Official advice has been issued to visiting fans ahead of Leeds v Newcastle on Sunday.
Leeds United have told Newcastle supporters that they are opening the away turnstiles earlier than normal to try and help cope with the capacity crowd.
This is the first time in six years that Elland Road has been full and the early kick-off has helped ensure that even more supporters will turn up close to kick-off time.
Gates have been as low as nineteen thousand this season and around double that figure will be there on Sunday, with parts of Elland Road having to be re-opened after being closed off to fans so far this season.
Alcohol will be on sale to away fans inside the ground before kick-off but won’t be available at half-time, whilst Newcastle fans have been advised that they will be thrown out if found in home areas so be warned!
Leeds United Official Statement for Newcastle Fans:
‘Leeds United have been working closely with West Yorkshire Police to ensure everyone attending the fixture at Elland Road on Sunday, November 20th has a safe and enjoyable experience.
The whole ground will be open for this game, with both home and away sections sold out well in advance.
As a result, turnstiles will open at the earlier time of 11.15am for away supporters in order to allow access internally to the designated away fans’ bar ‘Howard’s’. Home turnstiles will also open at the earlier time of 11.45am to assist entry for Leeds United supporters.
Supporters are advised to arrive early for the game, with the stadium and surrounding car parks set to be at full capacity.
The John Charles car park (West Stand) will open at 8am and close for all traffic at 10.30am. If you have a designated space in the John Charles car park, please arrive early as cars will be stopped from entering from 10.30am due to the large amount of pedestrians, with away fans arriving from the top of the John Charles car park.
Full bag searches will also remain in operation for this fixture and, if possible, supporters are encouraged not to bring bags to the game in order to speed up entry to the stadium.
Away supporters found in non-corporate home areas of the stadium will be ejected for their own safety. Newcastle United supporters are also advised that there will be no alcohol on sale to away fans at half-time.
All stands at Elland Road have designated smoking areas except the East Stand Upper. The club’s non-smoking policy also includes e-cigarettes and anybody failing to comply will be asked to leave.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation.’