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Gate Guide: Stoke City

City take on Premier League side Stoke City in the Carabao Cup third round at Ashton Gate this evening (7.45pm).

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

ORDER OF EVENTS

09.00 - Coffee Shop & Store opens
09.00 - Supporter Services open (phones/online until 5pm)
12.00 - Sports Bar & Pizzeria opens
17.00 - Matchday ticket office opens
18.00 - Turnstiles open
18.45 - Team announcements
19.05 - Team out to warm up
19.45 - Kick-off - City v Stoke City
20.30 - Half-time interval
20.45 - Second half begins
21.30 - Full time (extra time and penalties used in event of a draw)

STADIUM

The South Stand, Dolman Stand and Lansdown Stand will be open for home supporters. However, due to low sales, the Family Area in the top tier of the Lansdown Stand will be closed for this game only.

Stoke supporters will be housed in the Atyeo Stand.

TICKETS

A crowd of 11,000-plus is anticipated, with just around 1,000 Stoke supporters travelling from Staffordshire.

The match is pay on the day for home supporters only. To purchase on the day, call Supporter Services before 5pm, or visit the Matchday Ticket Office - adjacent to the Atyeo statue - from 5pm onwards.

The match is all-ticket for visiting supporters.

PARKING & TRAVEL

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

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 Sports Bar & Pizzeria will also be open.

STORE

The Store at Ashton Gate will open from 9am.

SUPPORTERS CLUB & TRUST BAR

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.