There is likely to be a near capacity crowd at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday with 3,000 Sunderland fans due to make the short trip down the A19, the majority of who will be travelling by coach, and the following information is important for fans who are attending the Tees-Wear derby clash...

Boro supporters are advised to be in the vicinity of the Riverside Stadium earlier than normal.  Parking is always at a premium and local authority parking enforcement staff will be on duty to deter illegal roadside parking. The A19/A66 road network is also likely to be busier than normal with the additional traffic heading down from Sunderland.

Roads in the immediate vicinity of the stadium are expected to be closed from around 6.45pm and access beyond the closure points will only be granted to drivers who can produce MFC parking permits.

Entry to the visitors' coach parking area, at the rear of the East Stand and adjacent to the outside broadcast compound, will only be available to Sunderland supporters.  

Middlesbrough supporters arriving from the Dockside Road/navigation pub direction should pass through Car Park E to gain access to the East and North Stands, including the Generation Red Family Zone.  Those with tickets for the South and West Stand should continue to walk along The Leeway, passing the outside broadcast compound, before entering the MFC site.  

Boro supporters, excepting those in the South Stand, arriving from the town centre direction are advised to avoid The Leeway and the south east corner of the stadium.

All turnstiles will open at 6.30pm.

The visitors' coach parking area will again be closed and Boro supporters leaving the North and East Stands will be required to pass through Car Park E if they wish to walk towards the Navigation and South Bank direction.

Official car parks are likely to be closed for longer to allow for the safe dispersal of supporters and the police traffic management of the Sunderland coach convoy.

MFC safety staff will endeavour to keep delays to a minimum but wish to thank drivers in advance for their patience and co-operation.

The area on and around The Leeway, particularly adjacent to the outside broadcast compound is likely to be very congested so please avoid it if possible.

Supporters travelling north are advised that the advertised roadworks and road closure at the A66/A19 flyover junction will be delayed to allow football traffic to pass safely through the area.  The overnight closure is not expected to be put in place until around 11pm and we would like to thank Autolink for their assistance in keeping traffic moving.