It comes as no surprise that the club has sold the full allocation of tickets for the forthcoming Tyne-Wear derby.
Supporters with a valid match ticket, who wish to use the complimentary coaches provided by Sunderland AFC are advised that they should request their pass in advance from the Stadium of Light ticket office, or by calling 0191 551 5004 between 10am and 4pm, Monday-Friday. Coach passes will be posted out in advance of the game.
The free bus service, which affords the quickest and safest method of travel to and from St James’ Park for Sunderland fans, will depart from the Green Car Park at the Stadium of Light, located next to the ticket office/Black Cat House. Buses will start boarding at 10.30am and leave no later than 11.15am.
The stadium’s Fan Zone will be open from 9am on the morning of the game for supporters wishing to soak up the pre-derby atmosphere before boarding the free coaches. The Fan Zone’s bar and food outlets will be open, along with a range of activities including inflatable football games, table football, computer games consoles, music and a museum display featuring derby memorabilia.
Last orders at the bars will be 10.45am and supporters are advised that they will not be permitted to take drinks onto the coaches.
Sunderland AFC’s head of safety, Paul Weir, said: “Without doubt the club’s complimentary bus service affords both the safest and quickest way for our fans to make the journey to and from St James’ Park and we would therefore urge fans to take advantage of this free service wherever possible.
“By opening the Fan Zone in the morning we are aiming to make the whole derby day experience more enjoyable for our supporters so they can have a drink and a bite to eat and soak up the unique matchday atmosphere before boarding the coaches for the journey to St James’ Park”.
Fans unable to make the trip to St James’ Park can still enjoy the game with their fellow Sunderland supporters, with a range of informal hospitality packages on offer at the Stadium of Light.
Priced from £7.50, packages include a breakfast roll and access to watch the game from the comfort of the stadium’s hospitality suites. Premier packages are also available including allocated seating and a full English breakfast.
All packages include a complimentary drink on arrival.
Tickets for the Tyne-Wear derby screening at the Stadium of Light are limited and must be booked in advance by visiting the Stadium of Light Ticket Office or calling 0871 9111555.