- Turnstiles open at 6:15pm.
- Players arriving at 6:20pm.
- Kick-off at 7:45pm.
The Sharks carnival rolls into town! We’ve got fire breathers, stilt walkers, dancers, live music performers and plenty more, all around the Sharquee. Club principal partner AO will also be kicking off the season in style with us on Friday night, so expect carnival games and giveaways!
Your Sharks will be arriving by the main reception from 6:20pm so make sure you’re there to give them a Sharks Family welcome as we roll out the blue carpet. Don’t miss the chance to catch a conversation with Will Cliff and Raffi Quirke in the Sharquee at 7pm and then get your photos and autographs with Tom Curry and Byron McGuigan at the Ruck Truck outside the West Stand from 6:45pm-7:15pm.
Travel & Parking
Make sure you plan your 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.
There is parking availability at the Makro car park, supported by a ‘park & ride’ shuttle bus to the stadium which is included in your parking costs. This must be pre-booked 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.
PLEASE NOTE: from 9pm on Friday 9 September to 6am on Monday 12 September. The eastbound M56 will be closed from junction 9 at Lymm interchange with the M6 to junction 5 for Manchester Airport; the westbound carriageway will be closed from junction 5 to junction 8 at Bowdon. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place. Full Details can be found below:
If you purchased one of our reusable plastic season cards it will be ready for collection at the ticket office from the Northampton match onwards.
The Macron club shop will be open pre-match right up until kick-off, as well as post-match. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab yourself the brand new Sharks replica kit and new look stash! You can also shop online, click HERE.
Our digital matchday programme is completely FREE! You can view & download all copies HERE.
(Please note: The official matchday programme for our match against Northampton Saints will be uploaded on Thursday 8th September)
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 a bag, pram or any 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.