Newcastle's trip to Manchester City on Saturday evening will see the first-ever away ticket ballot for supporters, with season ticket holders who have 10 or fewer loyalty points given a rare chance to see their heroes on the road.
The game at the Etihad Stadium, which has an 8 p.m. kick-off and will be televised on TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport), sold out at 10 loyalty points earlier today.
The ballot will open at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday the 15th of August) and close at 10 a.m. on Wednesday the 16th of August. The club say that all successful applicants will then be notified before 5 p.m. that same day.
Tickets are priced at £30 for adults, £25 for seniors (65+) & 18-21s, and £18 for under-18s. Members are not eligible to enter the ballot as it is for season ticket holders only. It's one ticket per unique supporter ID and the maximum number for group applications is six.
The ballot can be entered on the Newcastle United booking website, there's no need to rush online tomorrow afternoon, though, as it's not first-come, first-served.
As a reminder, here's the full blurb from the club on the new online ballot process:
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.
Best of luck to everyone entering, we'll hopefully see you down there!