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Author: Jack McGraghan

20th May 2023

Gateshead are set to grace the Wembley Stadium turf for the second time on Sunday, May 21 in the Isuzu FA Trophy final.

The Heed take on FC Halifax Town under the arch in the club’s first-ever FA Trophy final, with over 4,500 supporters set to travel to the capital to back Mike Williamson’s men.

Supporters are advised to read Wembley Stadium’s guide below ahead of Sunday to avoid any unexpected issues.

No-street-drinking zone

Since 2022 Brent Council, and its partners, have enforced a no-street-drinking zone on Olympic Way and the surrounding area for ALL events at Wembley Stadium. This is part of the current Public Space Order Protection in place around the stadium on event days. More information on the order can be found here.

Fans drinking on Olympic Way and the surrounding streets ahead of the final will be asked to hand over their alcohol and enforcement action may be considered.

Supporters wanting alcohol before the game should head for the licensed bars or restaurants in the area or make their way to the dedicated fan zones outside the stadium.

Fan Zones

The Newport Pagnell and Gateshead Fan Zone is located to the west of the stadium on the event pad, and will be open from 11am until 3:45pm and stop serving alcohol one hour before the final game kicks off.

Supporters will need to present a valid stadium ticket to enter the area which has a limited capacity. The stadium’s bag policy also applies to anyone visiting the fan zone.

Gateshead supporters can also visit Boxpark Wembley (11am-11pm & match ticket holders only) and The Green Man on Sunday to soak up the atmosphere with fellow fans.

Restricted bag policy

Wembley Stadium operates a restricted bag policy. Each person can only bring one small bag into the stadium, and it must not be bigger than A4 size:

Height – 297mm (11.7 inches) – Width – 210mm (8.27 inches) – Depth – 210mm (8.27 inches)

Please note, this means the overall bag size – bags that are half-full and folded over to reduce their size will not be accepted. Anyone carrying bags that do not meet the criteria above will not be allowed into the stadium. A full list of prohibited items can be found here.


The use of pyrotechnics, flares and smoke devices inside or outside Wembley Stadium is illegal and prohibited. Anyone caught carrying or using pyrotechnical equipment inside the stadium will be immediately ejected from the stadium, banned from future events and dealt with by police. Those caught using pyrotechnic equipment anywhere outside of the stadium will be in breach of the PSPO order and face enforcement action.

Disabled supporters

Wembley Stadium is a welcoming and inclusive venue for all guests with access requirements. There are 310 places for wheelchair users, each with a personal assistant/companion seat. The stadium also provides a range of services for guests with specialist access requirements including a shuttle service from Wembley Park Station. More information can be found here.


By National Rail

Supporters are encouraged to plan their journeys in advance to avoid disappointment or delay to their travel.

Heading to the game: Supporters can interchange at central London stations for London Underground and bus services to Wembley Stadium. Please factor additional travel across London into your travel time /costs.

Travelling home: Fans are asked to leave the ground promptly and avoid opting for the last train of the day. Please check National Rail Enquiries for the latest up-to-date information.

Please allow for longer journey times from Wembley Stadium to central London stations due to crowd safety controls for safe station access.

London Underground

Wembley Stadium benefits from easy access to three rail / London Underground stations. These are:

  • Wembley Stadium station
  • Wembley Central station
  • Wembley Park station

Supporters should plan to arrive at Wembley stations no later than one hour prior to kick-off, to allow sufficient time to walk to and enter the stadium. Spectators are advised to check the National Rail Enquiries and TfL websites on event day for real-time travel information and status updates.

By Car

Event day parking at Wembley Stadium is limited and must be booked in advance via the Wembley Official Parking website. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Any vehicles which do not pre-book will not be granted access to the stadium car parks. Customers are advised to park via the official car parks only.

Blue badge parking is available for ticketholders with accessibility needs and this can also be booked directly through the Wembley Official Parking website. For any further accessibility requirements, please review Wembley Stadium’s Access Information page, or visit the Guest support portal.

By Coach

National Express is the official coach partner to Wembley Stadium. National Express drop off at the stadium from over 50 locations around the UK making it the easiest and most convenient way to travel to Wembley. To book a National Express service for the Final visit the National Express website or call 08717 81 81 81

Stadium access

Please arrive early at the stadium to allow enough time for necessary security checks, including enhanced searches and bag checks.

General admission to the stadium will be available from 10:45am ahead of the Isuzu FA Vase final. Hospitality turnstiles will also open at this time.

Children (14 years and under) must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of two are not permitted into the stadium.

Persistent standing

Persistent standing during a match at Wembley Stadium is strictly forbidden (unless with a ticket for the safe standing area) and may result in ejection from the ground. Persistent standing not only compromises crowd safety, but also affects the match day experience of fellow spectators, especially children and elderly people.

Anti-social and discriminatory behaviour

Wembley Stadium operates a zero-tolerance policy on any form of anti-social and discriminatory behaviour, in line with the Love Football, Protect the Game campaign

If you witness any anti-social or discriminatory behaviour on the day, text HELP to 66566 or contact your nearest steward.

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