Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Has My Seat Gone Up by 28%? CLUB DEFENDS PRICE RISES AS DOZENS OF FANS COMPLAIN TO THE CHRONICLE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Has My Seat Gone Up by 28%? CLUB DEFENDS PRICE RISES AS DOZENS OF FANS COMPLAIN TO THE CHRONICLE

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Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG

A MASSIVE hike of 28% on some season tickets has left angry Newcastle United fans threatening to quit the club.

The rise goes far beyond the blanket cost increase outlined by the club to the Chronicle on Tuesday.

We reported how ticket prices at St James's Park are up across the board by an inflation-busting 10%.

Adult and child tickets in the Milburn, Sir John Hall, Gallowgate and East stands all rise if seat-holders agree to commit to next season only.

The increase beats the average at Premier League clubs for next season's campaign, revealed to be 7.2% by a BBC study last month.

The club confirmed ticket prices have been upped by 10%, but the Chronicle has found some fans face a 28% rise for the coming season.

Dozens of supporters who sit in the upmarket Platinum Club and parts of the Leazes End have contacted us to exptress their anger at the increase.

The club could not tell the Chronicle how many of the 1,500 Platinum supporters would be hit by the 28% jump.

Life-long Toon Army member Dennis McIntosh, 60, of Killingworth, North Tyneside, has been in the Platinum Club for eight years.

The retired computer industry worker was astounded when his renewal letter landed yesterday, informing him his ticket was going up from the pounds 729 he paid last year to pounds 935 - an increase of 28.3%.

He said: "I was disgusted. It's not the way to treat true fans."

Pensioner Jim Mitchell has attended home games at St James's for more than 60 years and faces an even steeper hike.

The 70-year-old, of Blaydon, Gateshead, last season paid pounds 160 for his disability concessionary ticket for the Leazes End. The retired storeman has now been asked to pay pounds 206 for next season, a rise of 28.8%.

"Football is my life, it's what I look forward to," he said. "I just can't afford to keep going.

"I'm gutted, but I haven't got the money. I think it's a disgrace. I've been a Newcastle fan my whole life."

Another Platinum Club member, of Killingworth, who asked not to be named, was disgusted to read his ticket had gone up from pounds 729 to pounds 935. …

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