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Tyne/Wear Derby Ticket and Travel Info: No Bubble, High Cost

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Remember when everyone was crawling up Newcastle's backsides trying to claim that it was the 'cheapest' matchday in the Premier League? Well, if £47 for a ticket is cheap... At least there is no bubble trip to worry about this year, though.

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Sunderland AFC has confirmed ticket and travel information ahead of next month's Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park.

The game takes place on Sunday 21 December, kicking off at 1:30pm and tickets will be available to SAFC season card holders only, based on the club's loyalty point system. The schedule to apply for tickets, subject to availability, is listed below:

  • Season card holders with 20 or more loyalty points, can purchase their ticket from 9am, Wednesday 26 November until 5pm, Tuesday 02 December.
  • Season card holders wit 17 or more points can apply from 9am, December 03 until 5pm, December 04 (subject to any tickets remaining after the first period).
  • Season card holders with 15 or more points can apply from 9am, December 05 until 12:30pm, December 06 (subject to any tickets remaining after the second period).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.safc.com, in-person at the Stadium of Light ticket office or by calling the SAFC ticket hotline, 0871 911 1973. Supporters can check their loyalty points online.

Tickets are priced at £47 for adults, £38 for supporters aged 65 and over and full-time students and £25 for under 18s. Supporters are reminded that all tickets are recorded to the individual season card holder and are traceable. Tickets are not transferable.

Sunderland AFC will provide a complimentary return bus service from the Stadium of Light to St James' Park, affording the quickest and safest way to travel to and from the game.

Supporters wishing to take advantage of the free bus service should request their pass when purchasing their match ticket. Those purchasing their match tickets online should call 0191 5515004 between 10am and 5pm Monday-Friday, to request their bus pass, which will then be posted out to them.

Buses will depart from the Green Car Park area at the Stadium of Light, which is located next to the ticket office/Black Cat House. Exact timings for departure will be confirmed in due course.

The East Stand concourse at the Stadium of Light will be open from 10:30am for the comfort of supporters using the bus service. Bar and catering services will be available, along with toilet facilities, until the buses depart.

Sunderland AFC head of safety Paul Weir, said: "We received a lot of positive feedback from supporters regarding the buses last season, in particular how quickly they returned to the stadium after the game, with the first convoy having completed its journey before the first special Metro train had even left Newcastle.

"Safety is always our priority and the complimentary buses most definitely afford the safest and quickest way for fans to make the journey to and from St James' Park. I would therefore urge as many supporters as possible to take advantage of this free service."