Extraordinary number of unsold Newcastle v Southampton tickets
I had a bit of spare time this afternoon and found myself looking at Newcastle v Southampton tickets.
I was just wondering how many tickets were left to be sold.
As I flicked through the official NUFC ticketing website there looked to be a fair few.
So with nothing better to do, I started counting…
Newcastle United face the Saints in nine days time, a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 28 August.
A potentially massive match in my opinion, as I don’t think we will get anything at Aston Villa and Southampton set to be one of Newcastle’s main relegation rivals.
With that 4-2 collapse against West Ham and if losing at Villa on Saturday, the last thing we would need going into an international break would be a draw against Southampton and only one point from the first nine, or even worse of course, a third defeat and zero points from an opening trio of games that many people appeared to think NUFC had a very good chance of picking up a decent number of points from.
So looking at the Newcastle v Southampton tickets that are currently unsold, what kind of crowd / support are we looking at for the moment.
Well on the NUFC ticketing website, at 6pm on Thursday 19 August, there were still 10,900 tickets showing unsold in the normal home areas.
There are also 380 tickets showing unsold in the three corporate / hospitality areas that NUFC push online to fans – the Barracks, Park Grill and Four Corners. Though there will be additional unsold corporate tickets in other areas that aren’t pushed online.
Meanwhile, Southampton have taken an allocation of 1,722 tickets for the game, instead of the 3,000 full allocation that West Ham sold. So that is another 1,278 Newcastle v Southampton tickets currently unsold, as they won’t be put on sale unless the bulk of the other unsold tickets are taken up.
Taking those three totals together, that is at least 12,558 Newcastle v Southampton tickets unsold nine days before the game, which would currently ensure a crowd of less than 40,000.
In reality though, Southampton will probably bring only about 1,000 judging from the past, so you can probably add at least another 700 to the unsold total, taking it well beyond the 13,000 mark.
A decent first half on Sunday with Newcastle scoring twice but ultimately a game where NUFC were well beaten and outplayed by a pretty average West Ham team on the opening day. Plus we no longer have the novelty factor of first home game back after covid restrictions listed.
This must be a serious worry for Mike Ashley and unless ticket sales seriously pick up for this game (and those that follow), you wonder just how long it will be before he is once again pushing that button which says 10,000+ free season ticket give away…
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