What you need to know to make the most from your visit to a sold out Kingston Park this Sunday
Newcastle Falcons will welcome a sell-out crowd for the first time in nine years on Sunday when Leicester Tigers are the visitors to the North East for the return of Aviva Premiership Rugby action.
With 10,100 fans set to cheer the lads on as they look for a seventh win in nine games this season, here is all of the important information you need to make the most of your match-day experience.
Kick Off Time – Sunday’s game against Leicester Tigers will kick off at 3:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: The clocks go back one hour on Saturday night with the end of BST and the start of GMT.
Match Tickets – Tickets for the game are now sold out. The next match tickets are available to purchase for is the Anglo-Welsh Cup match against Cardiff Blues on Saturday November 11.
Opening Times – Stadium bars and turnstiles will open at 1:30 pm with the East Stand Tap & Tackle open to all guests from 10 am.
The Stadium Box Office will be open for the 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 match-day hospitality packages will be open from 12:00 pm with food served from 12:30 for those part of the Restaurant package and 1:00 pm for all other areas.
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.
Sunday’s offering sees lamb rogan josh as the flavour of the day, whilst vegetarians amongst the crowd can tuck into vegetable jalfrazi.
Pre-Match Player Talk-in: Starting at 2:30 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.
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 Sunday’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 1:30 pm - 2:30 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.
To cater for demand from a sell-out crowd, additional units have been brought in with particular focus on the north end of the ground. Click here for more details.
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 and from the Wooden Spoon corner in the West Stand pre-match, priced at £1 per ticket.
Lottery Sellers will be able to accept the old £1 coin, so why not clear out the piggy bank for a chance to win these special prizes.
Parking – Stadium car parking for Sunday’s match is sold out. Located close to Callerton Parkway Metro station, Druid Park will be providing match-day parking to assist with anticipated demand, with places available at £6 per vehicle.
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.
Travel Disruption – There are a number of impacts on the transport network around the region on Sunday, with the following that should be of note to fans travelling to the game.
Metro trains between Tynemouth and Byker will be replaced by a bus service until 12:30 pm on Sunday afternoon. Please allow extra time for your journey if travelling from the coast.
As part of the Freedom City event, the Tyne Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 1:00 pm until 8:30 pm. Alternative routes to the stadium from the South and avoiding Newcastle city centre are the A1 and A19.
The A19 route includes passage through the Tyne Tunnel, with a £1.70 toll in place for cars..
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, away and European shirts, alongside an array of new leisurewear lines. Call in and get kitted out for the start of autumn.
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 Leicester 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, local duo Just So will be performing live after the final whistle. Having launched their debut album last month, David Stanyer and Olivia Morley will perform a range of songs from the wide ranging set list. Check out the band here.
For fans who prefer to give their own vocal chords a workout, the Tap & Tackle will play host to it’s now traditional karaoke and disco , while supporters can also hear the thoughts of the game’s Man of the Match in both the 1877 Bar and West Stand concourse.