Nottinghamshire Police are advising fans attending Forest’s game against Derby at The City Ground on Sunday (kick-off 1.15pm) to allow more time for their journey.The Robin Hood Half Marathon is also taking place in Nottingham on Sunday morning which will mean road closures have to put be in place.
Approximately 6,000 runners will set off from Victoria Embankment at 9.30am to follow a route through the city and Beeston before finishing back at the Embankment.
There is likely to be some disruption to travel plans but the police are confident the city can cope with both events taking place simultaneously.
Supt Mark Holland, who is police commander for the game, said: “This is another big sporting occasion for Nottinghamshire, following the success of the Olympic Torch Relay and the Tour of Britain, but this is the first time for some time that two high profile events have taken place on the same day, and in such close proximity.
“We believe Nottingham is capable of hosting both events simultaneously. They begin almost four hours apart and we anticipate the vast majority of half-marathon runners will have completed the course and headed home by the time supporters arrive for the football match.
“Nevertheless there will inevitably be some disruption to normal travel plans. Our request to people planning to arrive by bus or car to attend the football match is to be patient and give themselves more time than usual to get here.
“There will be road closures in place, which will be lifted on a rolling basis as the last of the runners passes through the route.”
Roads affected include London Road, Queen’s Road, Carrington Street, Canal Street, Wilford Road, Queen’s Drive, Thane Road, Queen’s Road East, University Boulevard, Abbey Street, Abbey Bridge, Castle Boulevard, Waterway Street and Sheriff’s Way.
Streets adjoining those named above may also be affected.
There will be no parking along the Embankment but Forest have organised free parking for home fans only at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont.
Parking will also be available at County Hall from 7am; at the Lady Bay Sports Complex and at Bridge Field, off Bridgford Road, which is normally used by cricket fans attending fixtures at Trent Bridge, from 10am.
The charge to park in these locations will be £5 per car.
Limited parking will also be available at the Fox Road entrance to the cricket ground.
Parking for the match will also be available at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground from 9am at a cost of £4.