Sunderland AFC kick off their EFL League One campaign on Saturday, with a showpiece game against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
The Black Cats have now sold 21,950 season cards for the new campaign – a record for League One – and the club now has a new target in their sights. The top average attendance over a season in the third tier of English football is currently held by Manchester City, with a total of 28,261 twenty years ago, and Sunderland AFC is aiming to beat this.
Saturday’s game will see a new-look Sunderland side, with manager Jack Ross welcoming ten new signings to his squad so far and counting. Fans will also see a number of other changes with the much-heralded first tranche of new seats, the FanZone opening once again and changes to the pre-match music schedule. Further improvements to the matchday experience will be implemented in the coming weeks and months.
26,000 tickets have already been sold for the Charlton game, but executive director Charlie Methven is urging as many fans as possible to come along and get behind the team;
“Saturday not only heralds the start of a new season, but also a new dawn at Sunderland AFC.
““We have set a target to beat Man City’s record and become the best supported third tier side in modern football history. Doing so will send out a clear message that we are Sunderland, we are proud of who we are and that despite the challenges of recent seasons, the club has its chest out again. My message to fans is that whether you’re a season card holder or can only attend a handful of games, you have an important part to play in shaping the future of your football club. Having everyone on the same page – fans, players, staff – will make us a tough proposition to beat this year and beyond.”
The Black Cats take on the Addicks in a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday, with tickets still available for the game.
The Stadium of Light ticket office is open for sales weekdays from 9am until 5pm. It will be open from 9am until kick off on the day of the game.
Supporters are also reminded that they can book tickets online 24 hours a day at www.safc.com.