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Matildas v USA

matildas players in group huddle

McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow

Gates open
18:00
Start
20:05
Finish
21:50

Important travel advice

Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and consider all the available travel options.

When catching public transport, plan ahead, allow extra time and sit or stand on the green dots. You can also check real-time capacity indicators when planning your trip or boarding services.

Trains run regularly to Broadmeadow on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line, the stadium is a short walk from the station.

Free shuttle buses will run from Newcastle CBD, Charlestown/Belmont, Glendale, Wallsend and Mayfield to McDonald Jones Stadium before and after the game - you'll need to check-in using the QR code on board the bus.

Remember it’s mandatory to wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, and you'll need to use an Opal card or contactless payment card/device when travelling to and from the event. Register your details via the Opal website or app ahead of time.

If you’re driving, travel with your group and use nearby local parking or pre-book your parking at the stadium via Ticketmaster. Allow extra travel time as traffic will be heavier than usual, you can find real-time updates on traffic conditions at livetraffic.com.

Additional measures and staff will be in place around transport hubs and the stadium to safely manage crowds arriving and leaving the event so please be patient, practise physical distancing while in queues and follow the directions of staff on site.

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including metro, trains, buses, ferries and light rail.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you travel to avoid waiting in line at top-up machines. You can top up your card online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have a contactless-enabled American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card, or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal card readers. Available on all public transport services including metro, trains, buses ferries and light rail, contactless payments are another way to pay on the Opal network. Adult Opal fare pricing applies and you will receive Opal benefits, including daily and weekly fare caps.

Sydney Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains running between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station.

Metro services start from the early morning running every 10 minutes until late. Change at Epping to connect with trains toward Broadmeadow on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

For Metro service disruption information, check trackwork and travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

The closest station to McDonald Jones Stadium is Broadmeadow on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line. From the station, the stadium is approximately a 15-20 minute walk away (1.5km). Trains to Broadmeadow run approximately every hour in both directions.

Please note that evening trackwork may affect your trip home from the game on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line. From 8.45pm until 1.15am, buses replace trains from Newcastle Interchange to Morisset. Buses travelling towards Wyong may leave up to 45 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable from stations Newcastle Interchange to Dora Creek. Some trains from Morisset to Central run to a changed timetable.  Nightly from 9.10pm until 3am, buses replace trains from Morisset to Newcastle Interchange.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

Trackwork

Weeknight trackwork is taking place on Tuesday 30 November on the following lines which may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • T1 North Shore Line: from 10pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains between Gordon and North Sydney. Trains run between Berowra and Gordon, and between North Sydney and the City, some to a changed timetable.
  • T1 Western Line: From 11pm until 1.30am, trains make extra stops at Homebush and Burwood.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: From 11pm until 1.30am, buses replace the all-stations Homebush trains between Strathfield and Ashfield. Most trains run to the normal timetable between Ashfield and the City Circle. Most Leppington trains make an extra stop at Homebush but will not stop at Ashfield. Most T1 Western Line trains make extra stops at Homebush and Burwood.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: from 9.40pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains between Central and Bondi Junction. Trains run to a changed timetable between Waterfall or Cronulla and Central, or the City Circle. Trackwork buses do not leave from Martin Place Station. Bus services leave from nearby bus stops or you can catch the light rail to Town Hall or Central.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: from 8.45pm until 1.15am, buses replace trains from Newcastle Interchange to Morisset. Buses travelling towards Wyong may leave up to 45 minutes earlier than the normal train timetable from stations Newcastle Interchange to Dora Creek. Some trains from Morisset to Central run to a changed timetable.  Nightly from 9.10pm until 3am, buses replace trains from Morisset to Newcastle Interchange.
  • Hunter Line: from 10.10pm until 1am, trains towards Telarah run up to 10 minutes later than normal timetable, due to trackwork on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel so plan ahead. For the latest information, check trackwork and travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Event shuttle buses

Free bus services for match goers will run every 15 minutes from 6:05pm from selected bus stops along the route. Return services will run for around an hour after full time. There are five free shuttle services that operate around Newcastle:

  • Stadium shuttle 1 – Newcastle CBD with stops at Queens Wharf, King Street at Bolton Street, Civic Park, NEX, Marketown and Donald Street at Beaumont Street. Note: from 30 November 2021 due to temporary roadworks in Watt St, stadium shuttle 1 will proceed through Parnell Place onto King St.
  • Stadium shuttle 2 – Charlestown/Belmont with stops at Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara. Two services will start from Belmont on the Pacific Highway at Macquarie Street, also stopping on Pacific Highway at Groves Road.
  • Stadium shuttle 3 – Glendale with stops at Stockland Glendale, Cardiff Station and Lookout Road at McCaffrey Drive.
  • Stadium shuttle 4 – Wallsend with stops at Wallsend Village, Newcastle Road at Blue Gum Road and Newcastle Road at Dent Street.
  • Stadium shuttle 5 – Mayfield with stops at Wests Mayfield, Mayfield shops, Waratah Station and Waratah Village.

For more details, visit the Newcastle Transport shuttle page or find the shuttle timetable and stadium map.

Regular route buses

You can also catch one of the regular route buses to get to the game. The closest bus stops to McDonald Jones Stadium are on Turton Road and Lambton Rd. Regular routes 13, 23, 25, 26 and 27 run towards the stadium. Check Newcastle Transport for more bus network information. 

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Ferries run between Stockton and Queens Wharf approximately every 20 minutes. At Queens Wharf change for a light rail service to Newcastle Interchange to connect with trains to Broadmeadow. Alternatively, from King St near Perkins St you can catch a route 13 bus to Lambton Rd which is a short walk from the stadium.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

Visit Newcastle Transport for ferry and bus information. For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Newcastle Light Rail services run from 5am to 1am daily between Newcastle Interchange in Wickham and Pacific Park in Newcastle East. With six convenient stops it’s easy to get around Newcastle’s city centre and connect with train, bus and ferry services.

Catch a light rail service to Newcastle Interchange and change for a train to Broadmeadow where the stadium is within short walking distance.

Plan ahead and check the capacity of your service. Learn more about COVID-19 safer travel guidance and service capacity information.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information. For Light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Traffic may be heavier than usual on roads approaching the stadium including Turton Rd and Griffiths as fans travel to and from the game.

For passenger drop offs use the allocated 10 minute loading zone in the McDonald Jones Stadium car park. Entry via the driveway off Turton Road.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

The nearest taxi rank to the stadium is located on Young Road, Broadmeadow. Taxis can be accessed after the event by following the signs to Young Road. 

For details of taxi networks servicing the area, visit Transport operators.

Pre-paid parking - parking on game days and major events is available only for vehicles with a pre-paid parking ticket. Pre paid parking tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster online, by phone or by visiting Ticketmaster box office at McDonald Jones Stadium. Visit Ticketmaster - McDonald Jones Stadium.

Disabled parking areas have been designated in close proximity to each of McDonald Jones Stadiums accessible entries. To purchase a Mobility parking please phone Ticketmaster on 136 100 or visit the Ticketmaster box office at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Drop off zone: motorists may drop off patrons in the stadium's car park in the allocated 10 minute loading zone accessible via either driveway off Turton Road.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon.  You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).