A singing section of the ground and more family seats are among the changes announced today by Newcastle’s Chairman Chris Mort, as the club introduced their season ticket plans for next season, 2008-2009.
Chris Mort – right in Toon with Newcastle’s supporters
Renewal forms are being mailed out and will be delivered next week. Included will be a price freeze for season-ticket holders who are willing to sign up for tickets for the next 3 seasons.
Thatâ€™s sounds like a decent deal, with Kevin being at the club for the next 3 seasons. 😀
The most interesting change is the introduction of what is being called the Leazes Corner.
Prices there start at Â£390 for adults â€“ and they are for fans who are willing to sing and generate a generally noisy atmosphere.
Another good change by the club, and most welcome, and they have almost tripled the size of the family enclosure â€“ where season tickets will cost just Â£300 for adults and Â£100 for children.
Thatâ€™s a great move by the club, who recognize itâ€™s the youngsters who are the future support for the club.
On a personal note, I remember going with my Dad to St. James’ in the late 40s and early 50s, way before I was 10 years old, and being warned because I kept running after the ball when it went out of touch.
That was at the Leazes end when they had those big concrete barriers that took some getting over, to get onto the field, particularly when you weren’t too big to start with. 😀
The new plans were revealed by chairman Chris Mort after feedback from numerous Newcastle supporters. It’s probably one of Chrisâ€™ final acts before he is expected to step down later this summer.
These are good moves by Mort, and show how much he got in touch with the real fans while he was Chairman.
Chris Mort said today:
“Over the course of the year I’ve spoken to lots of fans about how we can improve things at St James’ Park.â€
“Two themes have regularly cropped up in those conversations.â€
“One was somehow creating a section in the ground where like-minded fans â€“ who enjoy singing â€“ can come together to generate a great atmosphere and get behind the team for 90 minutes.”
“The other issue was getting more of our younger fans into the ground.â€
“And I really think with the changes we are making for next season we’ve been able to deliver on both.â€
“We want Leazes Corner to be a place where the noise and backing for the team really causes a stir, and we’ve purposely reduced prices for fans to sit in that section of the ground.â€
“The larger family enclosure, with reduced prices, furthers our commitment to looking after young supporters.”
“Something we started last season with the ticket initiatives for the friendlies, and which we continued with the 10-game season tickets after Christmas.”
The increased family enclosure will move to Level 7 in the Milburn Stand, and away fans will be moved to accommodate the new hopefully very noisy Leazes Corner.
Any fan willing to pay 3 seasons up front will also get a 10% deduction on the 3 seasons, another good deal.
Additional changes will see the expansion and relocation of the Press Box in the Milburn Paddock. Thatâ€™s to house the increased number of journalists, as we challenge for the league and also for the European games weâ€™ll be part of. Another good move. 😀
Finally, a club statement said:
“Any fan who is moving as a result of these changes will NOT have to pay a higher price â€“ even if they are moved to a more expensive area.”
The club are finally listening to their customers, the loyal Newcastle fan base, and these seem to be very good changes made by the club. We can hear a lot of fans saying – “and about time”
In business, you can’t go too far wrong if you listen to what your customers are telling you – and that’s exactly what Chris has done – we knew he was an excellent businessman.Â Â 😀
The deadline for 2008/09 season tickets will be Tuesday, June 17.