PLEASE NOTE: SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED IN ANY PART OF THE ETIHAD STADIUM - THIS INCLUDES THE USE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES
SATURDAY 25 MAY
Catalan Dragons v London Broncos
Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Hull FC v Hull KR
St Helens v Warrington Wolves
SUNDAY 26 MAY
Salford City Reds v Widnes Vikings
Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors
CITY SQUARE & FANZONE
Large crowds are expected on both event days and traffic congestion may be inevitable on all approach roads. Spectators should allow sufficient time for their journey and to plan for any unexpected delays.
The BUPA Great Manchester Run 2013 is taking place on Sunday 26th May and may affect those spectators who are planning on travelling by private vehicle, from Manchester City Centre, to the Etihad Stadium. See following link which outlines route and road closures. http://www.greatrun.org/App_Files/Gr_Files/Bupa-Great-Manchester-Run-2013-Advance-Mailer.pdf. Further information on the run can be found by visiting www.greatrun.org
Although there may be restricted vehicle movement in Manchester City Centre on the 26th spectators can use the Metrolink to reach the Etihad Stadium.
Please see map (click on link at top of page for full document) which has been designed for use with Satellite Navigation. Postcodes will direct you to the gates specific to the car park/side of the stadium you require. When travelling to the stadium, please ensure that you use the most relevant postcode for the car park you are trying to reach. *Satellite navigation systems will need to have the most up-to-date maps installed.
From the North
Traffic travelling from the North is likely to arrive at the M60 between J15 and J22. Recommendation is to exit the M60 at J17 and use the A56 to travel into Manchester and around the intermediate relief road (A6010) to the Etihad Stadium.
From the South
Traffic travelling from the South is likely to come via the M6. Drivers are recommended to take J19 for the M56 and then to join the A5103 (Princess Parkway) towards Manchester City Centre. Brown signage (to SportCity) will then direct vehicles over the Mancunian Way (A57(M)) to the stadium.
From the West
Traffic arriving from this direction should come via the M62 and use the M602 and then Regent Road to reach central Manchester and move around the Mancunian Way (A57(M)) to the stadium**
**N.B. This route will be impacted by road closures on Sunday 26th May 2013 due to the BUPA run. The suggested alternative is to exit the M62 at junction 12 for the M60 north bound. Exit the M60 at J17 and use the A56 to travel into Manchester and around the intermediate relief road (A6010) to the Etihad Stadium.
From the East
It is likely that most of the traffic coming from this direction will use the M67. Traffic arriving from the East should follow the A57 from J24 (Denton roundabout)
Manchester Piccadilly Train Station is only 5-minutes away in a taxi or you can hop on a bus or walk, which will take approximately 20-minutes, or use the Metrolink; add-on tickets for the Metrolink can be purchased at the same time as rail tickets.
The Metrolink runs from Piccadilly Station directly to the Etihad Stadium and on towards Droylsden. On event days the service will operate every 6 minutes in both directions. The Etihad Campus stop drops you directly into City Square. Tickets can be purchased at all stations on the line. Please note that the Velopark stop will not be operational on event days. Spectators should note that Alcohol is not permitted on the Metro; anyone in possession of alcohol will have it confiscated. Visit www.metrolink.co.uk for further information. Please see map which shows Metrolink stops.
For information on travelling to/from the stadium by bus, please visit the following website: www.tfgm.com.
SAFE WALKING ROUTE
If you live locally or are staying in or travelling from the City Centre, you can walk to the Stadium. There is a safe, well lit and signposted walking route from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Signage will direct you along the route, please follow the ‘City Link' signs. It will take approximately 20-minutes to walk from Manchester City Centre.
For up-to-date information please visit the following website ahead of travel: www.mcfc.co.uk/events
CARS & MINI BUSES
Parking for both cars and mini-buses is available on-site on a pay-on-the-day, first-come-first-served basis on car parks G & H (access via Gate 2) and on the Orange car park (access via gate 3). Cars £10, Mini Buses £20.
There are a number of satellite car parks close to the stadium with prices displayed at the point of entry. The Etihad Stadium does not endorse these car parks.
A resident's only parking scheme is in place in the streets around the Etihad Stadium (shown on map) which is rigidly enforced - signage is in place. Spectators who park in an area where this system is in operation should note that their vehicle may be clamped or removed - spectators are asked to respect the needs of local residents.
Parking at ASDA, adjacent to the Stadium, is reserved for store customers only - penalties will be imposed for misuse of this car park.
Accessible parking (for blue badge holders) is available from the RFL - advance application only. To obtain a pass please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0844 856 1113. Vehicles will not be permitted to park in accessible spaces without an event specific pass - blue badge must also be displayed on arrival.
Parking is available on-site for coaches - pre-bookings only - no on-the-day sales. Coaches: £30. All bookings taken/passes issued by MCFC - contact Supporter Services on 0161 444 1894 (option 5 then option 3) or e-mail email@example.com to purchase.
