Newcastle United has today confirmed that tickets for the club's first away game of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign against Manchester City will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday the 2nd of August, at 2 p.m. BST.
The game against City is on Saturday the 19th of August with an 8 p.m. kick-off time. Tickets will go on sale at 100+ loyalty points, with new daily drops in place (excluding weekends). Until an away game sells out there will be a points drop every 24 hours at the same time the tickets initially went on sale (2 p.m., in this case).
Also new for 2023/24 is an online away ticket ballot for season ticket holders, even if they do not have the requisite number of loyalty points or any loyalty points at all. There is no information on the percentage of Newcastle's total away ticket allocation that will be set aside for season ticket holders, but it is likely to be 5% or less.
Season ticket holder ballots for away tickets will only be open for 24 hours, presumably on the day after the remaining away tickets sell out to supporters with the required number of loyalty points.
The "closed shop" nature of away tickets has been a big point of discussion since the takeover, with many supporters locked out from having any chance of getting to an away game last season. During a consultation on away tickets held at St. James' Park last month, this seemed to be the primary topic of conversation between the club and fans in attendance, with NUFC now making moves to provide a solution.
The club is also seemingly trying to crack down on away tickets being passed between owners or sold on for profit, with the introduction of "random spot checks". Failure to produce appropriate ID will apparently result in supporters losing their loyalty points and/or their season tickets being voided.
Prices for the Man City game are as follows:
Senior (Over 65): £25
18-21 years: £25
Wheelchair/ambulant: £20 (with the provision of a free personal assistant, subject to qualifying documentation held on the club's ticketing system)
And here's all of the information about the new online ballot for season ticket holders:
ONLINE BALLOT PROCESS
Each member has a unique supporter ID and can therefore only register once for the ballot (so if you are included in a group application, you cannot also make an individual application at the same time). The maximum number of supporters who may be included within a ballot application is six.
If you wish to be included in the ballot so that, if successful, you would be seated together in a group with friends and/or family members, then you must register all of the proposed members of that group in one application only.
To apply for friends and family members, they must be season ticket holders and be linked to your account via the 'My Friends & Family' option within your online ticketing account. Please ensure that, before submitting a group application as lead applicant, you have (i) completed and checked this in your account settings and (ii) obtained the prior consent of those friends and/or family members on whose behalf you are applying.
It is imperative that you check and select the correct age band for each ballot applicant, since failure to do so may result in an unsuccessful application.
Each applicant (and, in the case of a group application, the lead applicant submitting on behalf of the group) will need to enter credit/debit card details when submitting a ballot application. No payment will be processed at the point of registering in the ballot.
If you are successful, the automated balloting system will automatically allocate you (and in the case of a group application, each of the members of that group) a seat which could be in any of the available seats.
Once the deadline date has passed for ballot registrations, the ballot will be drawn randomly. The season ticket applicants who are successful in the ballot will automatically have their credit/debit card payment charged for the total cost of ticket(s) allotted (including applicable booking fees and delivery fees). Each successful applicant (and, in the case of a successful group application, the lead applicant submitting on behalf of the group) will receive a confirmation email.
If your payment is not successful the Box Office will contact you. You will then have 24 hours to complete payment following initial contact. If payment is not received by this time, the tickets will be re-balloted and allocated to another eligible supporter.
If you do not receive an email then, unfortunately the number of ballot applications received has exceeded available ticket capacity and you have not been successful. Supporters can check whether or not they are successful in the ballot via the 'My Account' option within their online ticketing account.
Please note: travel groups are not in operation for the ballot allocation.