With a live appearance by The Lake Poets.
Whilst the winter weather means that the normal FanZone location in the south east corner of the stadium is closed at present, the Beacon of Light will fling open its doors for a Christmas special event for supporters wanting to soak up the pre-match atmosphere.
Hosted by Frankie Francis, of Frankie and the Heartstrings, the indoor FanZone will include a wide range of activities for all the family, from live music and entertainment, a visit from club mascots Samson and Delilah, come-and-try football, table tennis and a SAFC versus Bradford City fans 5-a-side match.
Sunderland singer-songwriter Marty Longstaff – aka The Lake Poets – will perform his hit single Shipyards live and supporters will also get the chance to meet current and former players, as well as Sunderland AFC owners Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven.
Charlie said: “It’s going to be a great event, bringing all elements of our SAFC family together. One of the joys of our tenure has been bringing the club and its Foundation back together again, and this joint project is yet another example of what can be achieved when everyone is on the same hymn sheet. It’s a real coup getting The Lake Poets to play live as well, given that he is riding as high in the charts as we are in League One!”
There will be a range of food on offer from the Beacon of Light’s café and supporters will be able to purchase alcoholic and soft drinks on site. The Beacon of Light is a sports, community and education facility, run by Sunderland AFC’s official charity the Foundation of Light
Boxing Day Itinerary:
1200 FanZone at the Beacon opens
1230 Season review with Wise Men Say podcast
1300 Former player appearance
1330 Live music with The Lake Poets
1345 Members of the first team squad
1400 Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven
1430 Countdown to kick-off