Bristol City are set to record their biggest crowd for 22 years when Newcastle United come to Ashton Gate this weekend (Saturday, 3pm) as sales soar passed the 21,000 mark.Lee Johnson's side have made a cracking start to the 2016/17 campaign, winning their first three games against Wigan Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Burton Albion.
However, the crowd will top the Bristol derby attendance of 1996 (20,007), the last to attract a figure in excess of 20,000.Sales have just surpassed the 21,000-mark, so this weekend's Sky Bet Championship encounter will be the biggest football crowd at Ashton Gate since the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the FA Cup third round tie of January 1994 (21,718).Fans can still secure a seat for Saturday's match by booking online through uk or by calling 01 during office hours.Read more: Thirteen things you will know if you are a Bristol City supporter...Cardiff City are on course for a bumper, biggest crowd of the season for their next Championship clash against Derby in the Welsh capital.
The Bluebirds are hoping more than 20,000 fans will be at the match to cheer thir side on thanks to a surge in sales of season tickets for next season.
As part of an aggressive ticketing policy, the Welsh club is offering two free tickets for the Rams’ clash on April 2 to everyone who purchases a new season ticket.
Read more: Andy Stockhausen: You'll never guess one way to rate football stadia, it sure is a tasty one In the stands, City have only attracted nine 20,000-plus attendances since 1990, the largest against Chelsea in the FA Cup back in January 1990 (24,535).
It comes after two years of redevelopment at Ashton Gate Stadium, which has been transformed into a state-of-the-art 27,000-seater stadium.
With the Lansdown Stand lower tier operating at a ten per cent capacity reduction for the Newcastle game, and the upper tier – open to home fans for the first time but still with safety limitations on numbers – it looks unlikely the attendance from that Chelsea game will be surpassed.
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