Aston Villa tickets prove tougher sell than expected for Newcastle United fans – Villa info
Aston Villa is the first chance for Newcastle United fans to travel to an away (competitive) match in a year and a half.
During the covid restrictions the lack of live football hurt supporters, especially those who base their calendar around a yearly diet of turning up at St James Park and best of all, the away trips.
Much talk about when the restrictions would be eventually lifted and that pent up demand unleashed, especially when it comes to travelling away.
So how has the reality matched up to that perception?
Well, a 3pm Saturday kick-off at Aston Villa with less than 3,000 tickets available – it has sold out – but with only 72 hours to go until kick-off. Season ticket holders failed to buy up the full allocation and it was only when the Aston Villa tickets went on general sale on Wednesday, that the remaining tickets were bought up.
Partly that could be put down to the sharp decline in the number of fans buying season tickets with well over 10,000 still remaining unsold. However, there is usually more than enough demand that still sees a sell out to season ticket holders as they buy them up for friends and family, even if they aren’t up for going.
It remains to be seen how the season pans out, in terms of both home and away ticket sales to Newcastle fans. It applies to all football fans of course but for NUFC supporters there are all of those extra issues – Mike Ashley of course the main one, then the likes of Steve Bruce and the uninspiring football that has filled the vast majority of his two years (and counting).
You had the first match (after restrictions lifted) novelty on Sunday at St James Park, that helped the crowd to 50,000 but still a couple of thousand under capacity, that despite West Ham selling their full 3,000 (interestingly, the Hammers struggled to sell their full allocation, that also only finally selling out when going to general sale).
Interesting to see what happens in nine days time when Southampton visit St James Park, no post-restrictions first match novelty and Southampton only taking 1,722 tickets and based on past experience, probably set to sell little more than a thousand of those.
It was an entertaining game against West Ham but ultimately a comfortable win for the visitors, will that be enough to tempt back those who bought up single tickets, those who didn’t buy up the season tickets?
For away matches, with Steve Bruce’s football driving away the TV cameras, it means that the first three months of the season (August, September and October) all the NUFC away games are 3pm Saturday kick-offs with not a single one chosen for live broadcast in the UK. A rare treat for regular away travellers and something that should at least in theory, have ensured full Newcastle away allocations are snapped up.
I think they still will eventually all be sold out in these early months but often going to general sale, the big benefit of this is that many younger fans getting more chance of away tickets, something that is often problematic for those younger fans with few loyalty points, or indeed, no season tickets.
Of course, Newcastle United’s support is still exceptional, now in the 15th year of Mike Ashley rule, which other club would be still getting this kind of support if having him as the owner?
Confirmation of new ownership would ensure all season tickets sold, full houses at all home and away games where Newcastle United fans are concerned…
However, the reality is…Aston Villa away on Saturday with Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce still dragging us down.
Enjoy the trip if you are going, away trips are indeed the best, having a successful club and team hopefully additional extras sometime in the future…
Newcastle United have also highlighted this request from Aston Villa to those NUFC fans with tickets for Saturdday.
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘Supporters travelling to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Villa Park have been asked to familiarise themselves with important information issued by Aston Villa.
The Magpies travel to the Midlands for a 3pm kick-off and will be backed by a sold-out allocation of 2,950 travelling fans.
Visitors’ seating will be located in the Doug Ellis Stand Lower (Block Q) and the Doug Ellis Upper (Block P).
Aston Villa have confirmed that no alcohol will be available in Block P at this time.
Villa have also confirmed that away supporters using wheelchairs will be located in the Trinity Road Stand (family enclosure).
Supporters can find Aston Villa’s Away full Supporter Information document here.
Aston Villa’s updated Fans Code of Conduct can be found here.’
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