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Tom Tainton

Tom Tainton writes

Posted Wednesday, January 17th 2018

Gate Guide: Cardiff Premiership Select

Bristol Rugby host their first clash of 2018, as Ashton Gate welcomes Cardiff Premiership Select in the B&I Cup on Friday (7.45pm 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 open from 6.15pm.

TICKETS

A large walk up is expected on Friday evening, with over 5,000 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 from 9am until 5pm, or visit the Matchday Ticket Office - adjacent to the Atyeo statue - from 5pm.

PARKING & TRAVEL

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

For full information about travel, click here.

SPORTS BAR & PIZZERIA

The Fan Village will be in operation, with a raft of food and drink outlets available. The Sports Bar will be open from 3pm, with Doughballers Pizzeria opening its doors to supporters from 12pm-10pm.

STORE

The Bristol Sport store will be open from 9am until half an hour after full time.

The store will be running a special offer on Friday only in-store, with 25% off all Bristol Rugby items. Season card and membership discounts also apply.

To check opening times and information about the Bristol Sport store, click here.

CLUBHOUSE

A new 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.