Newcastle United: Magpies media buzzing as club buy back Strawberry Place
Newcastle United media members have been left buzzing over the news that the club have bought back Strawberry Place.
The Lowdown: Newcastle buy Strawberry Place
As per The Daily Mail, Newcastle have bought back Strawberry Place, the land behind St. James’ Park’s Gallowgate End which was sold under Mike Ashley.
The new ownership plan to expand the stadium in the long-term, and buying back this piece of land will help them in doing that.
There were previous concerns from supporters after Ashley sold Strawberry Place, worrying that the site would be lost to offices and residential apartments, as well as blocking an iconic view of the stadium.
The land can now be used to expand the ground, with every home game being sold out so far this season, and demand for tickets continuing to rise.
The Latest: Media buzzing
Member of the North East media have been left buzzing after hearing the news, with Magpies podcaster Taylor Payne hailing it as ‘incredible‘, and Newcastle World writer Jordan Cronin labelling it as ‘massive, massive news‘.
The Verdict: Needed
With demands from fans to go and watch the team at St. James’ Park seemingly increasing with every win, an expansion of the stadium is certainly needed in the long-term.
Under the new regime, the club have much loftier ambitions than what they had under Ashley’s ownership, and could even welcome UEFA Champions League football to the stadium next season given their current league position.
Buying back Strawberry Place also wipes out any further tainted memories of the old regime, and shows that the club is continuing to move in the right direction.