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HEADING to the Riverside tonight? There is likely to be a near-capacity crowd at the Riverside Stadium with 3,000 Sunderland fans due to make the short trip down the A19, according to Middlesbrough Football Club. We have all the information fans need ahead of the Tees-Wear derby clash.
BEFORE THE MATCH Boro supporters are advised to be at the Riverside earlier than normal. Parking is always a chore and local authority parking enforcement staff will be on duty to deter illegal roadside parking.
The A19/A66 road network is also likely to be busier than normal with the additional traffic from Sunderland.
Roads in the immediate vicinity of the stadium are expected to be closed from around 6.45pm and access beyond the closure points will be granted to Middlesbrough Football Club permit holders only.
Entry to the visitors' coach parking area, at the rear of the East Stand and adjacent to the outside broadcast compound, will be available to Sunderland supporters only.
Middlesbrough fans arriving from the Dockside Road/Navigation Pub direction should pass through Car Park E to gain access to the East and North Stands, including the Generation Red Family Zone.
Those with tickets for the South and West Stand should continue to walk along The Leeway, passing the outside broadcast compound, before entering the Middlesbrough Football Club site.
Boro supporters, excepting those in the South Stand, arriving from the town centre direction are advised to avoid The Leeway and the south east corner of the stadium.
All turnstiles will open at 6.30pm. AFTER THE MATCH The visitors' coach parking area will again be closed and Boro supporters leaving the North and East Stands will be required to pass through Car Park E if they wish to walk towards the Navigation and South Bank direction. Official car parks are likely to be closed for longer to allow for the safe dispersal of spectators and the police traffic management of the Sunderland coach convoy.
Middlesbrough Football Club safety staff say they will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but have thanked drivers in advance for their patience and co-operation.
The area on and around The Leeway, particularly adjacent to the outside broadcast compound, is likely to be very congested so fans are being asked to avoid it if possible.
A66/A19 FLYOVER Supporters travelling north are advised the advertised roadworks and road closure at the A66/A19 flyover junction will be delayed to allow football traffic to pass safely through the area. The overnight closure is not expected to be put in place until around 11pm.
The Riverside is expecting a good turnout tonight