RESERVED & UNRESERVED SEATING
Spectators must ensure that they sit in the seat indicated on their ticket. Although there may be adjacent seats that appear to be empty it is more than likely that ticket holder hasn't yet arrived or is elsewhere in the Stadium.
Please enter the stadium via the gate (turnstile) indicated on the ticket.
Certain seats/blocks will be marked as RESERVED (e.g. close to wheelchair platforms and dug outs) and will therefore not be available for spectators with 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. 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.
If a student concession ticket has been purchased identification may be required to be produced on entry. Holders of such tickets should ensure that they have appropriate ID with them, i.e. student union card.
A pass out/return system will be operated on both event days allowing spectators to move between City Square & the Stadium bowl - 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 their hand stamped in order to gain re-entry; if there is no evidence of a hand stamp re-entry will not be permitted. Hand stamps will be applied upon initial exit by Stadium stewards. Dedicated exit and re-entry gates on each level will be used to facilitate this operation. Different coloured hand stamps will be used for each level on each day.
It is important that match tickets are retained after passing through the turnstiles; tickets will 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; match tickets must be retained and not discarded.
Ground Regulations (not exhaustive) - In particular please note:-
- Fireworks, smoke canisters, knives, bottles, glasses, cans or other articles which might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety or used to cause annoyance are not permitted within the Ground and will be confiscated. Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to the Ground.
- The use of foul and abusive language, obscene chanting, racial or discriminatory abuse towards any person is strictly forbidden and will result in arrest/ejection from the Stadium.
- Unauthorised persons are strictly forbidden from entering the field of play at any time. Anyone doing so or attempting to do so will be removed from the premises and arrested.
- Collapsible viewing aids (steps/boxes etc.) are not allowed to be taken into the stadium bowl.
- Spectators who bring prams or pushchairs on site should note that they are not permitted to be taken into the Stadium bowl and there is no storage facility available on site. Prams and pushchairs will not be allowed through the turnstiles which may result in them having to be left unattended. Please note neither the RFL nor the Etihad stadium will accept responsibility for theft of or any damage to these items.
- The use of air horns, klaxons, whistles, vuvuzalas and any other item likely to cause confusion, annoyance or nuisance of any kind are not permitted in any part of the stadium.
- Alcohol purchased externally is not allowed to be brought onto the stadium premises.
- All persons seeking entrance to the Ground acknowledge the Stadium's right to search any person entering the Ground and to refuse entry to or eject from the Ground any person refusing to submit to such a search.
- With the exception of authorised press representatives holding official passes, the taking of photographs or cine/video photography inside the ground is prohibited.
- The Stadium operates a rigorous Challenge 21 alcohol policy. ID will need to be produced if it is deemed that the purchaser looks under 21
- Notwithstanding possession of any ticket the venue, any police officer or authorised steward may refuse entry to (or eject from) the Ground any person whose presence within the Ground is, or could (in the Stadium's reasonable opinion), constitute a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to any other person.
- Nobody may stand in any seating area whilst play is in progress. Persistent standing in seated areas whilst play is in progress is strictly forbidden and may result in ejection from the Ground.
- Under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985 (as amended), the following are offences for which a person can be arrested by a police officer and conviction could result in a Banning Order being made:
- Attempting to enter the Ground or being inside the Ground whilst drunk;
- Being in possession of any intoxicating liquor, or bottle, can or other portable container which could cause damage or personal injury, when entering the Ground or in a public area of the Ground from which the event can be directly viewed.
- CCTV cameras are in use both internally and externally and the Stadium may use or pass to the police or any Authority any recordings for use in any proceedings.
- At all times, whilst present in on Stadium premises, all persons must comply with any and all instructions of any steward or officer of the Club and/or any police officer. Failure to comply with any instruction may lead to immediate ejection.
- Food & beverages are available at concessions both on the concourses inside the stadium and externally in City Square
- Concessions in City Square will be open 2 & 3 hours prior to kick- off of the first game each day respectively - all concessions in City Square will close 30 minutes prior to kick-off of the final game each day and will not re-open.
- Concessions in the stadium bowl will be open on 90 minutes prior to kick-off of the first game each day and will close at the start of the second half of the final game and will not re-open. Each concession stand within the Stadium bowl offer accessible counters for spectators with disabilities
- Alcohol cannot be purchased in the Summerbee Bar in City Square before Noon on Sunday.
- Under the terms of the Stadium licence the consumption of alcohol, on the external concourses (City Square) is restricted to the Summerbee Bar only. Spectators are not permitted to walk around any external areas with alcohol, or bring alcohol into this area. Anyone in possession of alcohol in areas where it is not permitted will have it confiscated
- Only spectators in possession of a match ticket are allowed into the Summerbee Bar in City Square - match tickets must be produced to gain entry.
- Alcohol is allowed in the Stadium bowl.
- Alcohol may not be taken from the Stadium bowl into City Square and vice versa.
- Spectators should note that the ASDA supermarket, which is located across from the Stadium, may refuse to sell alcohol to supporters.
