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Newcastle United season tickets for 2022/23 season – Debate intensifies as clock ticks down

2 weeks ago
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The 2022/23 Newcastle United season tickets are very much top of the agenda for many fans.

After Mike Ashley spent almost a decade and a half of effectively, via his actions / inactions, trying to convince supporters to bin their season tickets, we are now in a position where demand outstrips demand.

Left with well over five figures of unsold Newcastle United season tickets in summer 2019, by the December the then NUFC owner took the desperate measure of giving over 10,000 free half season tickets out to fill St James Park.

That was the point when we knew Mike Ashley had accepted the game was up, so many Newcastle United fans packing in their season tickets in the belief this was the only way to ever get him out of the club, Ashley knowing he had to now sell up after so many years of pretending he was trying to sell NUFC. Whilst elsewhere Premier League club after Premier League club were sold, some of them two or more times during the years of Mike Ashley trying to sell.

Now of course having played a major part in getting Mike Ashley out by forcing themselves to stay away, those boycotting now want to get Newcastle United season tickets once again, now there is hope, along with countless thousands of others.

Official club announcement on renewal of 2022/23 Newcastle United season tickets – 28 April 2022:

‘The renewal period for existing Newcastle United season ticket holders is now open for the 2022/23 campaign.

The club is contacting all current season ticket holders by email to inform them of the renewal process, with letters being posted to any season ticket holders without a valid email address on their club ticketing account.

Supporters wishing to renew their season ticket for the 2022/23 season must complete their renewal by Thursday 19th May.

Any seats not renewed by this date will be released for general sale.

Information on general sale season tickets will be confirmed in due course.’

As you can see, the deadline passed almost four weeks ago for those who were deciding whether or not to renew their Newcastle United season tickets. However, with now little more than seven weeks to go until the new season kicks off, we are still waiting for news on how the club are going to handle things.

After taking over in October 2021, the new owners decided not to offer half season tickets as we moved towards December 2021, meaning that a far larger number of match by match tickets have been going on sale, than was the case back in the days of season ticket sellouts.

So, what to do now?

Bottom line is that when demand exceeds supply, you can’t please everybody.

How many tickets to keep on sale match by match, how many seats to make available as season tickets?

I saw a poll earlier today on this subject and I won’t embarrass the Twitter account responsible by naming them…but if you are going to run a poll, the very minimum you have to do is give people all the facts before they vote on something. A lot of people commenting on this poll were under the impression that it was possible there would end up being no tickets at all sold match by match. Which is absolutely not the case, as Premier League rules say at least 5% (approx 2,500 seats in Newcastle’s case) of capacity has to be kept for match by match sales to home fans of each club.

This is roughly how St James Park used to be divided up when it came to how seats were divided up, when you had a season ticket sellout:

41,000 season ticket holders

3,200 away fans

5,000 corporate

3,000 match by match

With reports of only around 28,000 / 29,000 Newcastle United season tickets sold last season, it meant that once the new owners came in, there were probably around 15,000 match tickets going on sale, game by game.

For me, it is an absolute priority that the new owners investigate every avenue ASAP of expanding St James Park, which I think they will have been working on for months already.

A club that can fill its 52,000 capacity stadium in the second tier (2016/17) clearly has massive potential.

My feeling is that we need an absolute minimum of 60,000-65,000 and you just have to really hope that for starters, the land can be bought back opposite the Gallowgate (sold by Mike Ashley for personal profit) and that end of the stadium produce the vast majority of these empty seats.

In the meantime, I would say maybe keep 6,000 or so to be sold match by match and the rest be sold as Newcastle United season tickets.

What do you think…?

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