Still an extraordinary number of unsold Newcastle v Southampton tickets
I had a bit of spare time last Thursday 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 now in only three days time, a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 28 August.
A potentially massive match in my opinion, as we lost to West Ham and as I predicted last Thursday, we didn’t get anything at Aston Villa. The added edge as well, with Southampton set to be one of Newcastle’s main relegation rivals.
With that 4-2 collapse against West Ham and losing 2-0 at Villa, 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.
I have counted up again, just to see if there had been a ‘surge’ of interest in tickets from what I found almost a week ago.
So looking at the Newcastle v Southampton tickets that are currently unsold, what kind of crowd / support are we looking at on Saturday?
Well on the NUFC ticketing website, last Thursday 19 August there were still 10,900 tickets showing unsold in the normal home areas, looking at it now on Wednesday 25 August I counted up 7,320 still unsold.
Last Thursday there were 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. Instead of 380 showing unsold in those three areas, they are now totalling 330 unsold.
Meanwhile, Southampton have taken an allocation of 1,722 tickets for the game. Though the actual full maximum away allocation allowed is 3,200 and even though the Saints haven’t taken that full 3,200, on the official NUFC ticketing website you can’t buy tickets in the usual away sections that the away side haven’t taken, this only happens once all the other parts of St James Park have pretty much sold out.
Looking at the Southampton ticketing site this (Wednesday 25 August) morning, the Saints fans have only bought just under 1,000 tickets, meaning out of 3,200 maximum in the whole away end at Newcastle, 2,200+ are currently left empty.
Taking these three totals together, I now estimate at least 9,850 Newcastle v Southampton tickets are unsold only three days before the game, though in reality there will be a fair few more currently empty as well, such as in other hospitality / corporate areas.
So currently we are looking at a crowd that will crawl just above the 40,000 mark, maybe getting up to around 43,00o or so possibly with late sales.
This must be a serious worry for Mike Ashley (or it should be!) 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 giving free season tickets away again.
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