Below contains all the travel details for the Sale Sharks v Connacht match on Saturday 20th October. Kick-off is 3:00pm and the Stockport and Trafford Centre shuttle buses are running as normal.
The Warburton bridge will not be toll-free for this fixture.
Book on the Stockport shuttle bus here
The cost is £6.50 for a return journey which is paid when boarding the bus
1:00pm – Mercian Way, Stockport
1:20pm – Parrswood, Didsbury
1:30 – Red Lion Pub, Cheadle
14:10 – Arrive at AJ Bell Stadium
The free shuttle buses will run from stand 1 at Trafford Centre bus station.
Sale Sharks will be paying for a return shuttle bus service which will leave from Stand 1 at the Intu Trafford Centre bus station for all 2018/19 home games so why not take advantage of the food and shopping on offer after the match.
Benefits of the shuttle bus:
- It’s free! Sale Sharks will foot the bill to make sure our supporters only have the game to worry about.
- You avoid the M60 and the traffic.
- The buses will typically start running 1hr 30mins before kick off, which will give supporters plenty of time to enjoy our pre-match entertainment.
- The buses are the first vehicles to depart after the game meaning you get away from the stadium first. All cars in the car parks are held back until the buses have left.
- The Intu Trafford Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with 280 stores, every food outlet you could imagine as well as an 18 lane bowling alley, arcade and cinema!
- You get to enjoy the atmosphere with hundreds of other Sharks fans using the service. You can discuss the match, talk tactics and just generally enjoy the Sale Sharks experience on the way to the game.
- For more information on our shuttle bus service please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I park at the ground?
There is parking available at the stadium and it costs £8 (cash only on the day) but we highly recommend that you book it in advance online via this link https://www.eticketing.co.uk/salesharksrugby/Events/Index or by calling 0161 786 1574 then Option 2.
Disabled Parking: Please contact the AJ Bell Stadium direct to book this – 0161 786 1574
Motorcycles: These can be parked at the stadium for free
Coaches and Mini-buses: Parking is free, but please contact the stadium in advance to let them know that you will be coming in a large vehicle so you can be allocated a space – 0161 786 1574
There is no on-street parking near the stadium, and parking at City Airport (Barton) is available but limited for a fee. Do NOT park in the layby near the airport as it blocks access for emergency vehicles and you will get a parking ticket.
The road, called the Salford Western Gateway, is the new section of the A57, which connects the A57 Liverpool Road with Trafford Way and crosses the Manchester Ship Canal using the new lifting bridge. You can park for free at the Trafford Centre and the walk to the stadium takes around 20 minutes.
How do I get to the AJ Bell?
Postcode for sat nav – M30 7LJ
There may be occasions when car park access and egress is disrupted or delayed by circumstances beyond control of the Stadium Company, such as busy trading days at the Intu (Trafford) Centre and localised heavy traffic due to roadworks or road traffic accidents. Please be assured that the car park staff are doing their utmost to minimise delays.
From the North
M6 then at Jcn 21 take the A57
M61 then us the 2 right lanes to merge onto the M60 signposted M60/Ring Road W/Ring Road S/Mcr Airport/Trafford Park/L’pool/B’ham. Leave the M60 at Jcn 11 and take the 3rd exit off the roundabout on to the A57 (follow the brown ‘rugby ball’ signs).
From the East
M62 then merge onto the M60. Leave the M60 at Jcn 11 and take the 3rd exit off the roundabout on to the A57 (follow the brown ‘rugby ball’ signs).
From the West
Liverpool – M62 then join the M60 at Jcn 12. Leave the M60 at Jcn 11 and take the 3rd exit off the roundabout on to the A57 (follow the brown ‘rugby ball’ signs).
Chester – M56 to Jcn 9 then take the M6, then at Jcn 21 take the A57
From the South
M5 to the M6, then at Jcn 21 take the A57.
Alternatively, if you come on the M6 then use the M56/M60, please note that the A556 has been re-routed between M6 Jcn 19 to the M56, making the journey much smoother as it now flows from one into the other without using the roundabout.
You can avoid delays on the clockwise M60 or at Junction 11 by using the new bridge which connects the Trafford Centre to the AJ Bell Stadium. Sometimes it is quicker to go past Jcn 11 and continue to Jcn 10, then come off here and use the new road to the stadium.
