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‘St James Park expansion – Over to you Architects of Newcastle’

4 weeks ago
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I think we can all agree that Eddie Howe and the team are doing a fantastic job and long may it continue.

However, I see one small bump in the road and that is the mad scramble for tickets next season at St James Park and every season after that.

I have heard a lot of talk regarding the expansion of St James Park and that we need a capacity of at least 60,000 to 65,000.

In my humble opinion, this is way short of what will be required.

If you look back in history, Newcastle United were averaging 56,000 in 1947,  finishing second in the second division!

This was a national record for twenty years and only ever beaten (pre-premier league) by Man U with an average of 57,000 in the op tier, the season they won the European Cup.

In fact Man U, Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all recorded their record average crowds (pre premier league) in a year they won the league title.

In other words, we have never realised our true potential, having not won the league for nearly 100 years (ED: Plus NUFC had over 51,000 average in the second tier as recently as 2016/17).

I know twenty friends and family who had season tickets under Special K, this dwindled to only one under Steve Bruce.

The missing nineteen, including myself, are now clamouring for tickets. If you multiply my experience many times over and add the amount of youngsters who would jump at the chance with sensible pricing, where do you stop? Is it 75,000, 80,000, 85,000, 90,000?

I know this is not an easy conundrum to solve but surely we are in the very fortunate position where we can think as big as we like and in the words of the great Keven Keegan “Unleash the Black and White Tiger”

Over to you Architects of Newcastle!

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