Our guide to the Capital One Cup Final, packed with plenty of useful information
Manchester City fans have been waiting for the Capital One Cup Final to come around since 21st January; Sunderland supporters for one day fewer having completed their Semi-Final 24 hours later – and now the big day is almost upon us.
Once you’ve grabbed your tickets, the next port of call will be actually getting to London for the 2014 showpiece on Sunday 2nd March, and if you’re a fan of either of the competing clubs you have plenty of options.
National Express, the official travel partner of Wembley Stadium, will be running return coach trips from Manchester and Sunderland. Click here for full details.
Fans arriving in London on the train from Manchester will most likely find themselves at Euston station and it couldn’t be simpler to then get to Wembley. All you have to do is head to Euston’s underground station, pick up a Metropolitan Line train towards either Chesham, Uxbridge or Amersham, and in under 20 minutes you will be at Wembley Park – the closest station to the stadium.
Trains from Sunderland will bring you in at Kings Cross but again, all you have to do is pop on the Metropolitan Line – in the direction of either Uxbridge or Amersham – and you will soon arrive at Wembley Park.
Wembley Park is in Zone 4 and the moment you exit the front of the station, the national stadium will dominate your eyeline, before a short walk up Wembley Way.
There are very limited car parking options at Wembley Stadium, but if that is your preferred choice you can find full details by clicking here.
Ticket gates at Wembley Stadium open at 12noon, two hours before kick-off, and supporters are urged to be in their seats in plenty of time. Early arrivers at the ground will be treated to plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied.
There are also several pubs and bars in the area and they have been designated to different sets of fans. Click here for full details of where to head for a drink.
General admission tickets for the Capital One Cup Final are now sold out with Sunderland fans housed in the east end of the stadium and Manchester City’s followers being situated to the west.
Once you’re inside the stadium you can get that first breathtaking view from your seat – but if you cannot wait until Sunday, you don’t have to. To find out now what sort of an angle you will have on the action and where you will be in relation to the TV cameras, the benches and the Royal Box, click here.
Inside the stadium you will also be able to buy match programmes, which you can also buy in advance of the day by clicking here, and merchandise from official outlets. Food and drink will also be available, along with cash points, bookmakers and accessible toilet facilities.
Then, come 2pm, there is some football to look forward to.
Manchester City will be looking to add the Capital One Cup to their Premier League title of 2012 and FA Cup in 2011. Sunderland – making their debut at the re-built Wembley Stadium – will be competing in their first major final since the 1992 FA Cup and are hunting a first tournament success since winning the 1973 FA Cup when they were a Second Division club.
If the scores are level after 90 minutes the game will enter a 30-minute period of extra-time before a final decider of penalties, if required.
The players are competing for the iconic Georgian-style trophy, the same piece of silverware that was handed to the very first winners, Aston Villa, back in 1961. There is also the Alan Hardaker Trophy, awarded to the Man of the Match.
In addition to the sell-out crowd in attendance on the day, the Capital One Cup Final will be seen by a televised audience reaching millions of people, both at home and abroad with international broadcasters joining Sky Sports in screening the action live.
If you’re not heading to Wembley and you’re not able to watch the game on TV or listen on the radio but you still want to keep up to date then fear not. The official Twitter accounts of the Capital One Cup, Manchester City and Sunderland will be providing comprehensive coverage to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Join the conversation by using the the hashtag #CapitalOneCup.
The Capital One Cup account can be followed at @CapitalOne_Cup. For Manchester City go to @MCFC, while @SAFCofficial is where you will find the Sunderland account.
The Capital One Cup Final is always packed full of entertaining action, so whether you are at Wembley or following the game from the pub or on your sofa, you know you’re in for a memorable day.