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ADVICE FOR DERBY DAY

17 October 2017

Get to the game early - all-ticket match - road closures in place

ITFC and Suffolk Constabulary will be working in partnership to ensure that all supporters enjoy a safe and enjoyable day at the match between Town and Norwich this Sunday.
Kick-off is at 12 midday. Gates open 10.30am; FanZone opens at 9.30am.

Supporters are reminded that it’s an all-ticket game. 

Tickets will be on sale online at www.itfcdirect.com until kick-off and in Planet Blue until 10.30am on matchday. 

Only supporters who have a purchase history at Portman Road will be able to buy match tickets for the game. 

Norwich have sold out their allocation, with the game sure to be the biggest attendance of the season so far at Portman Road.

 To ensure the safety of fans there are some diversions and altered entry and exit arrangements that will be in place to minimise bottlenecks and congestion.

Pre match
Portman Road will be closed for the through traffic of fans and the following arrangements will apply;

Supporters who sit in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand and enter via Turnstiles 1 - 9 will only be able to enter Portman Road from the Princes Street direction. Those Ipswich fans who sit in the Cobbold Stand or Hall of Fame/ D Block area will need to enter Portman Road from the Handford Road direction

There will be a bag searching regime in place for the safety of all spectators at this match and ITFC and Suffolk Constabulary ask supporters to plan the arrival at the stadium to be earlier than in the normal circumstances to ease congestion. Supporters are reminded that they should report any suspicious activity or items that they see to a police officer or Club steward.

Post match
Portman Road will initially be closed for through traffic of supporters whilst the police facilitate the Norwich fans back to their coaches etc. Therefore the following exit arrangements will apply while the road closure is in place;

Supporters seated in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand will have the option to exit the stadium via the main drive into Constantine Road, or via the practice pitch into Sir Alf Ramsey Way. The exit into Portman Road will also be open for supporters who still wish to exit that way. In this case supporters will have to turn right into Portman Road towards Princes Street.

Those fans in the Cobbold Stand will need to turn left towards Handford Road.

Road closures will also be in place at various times on Princes Street at the junctions of Civic Drive, Chancery Road, Chalon Street and Commercial Road, Ranelagh Road and Burrell Road. These will remain in place for a short while after the game has ended. 

There will be some disruption to public transport as a result of these closures.  Buses will be operating on diversionary routes whilst Princes Street is closed. Members of the public are advised to check by telephone or on-line with operators for service details and alternative bus stops.

Legends Bar 
As a one off, and for those fans wishing to have a post match drink in the Legends Bar, re-admittance, other than those fans who sit in Sir Alf Ramsey Stand, will be via Gate 1 in Sir Alf Ramsey Way or the Main Gate in Constantine Road. Gate 17 in Portman Road is not in use. Additionally, there will be no autographs post match.

Police commander for the match, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes, said: "As usual for this derby game there will be a high profile police presence to ensure all supporters arrive and leave the ground safely and enjoy the game. We are supported by colleagues from across the east of England as well as horses from the Metropolitan Police.

β€œI would ask that anyone planning to be in the town centre area of Ipswich on Sunday takes note of the road closures and congestion expected.

"Whilst we will not tolerate mindless anti-social behaviour, violence or racist chanting, we know that true fans attend to enjoy the game and we hope they have a great day. The public are encouraged to approach police if they have any questions on the day. Officers will be on hand to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal daily business.”

 

 


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