Tens of thousands of rugby fans will be descending on the North East as the Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to our region.
Newcastle’s St James’s Park is hosting three games. It’s the second biggest sports stadium in England outside London, with a capacity of 52,409 – and with two Scotland games taking place at the stadium, we’ll be the de facto home ground for Scotland fans.
Whether you’re a local rugby fan or travelling from outside the region, here’s everything you need to know about the games taking place in the North East of England.
Which games are being played at St James’s Park?
There are three games being played at the venue, two from Pool B and one from Pool C:
South Africa vs Scotland, 4.45pm on Saturday October 3 (Pool B)
New Zealand vs Tonga, 8pm on Friday October 9 (Pool C)
Samoa vs Scotland, 2.30pm on Saturday October 10 (Pool B)
Are there any tickets left?
The initial ticket allocations all but sold out, but extra tickets and resale tickets are occasionally released for all games.
Keep checking https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com to see if you can grab any. Prices start from £50, and go up to £175.
How early should I get there?
Pre-match entertainment starts before the game, and fans are being asked to be in their seats by 30mins before kick-off.
What can I take into the stadium?
Fans are allowed to take one small bag per person, but there will be security checks so be careful what you pack.
Buggies and prams are not permitted, and there are no luggage storage facilities.
Is there anything special happening around the games?
A special Fanzone has been set up in Newcastle’s Science Central, running until October 11.
There are three areas aiming to offer something for everyone:
•A 4,000 capacity marquee will provide a weather-proof area for fans to congregate and watch a selection of games on the big screens.
•If you’re hoping for good weather, there is also an outdoor park with a 60sqm screen and food and drink stalls, with a “megasol” should the weather turn grim.
•There is also a half-size 3G artificial rugby pitch offering the chance to “give it a go” with rugby, tag games and pitch-up-and-play.
The Fanzone is free to enter, though there may be a charge for some special events.
When is the Fanzone open?
Saturday, 26 September, 10am to 11pm
Friday, 2 October, 4pm to 11.30pm
Saturday, 3 October, 10am to 11.30pm
Sunday, 4 October, 12pm to 11.30pm
Tuesday, 6 October, 12pm to 11.30pm
Wednesday, 7 October, 12pm to 11.30pm
Thursday, 8 October, 12pm to 11.30pm
Friday, 9 October, 12pm to 11.30pm
Saturday, 10 October, 10am to 11.30pm
Sunday, 11 October, 12pm to 11.30pm
How do I get there?
With traffic already heavy in the centre of Newcastle, and A1 roadworks, it goes without saying that driving is not your best option.
There is no designated car parking at the stadium, so spectators are advised to use the park and ride if they do decide to drive.
Park and ride locations:
●•Newcastle Falcons ground (postcode NE13 8AF):
Open 05:00-00:00. The car park is free but donations to local charity are welcome.
Then take Kingston Park Metro Station (£3.70 each way) to Haymarket or Monument stations (17 minute journey every 12-15 minutes. There is a 10-minute walk between stations and the stadium).
•Metrocentre Coach Park (Postcode NE11 9YG):
Open all day. Car park is free.
Several bus services provide a direct link to the stadium:
X50: Metrocentre to Gallowgate near the stadium every few minutes from two hours before kick-off until 15 minutes before kick-off.
The return from Gallowgate runs regularly until an hour after final whistle.
A Day Saver Ticket costs £3.50 for unlimited travel all day. Further information available at www.simplygo.com/news/rugbyworld-cup-in-newcastle/
No. 100: Metrocentre to Blackett Street, near the stadium. A 15 minute journey, every 8-15 minutes. Cost: £2.80 (single), £3.90 (return). There is a five-minute walk between the stadium and Blackett Street
Details of these and other services are available from Nexus at www.nexus.org.uk
•Callerton Parkway Metro Station:
Open 05:30-23:30. £1 per vehicle. Then take Metro (£3.70 each way) to Haymarket or Monument stations (17 minute journey every 12-15 minutes). There is a 10 minute walk between stations and the stadium.
•Heworth Metro Station:
Open 05:30-00:15. £1 per vehicle. Then take Metro (£3.70 each way) to St James station (10 minute journey every 12-15 minutes). There is 10 minute walk to stadium
•Northumberland Park Metro Station:
Open 05:30-23:30. £1 per vehicle. Then take Metro (£3.70 each way) to St James station (10 minute journey every 12-15 minutes). 10 minute walk to stadium.
Park & Ride spaces are limited so you are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Park & Walk
A limited number of pre-bookable spaces available within 15 minutes’ walk of the stadium. £15 for one day and £20 for two days.
Pre-booked by email email@example.com
Metro or Bus
This is probably your best option if you live or are staying locally.
•The Nearest Metro Stations are Haymarket, Monument or St James, depending on the gate to which your tournament ticket directs you to
•St James station is a two-minute walk from the stadium entrance, Monument and Haymarket are a 10-minute walk away
•There are two main bus stations in Newcastle, Eldon Square and Haymarket, both of which are close to the ground.
•Visit http://journeyplanner.rugbyworldcup.com/ to plan your journey
Newcastle Central Station is a short walk from St James’ Park
•Trains will be busy on match days so it’s advisable to book your tickets in advance at www.nationalrail.co.uk as soon as you can
•Fans travelling to the New Zealand vs Tonga match on Friday October 9 are being advised to get in to Newcastle early to avoid the busy commuter peak
•National Express coaches arrive and depart on St James’ Boulevard, close to the stadium. It’s advised to book early at http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx
Coaches serve most UK cities, including London, Glasgow and Edinburgh (there is a special service for Scotland vs South Africa).
•Private Charter Coaches: On match days, there is some free dedicated parking available at Scotswood Road.
It’s a 20 minute walk from the stadium. The spaces are available from three hours before kick-off until three hours after the final whistle.
Spaces are limited. Avoid being turned away on the day by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your space.
•Newcastle Airport is just five miles from the stadium, with a Metro link straight into the city centre. The journey takes 25 minutes.
•Regular bus services also run between the two, taking 25 minutes. The bus and metro costs £3.40 (one way) to and from the city centre
•A taxi takes about 15 minutes and costs approximately £20.