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RODNEY PARADE BIG SCREEN TO SHOW SKY BET LEAGUE TWO PLAY-OFF FINAL

24 May 2019

Exiles who are unable to travel to Wembley this Saturday's huge Sky Bet League Two play-off final on a big screen at Rodney Parade this weekend.

Over 10,000 fans will follow the Exiles to the home of football in London this weekend.

Supporters who are unable to travel can still see if Michael Flynn’s men can complete a fantastic season and beat Tranmere Rovers to clinch promotion to League One with the game being screened at Rodney Parade.

Admission will be FREE on a first come, first served basis from 1300 via Corporation Road, Gate 6 entrance, with selected bars and food concession open from 1330 ahead of kick off at 1500

Newport County AFC Chief of Operations, Guy Price said: “Saturday’s Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final will be one of the biggest occasions in the history of Newport County AFC.

“It’s amazing that as many as 12,000 supporters will be traveling to Wembley. The opportunity to move up a division and compete with some of the biggest clubs in League 2 is very exciting and having the backing of so many Exiles in the stadium will make a massive difference for the team.

“Showing the game back at Rodney Parade will create a fantastic atmosphere at our home ground. Supporters have played a major part in this season’s campaign, and I’m pleased that fans back in Newport will be able to get together to enjoy the game. UTC!”

Amber Army supporters are getting used to the journey down the M4, following four previous visits to the English capital in the last seven years. The 2019 collective will be hoping to re-create the happy memories from May 2013 when the club secured their return to the Football League with a 2-0 win over Welsh rivals Wrexham.

The screen at Rodney Parade will be showing live coverage of all the big match build-up from 1400 BST, staying on air until half an hour after the game ends, whilst Rodney’s Bar will also be open to supporters to watch the screening and for refreshments.

For health and safety reasons no-one will be allowed to take alcohol onto the site.

"We know it’s not possible for everyone to get to Wembley,” said David Buttress, Dragons Rugby chairman, “so we want to make sure as many people as possible can watch County take on Tranmere.

“It's going to be a great day. I’ve got my tickets for the final and we hope everyone can get behind Newport County AFC.

"The atmosphere at Rodney Parade is one of its best assets, so if you want to watch the match in a family-friendly environment, come and find your usual spot on the terrace, in the stand or if you prefer in Rodney’s Bar.

“We are delighted to be working with Newport City Council, the BID and Newport City Homes to ensure we can provide this facility."

Newport Now Business Improvement District chairman Zep Bellavia said: "The BID is delighted to help facilitate this big screen showing of Saturday's huge Newport County AFC match.

"Businesses across the city are supporting the County in their bid to gain promotion to League One, and many of them will be showing the match in their premises. The big screen broadcast at Rodney Parade offers another way for families to watch the game in a sporting environment and we are pleased to support it."

Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to support this initiative which will give people the opportunity to share the big match atmosphere even though they are unable to be at Wembley.

“I would just like to wish the team every success on Saturday. They have enjoyed an amazing season, played with great heart and made us all very proud.”

Newport City Homes Chair Nicola Somerville said: "The entire city will be behind Newport County this weekend, and our residents and employees at Newport City Homes have been part of the growing excitement and anticipation.

"That's why I'm proud that Newport City Homes is once again able to work in partnership with colleagues at Rodney Parade and the Newport BID to deliver a truly accessible and family-friendly event for all of Newport. I look forward to participating in what will be a memorable event that celebrates the achievements of our local team."


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