Free fan plaza open from noon on Saturday

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Live music, street food, face-painting, bars, competitions and the chance to have your photo taken with the European trophies are just some of the attractions on offer in Saturday’s fan plaza outside St James’ Park.

Open from 12 noon on Strawberry Place behind the Gallowgate End and with free entry, Heart North East breakfast DJs Justin and Kelly will once again be hosting the on-stage activities as supporters young and old gear up for The Big One.

There will be live music from The Shakedown Band - a North East-based group performing an exciting mix of disco, soul, pop, swing and rock that is guaranteed to get you ready for the 5.30pm kick-off between Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks.

Pre-match drinks will be available from the Falcons’ double decker bus bar and gin bar, with food options including Angelfish, Chandni Chowk, Posh Box, Angel Street Food, Moroni Pizza Shack and 72 Angels and Burgers.

Come and take your photo with the Heineken Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup trophies between 1pm and 2.30pm. Take a selfie with them and share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #newcastle2019trophiestour to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the Challenge Cup final on Friday May 10.

City rugby mascot Stephen the Seahorse and club mascot Flash the Falcon will be present to meet supporters, while you can get your face painted and sign up to membership at the Junior Falcons Stand.

Newcastle Falcons merchandise will be available at the club’s retail stand, while our volunteers, The Cast, are on hand to assist you throughout the day with information and directions.

You can spot them in their blue shirts, Cast members also selling £1 tickets for the Foundation Flutter, where you can win the man-of-the-match’s shirt or hospitality to an upcoming game. All proceeds go towards the Newcastle Rugby Foundation, with Barclays kindly matching every ticket sold with a £1 donation to the club’s registered charity.

Supporters will also have the chance to donate to My Name’5 Doddie via a bucket collection at the fan plaza, the foundation raising money for research and awareness of motor neurone disease, the currently-incurable condition with which Falcons great Doddie Weir has been diagnosed.

So head to the fan plaza on Strawberry Place from 12 noon to start your ‘Big One’ ahead of Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off, match tickets still available by clicking here.

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