Arsenal and Manchester United Ticket News!
Tickets for two of Newcastle's most eagerly-anticipated away games are now available to season ticket holders with zero away loyalty points.
Seats for the trip to Arsenal and Manchester United - both in December - initially went on sale last week to fans with 25 or more away loyalty points but that has been reduced from 10am on Tuesday.
The Magpies travel to Old Trafford on Boxing Day, (kick-off 3pm) looking to repeat or even better last season's 1-1 draw at the Theatre of Dreams.
And three days later, they head to the magnificent Emirates to take on the Gunners for a 5.30pm kick-off.
Tickets for the Manchester United game cost £45 for adults, £26 for seniors (65 and over), £35.50 for young adults (18-20 years old), £26 for youths (16-17 years old) and £17 for juniors (under-16s).
Meanwhile the prices for Arsenal are £35.50 for adults, £15.50 for seniors and £14.50 for juniors.PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES Tuesday Aston Villa v ReadingSunderland v QPR Wednesday Manchester United v West HamWigan v Manchester CitySwansea v West BromChelsea v FulhamEverton v ArsenalTottenham v LiverpoolStoke v NewcastleSouthampton v Norwich STOKE CITY - BRITANNIA STADIUM How To Get There By Car And Where To Park
Leave the M6 at Junction 15 and then go straight across the roundabout onto the A500 towards Stoke. Continue along the A500 passing the junction with the A34. Leave the A500 at the slip road following signs for the A50 towards Derby. At the top of the slip road turn right at the roundabout (still A50) and then move into the second from left lane (signposted Britannia Stadium). You can see the stadium over on your right. Turn right at the top of the slip road and then right at the next roundabout for the stadium. The Britannia is quite well signposted. Car parking at the stadium costs £5.
Matt Goldstraw adds; 'If you have a ticket for the official south car park, then after going onto the A500 towards Stoke from junction 15 of the M6, leave the A500 at the first junction and turn right at the large roundabout and onto the A34 towards Stafford. Go past the Bengal Indian Restaurant and after about a mile you will reach a small roundabout that on the right has the entrance to Trentham Awakes (previously known as Trentham Gardens). Turn left at the island and then continue straight up this road for about three miles. You will pass a golf club, a Toby Carvery, go over a railway bridge, over the canal and past an Esso garage. Then at a set of traffic lights where there is an obvious industrial estate to the right, turn left on to Stanley Matthews Way for the stadium'.
Alternatively there are still some parking spaces at various commercial sites between the old Michelin Car park and the site of the old Victoria Ground. Bear in mind though that if you do park in this area then allow a good 20 minutes to walk (mostly uphill) to the stadium.
If you are intending parking in this area then from Junction 15 proceed along the A500, passing the junction with the A34. The stadium will appear over on the right and then leave the A500 at the next junction and turn left to go down to this area.
Andrew Catmur adds; 'There is also car parking south of the stadium on Stanley Matthews Way between Screwfix and the Stadium opposite Pets at Home (Sat Nav ST4 8GR ). It costs £5 and you can get to this car park via Stanley Mathews Way from the A50 or Trentham Road. After the match all traffic goes south which means you avoid all the congestion by the stadium. See www.parkbythebritannia.co.uk for more details.
Andy Fenwick adds; 'Don't be tempted to park on wasteland around the stadium, you may well end up as I did with a parking ticket waiting for you on your return'.
Stoke station is just over two miles away from the stadium, so unless you are feeling fit, it maybe best to hire a taxi. Tim Rigby a visiting Wolves fan adds 'there are some shuttle buses than run from Glebe Street in Stoke up to the Britannia Stadium, which depart every 15 minutes before kick off. There are return buses after the game back to Glebe Street from behind the Sentinel (East) Stand'.
Björn Sandström adds; 'To catch this bus, turn right from the station and head down Station Road. At the bottom of Station Road at the traffic lights, turn right to go along Leek Road (A52). Then go straight across the A500 dual carriageway and into Glebe Street which is straight across in front of you. You should then see the line of buses that will take you to the stadium. It is only about a five minute walk from the station'. The shuttle bus costs for a return ticket £3 Adults, £2 Concessions.
Colin Bell adds; 'It took us less than 30 minutes to walk to the stadium from the station, using this route: Turn right from the station and head down Station Road. At the lights, turn right along Leek Road (A52), under the railway line and then left down on to the tow path of the Trent & Mersey Canal. Follow the tow path all the way until you are level with the stadium, where two footbridges take you over the canal and then the railway line, straight into the ground near the South Stand away end.'
What's The Britannia Stadium Like?
The Club moved to the Britannia Stadium 1997, after playing for 119 years at their old Victoria Ground. The stadium looks imposing from afar, as it is perched upon a hill with hardly any buildings around it.
It especially looks good at night when it is lit up. The ground is of a fair size. One large single stand, incorporating the Boothen End and Seddon Stand, completely surrounds half the pitch as it extends around one corner. Whilst the other two stands on the other sides are ‘free standing’ having open corners to either side.
Tim Green adds; 'Behind the Boothen End there are three statues of the legendary former player Sir Stanley Matthews, which were originally unveiled by Kevin Keegan'. The club also have a couple of unusual looking mascots, with a blue coloured hippo called 'Pottermus' and his white girlfriend 'Pottermiss'.
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Away fans are housed on one side (towards the Players Tunnel and Main Stand) of the Marstons Pedigree (South) Stand at one end of the ground, where around 2,800 supporters can be accommodated.
This stand is shared with home fans on the other side. At first I was quite perturbed by a large sign advising fans that persistent standing would result in ejection from the ground, however the facilities and view of the action from this stand are good.
The concourse is adequate and there is a large choice of refreshments available such as Wrights pies, sausage rolls, cheeseburgers, rollover hot dogs and chips. Alcohol is also available in the form of Carlsberg lager (bottle), Bitter (pint), Strongbow cider (can) and Smirnoff Ice (bottle).
The stadium is quite high up in an exposed position and the open corners can mean that a cold wind can whip through the stadium, so bear this in mind, especially in the winter months.
I thought the inside of the stadium was quite disappointing being rather bland and lacking character, although I'm sure that this can be developed in time. Listen out though for the Stoke anthem 'Delilah' being sung by the home fans.
It is also worth bearing mind though that the Stoke fans have reputation, and I've known trouble between the two sets of supporters many times over the years - although not so much at this new(ish) ground.
This can make for an intimidating atmosphere, so it is best to keep colours covered around the pubs. Don't be surprised if you are kept in after the game, in a fenced off compound to the rear of the away stand, whilst the Stoke fans are allowed to disperse.
Where To Drink?
Next to the stadium is a Holiday Inn and a Harvester Pub/Restaurant that do allow in away fans. You can also park at the Harvester itself for a cost of £3. A bit further away on Dennis Viollett Road (off Sir Stanley Matthews Way) is a Power League complex that also has a bar, which also allows in away supporters, shows SKY television and you can even park in their car park for £4.50.
Otherwise alcohol is available on the concourses at the back of the away end, but queues can be lengthy, especially if there is a big support.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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