Will Newcastle United half season tickets fill St James Park?
With all the empty seats this season, I was wondering will Newcastle United half season tickets fill St James Park?
With better recent form of three wins and a draw in the last five matches, it is a much better platform to push them compared to say how it looked at the start of October.
Especially with the last three home games bringing two wins and a draw, with both Man Utd and Bournemouth beaten in front of the home fans.
So I wondered how sales of the Newcastle United half season tickets must be going for Mike Ashley?
Having had a good look around though, I can’t find any trace of them.
Surely with so many empty seats, the club would be strongly pushing these but apparently not.
Does empty seats now add to the growing list of things Ashley is just not bothered about at his football club?
Back in the day when Newcastle United were ran with ambition, there was a waiting list for season tickets, so basically no seats available to be sold to fans as half season tickets.
As the Mike Ashley reign began to bite though and many fans became sick of the way he was running the club, it became a yearly thing to see half season tickets being pushed for the final nine or ten matches. Usually marketed as ideal Christmas presents and often prices slashed significantly, as in by more than half of what was charged for a full one.
The last time Newcastle United half season tickets were put on sale appears to be during the 2015/16 season.
Not a single game was selling out and crowds were regularly as low as 47,000 in the autumn for the visits of clubs such as Stoke, Watford and Norwich.
The sale of half season tickets did appear to boost crowds and eventually in Steve McClaren’s last ever game, Newcastle got a crowd of 52.000+ on 5 March 2016 when Bournemouth came and won 3-1, with Rafa replacing the hopeless McClaren.
We then saw a remarkable 51,106 average under Benitez in the second tier, so no need to sell half season tickets.
The same these past two seasons with averages at SJP of 51,992 and 51,121 under the Spaniard.
However, this season the crowds have been dismal, even official numbers sold have seen crowds as low as 43k for Brighton. Ticket sales for the likes of Southampton and Palace coming up, look very likely to see similarly low crowds.
I had a look elsewhere and a number of other Premier League clubs have been marketing half season tickets, indeed Palace’s sales period as just ended.
Newcastle’s 10th home game is against Everton on 28 December and the 11th on 1 January v Leicester, which would be when any half season tickets would kick in.
So is Mike Ashley just not bothered about the empty seats, or is this just a sign of the additional incompetence at NUFC, where those in charge aren’t even capable of coming up with a strategy of at least trying to fill the empty seats?
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