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St James’ Park: Could Newcastle expand ground after season ticket 1 hour sellout?

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After 1000 new season tickets sold out in around an hour last week, talk of expansions to St James’ Park has started.

Newcastle’s website saw huge demand, with 30,000 people attempted to purchase the tickets online. Days later, fans queued outside the stadium for tickets to this summer’s home friendlies, as well as thousands more online.

Under new ownership, Newcastle United are looking to grow. This has been shown by the club submitting plans to North Tyneside Council to develop their Benton training ground. With the currently 52,000 seater stadium regularly selling out, it would make financial sense for the club to create space for more supporters at Saint James’ Park.

In February, co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi told The Athletic that they don’t plan to move away from St James’ Park, but will look to increase capacity to 60-65,000 seats.

Developments to the stadium will not come without difficulties, however. 

Saint James’ Park is in some ways a victim of its own success. The central location of the stadium which makes it special also makes expansion difficult. Leazes Terrace, the row of Georgian houses which lie metres from the East Stand, are Grade 1 listed buildings. This offers them extra legal protection and will hinder any expansions to the East of the stadium. On the other hand, new developments, both recently completed and currently under construction, surround much of the rest of the ground and may also be obstacles.

One solution to these could be a change of location entirely. The Chronicle offered the Town Moor and the site of the Utilita Arena as potential locations. 

These sites would come with problems of their own. A proposal to move the stadium to nearby Leazes Park in the 90s was prevented due to opposition to building on the park, with connections to the Town Moor.

More importantly, to abandon St James’ Park would be a huge move for the club, and one that supporters would not take lightly. Newcastle United have been playing at St James’ Park since 1892. The stadium is synonymous with the club’s identity. The new owners will likely want to maintain connections to the club’s history, as has been evidenced by the move of Alan Shearer’s controversial statue onto the Stadium’s concourse. When, in 2012, Cardiff City’s Malaysian owners changed the logo from a Blue Bird to a Red Dragon fans were scandalised, and Newcastle’s owners will look to avoid similar mistakes. The outrage caused by Mike Ashley’s renaming of SJP as the Sports Direct Arena is an indicator of fans’ protective feelings towards their stadium’s identity.

The plans are not without precedent. In 2007, Newcastle United drew up plans to expand the stadium to 60,000 seats. These fell through when Mike Ashley took over the club soon after. With Ashley gone, fans will hope that the club can find ways to grow again, on and off the pitch.

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4 left out as Newcastle submit official Champions League squad

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Newcastle United Season Prediction

Newcastle United have submitted their official squad to UEFA for the 2023/24 Champions League group stage.

 

‘List A’ includes 23 senior players, while ‘List B’ will include two homegrown youngsters in Elliot Anderson and Lewis Miley; who’ll both be eligible to feature.

Four senior players have been left out which may not be a suprise to many NUFC fans, with Matt Ritchie, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and Mark Gillespie all missing out of Eddie Howe’s squad.

Here’s the full ‘List A’ squad that’s been sent over to UEFA ahead of our group stages games against PSG, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan:

  1. Miguel Almirón
  2. Harvey Barnes
  3. Sven Botman
  4. Dan Burn
  5. Martin Dúbravka (GK)
  6. Paul Dummett
  7. Anthony Gordon
  8. Bruno Guimarães
  9. Lewis Hall
  10. Alexander Isak
  11. Joelinton
  12. Loris Karius (GK)
  13. Jamaal Lascelles
  14. Tino Livramento
  15. Sean Longstaff
  16. Jacob Murphy
  17. Nick Pope (GK)
  18. Fabian Schär
  19. Matt Targett
  20. Sandro Tonali
  21. Kieran Trippier
  22. Joe Willock
  23. Callum Wilson

Newcastle champions league fixtures were recently confirmed, see below..

  • Matchday 1: AC Milan v Newcastle United – 19th September, 5.45m
  • Matchday 2: Newcastle United v Paris Saint-Germain – 4th October, 8pm
  • Matchday 3: Newcastle United v Borussia Dortmund – 25th October, 8pm
  • Matchday 4: Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle United – 7th November, 5.45pm
  • Matchday 5: Paris Saint-Germain v Newcastle United – 28th November, 8pm
  • Matchday 6: Newcastle United v AC Milan – 13th December, 8pm

 

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Watch Yankuba Minteh score first goal for Feyenoord in 5-1 win on Sunday

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Newcastle United loanee Yankuba Minteh has scored his first competitive goal for Feyenoord, scoring in Sunday’s 5-1 win over FC Utrecht.

After starting in their 6-1 win over Almere City last weekend, the Gambian teenager came off the bench and scored in stoppage time, rounding the goalkeeper and finishing calmly to seal another convincing victory for the Dutch champions.

This rounds off a positive few weeks for the 19-year-old winger, who was our first summer signing after sealing a £6m move from Danish side Odense.

Last month he helped spark a comeback draw away to local rivals Sparta Rotterdam, before starting his first Eredivisie game against Almere. Now, he’s come off the bench and bagged his first goal for the club.

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Newcastle CEO hilarious response on Newcastle United’s Champions League draw

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Darren Eales was interviewed straight after the Newcastle United Champions League draw which saw the face a group of death almost…

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