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Lionesses Fanzone

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Lionesses Fanzone

Heading to see the Lionesses? Plan your journey in advance!

City Centre Pre-Match Entertainment

Keel Square will host a Lionesses Fanzone on Friday 22 September so you can enjoy the best of the Womens England vs Scotland pre-match action as our lionesses roar into the city!

From 1pm you will be able to make the most of:

  • A great food & drink offering
  • Meet & greet along with live interviews with SAFC players and legends
  • Kids football games 
  • Family friendly activities
  • A chillout area with party benches & deck chairs

Please note the Fan Zone will not be screening the match.

Plan your journey to Sunderland in advance:


Metro operator, Nexus, has confirmed that extra trains will be running on Friday. People are being advised to plan in advance how they will get to and from the match and allow extra time for their journey as trains could be busy.

Non match goers should also be aware that public transport and routes heading into and out of Sunderland on Friday night is likely to be extremely busy. 

By Metro

On their way to the match, anyone planning to go straight to the stadium should get off at Stadium of Light or St Peter's. Anyone planning to go into the city centre first should get off at either Sunderland or Park Lane.

After the match, fans travelling towards South Hylton should get on the Metro at St Peter's station - a three minute walk from the stadium. Fans heading northbound towards Newcastle should use Stadium of Light station, a ten -minute walk away. 

A 'Take the Kids for Free' offer on the Metro allows up to three children aged 11 and under to travel for free with a fare-paying adult over 18.  

For help planning your journey visit: and for live update follow @My_Metro on X (formerly Twitter).

For the latest Metro travel information check:

By Bus:

Bus numbers 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 15 and 16 all stop in close proximity to the stadium. 

Fans planning to travel by bus should check with local operators Stagecoach and Go-North East for details: 

Stagecoach -

North East -

Traveline bus and Metro info - 

The city's main bus station, Park Lane Interchange, is also within walking distance of the stadium. 


Please be aware that traffic restrictions will be in place on roads around the stadium on Friday evening, with roads closed to all traffic from 18.00 sharp until approximately 22.30pm.

From the North/West

Fans travelling from the north or west to the stadium, should join the A19 southbound and continue to the Hylton Grange Interchange and take the first exit onto A1231 Wessington Way. Continue on the A1231 to the Stadium of Light.

From the South

Fans travelling from the south, should follow the A19 northbound onto the A1018 and continue on the A1018 to the Stadium of Light. 


Official stadium car parking is sold out. But parking is available in the city centre 10 minutes' walk away.

This includes Riverside Sunderland, a short walk across Wearmouth bridge which can be booked via for a cost of £7 per vehicle. Other city centre multi storey car parks include St Marys and Sunniside:

Park and Ride

Fans should use the Park and Ride facility on Wessington Way (A1231). This is on a first come first served basis free of charge and is easily accessible from the A19 and clearly signposted. Buses will pick up from the permanent bus stops on Sunderland Enterprise Park while pick -up points from the stadium are to the north on Kier Hardie Way. Buses will run to/from the stadium on a 5 minute basis pre-match. These will be operational from 18:15 and post-match until all fans have been transported back to their cars. 

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