Countdown on to on-field action for 2018 General January 2, 2018 The turn of the New Year sees the countdown to the start of Newcastle Thunder’s on-field action begin in earnest this week, with just 25 days to go before the club’s first pre-season friendly. Castleford Tigers will provide star opposition for the game on Saturday, January 27 (KO 5pm) at Kingston Park Stadium, as Thunder welcome opposition from a Super League stable for the third year in succession. It will be the second game in a 13 man code doubleheader at the ground, with Wallsend Eagles’ first-round tie against Pilkington Recs in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup taking place as a curtain raiser (KO 2:30pm) Thunder’s match is the first of two warm-up fixtures for Jason Payne’s side ahead of the new League 1 season, with Hemel Stags making the trip to the North East the following Saturday for a 6pm kick-off. The competitive action for the North East club begins with a trip to newly established West Wales Raiders, before the first home game of the season sees Keighley Cougars visit Kingston Park stadium on Sunday March 4. A busy start to the year will see Doncaster, York and Hunslet as opposition at home, before the big Magic Night Out sees former World Club Challenge and multiple Super League champions Bradford Bulls as the visitors for the club’s traditional Dacia Magic Weekend curtain raiser. It is shaping up to be an exciting for Thunder, after a solid 2017 saw the team make the end of season play-offs for the first time since 2014. Retaining the core of last year’s squad and adding an array of exciting new talent, fans have been showing their support with over 150 season tickets already snapped up for the new campaign. Covering 13 games, Thunder season ticket memberships provide fans with the most cost-effective way of enjoying every minute of the 2018 season, offering savings of up to 37% when compared to match by match ticket purchases with both seating and standing options available. Supporters will once again be able to take in matches from the East side of Kingston Park Stadium, with seating tickets priced at £130 for adults and standing at £110. All adult and concessionary season tickets are able to claim up to two free tickets for Under 11s to join them at Kingston Park Stadium, with that age limit rising to Under 15 for young players at grassroots clubs with a valid RFL registration number. Concessionary prices apply in both areas for supporters aged 65 and over or those studying in full-time education, costing £110 for seats or £90 for standing, while any junior tickets needed above those available for free will cost just £20 in all areas. Individual match tickets are also now on sale for all home fixtures up until the Bradford Bulls game on May 18 For more information on Newcastle Thunder season ticket memberships, click here.