Match Day Information – The Big One

Friday 23 March 2018 Written by: Adam

The Aviva Premiership takes to Newcastle city centre on Saturday afternoon as Newcastle Falcons take on Northampton Saints.

On what promises to be a record-breaking day for the club, here is all the match-day information you need to know to make the most of your day.

**Kick Off Time** – Saturday’s game against Northampton kicks off at 17:30.

**The Big Uni Clash** – Newcastle University v Northumbria University start the day at 3pm Tickets includes entry to both games so that fans can enjoy a full day of rugby!

**Match Ticket Purchases** – Tickets for the game are still available and can be **[booked online][1]**, by calling 0844 372 1892 or in person from the St James’ Park Stadium Box Office.

Online and phone orders can be made until 14:30 on March 24, after which time all purchases will be via the box office or cash turnstiles only. Advanced prices remain valid until match day when all tickets are subject to a £5 match day premium.

**Match Ticket Collections** – For supporters who have already bought their tickets via Newcastle Falcons, these will be available to collect from the Kingston Park Stadium box office until 5pm on Friday 23rd March. Any tickets not collected by this time will be available from the collection points at St James’ Park from 11:00 on Saturday 24 March.

**Stadium Access** – St James’ Park’s turnstiles will open at 2.30pm ahead of the Big Uni Clash (KO 3pm), with match tickets covering entry to both this and the Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints fixture.

Please allow plenty of time to enter the stadium and get to your seat for the start of the games. Entry to the ground is by dedicated turnstiles as indicated on your ticket.

Once you have entered the stadium, there will be no pass in / pass out opportunities.

**Fan Plaza** – Located in Strawberry Place at the Gallowgate end of the stadium and hosted by Heart FM breakfast show hosts Justin and Kelly, this is the place to be for the match build up.

Opening at 12pm, there will be a range of street food, soft drinks, and alcohol available to purchase in the plaza, with live music, family entertainment and the famous double-decker bus bar all present.

**Stadium Refreshments** – A range of hot and cold snacks, soft drinks, and alcohol are available to purchase in all concourse areas of St. James’ Park.

For supporters with tickets for category one seats in the Milburn Stand, the 1892 Bar will be open to meet your needs while holders of tickets for Premium seats will have access to the Platinum Club bars.

In the Leazes Stand, the Sports Bar will also be open to supplement the kiosk offerings.

**Official Merchandise** – Official Newcastle Falcons Merchandise will be available to purchase on the day, with the Kingston Park Stadium store open from 10:00 – 16:00 and outlets open in the Fan Plaza from 12:30.

**Foundation Flutter** – Newcastle Rugby Foundation will be selling Foundation Flutter Lottery tickets as usual on match day.

Offering supporters the chance to win the Newcastle Falcons special edition Man of the Match shirt or corporate hospitality to another Newcastle Falcons home fixture, tickets are available from sellers around the ground and in the Fan Plaza pre-match, priced at £1 per ticket.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Barclays, who have kindly vowed to match every £1 donated to the Newcastle Rugby Foundation through the Foundation Flutter Lottery.


**I’m driving to The Big One, where can I park?** – Given the city centre location, there are no unreserved public car parks on event days at St. James’ Park. Instead, we recommend using public transport to reach the stadium.

If you do need to use your car, use the postcode ‘NE1 4ST’ in your sat-nav to find it. There are a number of public car parks signposted clearly on arrival in Newcastle city centre, though be warned – they are likely to be extremely busy!

Newcastle Falcons season ticket holders can access the stadium car park by using their regular seasonal car parking pass.

**My group are bringing a bus, is there a drop-off point?** – Buses with allocated spaces will be able to park on Barrack Road next to St James’ Park. The deadline to book a bus space at the stadium has passed. For further information or to check availability, please email

**Can I bring a bag into the stadium?** – We would recommend that you bring as little as possible with you. Your safety is our top priority and there will be security checks in place upon entry to the stadium. There are no areas to store luggage and/or pushchairs during events at St. James’ Park. Bags larger than a rucksack size may not be permitted and will be at stewards’ discretion.

**Fans at football matches at St James’ Park can’t drink alcohol at their seats, will this be the same for the rugby?** – No, supporters will be allowed to drink at their seats, just as they are able to at Kingston Park Stadium. St James’ Park had similar plans in place for Magic Weekend and Rugby World Cup 2015.

**If I have a concession ticket, do I need to bring ID?** – Yes, if a concessionary ticket has been purchased, identification may be requested on entry. Holders of such tickets should ensure that they have appropriate ID with them.

**Who do I speak to if I have questions on the day?** – For corporate enquiries, please contact the main glass reception in the Milburn Stand at St James’ Park. For ticketing enquiries, please contact the Newcastle United box office. Look out for our Cast members, dressed in green hoodies on the day, our group of volunteers will be happy to help and point you in the right direction.