English Championship football club Newcastle United has reportedly requested 10,000 away tickets for its game at Cardiff City in late April, where promotion to the Premier League could be confirmed.
The bumper allocation has been requested by the league-leaders as the season draws to a close and the club chases its immediate return to the top-tier of English football, according to the Inside Welsh Football website.
Since the game was recently moved to Sky Sports on Friday, April 28, Cardiff’s final fixture will be played a day before everyone else, setting the scene for the final stages of the promotion battle.
The 33,280-capacity Cardiff City Stadium (pictured) would see a record away following if the home club accepts the allocation. However, there has been no indication whether Cardiff will agree to the request.
According to Newcastle fanzone website The Mag, Cardiff wish to satisfy the demand for tickets from Newcastle, and hope to be able to offer an 8,000-ticket allocation, which would still be the largest of the season.
The designated away section at the venue only holds between 3,000 and 3,500, which could cause logistical issues for housing the massive Newcastle support request. Cardiff’s season ticket holders could be moved, or the club may open up the often closed upper tier section at the stadium.
Cardiff are now 11 points above relegation and the same adrift of the play-off places, so it is unlikely there would be major demand for tickets from the home supporters.
Meanwhile, in a bid to boost its gates and retain its Football League status, Hartlepool United has cut its ticket prices.
The club currently sits in the 21st position in the EFL League Two table, eight points clear of Newport County, who occupy 23rd, the second relegation spot.
In an effort to pack out the Northern Gas and Power Stadium, Hartlepool will charge just £10 for adults with £5 concessions for its upcoming clash against Barnet. This price is available for advanced tickets purchases as well as those bought at the gate, and applies for both home and away fans.
Chairman Gary Coxall said he understands the importance of the fans to the club at this crucial stage of the season. He said: “We know that our supporters are at the heart of everything we’re trying to achieve at this club and we want as many as possible to get behind us.
“It’s important that we have as much backing as we can during the run-in to the end of the season and hopefully this offer will help us attract a bumper crowd for the game against Barnet.
“Generally, our home form has been good in recent times so we want as many people as possible to come along and support the lads to another important result.”