Kingston Park Stadium will host ‘The Big One’ on Saturday March 28, with Newcastle Falcons aiming for a 10,000 sell-out for their Greene King IPA Championship game against Ealing Trailfinders.
The 5.30pm kick-off will be a huge family occasion with local rugby clubs at its core – the Falcons set to announce details of a special fanzone and charity partner in due course.
Explaining the decision not to take the game to St James’ Park, executive director Mick Hogan said: “We have enjoyed two fabulous occasions there over the past two years, but given the fact we are in the Championship this season we felt it was more suitable to make the Big One a major rugby occasion at Kingston Park Stadium.
“We have ambitious plans to put into place a fanzone with a much wider entertainment offering, and with Ealing expected by many pundits to be one of the main title contenders this season it should be a great rugby occasion in its own right.
“We have a major junior rugby festival taking place the same day which will see great representation from clubs throughout the North East, Cumbria and beyond, and with a major marketing push we believe a 10,000 sell-out is a realistic target.”
Hogan added: “The decision to play this season’s Big One at Kingston Park Stadium by no means signals an end to our aspirations of returning to a larger venue like St James’ Park.
“In future seasons we are definitely keen to play somewhere of that magnitude if the sporting and commercial proposition is where it needs to be, but for the time being we are urging our supporters and the wider rugby community to make The Big One at Kingston Park a major event in its own right.”
Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: “We all know what a fantastic atmosphere is produced at a packed-out Kingston Park, and with the support of the local rugby community plus all the extras going on here The Big One is shaping up to be a great occasion.”
Newcastle Falcons season ticket members are advised that this game is already included in their 2019-20 package.
Season ticket members can buy a limitless number of extra seats at discounted rates, subject to availability, if booked before the deadline of December 20. After this date all unsold seats will go on general sale at normal prices.
Season ticket members will all be emailed this week with comprehensive details regarding ticketing and parking.
Tickets which are not currently reserved for season ticket members are already on general sale. To book, click here or call 0871 226 6060.