How do you transport thousands of athletes around the North East?
16th August 2019
With 2,300 participants competing in 16 events at 13 venues across the North East, getting everyone to the right place for the World Transplant Games is no mean feat.
The Games take place at the North East’s most iconic sporting venues; Close House Golf Club, Gateshead International Stadium, Sage Gateshead, the Northumberland Club, Sport Central, Hetton Lyons Country Park, Sunderland Aquatic System, St James’ Park, Eagles Community Arena, Exhibition Park and Town Moor, Hollywood Bowl Washington, Namco and the Quayside.
But how will the athletes get to these amazing venues?
The World Transplant Games have been supported by a number of travel operators within the region. During the period of the Games (17-23 August) athletes, supporters and volunteers will be able to use special discounts on travel as part of their official Games accreditation.
Participants will be able to use the Tyne and Wear Metro for free, allowing them to travel around Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland, as well as to venues such as Gateshead International Stadium and the Northumberland Club.
Bus company Go North East will also allow athletes to travel free on their services throughout the region. Competitors might even be travelling on special World Transplant Games branded buses that will be in operation around the North East.
Stanley Travel and What Bus will be providing coaches for harder to reach venues, such as Close House Golf Club and Hetton Lyons Country Park (the venue for the 30km cycling).
The World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2019 are supported by a number of business both in the North East and nationally, including Games Sponsors Westfield Health and HSBC.