Ahead of Sundays (10 March) BetMcLean Cup Final between Portadown and Linfield (KO 3pm) at the National Stadium the Northern Ireland Football League and the PSNI have provided the following pointers and advice for Portadown supporters travelling to the game.

TICKETING, SEATING & ENTRY

The match is an all ticket affair with tickets available via TICKETS (nifootballleague.com), they are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. There will be no cash gate available on the day. Portadown supporters are situated in the West Stand (Brown Turnstiles) and South Stand Lower (White Turnstiles). Entry to the ground for Portadown supporters being via the Boulevard off Boucher Road leading up to the National Stadium. Stewards will then direct supporters to their seats.

TRAVEL

Police are requesting that Portadown fans travelling by car and coach to the Bet McLean Cup Final leave sufficient travel time to arrive at the match with entry to the ground for Portadown supporters being via the Boulevard off Boucher Road leading up to the National Stadium. Stewards will then direct supporters to their seats.

All Portadown private coaches leave the motorway at Stockman’s Lane and travel towards the Boucher Road from this direction. Police advise private  coaches to park up in the area of Apollo Road, Wildflower Way.

Coaches should park on one side of the street only, with no double parking. There is ample space for coach parking in this area. Coaches must not block business entrances, 24 hr access is required by the majority of businesses in this area. After the match coaches should then leave Apollo Road and travel towards Stockmans lane. No coaches will be allowed to travel towards the direction of Glenmachan street or the National Stadium.

Coaches should not permit passengers to disembark on the Boucher Road convenient to the stadium as this causes potential public safety issues and can cause a backlog of traffic onto the motorway.

If you are driving to the match, please park with consideration for the local community/residents and businesses. Traffic congestion is likely at key ingress and egress times due to the expected volume of supporters attending the fixture with Boucher Road also being a thriving commercial area.

We have also been made aware that the M1 Eastbound will be closed from J9 Moira to J8 Blaris on Sunday 10 March for tree felling between 7am and midday. A lane closure will then be in operation from midday to 5pm.

THE SHAMROCK SHUTTLE

Portadown supporters can also avail of ‘The Shamrock Shuttle’ to travel to the Cup Final, it sets off from Portadown Train Station on Sunday 10 March 2024 at 1:15pm with a direct journey to Adelaide Train Station (which is at the National Stadium) and departing from Adelaide Train Station at 5:15pm or 6:15pm if the match goes to ET – (times of departure are flexible & subject to change depending on the outcome of the game.) supporters are asked to retain your printed train ticket for the return journey.

The price for the ‘Shamrock Shuttle’ is £9 return for an adult & £4.50 return for a child

Important information

  • Online sales close at 12:45 on the day of travel
  • The above service is available to buy online ONLY
  • Customers will be emailed their e-tickets and are required to print their email prior to travel OR show their email on a mobile device to the barrier staff or conductor
  • Tickets are NOT AVAILABLE to buy in person at stations
  • Concession passenger applies to Senior citizens (60+), War Disabled and Blind Pass holders. Valid concession smartpass must be presented when travelling.

You can book your train ticket online via

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SUPPORTERS CLUB DEPARTURE POINTS AND TIMES (Please contact SCs via their social media pages to check on space availablity)

  • Eden Reds depart Gary’s Bar at 1:15pm
  • Shamrock Reds depart Shamrock Park at 1:05pm
  • Richhill Reds depart Richhill at 1pm
  • PFC Travel Club depart Shamrock Park at 1pm
  • Gilford Ports departing Spar Car Park (Bottom of Tandragee) at 12:30pm with pick up also at Bridge Street Car Park, Gilford at 12:45pm (Phone Neil on 07718569584 to secure a seat)


CONDUCT

Police are reminding all fans that there are specific offences created by the Criminal Justice Act NI 2011 in relation to soccer matches, these include

  • Possession of/ throwing Fireworks/ Flares etc
  • Throwing Articles capable of causing injury
  • Going on to the Playing area
  • Sectarian Chanting
  • Drinking on Passenger Carrying Vehicles

In addition all fans are reminded that the areas around the stadium are “No Street Drinking” zones under Belfast City Council By-Laws. Supporters are asked to be respectful and considerate whilst walking through residential streets convenient to the stadium. Any Street drinking taking place will be dealt with robustly by police and any alcohol found subject to seizure. As a condition of entry to the stadium fans will be subject to random searches. Alcohol cannot be brought into the stadium.

Maximum Use of CCTV/ Video Evidence will be utilised as part of the match Policing Operation in an effort to deal with any criminal offences/anti-social behaviour which takes place. Police will take all steps to identify and deal with anyone who has been or is committing offences.

It is vitally important for supporter and community safety that these instructions are complied so the occasion is able to be enjoyed by everyone.