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Bristol City - March 12

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Bristol City on Tuesday 12 March in the Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Ashton Gate.  This is based on Bristol City’sinformation for fans visiting Ashton Gate plus additional information specific to this game.

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0)7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.

Bristol City information

The address for Bristol City Football Club is Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ.

The Bristol City Away Fans Guide can be found at the following link:

https://www.bcfc.co.uk/media/30913/away-fan-guide_in.pdf

Information on travel and parking can be found at the following link:

https://www.bcfc.co.uk/travel/

Bristol City also publish a 'Getting to the Gate' story on their website a few days before each game with an update on any rail/road issues and information re parking and shuttle bus services.

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/ashton-gate-bristol-city.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to Ashton Gate and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets are available for this game at a cost of £25 for adults with concessions for 65+, U25s and U19s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches or in Planet Blue.

Bristol City will not be selling tickets to Town fans on the day.

Disabled fans requiring tickets should contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on disability@itfc.co.uk

Travelling to Ashton Gate

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 14:00 at a cost of £28 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 02:30, 13 March.  Coach travel is now on sale, subject to the usual priorities, and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.

There is a planned stop at Reading Services on both the outward and return trip.

Pick-ups at Marks Tey can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.   The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on Friday 8 March.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden.  ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for Ashton Gate is BS3 2EJ. 

From Ipswich, you have two routes to choose from.  The A12 / M25 / M4 route is marginally quicker assuming a clear run, the other option being the A14 / M6 / M42 / M5.  Either way, it’s likely to take the best part of four hours – we would suggest that you allow at least another hour for traffic.    

If you take the A12 route, beware of a couple of stretches of average speed cameras (that are not all that well signposted), roughly halfway between Ipswich and Colchester and around Kelvedon / Witham.  

If you take the A14 route, note that the long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in overnight and weekend road closures.  These are not normally announced until just a day or two in advance.  We recommend that you keep an eye on @A14C2H on Twitter – any closures are announced here.

The Bristol City travel information gives the following directions from the M4.  “At junction 19, exit the M4 onto the M32 towards Bristol.   Continue on the A4032. Turn left at A4044/Bond Street and continue to follow the A4044.   At the Temple Circus Gyratory, take the 2nd exit onto the A4/Templegate.   At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A370/York Road.  Continue to follow the A370.  Go through one roundabout.  Take a slight left to merge onto Brunel Way.  Take the next left at traffic lights for Ashton Gate.”   

Note that this route directs through Bristol City Centre and the journey time can be significantly increased due to traffic.  It can often be considerably quicker to travel along the Portway via the M5.   For the Portway (A4), leave the M4 at junction 20 and join the M5 South-bound.  Leave the M5 at junction 18 and travel along the Portway (A4) following the signs for Bristol Airport/Taunton (A38).  Go over the swing bridge (Brunel Way) and branch left into Winterstoke Road, and then left again at the traffic lights for Ashton Gate.  You can park for free at the Portway Park & Ride and take the AG1 dedicated supporter bus to Ashton Gate.  For more information please see below.

(Note, that to park at the Bedminster Cricket Club (see below) it is easiest to exit the M5 at junction 19 and follow the A369 rather than junction 18.  This is a slightly less direct option, but from experience it works pretty well, as it avoids city centre traffic).

 Park and Ride from Portway

There is a Park & Ride site close to the M4 at Portway that drops off at the stadium.  This service is also popular with home fans.  The bus route is AG1, and buses run pre-match from 17:40, then post-match from 21:45 up to 23:25.  The journey time is 20 minutes, and the timetables indicate a frequency of every 20 minutes.  The cost is £3 per person, though up to two children travel free per fare-paying passenger. 

Parking

There is no parking at the ground.  Street parking around the ground is extremely limited.

There is limited parking available for away fans, in Avonline, for £10 per car.  This must be paid for in advance.  Avonline is also where the away coaches park.  It is around a five minute walk to the stadium. To book call Bristol City’s Supporter Services on 0117 9630 600 (option 1), Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at the first opportunity to avoid disappointment.

Bedminster Cricket Club, a five to ten minute walk from the ground, offers secure parking with a bar and food.  The cricket club is on Clanage Road (A369), BS3 2JX.  www.footballgroundguide.com suggests that it costs £5 per car to park.  Note that the A369 is reached by leaving the M5 at junction 19, rather than at junction 18 in the driving directions to Ashton Gate.

