Sunderland is all geared up to welcome an estimated 50,000 Spice Girls fans, who will be descending on the city for the group’s gig this evening (6th June) at the Stadium of Light.
In order to give the fans what they “really, really want”, the city’s shops, restaurants, bars and amenities will be doing everything to make them welcome, including hosting Spice-Girl themed events.
A fan-zone will be set up in Sunniside, where Spice Girls – The Movie will be screened in the afternoon.
In the evening, the same screen will show the UEFA Nations League match between England and the Netherlands.
At the Stadium of Light, the main doors will open at 5.00 pm. But before that, fans can gather in a large ‘concert courtyard’, which will open at 2.00 pm.
In the courtyard, a staff of 600 will be serving up tasty street food, ranging from fish ‘n’ chips to hotdogs to nachos. Soft and alcoholic drinks will also be available.
On their way to the stadium, concertgoers can call in at Sunderland Football Club’s Fan Museum, which is close to St Peter’s Metro Station.
The museum will be hosting an exhibition of Spice Girls memorabilia and an evening of musical entertainment. The museum will be open from 10.00 am to midnight, with funds raised going to St Cuthbert’s Hospice for Terminal Illness.
Cllr John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for communities and culture, said, “We want everyone to enjoy their time in our city, with our businesses making the best of this fantastic opportunity to showcase the many cultural and leisure attractions that we have here in Sunderland.”
“Travel and transport arrangements are in place to help people get to and from the concert with as little fuss as possible, and we have a trained team of volunteer ‘event makers’ in and around the stadium to help our guests find their way around.”
“Sunderland is an award-winning events city and – working with our partners at Sunderland Football Club – we are determined to make the return of major international music concerts to the Stadium of Light a success.”
David Moses, head of operations at Sunderland AFC, said, “Over the last 10 years, we have become very experienced at delivering major events such as this.”
“This will be our 20th concert and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the thousands of Spice Girls fans and ensuring that they have a great experience here at the Stadium of Light.”
“For those who want to get to the stadium well in advance to soak up the atmosphere, there’s plenty on offer. Our food and beverage courtyard opens at 2pm, and concertgoers can enjoy a wide range of street food and alcoholic and soft drinks.”
To learn more about the Spice Girl’s Stadium of Light show and find out about last-minute tickets, please go to https://www.safc.com/news/club-news/2018/november/concert-announcement.
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