Advice ahead of Wear-Tyne derby.
Sunderland supporters are reminded that they should arrive early for Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.
Enhanced safety and security measures are in place for the game and a capacity crowd will be in attendance. Fans should therefore allow additional time for their journey, both to and from the stadium.
Turnstiles for home supporters will open at 12 noon and fans can enter through any turnstile to avoid queues or delays.
Safety segregation measures in place for visiting fans will result in limited access to the Strongbow North Stand for home supporters. Those Sunderland supporters seated in the lower Strongbow North Stand are advised that they can gain entry via the East or West Stand turnstiles, as well as their usual turnstiles.
There will be no vehicle access to the stadium via the north road (parallel to the Aquatic Centre). Anyone using the West Stand car parks must enter and exit via the south roads (past the Bob Stokoe statue). This could naturally lead to some additional congestion and supporters are asked to show patience during this time.
Fans travelling to the game can utilise the usual scheduled Metros and trains. Sunderland supporters can make their way to the stadium from the Stadium of Light Metro station.
At full-time Sunderland supporters in the Strongbow North Stand can leave the stadium via their usual exit points for a five minute period. After this time a sterile area will be in operation outside the Strongbow North Stand and supporters will be diverted to exits in the East and West Stands.
Home fans will be required to turn left upon exiting the West Stand and right when exiting the East Stand to avoid mixing with visiting supporters.
After the game, guests in the hospitality areas could experience restrictions in exiting via the main West Stand stadium entrance as police escort visiting fans from the Strongbow North Stand.
Sunderland AFC’s head of safety and security, Paul Weir, said: “A number of changes have been implemented to our normal matchday operation to ensure safe arrival and exit of all supporters.
"This could lead to some delays in exiting the stadium, particularly after the game and we thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding.”