DJ Parking operates from Ashton Vale Trading Estate situated five minutes from Ashton Gate.  Spaces are offered on a first come first serve basis with a charge of £7 per car. The address is DJ Football And Rugby Parking, Cala Trading Estate, Bristol, BS3 2HA.

There is also parking available at private sites on Ashton Vale Road.

If you street park, you are asked to be mindful of local residents and the community, and respect all road laws.

Disabled Parking

Bristol City offer a limited number of spaces to wheelchair users in the Winterstoke car park (near the John Atyeo statue) at the cost of £15 per space.  These are issued on a first come, first served basis so please contact Bristol City’s Supporter Services in advance on 0117 9630 600 (option one) to book.   Alternatively you can contact ITFC’s Disability Liaison Officer Lee Smith by email on disability@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556 and ask for their assistance.

Train

Note:  Being an evening game you will not be able to get back to Ipswich after the game

For Ashton Gate you need to travel to Bristol Temple Meads and not Bristol Parkway.   Trains to Bristol Temple Meads go from London Paddington.  From London Liverpool Street take the Central Line to Oxford Circus and the Bakerloo Line to Paddington.  Alternatively, take the Circle Line or Hammersmith & City Line to Paddington (Hammersmith & City Line).

From Bristol Temple Meads you can catch a train to Parson Street which is the nearest station to the ground, being around a mile away.   Going to Parson Street you need to catch a train bound for Weston-Super-Mare.  The return journey is in the direction of Bristol Parkway (with a stop at Bristol Temple Meads).  Trains to Parson Street are at around 26 minutes and 54 minutes past the hour – the journey time is 5 minutes.  Returning after the game, note that the only train indicated doesn’t leave until 23:43.   Bristol City advise that they are not expecting any additional services back to Bristol Temple Meads for this game.

Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes to engineering works. 

For those fans based in the South West, there are train services from Exeter St Davids/Tiverton/Taunton/Bridgwater/Weston-super-Mare/Nailsea to Parson Street.   After the game there are return services at 22:00 (you may need to leave the game early for this) and 23:12. 

Walking from Parson Street

If you take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Parson Street, it is around a twenty minute walk to the away end.  Walk along Parson Street towards the A38 passing Temple Street on your right.  Turn right onto the A38 and take a left turn into Palmyra Road.  Continue onto Duckmoor Road until you come to Ashton Road.  Take a left turn along Ashton Road – you will see the stadium on your left.

From Bristol Temple Meads

a)     Walk

Bristol Temple Meads is at least two miles from the ground.  It is possible to walk – from experience this takes around 45 minutes.  From the station, walk along Station Approach to the main road.  Turn right onto Temple Gate/A4 and cross the zebra crossing to the other side of Temple Gate (you will see the Holiday Inn Express).  Continue on Temple Gate and take a left turn into Redcliff Mead Lane. Continue on to Prewett Street.  When you come to the A38 / Redcliff Hill turn left.  At the roundabout take the fourth exit onto Coronation Road / A370.  Follow this road to the B3120 (don’t worry if you feel it is taking forever to reach the B3120 – it always feels a long way!) and turn left onto the B3120.  This road becomes Ashton Road and you will see the stadium.  (note than an alternative route is via Commercial Road/ Cumberland Road rather than Coronation Road – this can be accessed at the roundabout – this is the route if you want to take in the wonderful Orchard Inn cider and real ale pub on Hanover Place.  From Cumberland Road you cross the River Avon on a footbridge which takes you onto Coronation Road.)

b)     Taxi

If you don’t fancy the walk, a taxi from the station is well worth considering especially if you are in a group.

c)     Bus

The matchday shuttle bus can be picked up near Bristol Temple Meads station.  It leaves one hour before kick-off and returns after the match has finished.  The pick-up point is located across the main road (Temple Gate) at the end of Station Approach outside the exit to Temple Meads station.  The drop off / pick-up point is Winterstoke Road (this is the main road running past the stadium which has Wickes and KFC on it).  The bus is operated by “A Bus” and costs £2 for a single ticket and £3 for a return ticket.  Home supporters also use this service but we are not aware of any problems.  Note that there are only three buses allocated so they do fill up quickly.

There are also a number of public buses which serve Ashton Gate.  More details can be found at:

https://www.bcfc.co.uk/travel/

Pubs

The King Street Brew House, Welsh Back BS1 4RR is popular with Town fans - this has often been the meeting place for the South West branch before games at Ashton Gate.  The pub is about a 45 minute walk to the stadium from the pub, but most fans will taxi-share to the ground. 

