Newcastle have announced a half-price season ticket offer.
LLambias and Ashley – great gesture from the two that run the club
After the best start to a Premier League season since back in 1995, existing season ticket holders can now buy as many additional season tickets as they wish, which will be half price, from 2:00 pm yesterday.
Since only five home games have been played so far this season, that will be a huge savings for the fans, and it seems an excellent gesture from the club to season ticket holders, to get the terraces packed full once again, as they were during the Bobby Robson era.
Alan Pardew seems delighted at the gesture made by the club, because he is well aware of the importance of the Newcastle fans to the football club, and as he rightly says – they are the lifeblood of the club.
And with top side like Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool still to come to St. James’ Park, there’s 12 points there for a start, as well as local rivals Sunderland, another 3 points, it’s almost certain those games will see the stadium packed full.
The capacity of St. James’ Park is currently a few hundred over 52,000 – officially 52,339.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the offer:
“I think it’s a gesture in terms of the financial position the country’s in, not just the North-East, so to make that offer – which I think’s about the best in the country in the Premier League in terms of the price for the games that are left – is fantastic.”
“And the way they’ve done it, that our season ticket holders who have paid the full price are the only people that can get them, I think that’s the right way because we don’t want to upset them.” “They’re the lifeblood of this football club.”
“But to get more people in there every week is what we want. They’ve done it to try to fill the stadium and I think it’s a great gesture.”
And the club is reporting today that there were hundreds of fans who queued up yesterday to take advantage of the offer, and that very good business was being done at the club – which is hardly surprising.
As an example of the deal on offer, the club says that a standard Gallowgate season ticket would have cost £558 at the beginning of this season.
But the deal makes the price of an additional ticket in the same area just £207 for the rest of the season, with a child’s ticket in the Family Enclosure now only £37.
This will almost guarantee the crowds at St. James’ park will now be bigger than they would have been, and means all season ticket seats will be full at the remaining games.
It was good to see the crowd of just over 48,000 on Saturday for the Wigan game, which was almost 2,000 more than against top draw Tottenham Hotspur the week before.
This will help the team of course, because the more fans at the games, the better the atmosphere will be, and the crowd can help the team to continue to get those points up on the board.
So in that way this is a good business move by the club, because remember that the club gets an extra about £800K for every place it can climb in the league.
What with the team doing so well, and now half price tickets, it’s getting really hard to take all this good news. 😀