Ashley Lines Up His Two Clubs For Sports Direct Promotion!
NUFC have announced that Newcastle United will visit Ibrox in pre season, which will link Mike Ashley's two clubs in a promotion for his company Sports Direct.
Mike Ashley obviously OWNS Newcastle United, and he has shares in Rangers, and (like at St James' Park) he wants re-name Ibrox the Sports Direct Arena.
Alan Pardew had no say in this fixture.
The game has been set for August 6 and will kick off at 7.45pm.
Ally McCoist: "We have enjoyed a positive pre season so far and we are all looking forward to that final warm up match against Newcastle. They will provide a great test for our players."
Tickets are on sale now to season ticket holders and are priced at.
Adults £13Concessions £8Juveniles £3
Tickets go on general sale on July 23.
Adults £15Concessions £10Juveniles £5
Family tickets are also available (2 adults, 2 kids) £35.
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Leave the M8 at Junction 23 and head towards Govan/Clyde Tunnel on the A8 Paisley Road West. You will come to the stadium on your right after about a mile and a half. The roads around Ibrox become pretty congested, so please allow some extra time for your journey. There is plenty of street parking around the stadium, although fans might like to park at the Albion Car Park, which is a secure site and charges about £7 per car. By Train/Underground
The ground is at least a couple of miles away from Glasgow Central & Queens Street railway stations. Either jump in a taxi, or proceed down Argyll Street to the St Enoch Underground Station and take the Inner Circle underground train to the ground. Ibrox has its own underground station, only a few minutes walk away. The station though gets exceptionally busy after the games. Alternatively, there always seems to be a number of buses running by the ground which are heading back into the City Centre, James Prentice adds; 'Ibrox Underground has huge queues after games, and some supporters may prefer to use Cessnock Underground Station on Paisley Road West, as fewer people seem to use it on a matchday. Turn out of the stadium and go left on to Edminston Drive, and the station is about five minutes' walk away after the road joins up with Paisley Road West (Adult single tickets are about 80p). While it is a tiny bit longer to walk to Cessnock, you may well stand a better chance of getting on the Underground more quickly than at Ibrox. Buses also run along Paisley Road West, and can take you right into the City Centre every couple of minutes. Getting off at Bridge Street is about 90p Single and is a two minute walk over the River Clyde for the Centre of Glasgow'. Otherwise if you are feeling particularly brave you can embark on the 40 minute walk back to the city centre.
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located in the lower tier of the Broomloan Stand, towards the Govan Stand and the bulk are located in this corner of the ground, below one of the large video screens. The facilities are fairly good in this area, as well as enjoying a decent view of the playing action. For big games such as the Old Firm derby, then the whole of the Broomloan Stand can be allocated to the away support. The ground itself is great and with Rangers demotion to the third division it is a more relaxed day out than it was for away supporters of SPL clubs.
Where To Drink?
Most bars around the vicinity of the ground are normally very crowded and not particularly away fan friendly, so it may as well be an idea to drink in the city centre before moving onto the ground. However, The Albion on Broomloan Road by the ground, has been recommended by some away fans.Jim Prentice adds; ''Away supporters tend to head for bars towards the Centre of Glasgow, as there is less chance of any hassle than when around the ground. For Rangers fans, there are several good bars to be found around Ibrox. Most bars are found in the vicinity of Paisley Road West, starting from the Old Toll Bar and the Viceroy furthest away (towards the city centre). En route to the stadium is the Grapes Bar, and a short walk towards the stadium are the District Bar and the Louden Bar (the latter just being around the corner from the District on Harvie Street) - a Rangers fan's heaven with lots of memorabilia and photographs on the walls. There are also a few Social Clubs further down PRW. Just over the M8, not far from Bellahouston Park, is the Tradeston Ex-Servicemens' Club, which is a huge old building that serves reasonably-priced beer and food - well worth a visit. The old Stadium Bar, opposite Ibrox Underground Station, has just been taken over by the owners of the Louden and has been redeveloped and is well on its way to being as good as the Louden on Harvie Street'.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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