TV presenter and radio host, Dermot O’Leary, will be a guest announcer on Metrolink this weekend as the Manchester prepares for Soccer Aid for UNICEF.
Mr O’Leary is in Manchester to host the event – the world’s biggest celebrity-charity football match – which is taking place on Saturday 4 September at Manchester City’s Emptihad Stadium.
Roads and public transport services are expected to be busier than usual due to the sell-out event, and people are being encouraged to plan their journey in advance. Whether travelling by public transport, on foot or by car, TfGM’s dedicated travel information page has all the information needed to help people get there.
This year’s Soccer Aid sees the return of fan favourites Olly Murs, Usain Bolt and Paddy McGuinness who are all back to play, along with a host of former players including Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Pablo Zabaleta – himself a former guest announcer on Metrolink, alongside other notable celebrities, including Guy Garvey, Bryan Cox, Lisa Stansfield and even Tony the Tiger.
Danny Vaughan, TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, said, ”We’re really excited to see Soccer Aid back in Manchester. It’s great for us to have Dermot making announcements on Metrolink, and I’m sure our passengers will enjoy hearing his familiar voice.”
Fast and frequent tram services will be running straight to the stadium’s dedicated tram stop, Etihad Campus on the Ashton line. Park and Ride facilities are free for Metrolink customers, and there are two sites with almost 400 spaces between them, conveniently located close to M60 Junction 23.
The stadium is also within walking distance from the city centre, with well-lit and signposted walking routes from Manchester Piccadilly Station to the stadium. The journey takes around 25-minutes on foot.
For those catching a bus, the 216 is the most frequent service which runs directly to the stadium. You’ll find the service at the north side of Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre.