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St Etienne v Manchester United Travel Advice
Travel advice for Manchester United fans travelling to St Etienne for the St Etienne v Manchester United match on Wednesday 22 February 2017.
Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Venue: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne
Kick off time: 6pm (French time)
Following the attacks in Paris in November 2015, a national state of emergency has been declared. The French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures. These measures may have an impact on the time it takes for you to get to and in the stadium.
Please see the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.
Passports and visas
- if you’re a British passport holder you don’t need a visa to enter France. Make sure that your passport is valid until you return to the United Kingdom
- remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night – it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
- you should carry your ID with you at all times
Getting to the stadium
- MUFC supporters are able to use the St Etienne city tram services until 3.30pm only on match day
- supporters can’t use the trams to travel directly to the stadium but must use the designated police walking route to the stadium. Maps showing the route will be given out by local police.
- the local police will be present along this fan walking route to make sure the safety and security of fans and to provide appropriate direction
- Manchester United FC stewards will be assisting in match day fan communications and directions to the supports at the rail station, city centre and stadium.
- Manchester United FC will provide all their supporter tickets and will issue these in conjunction with a dedicated match day wrist band as a prerequisite of stadium entry
- there will be no ticket collection points in St Etienne
At the match
- details and specific instructions on how to access the stadium will be given by Manchester United FC to tickets holders.
- all ordinary Manchester United supporters (except VIPs and sponsors) will enter the stadium gate J (porte J) on the east side of the stadium
- full body searches will be carried out by French police. The process will be thorough and time consuming. You should expect to go through different check points before entering the stadium.
- the stadium opens 4pm , you’re advised to arrive well before the start of the match as ticket and security checks can take up to an hour to complete before admittance to the visitors’ section
- supporters with disabilities are advised to arrive at the stadium no later than 2 hours before kick-off time. (MUFC will provide two coaches for transportation for these supporters to the stadium)
- no left-luggage facilities will be available. Leave your articles on the coaches or at your hotel.
- alcohol is banned inside the stadium
- if you appear drunk you may be refused entry to the stadium
- you should note that Manchester United fans will be held back for around 30 minutes while the home supporters disperse
The following items are banned in the stadium and will be confiscated (and are unlikely to be returned):
- banners and flags displaying anything which can be construed as racist or homophobic
- flagpoles, sticks
- fireworks and flares
- alcoholic drinks, bottles, glasses, and cans
- megaphones and drums
- knives, belts, chains or any objects which can be thrown or used as a weapon
- any local demonstrations or protest areas should be avoided at all times.
- smoking is not permitted in the stands.
- possession and use of recreational drugs is illegal in France and any infringement may result in arrest and imprisonment
Les Docks de Marseille-la Joliette
Tel: 00 33 4 91 15 72 10
Emergency number: 112