St James Park plays host to an ‘open day’ for Newcastle United fans today.
Supporters getting the chance to watch the players training on the St James Park pitch, with the session open to all fans at no charge.
There will be other associated activities, largely aimed at keeping kids entertained, including Strawberry Place (road running past the Gallowgate End) closed to accommodate a bouncy castle amongst other added attractions.
Official Club Statement
Newcastle United have confirmed details for the club’s annual family Open Day which will take place at St. James’ Park on Tuesday 4th August.
The event will be free to fans of all ages and will once again feature access to a first team training session inside the stadium, as well as a larger relocated Fanzone behind the ground’s Gallowgate End.
To accommodate the event’s biggest ever Fanzone, Strawberry Place will be closed to traffic from 4am until 4pm on Tuesday 4th August.
The Fanzone will include a number of football-related activities including a penalty kick area, speed cage and human table football pitch, as well as an obstacle course, zorbs, face painting area, small fairground rides and more.
Supporters are invited to enjoy themselves in the Fanzone from 9am, when access to East Stand seating will also open. The first action inside the stadium will commence at 10am, when participants from a range of Newcastle United Foundation coaching courses showcase their skills on the pitch.
The Newcastle United first team will be welcomed onto the pitch from 10:45am.
Fans will get an opportunity to see Steve McClaren and his coaching team putting the players – including new signings Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrović – through their paces until 12:15pm.
Fanzone and East Stand open
10am – 10:30am
Foundation training session
10:45am – 12:15pm
First team training session begins
12:15pm – 12:30pm
Penalty shoot-out and crossbar challenge
Competition winners’ signing session
(Shame Starwberry Place couldn’t be shut on all home match days as well, with stuff going on pre-match, though not necessarily a bouncy castle for anybody having had a good drink….)