Whilst Newcastle United have a pretty low key pre-season schedule, at least the Mainz match sees the hosts putting on a bit of a show.

The trip to Wolfsburg sees the hosts even moving the game to the five thousand capacity stadium used for reserve matches, whereas Mainz are hosting a ‘party’ when Newcastle United visit.

The game is next Saturday (29 July) at 4pm local time and Newcastle fans going to the game will have live music to enjoy before the game, plus free stadium tours of the Opal Arena.

Also in the pre-match programme of activities according to Mainz: ‘enjoy a climbing tower, the water fun world, football freestyle and the photo box with funny poses. There is also a children’s milk stand for the little ones.’

FSV Mainz 05 announcement:

Great Stadiumfest for the match against Newcastle

A wide range of events around the OPEL ARENA on July 29th

On Saturday, 29 July at 4 pm, FSV Mainz 05 will meet  premier league Newcastle United, and that alone promises a football celebration of the extra class.

But even away from the pitch, the match against the English club will be a big party, so the 05ers have planned a colourful stadium festival program around the OPEL ARENA.

From 1 o’clock – three hours before the whistle – there is live music from a band on the big stage in front of the stadium.

If you want to look behind the scenes of the OPEL ARENA, you have the opportunity to take part in the stadium tours offered free of charge. The meeting place is before the 05er fanshop.

And to all big and small fans, who want to be active themselves, can enjoy a climbing tower, the water fun world, football freestyle and the photo box with funny poses. There is also a children’s milk stand for the little ones.

The stadium pitch will not only serve as a stage for big soccer moments, but also for great emotions. For the 05s will officially celebrate the departure of their former coach Martin Schmidt, who has led the club into the group phase of the UEFA Europa League for the first time. For seven years, the Swiss played a key role in football and soccer.’

The full first team and reserve/Under 23 pre-season schedules are as follows so far –

The first team friendlies:

Friday 14 July – Hearts 1 Newcastle 2

Saturday 22 July – Preston away 3pm

Wednesday 26 July – Bradford away 7.30pm

Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm

Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:

Monday 17 July – Darlington 1 Newcastle 2

Saturday 22 July – Gateshead (at International Stadium)

Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)

Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)

Our thanks to ex-pat Geordie Colin Porwol who is now based in Germany and alerted us to the Mainz programme of activities next weekend.