Sunderland Fan Zone closed by bad weather

Sunderland AFC is advising supporters that the Stadium of Light’s Fan Zone will be closed ahead of tonight’s game against Liverpool.

High winds across Wearside resulted in the club taking the decision not to open the area this evening (December 30).

There are no issues with tonight’s game however, which kicks off as scheduled at 7.45pm. Stadium turnstiles and concourse bars will be open from 6.15pm.

Supporters are advised to leave additional time for their journey to and from the stadium and to be mindful of the adverse weather conditions across the region.

A bumper crowd is expected for the game and there will be a high volume of ticket collections, so fans should arrive early to collect or purchase tickets.

Almost 45,000 tickets have already been sold and as cash turnstiles will not be operating, the ticket office is expected to be busy.

Ticket collection points will also be very busy, with a higher number of collections of pre-paid tickets due to the festive period. Supporters wishing to buy or collect tickets should arrive early to avoid queues or delays.