All you need to know ahead of tonight's Aviva Premiership Rugby match against London Irish
Aviva Premiership action returns to Kingston Park Stadium this evening as London Irish head to the North East as the opponents in round five.
With a big crowd set to cheer the lads on as the North East rugby public responds to an excellent start to the new season, here is all of the important information you need to make the most of your match-day experience.
Kick Off Time – Friday’s game against London Irish will kick off at 7:45 pm.
Match Tickets – Tickets for the game are still available to buy now online, in person from the Kingston Park Stadium Box Office or by calling the club’s Ticket Hotline on 0871 226 6060.
With ticket sales accelerating, supporters are advised to book in advance by making use of the online ticket portal to purchase tickets and the TicketFast print at home service to avoid collection queues at the stadium box office.
Opening Times – Stadium bars and turnstiles will open at 6:15 pm with the East Stand Tap & Tackle open to all guests from 10 am.
The Stadium Box Office will be open for the purchase and collection of tickets from 09:00 with supporters needing to pick up tickets STRONGLY ADVISED to collect as early as possible.
Doors for guests attending as part of Kingston Park Stadium’s award-winning matchday hospitality packages will be open from 4:45 pm with food served from 5:15 pm.
Curry Corner – Back in place in the 1877 Bar 30 minutes after full-time. Serving delicious, free helpings of curry and rice prepared by the award-winning Kingston Park Stadium chefs, Curry Corner is part of the club’s ongoing efforts to enhance the match day experience and reward the loyal Falcons Family.
Friday’s offering sees Chicken Korma as the flavour of the day, whilst vegetarians amongst the crowd can tuck into vegetable rogan josh.
Pre-Match Player Talk-in: Starting at 7:15 pm, and again in the 1877 Bar, announcer Justin Lockwood will be joined by members of the Falcons squad for an exclusive pre-match Q&A. Make sure you're there early to claim your spot to get the inside track on the game in prospect.
Stadium Access – Supporters must enter the stand for which they hold tickets to gain entry into the ground. Kingston Park Stadium’s ticket scanners will have restrictions in place which will only allow tickets for that stand to be scanned.
With higher crowds anticipate in the new season entry to the ground will be by way of turnstiles, allowing the club to effectively manage entry into the stadium and ensure match-days at Kingston Park remain a fun and safe day out.
Security – Kingston Park Stadium will be operating enhanced security procedures around Friday’s game, including bag searches. If you would usually bring a bag to the game please consider whether this is something you really need.
If you do need to bring a bag please be aware that it will be subject to search from security staff and be sure to allow extra time for getting into the ground. Bars – Supporters bar facilities are available in the South, East and West stand. All bars within the stadium will be running a reduced price happy hour drinks promotion from 6.15pm - 7:15 pm.
Food & Drink – For those needing refreshments before or during the game, a range of food options will be served from the South and West stand kiosks and from units outside in the stadium bowl.
With a revamped menu at the inside outlets, the outdoor vans have also been enhanced, with Angel Street Food now delivering these catering options. For full details on what’s on offer, click here.
Programmes – On sale in the East Stand club shop and from mobile selling points around the ground, the 72-page publication is available at £3 per copy
Foundation Flutter – Offering supporters the chance to win the Falcons Man of the Match shirt or corporate hospitality at the next home fixture, tickets are available from sellers around the ground pre-match, priced at £1 per ticket.
Parking – Stadium car parking for Friday’s match is limited in availability, with advanced purchase strongly advised. Any fans not wishing to drive to the stadium are encouraged to use public transport to get to the game, with park and ride facilities available at Callerton Parkway, Northumberland Park, Bank Foot and Heworth.
To allow for more efficient entry into the stadium car parks, all bays are allocated on a first come first served basis, with pre-bought season and match passes now only guaranteeing access to the facility and not a designated area.
Club Shop – The Falcons club shop and ticket office will be open from 9 am up until halftime and then for 45 minutes after the full-time whistle. Stocked with replicas of the new ISC home shirt and an array of new leisurewear lines call in and get kitted out for the start of the new campaign.
Supporters in the South and West stands will also be able to purchase items from the retail stations located within these stands, while the corporate hospitality suites will also have merchandise vendors present.
Pitch Access – Supporters will be welcome to take to the field after the completion of the game against Exeter, however, entry will be delayed until players have completed a lap of the stadium. Please make your way to the West Stand entry points if you wish to go onto the pitch, and follow all instructions from safety stewards.
Post Match – The evening continues long after the full-time whistle sounds, with music across the stadium post-match.
In the West Stand, Chris Dakers and his band the Fabulous Daker Boys will be playing after the final whistle, whilst over in the Tap & Tackle, the traditional karaoke and disco will be in full swing.
BT Sport will be broadcasting their post-match review live from the 1877 Bar, with supporters welcome to listen to the expert thoughts of Martin Bayfield, Ugo Monye and Dom Waldouck in person.
Supporters can also hear the thoughts of the game’s Man of the Match in both the 1877 Bar and West Stand concourse.