We suggest that you use the Google Maps app with traffic notifications to check the status of the M5/M6/A57/A556/M56/M60 as you are travelling to avoid any hold ups. As of yet the new section isn’t ‘live’ on Google traffic updates but this should be updated in the future.
Please do not use this unless you have someone with you; it is against the law to drive and use a mobile
phone at the same time
The nearest train stations are Irlam and Patricroft. From both stations walk to Liverpool Road and take the number 67 bus (as above).
The nearest Metrolink tram stop is Eccles. From here, the stadium is approximately 40 minutes’ walk or take the number 67 bus along Liverpool Road as above, or get a taxi.
This is located to the right of the glass-fronted Main Reception in the West Stand. There are ticket COLLECTIONS and SALESwindows where staff will be able to advise you on locations of seats and sell you tickets. Card and cash payments accepted, unfortunately we do not accept AMEX.
Sale Sharks Shop:
Selling everything from player replica shirts to rugby balls to dog leads, we have something for everyone. The shop is open 4 hours before kick-off and re-opens at the final whistle for around an hour, or subject to demand. It is located to the left of the glass-fronted Main Reception in the West Stand. The shop is also open on:
Tuesday: 1pm to 5pm
Thursday: 1pm to 5pm
Friday (MATCHDAYS ONLY): 2.00pm to kick-off plus post match
Saturday/Sunday (MATCHDAYS ONLY): 11.00am to kick-off plus post match
Tel: 0161 786 1574 or 0161 786 1598 YOU CAN ALSO ORDER ON-LINE 24/7 VIA THE WEBSITE
Food and Drink:
There are a number of food outlets around the outside of the stadium, and inside there are kiosks in each stand selling pies, hot dogs, confectionery, hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverages. There is also a bar inside the Sharquee and picnic tables are available.
Real Ale: Real ale is available pre and post-match in the Sharquee and both pre-match and during the match in the Printerland Stand: movement between stands is allowed so you can access the bar (you cannot cross the West Stand team areas).
Leaving The Stadium:
- We use a traffic management company to control vehicles leaving the stadium car parks and to allow pedestrians to leave safely
- At final whistle the car parks are ‘locked down’ for around 15 minutes to allow pedestrians and shuttle bus services to leave, then once it is deemed safe, cars are released from the car parks.
- If you need a taxi please go to Main Reception for local taxi information.
Time Saving Tips:
- Arrive Early – we can’t stress this enough and we want supporters to enjoy the matchday experience as much as possible and avoid any traffic issues
- Pre-book your parking by contacting https://www.eticketing.co.uk/salesharksrugby/Events/Index or by calling 0161 786 1574 then Option 2.
- Have car parking passes ready for stewards or your seasonal hanger displayed on your mirror. If paying on the day (not recommended) then please have £8 in change ready to pay
- Print tickets at home if possible to avoid box office queues
- Bring only essential items to reduce bag search time
Venue Safety & Bag Checks:
The AJ Bell continues to review security processes and enhanced security checks will take place prior to all home fixtures. All handbags / personal bags will be searched. We ask that visitors cooperate fully enabling our team to carry out searches as efficiently as possible. We therefore ask that you keep personal belongings to a minimum: as all bags will be searched large backpacks & other non-essential item searches may cause delays.
Please do not leave any items unattended, they will be removed immediately and may cause an unnecessary security incident. Sale Sharks & the AJ Bell stadium will not be held responsible for late admission due to this policy.
If you find, or lose something, please contact the nearest steward, or contact Main Reception on 0161 786 1574.
What items are not allowed into the AJ Bell stadium?
Items not allowed include (but is not limited to) knives, fireworks, explosives, smoke canisters, aerosols, air-horns, noisemakers, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, illegal substances & legal highs, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles, or any article that may be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety or which may pose a hazard or nuisance to any other person, or any article to be used for a commercial or a charitable purpose that has not been authorised. Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to or ejected from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Threatening, abusive or violent behaviour, and foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden and will result in arrest and/or ejection from the AJ Bell Stadium. We may impose a ban from the AJ Bell Stadium as a result. Causing damage to, or interfering or tampering with any equipment, furniture, fitting or fixture within the AJ Bell Stadium will result in arrest and/or ejection from the AJ Bell Stadium.
Racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment is strictly forbidden and will result in arrest and/or ejection from the AJ Bell Stadium. WNSL may impose a ban from the AJ Bell Stadium as a result.
Sale Sharks asks that all supporters are respectful towards all stadium staff at all times.