THE hype in Newcastle has translated into a sold-out A-League grand final with Jets and Victory fans to pack McDonald Jones Stadium in what will be a club-record crowd.
The Jets’ current record attendance is 24,338, set in 2007 when they beat Sydney in the preliminary final, but with a capacity of 31,000 that mark is set to be smashed on Saturday.
Newcastle CEO Lawrie McKinna predicted a sell-out after the Jets stormed into the big dance on Friday night.
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“I’m sure it will be totally sold out,” McKinna said.
“Never has a grand final been held in Newcastle. For the community, the way ticket sales have gone, the local community is buzzing. And it’s not only football fans, just Newcastle people. It’s brought that pride back to the city.”
But it’s not all good news for the Jets with reserve gloveman Glen Moss replacing injured No.1 gloveman Jack Duncan for Saturday’s A-League grand final.
Duncan suffered a grade two tear of his right quad in the semi-final win over Melbourne City, paving the way for former New Zealand international Moss to play in the decider against Melbourne Victory.
“Glen Moss slipped in so easily. He’s confident at the back, a good talker and never let anything slip (against City) … that’s why you’ve got a squad,” Merrick said.