Obviously competitive pricing and deals help but you are still talking about tens of thousands of people paying hundreds of pounds in these desperate economic times. It is all quite mad, especially if you caught the end of the Manchester United match with thousands leaving even before the end of the match with the Mancs clinching the Premier League title.
With all the financial advantages the Premier League have, then if you combine it with Newcastle’s massive fanbase, there is no reason why we can’t in the longer term compete at the very top. It won’t happen overnight but it is an achievable dream that one day Newcastle’s achievements on the field will match the support off it.
While attractive ticket packages and incentives help to pull people in, when you consider the state of the economy, especially in the north east, it is a cracking statistic – especially when you take into account the constant moving of fixtures for both TV and the Europa League.
It would be nice to think that one day the Premier League would compete with the Bundesliga in terms of crowds and even better to imagine a Premier League of the future with German style prices and forward thinking grounds with massive safe standing areas and resultant excellent atmospheres.