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Gate Guide: Derby County

City return to Ashton Gate tomorrow for their Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County (3pm).

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

ORDER OF EVENTS

09.00 - Coffee Shop & Store opens
10.00 - Supporter Services open (phones 10am-1pm)
10.00 - Matchday Ticket Office open
12.00 - Sports Bar & Pizzeria opens
12.30 - Crystal Palace v Southampton in Sports Bar
13.00 - Turnstiles open
13.45 - Band (TBC) on stage
14.00 - Team announcements
14.20 - Team out to warm up
15.00 - Kick-off - City v Derby County
15.45 - Half-time interval
16.00 - Second half begins
16.45 - Full time
17.30 - Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City in Sports Bar

STADIUM

The South Stand, Dolman Stand and Lansdown Stand will be open for home supporters, including the new Family Area in the top tier of the Lansdown Stand.

Derby County supporters will be housed in the Atyeo Stand.

TICKETS

A crowd of 19,000-plus is anticipated, with just over 1,500 Derby supporters travelling to the game.

The match is pay on the day for home supporters only. 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

AG1, AG2 and AG4 First Bus routes will be operating.

For full information about Parking and Travel, click here.

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SPORTS BAR & PIZZERIA

The new Fan Village will be in operation, with a raft of food and drink outlets, while the relaunched Sports Bar & Pizzeria will open its doors to City supporters from 10am. All tables are fully booked, but a takeaway service will be in operation. The Coffee Shop also opens at 10am.

Watch Crystal Palace v Southampton before the match in the Sports Bar, while Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City will be broadcast after the game.

STORE

The Store at Ashton Gate will open from 9am. Home and away kits are in stock.

WELL RED

The new-look 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.

SUPPORTERS CLUB & TRUST BAR

A reminder that access to the new Supporters Club and Trust Bar is via the Sports Bar & Pizzeria. Go through the main bar and up the stairs at the far end. The bar is on your left at the top of the stairs. There is a lift that takes you straight there as well.

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.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:

- Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
- Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
- Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
- If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
- In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
- Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
- Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates

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