MATCHDAY INFO – London Irish

We are back under the Friday night lights this week as we welcome London Irish to the AJ Bell Stadium for round 18 of the Gallagher Premiership. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick-off.

Sale Sharks v London Irish, Friday 25th February, AJ Bell Stadium, Kick-Off: 7:45pm

Key Timings

  • Turnstiles open at 6pm.
  • Players arriving at 6:20pm.
  • Kick-off at 7:45pm.

What’s On?

You can’t beat rugby under the Friday night lights, and we’ve gone all out this week to light up the matchday like never before. In addition to the pre-match fireworks as the players run out, we’ve also got the masked LED drummers providing pre-match music and a Sharks beacon lighting up the West stand entrance. Make sure you look out for it…but it will be hard to miss!

Travel & Parking

Matchdays are always busy, so we advise everyone to plan their journeys and arrive at the AJ Bell Stadium in plenty of time before kick-off.

All of our fans can make use of the Trafford Centre tram link, which provides great access to the stadium via our matchday ‘Dine & Ride’ shuttle buses which run from the bus stop just around the corner (£1 return). It’s a great way to make the most of your day as you can leave the car at home (or park there for FREE), take advantage of the Trafford Centre’s fantastic food options, and then head over to the AJ Bell! You can pre-book this HERE.Please note: We advise all supporters to park at the Regent Crescent car park 3 for any matchday parking.

Important: Essential maintenance works will take place on the Eccles tram line from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 February.During the required closure, no trams will operate on the Eccles line. Services on the Ashton line will operate through to Bury. Other transport alternatives are available to enable your journey. for more information please click HERE.

There is parking availability at the Makro car park, which is supported by a ‘park & ride’ shuttle bus to the stadium which is included in your parking costs. This must be pre-booked HERE.

You can also now park & ride from the Football 5 car park opposite the Chill Factore. The shuttle bus begins 2 hours 30 minutes before KO, it drops right outside the AJ Bell Stadium and is a fully accessible service. The shuttle service’s final departure is 60 minutes after the final whistle from the AJ Bell Stadium. Supporters need to pre-book parking HERE.

Finally, if you’re travelling from Didsbury, Parrswood or Cheadle you can make use of the Stockport shuttle bus. This will run as follows: Mercian Way – East Didsbury at 6pm, Parrswood at 6:10pm, The Red Lion Cheadle at 6:20pm, and all pickups will be from the drop-off point 20 mins after the final whistle. This can be pre-booked HERE.


Club Shop

The Macron club shop will be open pre-match right up until kick-off, as well as post-match. Make sure to grab yourself some Sharks stash. You can also shop online, click HERE.

Matchday Programme

Our digital matchday programme is completely FREE! You can view & download it HERE.(Please note: this link will only be live from Thursday 24th February)

Bag Drop Point

To ensure that the AJ Bell Stadium is a safe, secure environment, all bags will be subjected to a physical and/or visual search at entrances to the stadium.

Backpacks, holdalls, rucksacks, prams, trolleys, or other similar items larger than A4 size will not be allowed into the stadium. Only small handheld bags, no larger than A4 size will be allowed to enter the stadium. Drawstring bags, handbags, rucksacks, plastic bags that are A4 are permitted.

If you must bring bag, pram or other large item to the stadium that exceeds the allowable size, bag drop facilities that you can use to store your items will be in place until the match has finished.

For the full details, please click HERE.

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