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Tom Tainton

Tom Tainton writes

Posted Thursday, January 25th 2018

Gate Guide: Bedford Blues

Unbeaten Bristol Rugby host Bedford Blues in Round Fourteen of the Greene King IPA Championship on Sunday (3pm KO).

Here’s a guide of what to expect if you’re heading to Ashton Gate.

STADIUM

The South Stand, Dolman Stand and Lansdown Stand will be open for supporters.

The Atyeo Stand will not be open on rugby matchdays. Turnstiles will be open from 1.30pm.

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TICKETS

A large walk up is expected on Sunday morning, with over 8,000 tickets sold so far.

The match is pay on the day, with tickets also available online and over the phone. To purchase on the day, call Supporter Services between 10am-1pm, or visit the Matchday Ticket Office - adjacent to the Atyeo statue - from 10am.

PARKING & TRAVEL

The Bristol Rugby shuttle bus, in conjunction with First Bus, will be running as usual on Sunday.

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SPORTS BAR & PIZZERIA

The Fan Village will be in operation, with a raft of food and drink outlets, while the Sports Bar & Pizzeria will open its doors to supporters from 11am. The Three Pieces band are set to be playing in the Fan Village.

STORE

The Store at Ashton Gate will open from 10am. Home and away kits are in stock.

CLUBHOUSE

A post-match area, in the concourse area connected to the Sports Bar, will be open after the final whistle as a place to mingle, as well as meet players and coaches.

MATCHDAY MAGAZINE

The matchday programme will be on sale around the ground, as well as from the matchday ticket office and the food and drink concession stands inside the stadium, following feedback from supporters.

As well as the usual selling points, programmes will be available for purchase in S2, S3 and D1 concessions. 

RUCKSACKS

Ashton Gate Stadium asks supporters not to bring large rucksacks on matchdays, following advice from the National Counter Terrorism Office and Avon and Somerset Police.

Fans will still be able to bring smaller handbags into the stadium, although these will be subject to the usual search process.

An Ashton Gate spokesman said: “The searching process will always be subject to change and whilst there is no specific threat to any Sports Ground, we must ensure that we remain vigilant and the message to spectators is to ‘Be Alert not Alarmed’.”

If larger bags are brought to the stadium, they will be subject to a thorough search, with a bag and tag procedure in place.

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