Carabao Cup Final: A Guide to London and Wembley Stadium for Newcastle United fans heading to the capital
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Since Newcastle’s Carabao Cup semi final second leg at St James Park plans have been made, train tickets have been bought and now the countdown is nearly over. This weekend Newcastle United play in a cup final at the new Wembley Stadium for the first time.
Around 33,000 fans have been able to snap up tickets to the fixture with more expected to also make the trip down to the capital without access and this is all you need to know if you are heading to London.
Getting to Wembley Stadium
The national stadium is well serviced by public transport. Fans can use three stations to reach the stadium.
Wembley Central Station is around a 20 minute walk from the stadium and is accessible from the Bakerloo Line and London Overground as well as London MIdland and Southern Trains lines while Wembley Park is serviced by the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. Anyone wanting to experience the iconic walk up Wembley Way should travel into Wembley Park Station.
Wembley Stadium Station is the third rail option and is serviced by Chiltern Railways.
Anyone driving to the game needs to book a parking space in advance.
The 18/N18, 83/N83, 92, 182, 206, 223, 297 and 483 bus routes all stop within a short walking distance from the stadium.
Wembley Stadium and event organisers suggest fans should arrive at Wembley stations no later than one hour before kick off.
Are there London Underground closures and delays today?
The three tube lines which transport fans from central London to Wembley, the Bakerloo, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines, all have no issues on the morning of matchday. Overground closures are only in place to the east of the city and will not impact anyone travelling to Wembley.
There is also no service between Edgeware Road and Tower hill on the Circle Line and between South Kensington and Edgeware Road to Kensington (Olympia), Wimbledon and Hammersmith on the District Line.
Can I bring a bag into Wembley Stadium?
The venue has said all ticket holders will be prohibited from bringing bags into the stadium unless it meets specific stadium regulations.
Each person can only bring one small bag, no bigger than A size. Any merchandise bought at the game will be supplied in a clear bag and will be allowed into the stadium as well as a personal bag.
Can I drink alcohol outside Wembley Stadium?
Fans will not be able to drink alcohol around the ground and on Wembley Way. This is part of the current Public Space Order Protection in place around the stadium on event days. Anyone found to be drinking will be asked to hand their alcohol over.
Much like every professional football match in England, alcohol will be available on the stadium concourse but cannot be taken to seats.
Does Newcastle have a fanzone at Wembley for the Carabao Cup Final?
Yes, both teams have a dedicated fanzone for pre match entertainment on matchday. Newcastle fans’ fanzone will be on the western side of the stadium. These will be open from 1pm with entertainment from a DJ.
Alcohol will be served at these fanzones.