Newcastle Falcons are on course for their biggest crowd of the season against Exeter Chiefs on Friday night, having already seen their Aviva Premiership home gates up 18.3% on the same games last season.
The average home attendance for their first three league outings has risen from 5,136 to 6,076, and managing director Mick Hogan is aiming to get somewhere near to filling their 10,200-capacity Kingston Park Stadium in an event billed as the ‘Big Night Oot’.
Hogan believes improved results on the pitch have boosted attendances recently. He said: “First and foremost it is down to what happens on the field and the improvements the team have been making.
“Our three home games have seen two wins and one defeat by a single point against a traditional Premiership giant in Leicester Tigers. All three have been really exciting, well-contested matches, and our fans are responding. On top of that we have put in a lot of work off the field to improve people’s experience when they attend a match at Kingston Park Stadium, and the overwhelming feedback from supporters is that they enjoy it when they come here.
“They can come in before and after the game, the club’s history is displayed on the wall, they can drink our own club beer from a proper glass and now after a match we lay on free curry for all supporters. The rugby is obviously the focal point of any match day, but it is a full event when you come to a Falcons game.
“Exeter are a big club, the Aviva Premiership finalists, and they have some great players. If we get anywhere near 8,000 to 10,000 here it will be 99% local fans, and that is the big thing.”
Tickets for Friday’s ‘Big Night Oot’ are available by calling 0871 226 6060, from the stadium box office in person or via www.newcastlefalcons.co.uk .