New Newcastle United owners announce first sold out home game since May 2019
Late Thursday afternoon the new Newcastle United owners were at last handed the keys to St James Park.
Only hours later they have the pleasure of announcing the first sold out game at St James Park for 29 months.
Newcastle v Tottenham set to see a full house of paying fans, a 4.30pm kick-off at St James Park on Sunday 17 October.
The last game when all 52,000+ seats were sold, was on 4 May 2019, when a packed St James Park watched a brilliant match, Newcastle 2 Liverpool 3, United so unlucky to lose in what would prove to be Rafa Benitez’ final home match.
With Steve Bruce reportedly set to be sacked by the new owners, it will mean in Bruce’s entire time working for Mike Ashley, St James Park was never sold out completely.
The closest it came was when 51,198 paying fans were inside St James Park on 6 October 2019, to watch Newcastle United 1 Man Utd 0, Matty Longstaff with the only goal of the game.
In a two month period from 28 December 2019 to the end of February 2020, we did see a full St James Park. However, with 20% of the crowd (10,000) handed free season tickets to fill the thousands of empty seats generated by Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce, you could hardly describe it having been a ‘sold out’ St James Park…
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘Tickets for Newcastle United’s next home game, against Tottenham Hotspur, are now sold out.
England captain Harry Kane and his Tottenham team-mates come to St. James’ Park for a 4.30pm (BST) kick-off on Sunday, 17th October, and tickets for the category A game initially went on sale to Members last month before going online general sale and then being released for full general sale – including telephone bookings – on Monday.
But the final remaining seats sold out on Friday morning – although a limited number of hospitality tickets are still available from £115.’
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