive (not appointing Steve Bruce!) happens in these next few weeks, there are going to be some seriously big empty spaces inside St James Park.

To think, even if Mike Ashley is still refusing to sell the club, all he had to do was to belatedly play fair by Rafa Benitez (and the fans) and St James Park would automatically have been sold out.

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