A fanzone incorporating a range of activities will be located in City Square on both event days. The fanzone is the ultimate way to warm up for the big event and soak up the atmosphere of this unique occasion.
Q Can you recommend accommodation close to the Stadium?
A Visit the official destination website for Manchester; www.visitmanchester.com where you will be able to find a variety of hotels to suit your budget. You will also be able to discover what's on, where to eat and drink and other attractions in and around Manchester.
Q: Will I be able to smoke in stadium?
A: Smoking is strictly forbidden in all areas of the Stadium, electronic cigarettes are also prohibited.
Q: If I feel unwell during the event, can I get help?
A: Yes, there will be a full medical team on duty for your safety and wellbeing, including first aid, paramedics and doctors. If you feel unwell at any time please speak your nearest steward, in the first instance.
Q: Are there any baby changing facility available on site?
A: Yes. There are facilities located on each level of the stadium
Q Can I bring a pram or pushchair on-site?
A Spectators who bring prams or pushchairs on site should note that they are not permitted to be taken into the Stadium bowl and there isn't a storage facility available on site. Prams and pushchairs will not be allowed through the turnstiles which may result in them having to be left unattended. Please note neither the RFL nor the Etihad stadium will accept responsibility for theft of or any damage to these items.
Q Is there a cash machine on-site?
A There is a cash machine on-site located adjacent to the City Store, in City Square. There are also cash machines at ASDA Supermarket, which can be found opposite the stadium, on Alan Turing Way.
Q: Can I take my own refreshments onto Stadium premises?
A: Stadium regulations prohibit spectators from taking their own their own food and/or beverages onto Stadium premises. Spot checks will be undertaken throughout both event days and spectators who are found in possession of such items will be asked to either consume them off site or hand them over for disposal.
Q: Can I bring juice or a flask of tea into the stadium?
A: No containers of any type are permitted. Unless prior arrangements are made with the stadium (outlined below special dietary requirements)
- For clarification, flasks are classed as a controlled container and thereforeshould be confiscated on approach to the stadium. If you attempt to enter the ground whilst in possession of any of these items (cans, bottles flasks etc.) then these items will be confiscated and will be disposed of, they will not be stored for collection post event.
Q: What happens if I have special dietary requirements, though?
A: If you need to bring specific food and drink for medical or dietary requirements, you would be required to bring a doctor's note with you, which would need to be shown upon entering the Stadium.
Q: Can I take my drink to my seat?
A: Yes, but only if purchased from concourses inside the stadium bowl; we would also ask that you respect your fellow supporters when transporting drinks to your seat and while consuming them.
Q: Can I bring bags, rucksacks or suitcases?
A Luggage items larger than A4 size are not permitted 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.
Q: I have difficulty using a turnstile.
A: Please contact a steward at the turnstile area who will happily assist with access through the nearest gate.
Q What happens if my ticket does not work?
A There will be Stadium staff located at each turnstile that will be happy to help. They can quickly assist and ensure you are able to enter the stadium. If for any reason the ticket is not valid, they will direct you to the Stadium Ticket Office (located in City Square), where the team will assist as quickly as they can.
Q The ticket I have appears to have been used, and I cannot access the stadium, what can I do?
A Please visit the Stadium Ticket Office in City Square, where a member of the ticket agency you purchased your ticket from will be able to assist. If the system shows that the ticket has already been used, you will not be allowed to re-use this ticket and it will be retained by the venue.
Q: What do I do if I find someone sitting in my seat, if there's a problem with my seat or an issue with supporters nearby?
A: Please contact your nearest steward immediately who will be able to assist you or contact someone who can help.
Q: How do I access the disabled areas?
A: There are 4 entrances located around the Stadium, 2 either side of the Colin Bell Stadium Entrance (doors S & W) and 2 either side of the East Reception entrance (doors D & H). You may only access these entrances if your ticket has been activated in advance. For further information please visit www.mcfc.co.uk/access
Q What toilet facilities are available on-site for spectators with disabilities?
A There are 30 disabled toilets on-site: ten toilets on Level 1, eight toilets on Level 2, eight toilets on Box Level 2 and four toilets on Level 3. All toilets are fitted with radar locks and stewards situated in close proximity to the accessible toilets all have a radar key, also a radar key is held by a steward at each accessible entrance into the stadium (entrances W, S, D and H).
Q: Since buying my ticket, my mobility has been affected. Who can I ask for assistance and what happens if I'm physically unable to get to the seat I have a ticket for?
A: There are 4 lifts available for supporters to use to reach their seat. Please speak to a steward on the day they will be happy to assist you should you encounter any difficulties. If you need further advice please contact the RFL Ticket Office.
Q: Do you have audio commentary?
A: RFL centrally organised matches now offer audio commentary for blind and visually impaired spectators (subject to availability of audio commentators). Spectators hiring the equipment can sit in any seat in the Stadium. To register for a receiver and headset please contact ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the week of the event. Audio Commentary equipment is subject to availability on a first come-first-served basis.