Huge numbers of people expected in Newcastle as part of bumper day of sport on Saturday

Daryl Janmaat
Daryl Janmaat

Police in Newcastle are warning visitors to the city to be prepared for a bumper day of sporting action on Saturday.

A number of sporting events are taking place in the city, with officers expecting an influx of people.

Northumbria Police are advising people that the city centre will be busy pretty much all day and that people should give themselves extra time if travelling into Newcastle.

Events taking place include:

- Rugby World Cup Fanzone showing the England v Wales match on the big screen. Kick off is at 8pm however Fanzone open from midday.

- Newcastle United are playing Chelsea at St James’ Park with a 5:30pm kick off time.

- A Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event being held between 6pm - 11pm at a venue inside the RWC Fanzone.

Extra officers will be in the area around St James’ Park throughout the day speaking to people and making sure they have all the help they need to enjoy a great day.

Anyone who needs any help or assistance is urged to speak to officers or stewards and they will be able to help.

Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, who is overseeing the policing operation for RWC 2015, said: “I know people are used to the town being busy on match days but I think we will see more people than usual travelling in for the number of events that are taking place.

“The extra sports fans mixed with shoppers and the revellers that come into the city on a Saturday evening mean that the city’s bars and pubs may be busier than usual and that there may be more traffic on the roads.

“With this in mind I’d ask that people plan their journeys in advance if coming into the city.

“Expect delays and give yourself extra time so you don’t miss out on any of your plans. We will have motor patrols officers throughout the city and their role will be to keep traffic moving and the city free from disruption as much as possible.

“Our officers will be out across the city throughout Saturday and are there to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves safely.

“If you need any assistance then speak to us or if you need help in any way then we will always try and do what we can.”

Full details of what is taking place at the Fanzone (which is located in the Science Central area, opposite St James Park), on Saturday can be found at