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Newcastle United's return to the UEFA Champions League begins with a mouth-watering tie away at AC Milan.
Fans of the Magpies are gathering in the Italian city ahead of the 5:45pm (BST) kickoff on Tuesday 19 September.
How many Newcastle fans in Milan?
Just over 3,500 tickets went on sale to Newcastle season ticket holders, meaning there will be a minimum of that many Geordies in Milan for the match.
Given the magnitude of the game and the relative ease with which Newcastle fans have managed to secure tickets in the home end or hospitality sections at the San Siro, it's more likely that there are well in excess of 4,000 Newcastle fans in Milan.
With Newcastle's Premier League match against Brentford being played at home on Saturday, members of the Toon Army began travelling on Sunday.
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It’s been over 20 years but Newcastle United are back in the Champions League. I make the 2200 mile round trip with over 4000 other Newcastle fans to the San Siro in Milan
— Adam Pearson (YT) ⚫️⚪️ (@AdamP1242) September 16, 2023
Despite the number of supporters travelling, we're unlikely to see scenes reminiscent of the Magpies' trips to London for FA Cup finals because there is a ban on drinking in the streets in Italy.
Most Newcastle fans in Milan will be drinking in the Navigli Canal area of the city. Those without tickets to the game, of which it's expected there will be around 1,000, will be able to watch the match at bars on the Navigli Canal.
Matchday in Milan! 🇮🇹
Navigli Grande Canal from 10am
We have worked with Northumbria Police and Milan local authorities to secure permission for our supporters.
There is no ban on alcohol! There are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs! Everyone is welcome to join us.… pic.twitter.com/66n5EPWpQI
— Newcastle United Supporters’ Club (@Nusc2023) September 13, 2023
Where do the Newcastle fans sit in the San Siro?
Newcastle fans will have a dedicated entrance to the San Siro on the street ‘Via Federico Tesio', which is just down the road from the SAN SIRO STADIO metro station.
Tickets and passports will be checked at this entrance before searches take place.
Once through the search and ID check process, Newcastle fans will walk up the famous winding San Siro ramps and will eventually, after a long walk, find themselves at the top of the iconic stadium.
This video from Chelsea's match at the ground last season gives you a good idea of where the Toon Army will be found on Tuesday night.
Over 4000 Chels watching us win in the San Siro, doesn’t get much better 💙
Brilliant away end last night 👏 pic.twitter.com/jnU61qyaMy
— WE ARE THE SHED ⭐⭐ (@WeAre_TheShed) October 12, 2022
Full fans’ matchday guide for AC Milan vs Newcastle United
Where to eat & drink for Newcastle fans in Milan
Newcastle fans will be primarily gathering in the bars on the Navigli Grande Canal.
If you're looking to watch a game on the night before or after Newcastle's game against AC Milan, Football Ground Guide can recommend 442 SPORTS PUB (Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini, 61). Decorated in football scarves from across the world, it shows sports all the time with a good atmosphere and decent food and drink on offer. Henry's Care (Viale Col di Lana, 4) is another good place.
Where to avoid in Milan
Newcastle fans have been told, on police advice, to avoid the Piazza Axum near the San Siro both pre- and post-match. There have been no other recommendations as to where to avoid, but, as ever, travelling football fans should use their heads and caution when engaging with home supporters and the Italian police.
Facilities inside San Siro
Newcastle fans, be aware that no alcohol will be served at the San Siro or around the stadium. Zero percent lager/beer may be sold in the away end, but this is unconfirmed.
Also be warned that toilet facilities are sparse in the away section, with just 12 urinals and four cubicles in the male toilets and eight female toilets in toilet.
Expect strict ID checks at the San Siro. Bring your actual passport, not a photocopy.
Ticket collection info for Newcastle fans in Milan
The majority of those Newcastle fans in Milan who were lucky enough to get one will have received a paper ticket prior to travelling. These cost £42.
A small number of fans have been notified in advance that they will need to collect their tickets, with ID. This has been communicated to those fans.
How to get to San Siro: Guide for Newcastle fans in Milan
Here's some guidance on using public transport to get to San Siro, which is a bit of a distance from the city centre.
Using the subway, take Line M5 (Linea Lilla) and travel to SAN SIRO STADIO stop. Alternatively, take Line M1 (Linea Rossa) and go to PIAZZALE LOTTO stop, a short walk from the ground.
You can also take several buses, listed here: bus 49 (Piazza Tirana-San Cristoforo), bus 78 (Bisceglie M1-Via Govone), bus 64 (Bonola-Lorenteggio), bus 80 (De Angeli-Quinto Romano), bus 98 (Famagosta M2-Piazzale Lotto M1M5).
On the tram, take line 16 (Monte Velino-San Siro) and you'll be dropped right outside the ground. Plus, on AC Milan match days, a shuttle service is available from Piazzale Lotto (MM1 stop – red) starting from two hours before kick-off.
Best videos of Newcastle fans in Milan (so far)
— Aaron Stokes (@AaronJStokes) September 18, 2023
— Football Away Days (@FBAwayDays) September 18, 2023