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Spectator Info

St James' Park, venue for three matches during Rugby World Cup 2015

Going to a match at St. James' Park?

Even if you've been to a match or other event at St. James' Park in the past, please take the time to read this section. Keep checking back to see the latest traffic management, security and road closure information.

Fans at rugby matches are not segregated. Rival fans sitting together is what makes the atmosphere at a rugby match so special. Also different to a football match, you will be allowed to take your drinks into the stadium during the match.

Here are our top tips on how to have a great time in NewcastleGateshead during Rugby World Cup 2015:

  • Arrive early. Head to the fan zone before the game and enjoy the various activities and entertainment on offer. There will be food and drink facilities available.
  • Don't plan to leave immediately after the match. Why not head into the city centre for a meal or few drinks - letting the crowds disperse before you make your way home?
  • Make a weekend of it. Us Geordies are renowned to be a friendly bunch and you're sure to receive a warm welcome and have a great time. There's plenty of things to see and do. But make sure you book your accommodation well in advance - we expect the place to be busy!
  • Leave plenty of time to travel to St James' Park. We expect the city centre to be busy on match days and the transport arrangements around St. James' Park will be different to what you’re used to.

Accessing health services

If you are unwell or injured during Rugby World Cup 2015, there are a number of services that you can use rather than heading straight for A&E.

If you have a minor injury or illness, such as a sprain, strain, cut or fall, there are lots of options – ranging from pharmacist advice and basic first aid treatment to GP surgeries and NHS 111.

If you dial 111 you will get through to a team of fully-trained advisers supported by experienced nurses, who will assess your symptoms and then put you directly in touch with the people who can help.  The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days and the calls from landlines and mobile phones are free - just like 999.

Please keep A&E for life-threatening injuries and severe symptoms which come on suddenly.

Also provides a postcode search to help locate the nearest health service, and offers advice to help you stay safe and healthy.

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England 2015 Newcastle City Council NewcastleGateshead Initiative