Important information has been issued for supporters attending the Team GB games that take place at the Riverside on Friday July 20.
Hope Powell’s women face Sweden in a 4pm kick-off before Stuart Pearce’s men take on an all-star Brazil side at 7.45pm in their only warm-up games before going for gold in the London 2012 Olympics.
The special nature of the unique double-header means Riverside regulars should be aware of a few changes from Middlesbrough FC’s Football League games.
The stadium car parks will not be available for the Team GB games, though Middlesbrough Council say there will be plenty of parking spaces available close by.
One of the Riverside car parks will be housing two temporary changing rooms and four team coaches, while the remaining car parking space at the stadium will be taken up by TV staff, team players and officials, MFC staff working the event and restaurant guests.
However, the Zetland car park at TS1 1SR, which boasts almost 900 spaces, will be staying open late to make sure fans can collect their cars after the two games.
All other Middlesbrough Council car parks, on-street parking and private car parks will be available as usual. Fans should note that Pay and Display in council car parks and on-street parking is in place until 6pm.
There are permanent signs on the main routes into Middlesbrough to guide football traffic coming from outside the area. A map of all car parking can be accessed through the following link:
Car parking for the disabled is available at the Riverside by contacting the club in advance on 0844 4499 1234 or by email at email@example.com.
With a two-hour gap between the end of the women’s game and the start of the men’s match, a variety of entertainment activity will take place around the Riverside pitch, including a Brazilian-style samba band and cheerleaders.
The men’s team will be warming up from 45 minutes before their kick-off, while refreshments and alcohol will be available from the concourse kiosks and bars. Fans are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drink, but glass containers and bottles are prohibited for safety reasons.
Unfortunately, supporters who leave the ground will not be permitted to re-enter the stadium. Outside areas will be available for smokers.
With more than 20,000 tickets sold so far, supporters still have time to book their seat for the game. For the price of one ticket, fans can see both games.
The remaining tickets are priced from £30 adults, £20 over-65s and £15 under-16s.
Tickets are available from the Riverside ticket office, online at www.mfc.co.uk or by calling 0844 499 1234. Hospitality packages are also available from £79 +VAT per person by calling 01642 757657 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.