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First game to sell out this season? Number of Newcastle v Manchester City tickets sold is revealed

3 weeks ago
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With 10 days to go until the next home game, I have been looking at the sales of Newcastle v Manchester City tickets.

The official attendances this season have been hit as thousands of Newcastle fans said enough was enough with Mike Ashley’s running of the club.

An average of over 6,000 empty seats at each St James Park Premier League match so far.

So what will be the case when the reigning champions visit Tyneside on 30 November 2019?

Last season, 50,861 were there on a Tuesday night in late January 2019 to see Rafa’s NUFC win 2-1, goals from Rondon and Ritchie.

I have now counted up how many Newcastle v Manchester City tickets are still unsold via the club’s online ticketing website which shows details of all the sections of St James Park, which allows fans to pick their Newcastle v Manchester City tickets. (What that also allows is somebody to then count up how many are still unsold for this next match. I went around every section to total them up, you didn’t need to count the seats one by one, there is a total of unsolds for each section.)

These are the Newcastle v Manchester City tickets still unsold on Wednesday afternoon in each part of the ground with 10 days to go to the game:

East Stand – 65 seats available

Gallowgate East Corner – 86 seats available

Gallowgate Stand – 1,035 seats available

Gallowgate West Corner – 122 seats available

Leazes East Corner – 259 seats available

Leazes Stand – 839 seats available

Leazes West Corner – 983 seats available

Milburn Stand – 905 seats available

By my calculations, that adds up to 4,294 Newcastle v Manchester City tickets still unsold in the normal home areas.

The crowd is boosted with Manchester City announcing that they have sold out their full away allocation of 3,185 tickets.

However, this also doesn’t include the approximate 4,000 or so seats in corporate areas, so it is an unknown how many of them remain unsold as well. The club have been pushing  sales in corporate areas to normal fans and on the ticketing site they are pushing the Park Grill and Barracks deals to normal fans for this Man City game, with hundreds of corporate tickets still showing unsold just in those two areas.

The match by match tickets for this game went on sale over three weeks ago so interesting how many more will be sold in the remaining days.

The lowest official crowd so far this season was 43,316 for Brighton and the highest so far is 51,198 for the win over Man Utd.

All the evidence points to this crowd probably ending up some where in between those two extremes, probably nearer the Man Utd figure with Man City selling out and it being attractive opposition.

However, with probably a minimum of 5,000+ still unsold, I still can’t see it becoming the first of the season to sell out.

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