Magic Weekend fan guide
Posted: Friday 19th May 2017 - 3:19 PM
Find out all the essential information as Super League heads to Newcastle this weekend.
Over 3,700 Castleford Tigers fans will be heading to Newcastle United's St James' Park this weekend for the Dacia Magic Weekend and here is all the information you need to make the most of the visit and how to get tickets if you haven't already.
Turnstiles will open on Saturday at 1.00pm and Sunday at 11.30am and all six Magic Weekend fixtures will be live on Sky Sports.
DACIA MAGIC WEEKEND FIXTURES
SATURDAY 20TH MAY | WIDNES VIKINGS v WAKEFIELD TRINITY 2:30PM | HULL FC v ST HELENS 4:45PM | WIGAN WARRIORS v WARRINGTON WOLVES 7:00PM
SUNDAY 21ST MAY | CATALANS DRAGONS v HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 1:00PM | LEIGH CENTURIONS v SALFORD RED DEVILS 3:15PM | CASTLEFORD TIGERS v LEEDS RHINOS 5:30PM
Please make the most of your weekend by exploring the fanzone outside the stadium. There will be plenty of fun activities taking place for all ages, and make sure you say hello to the Rugby AM crew who'll be catching up with our non-playing players around 4:00pm.
ST.JAMES PARK | HOW TO GET THERE
OFFICIAL CLUB COACH TRAVEL
All Castleford Tigers official coaches are now fully booked. All coaches will depart from the Mend-A-Hose Jungle at 10.00am. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time. Vehicles can be parked behind the railway end of the stadium and cars are left at the owners risk. Coaches will be filled and will depart as soon as fans start to arrive on Sunday morning. All coaches will drop off and pick up on Barrack Road at St.James Park. Please make a note of the coach number you travel on so you know which one to come back on. All coaches will depart 30 minutes after the final whistle.
St. James’ Park is located to the north west of Newcastle city centre, close to the junction between Gallowgate, St. James’ Boulevard and Barrack Road. That’s just a 10-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station and around five minutes from Monument Metro Station and the city’s major bus stations. You can get your very own tailor- made route at www.walkit.com.
Parking for cars is available on-site in the stadium car parks on a pre- pay basis only. To purchase a pass please contact NUFC on 0191 201 8558. Please note parking is limited, however there are number of public car parks signposted clearly within Newcastle city centre, though be warned – they are likely to be extremely busy during Magic Weekend. Information can be found on the Newcastle Council website. If you do need to use your car, use the postcode ‘NE1 4ST’ in your sat-nav to find the stadium.
Newcastle upon Tyne is served by the Tyne & Wear Metro system; a light rail network with frequent services between Newcastle Airport, Newcastle city centre, the coast, major transport interchanges and destinations south to Wearside. We recommend St. James’ Metro station for local coastal destinations including North Shields, while Monument station – a five-minute walk away – is served by both yellow and green line routes towards Newcastle International Airport, South Shields and the coast. To reach St. James’ Park from Monument station, walk west on Blackett Street and continue onto Gallowgate. The stadium will become visible on your right. For more information, please visit www.altoonativetravel.com/by-metro.
Newcastle Central Station is around a 10-minute walk from St. James’ Park. Situated on the East Coast Mainline, it is a principle stop for services between London and Edinburgh/Glasgow. In addition to regional services to Middlesbrough and Carlisle, it also offers direct cross-country routes to and from Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool Birmingham and Bristol. To walk to St. James’ Park, cross the road from the station and walk up Pink Lane to your left, passing the Forth Hotel public house. Turn right onto Clayton Street, then left onto Westgate Road. Outside Tilleys Bar, bear right onto Bath Lane and after 200 metres, turn right onto Stowell Street (Chinatown) and continue until the ground becomes visible beyond the Chinatown arch. To plan your train journey, please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
BY PUBLIC BUS
Newcastle upon Tyne has two major bus stations for local and regional services – Haymarket, for services to and from Northumberland and the North, and Eldon Square, for services to and from County Durham and the South. Both are located on Percy Street, a five-minute walk from St. James’ Park. To reach the stadium, walk south west on Percy Street and turn right onto Gallowgate. St. James’ Park will become visible on your right. For more information on local bus services, please visit www.altoonativetravel.com/by-bus.
Newcastle Coach Station is on St. James’ Boulevard and receives National Express coach services, while Megabus operates services from outside Newcastle Central Station. Both offer frequent services from across the UK.
There are taxi services available throughout the city, with major taxi ranks located at Newcastle Central Station and transport interchanges. The nearest taxi rank to St. James’ Park is situated two-minutes away on foot, opposite the entrance to Chinatown.
BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS
For assistance, or if you have problems with your ticket, the Matchday Box Office (Milburn Stand) will be open on both days. Ticket will be available to purchase on the day from the Milburn Stand Box Office.
There is no limit on the number of times someone is allowed to pass out and re-enter.
Spectators leaving the stadium bowl with the intention of returning may do so but MUST first ensure that they have a hand stamp applied upon initial exit; if there is no evidence of a hand stamp re-entry will not be permitted. Hand stamps will be applied by stadium stewards. Dedicated exit and re-entry gates in each stand will be used to facilitate this operation. Different coloured hand stamps will be used for each level each day.
It is important that match tickets are not discarded; tickets need to be produced for re- entry if using the pass out system. Re-entry to the stadium bowl will be on production of both a hand stamp and relevant match ticket.
PROBLEMS WITH RESERVED SEATING
If the seat you have been allocated is occupied, please contact your nearest steward, who will be happy to assist you.
DISABLED SUPPORTER ASSISTANCE
St. James’ Park has a dedicated liaison officer for disabled supporters.
Accessible parking (for blue badge holders) is available to purchase direct from NUFC – advance application only. To apply for a pass please call 0191 201 8558. Vehicles will not be permitted to park in accessible spaces without an event specific pass – blue badge must also be displayed on arrival. Day passes are £15 per vehicle, weekend passes £20 vehicle.
Spectators with tickets for the Milburn stand Upper tier are advised that there are 140 stairs and 14 landings leading up to the seating area. If you are disabled or have mobility issues, please ask a steward who will be happy to direct you to a lift.
If you require assistance or if your mobility has been affected since you purchased your ticket, please contact Glenn Patterson on 0191 201 8643 or email email@example.com.
RESERVED AND UNRESERVED SEATING
Please enter the stadium via the turnstile indicated on your ticket. The North (Leazes), East and South (Gallowgate) stands are for tickets with unreserved seating. The main West (Milburn) stand will accommodate supporters with reserved seats.
Spectators must ensure that they sit in their allocated seat(s). Although there may be adjacent seats that appear to be empty, it is likely that ticket holder hasn’t yet arrived or is elsewhere in the stadium.
It is important to note that if an unreserved seat is vacated, it may not be possible to return to the same seat at a later time. Certain seats or blocks within unreserved areas of the stadium bowl may be marked as RESERVED (e.g. close to wheelchair platforms and dug outs) and as such are not available to holders of unreserved seat tickets.
Spectators should ensure that they do not sit in any seat marked reserved if they have purchased a ticket for an unreserved area.
IDENTIFICATION FOR CONCESSIONS
If a concessionary ticket has been purchased, identification may be requested on entry. Holders of such tickets should ensure that they have appropriate ID with them.
A range of hot and cold snacks, soft drinks and alcohol will be available to purchase in all concourse areas. Once purchased within the stadium, alcohol cannot be taken outside into the city.
If you plan to stay close to St. James’ Park, the stadium’s very own NINE Sports Bar – located next to the club retail store beneath the Gallowgate Stand – offers an excellent choice of food and beverages for all the family, and all at competitive prices.
Please note that no large amount of food can be taken inside the stadium from outside. The amount of food allowed will be at the discretion of Newcastle United staff. Bottles and cans are also not permitted.
If you have specific dietary requirements, please contact the steward at your stadium entry point. Permission may be granted following appropriate checks.
St. James’ Park concourses offer all the conveniences you would expect. Patrons who purchase beverages inside NINE or The Terrace Bar can use respective on-site facilities.
There are disabled toilets in all supporter areas of the stadium which can be opened with a radar key. Please contact your nearest steward for assistance.
There is a Barclays ATM at St. James’ Park, enabling supporters to make cash withdrawals free-of-charge. The ATM is located in the exterior wall of the South West corner between the two entrances to The Terrace bar.
AROUND THE STADIUM
St. James’ Park is one of the most centrally-located football stadiums in any major British city, offering all the modern conveniences, food and drink options and vast array of interesting things to see and do that you would expect.
While the Leazes Stand is bordered by the tranquillity of historic Leazes Park, the rest is surrounded by Newcastle upon Tyne’s bustling city centre with its world class shopping centres, leisure facilities, museums, monuments, bars and restaurants.
IF YOU FEEL UNWELL
There will be a full medical team on duty at St. James’ Park including first aid, paramedics and doctors. If you feel unwell at any time, please speak to your nearest steward who will be happy to assist you.
We regret to inform you that there are no areas to store luggage and/or pushchairs at St. James’ Park during Magic Weekend.
Luggage items larger than A4 size are not allowed into the stadium for security reasons. Appropriate discretion will be used for ladies’ handbags, baby changing bags, etc. and will be subject to the standard security checks.