There are many other pubs and bars in that area, which includes the famous King Street quarter.  To feel properly local, a visit to the amazing cider barge (it doesn’t serve beer of any description), called Apple, on Welsh Back is a must. 

The Bristol City Away Fans Guide advises away fans to avoid pubs on North Street and in the Ashton & Bedminster area.  The Robins and the Rising Sun which are closer to Ashton Gate are strictly home fans only.

The Bristol City Away Fans Guide suggests the Nova Scotia, 1 Nova Scotia Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ, Bristol which is just off the Cumberland Road and the Rose of Denmark, 6 Dowry Place, BS8 4QL.  These are around a 15 minute walk to the stadium.

For those parking at Bedminster Cricket Club there is a bar offering food and drink for purchase.

At the stadium itself, behind the Atyeo Stand (and away turnstiles) there is a dedicated Fan Village for away fans.  This has food and drink available for purchase.

Any shops and food outlets near the ground?

There is a KFC close to the stadium.  A bit further away, also just of the A3029, is a large Sainsbury’s supemarket.

Can I get money?

The nearest cashpoint is located at Sainsburys on the Winterstoke Road (BS3 2NS) which is about a 5 minute walk from the Stadium.  Supporters can pay via card throughout the stadium with contactless payment also in place at all kiosks.

At the ground

John Atyeo Statue

The one-and-a-quarter life-size statue of the club’s most famous player, John Atyeo is situated outside the ticket office on the south side of the stadium.  Bristol City FC’s Supporters Club and Trust commissioned Liverpool based sculptor Tom Murphy to create the statue which was completed in 2016. Surrounding the base of the statue are numerous name plaques of supporters who donated money towards the making of the statue.

Bristol City Fan Zone and Fan Village

The fan zone is free and offers a great atmosphere with food, drink and live music 2 hours before kick-off and post-match too.

As mentioned previously, behind the Atyeo Stand (and away turnstiles) there is a dedicated Fan Village for away supporters, which offers food and drink for sale.

There is also a coffee shop situated next to the club store which offers a variety of food and drinks, as well as Sports Bar & Pizzeria.

Tickets on the day?

It is not yet known whether tickets will be available on the day of the match.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), Twitter (@IpswichTown) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available. 

Away end

We will be in the Atyeo Stand.  Entrance is via turnstiles 39-46 which are accessed via Ashton Road.

Disabled Supporters

There are 20 wheelchair spaces for away fans.  These areas are ground level access with the carer sat behind within the wheelchair section. 

There is no specific allocated seating for ambulant disabled supporters within the stadium. Those who require step free access are advised to speak with ITFC who will be able to advise accordingly.  Once at the stadium, you are advised to talk to a steward if you require step free access into the stadium and they will guide you through the side entrances.

If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC’s Disability Liaison Officer, Lee Smith, on disability@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556.

Accessible Toilets

There are two accessible toilets located in the Atyeo Stand for away supporters 

Programmes

Programmes can be purchased outside the stadium or at the club store 

Security

Bristol City advise that small bags or back packs are fine for taking in to the stadium. The contents will be examined by a steward as you enter Ashton Gate.

Larger bags / luggage cannot be taken in to the stadium as there is insufficient room and such items will restrict spectator movement.   Fans are advised to leave all items in your car/coach/hotel as there is no provision available to store any items at the stadium.

From recent experience, searches tend to be quite strict and thorough at Ashton Gate, so you can expect queues to form immediately pre-match. 

For information on banners and prohibited items see the Bristol City away fan guide.

 

Food and Drink facilities

A range of refreshments which are available to purchase on the concourse before the match and at half-time.   We understand that alcohol will be on sale.

The away fan guide provides indicative prices:

Fosters, Thatchers or Butcombe - £4.30

Guinness - £4.70

Pasties/pies/jumbo hot dog - £4.00

Confectionery - £1.50

Tea/coffee/soft drinks - £2.50 

Smoking

Ashton Gate is a no smoking venue.  This also applies to the use of electronic cigarettes (and/or similar products).

Anti-social behaviour

If you see, hear or are the victim of discrimination or anti-social behaviour, please report this to a matchday steward.

You can also report any discrimination or anti-social behaviour to Kick it Out using the Kick It Out app which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play, or via: Facebook /kickitoutofficial; Twitter @kickitout; email info@kickitout.org; phone 0800 169 9414.