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James Crawley


Posted Saturday, August 4th 2018

Gate Guide: Nottingham Forest

All you need to know for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship season opener at Ashton Gate against Nottingham Forest (3pm kick-off).

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


10.00 - Coffee Shop, Bristol Sport Store, Matchday Ticket Office and Supporter Services open
13.00 - Turnstiles open
14.00 - Team announcements
14.15 - Team out to warm up
15.00 - Kick-off - City v Nottingham Forest
15.45 - Half-time interval
16.00 - Second half begins
16.45 - Full time


The South Stand is SOLD OUT with limited tickets remaining elsewhere.

Tickets are available for the Lansdown Upper tier.

The Atyeo Stand will play host to the travelling Forest supporters. 

Wi-Fi is now available in all areas of the stadium - find out more.


1pm-1.30pm – Buy one pint of Thatchers Gold or Haze get one free

Between 1pm-1.30pm supporters can activate their appy hour on the app and receive an hour of two pints of Thatchers Gold or Haze for the price of one at the concourse bars.

Once claimed, supporters need to show the active countdown timer to a member of concessions staff to claim the offer.*

*Subject to availability, only available at concession bars, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Download the app on apple devices here

Download the app on android devices here

Coffee Shop half time special - bacon sandwich and hot drink - £5*

From 3.30pm-4pm supporters can activate their appy hour on the app and get a bacon sandwich and a hot drink from the Ashton Gate Coffee Shop for £5

Bacon sandwich and a hot drink for £5

*Subject to availability, excludes special hot chocolate, no additional discounts apply

The Pint & Whistle - 200 free pints

To celebrate the launch of the new 'Pint & Whistle' bar in the Lansdown Concourse, Butcombe will be handing out 200 free pints which can be redeemed via flyers handed out during the day.

This will be for Butcombe products only, available from 1pm-2pm at the Pint & Whistle, subject to availability.


A crowd of more than 21,600-plus is already guaranteed, which includes a sold-out away end.

The match is pay on the day for home supporters only. To purchase a ticket, call Supporter Services by 5pm today (Friday) or between 10am-1pm on the day of the game. Alternatively, the Matchday Ticket Office - adjacent to the Atyeo statue - will be open from 10am until kick-off.



As well as the usual selling points, programmes - which works exclusively with the new, free to download Bristol City app -  will be available for purchase in S2, S3 and D1 concessions. Price: £3.50.


AG1, AG2 and AG4 and a new AG6 First Bus routes will be operating.

For full information about Parking and Travel, click here.


The Fan Village will be in operation, with a raft of food and drink outlets, while the Sports Bar & Pizzeria will also be open from 9am (alcohol served from 10am).


The Store at Ashton Gate will open from 9am.


Access to the 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.


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.