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Tom Tainton

Tom Tainton writes

Posted Wednesday, February 28th 2018

Gate Guide: Jersey Reds

Unbeaten Bristol Rugby host Jersey Reds in Round Seventeen of the Greene King IPA Championship on Sunday (2pm KO).

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


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

The Atyeo Stand will not be open on rugby matchdays. Turnstiles will be open from 12.30pm.

Take advantage of our ‘Kid a Quid’ offer with all U12 tickets are available for £1, as table-topping Bristol Rugby target a seventeenth straight victory in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Find out more by clicking here.


A large walk up is expected on Sunday morning, with over 6,800 tickets sold so far.

Bristol Rugby stars of yesteryear will gather for the club’s annual Former Players’ lunchtime reunion.

The former players group, which contains eight internationals, nine former captains and ten of the side which won the 1983 John Player Cup, will meet for a carvery lunch ahead of kick-off, before taking their seats for the game.

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-12pm, or visit the Matchday Ticket Office - adjacent to the Atyeo statue - from 10am.


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

For full information about travel, click here.


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. Free Spirit will be playing live after the game.


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


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.


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. 


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.