Date of Newcastle United's open day at St James's Park revealed

Rafa Benitez will put his players through their paces.

Rafa Benitez will put his players through their paces.

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Newcastle United fans will get the chance to see their heroes up close when the club holds an open day next month.

The annual event is taking place at St James's Park on Monday, August 1.

It is free for fans of all ages, and there will be a range of activities around the ground, including the chance to see the first-team players train.

Rafa Benitez and his staff will put the players, including the likes of new signings Jesus Gamez, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle, through their paces.

Last year's event attracted 14,000 fans, and that figure could be bettered this time around with interest high in the Magpies ahead of their campaign in the Championship.

Activities will stretch from 9am into the early afternoon, with the full schedule yet to be announced.