Travel Information for Elton John at Stadium of Light: Subways, Parking Lots and Drop-Off Points

ByRochelle W. Stone

Jun 15, 2022

Elton John fans in the North East just have to wait a few days before the singer comes to the area to perform at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

The star will deliver his greatest hits over the years to the Sunderland venue, at one of more than 300 concerts around the world that make up his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Tens of thousands of fans are expected in Wearside to see the legendary singer on Sunday June 19.

With so many spectators traveling to Sunderland, the stadium and Sunderland City Council have issued guidelines on the parking, drop-off and pick-up situation for drivers in the city, while Nexus has also provided an update on metro services. Here’s everything you need to know to get to the concert.

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Arrive by metro

Nexus has announced that additional metro services will operate on June 19, with additional trains scheduled before and after the concert. Spectators are advised to allow plenty of time to get to the stadium, and Nexus suggests buying a £5.70 day ticket in advance if traveling by tube to avoid queuing at ticket machines tickets.

“This is another world-class event for Sunderland, on the heels of Ed Sheeran’s hugely successful gigs,” said Metro chief operating officer John Alexander. “With any event of this magnitude, there will be queues at stations afterwards.

“Our customer service teams will be working hard to get everyone moving as quickly as possible,” he added. “I thank the customers in advance for their patience.”

Ticket holders traveling by metro should also check the type of ticket they have to see which station they should get off at. According to the advice issued by the Stade, those with purple, red or yellow entrance tickets should get off at the Stade du Phare station.

Customers with platinum, blue, green and pink entrance tickets must get off at Saint-Pierre station. Nexus says additional staff and queue management will be in place at both metro stations.

Come by car or taxi

For spectators planning to drive or arrive by taxi, the main thing they should be aware of is that there will be no public parking, pick-up or drop-off points available at the Stadium of Light. Parking around the venue will also be very limited – roads around the stadium will be closed to daytime traffic and residential streets will be subject to permit restrictions.

Visitors from the north and west are welcome to use the city’s Park & ​​Walk scheme which departs from Sunderland Enterprise Park, accessed via the A1231 Wessington Way. There are several car parks in the town center – the full list and prices can be found on Sunderland City Council website .

According to the Council, the main drop-off and pick-up point for car passengers is on Dame Dorothy Street, about a 15-minute walk from the stadium. People coming from the south are advised to take the A1018 and A690 exits from the A19 and drop people off in the city center or on Dame Dorothy Street.

If you plan to come by taxi, the pre-concert taxi drop-off points will be on Wearmouth Street and Monk Street, both approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the stadium. If you are taking a taxi home after the concert, pickups will only take place from the city center, according to the stadium’s website.

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