Late-night buses and special accommodation and parking announced for Sunderland Stadium of Light gigs

Rihanna performs at the Barclaycard Wireless Festival 2012 at Hyde Park in London.
Rihanna performs at the Barclaycard Wireless Festival 2012 at Hyde Park in London.
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CONCERT-GOERS heading to the Stadium of Light this month have been offered the choice of more than 1,200 parking spaces or special late-night buses.

Transport operator Go North East has announced it will run late services on nine routes after this month’s three concerts.

Meanwhile, Sunderland University has invited music fans to make use of its parking facilities and overnight accommodation, when they head to see Bon Jovi on Thursday, Rihanna on June 20 or North East Live on June 22.

The moves come after councillors approved SAFC’s application for a Special Safety Certificate to host the events at the stadium.

Temporary structures, such as lighting and sound rigging and stages, will be inspected by health and safety bosses ahead of each gig as and when they are assembled.

Go North East will run late buses on the 2C route to Hastings Hill, Penshaw and Washington and the 9 to North Shields.

A late service will run on the 20 route to Durham, 35 to South Shields and the 35C to Houghton and Hetton.

The 56 and X3 buses will cover routes to Newcastle, while the 60 bus will carry fans to Seaham via Ryhope and the 78 to Chester-le-Street.

Stephen King, marketing and sales manager for Go North East, said: “We carry lots of people to and from these concerts, and over the past couple of years our late-night buses have been really popular. This year we’re serving new destinations such as Chester-le-Street, and Seaham, with extra buses to Gateshead and Newcastle following last year’s high customer demand.”

A special m-ticket can be bought in advance from the Go North East mobile app. It provides unlimited travel on the network after 10am on the three days for £6.10.

Those driving to the gigs will be able to park in spaces at either Sunderland University’s City Campus or the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

Parking will be available from 4.30pm on each day for £5.

The university has teamed up with The Rotary Club of Sunderland to donate all money raised to local charities and the university’s Futures Fund.

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