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Hull City - 18 November

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Hull City on Saturday 18th November in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the KCOM Stadium.

This is based on Hull City’svisiting supporters guide to the KCOM Stadium 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.

Hull City visiting supporters guide

The address for Hull City AFC is the KCOM Stadium, West Park, Hull, HU3 6HU. 

Hull City has produced a visiting supporters guide which can be found via the following link:

www.hullcitytigers.com/media/3438/visiting_supporters_guide.pdf

This contains useful information and is worth reading.  Information for away disabled and ambulant disabled fans is included in this document.

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

Specific information for Town fans:

Travelling to Hull City

Supporters Coach

Note that coach travel for this game has now sold out

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 08:15and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 21:00.  

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.

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up at any of these locations, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode is HU3 6HU for the stadium.

The route recommended by Hull City, which is also our preferred route, is the A14 / A1 / A1M / M18 and M62 east.   Take the M62 east to the end and join the A63 to Hull.   The stadium is clearly signposted off the A63 with the Hull City visiting supporters guide directing as follows:  “After approximately 13.5 miles take the slip road (just after you enter the 40 mile per hour speed limit and before the Daltry Street flyover) signed Local Traffic/Infirmary.  Follow the slip road to the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, which is Rawlings Way.   Follow Rawlings Way to the main traffic lights and turn left onto Anlaby Road (A1105).  Travel along Anlaby Road for approximately 0.75 miles and over the flyover to the traffic lights at the bottom.   At these lights, turn right onto Walton Street.  The Stadium at this point is on your right, set in parkland.”  There is a simpler version, which is to follow the signs to the infirmary (hospital), find somewhere to park (suggestions below), and the stadium is just a few minutes’ walk away (“you can’t miss it”). 

Note that www.google.co.uk/maps  suggests taking the A14 / A1 / A46 / A15 / M180 / A15 / A1105.   This route takes you over the Humber Bridge.  This is a toll bridge costing £1.50 for cars.  No credit or debit card payments are possible so cash is needed to pay at the toll booths.  Note that there is a specific lane for those with a HumberTag.   Use of this lane without a tag will result in a fine.

Whichever way you go, the journey time is around 4 hours, but you should allow at least another hour for traffic.  Watch out for average speed cameras, on a long stretch covering around 25 miles from the start of the Cambridge ring road to Huntingdon and on the A1 between Peterborough and Grantham.  Also note that there are long-term roadworks and speed restrictions on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, as the entire section is being rebuilt.  This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch.

Park & Ride

The Priory Park & Ride, Hessle is signposted from the A63 (Clive Sullivan Way).  There are 650 parking spaces with a frequent bus service dropping off and picking up spectators outside the stadium on Anlaby Road.

Parking

Beware that some streets around the stadium are resident-only zones.   Cars parked illegally in these areas will be issued with parking tickets.

Parking is available at the Walton Street Car Park, adjacent to the stadium, at a cost of £5 per car.  If you are using a Sat Nav, use the postcode HU3 6GA.   Access to the car park is from Walton Street - travel along Walton Street and after the park entrance, take the 3rd Car Park entrance on your right (just after the white telephone kiosk) into the Walton Street Car Park.  It is a large car park but it can take a while to clear after the game.

Parking is also available at the Infirmary which is signposted from the A63.  It is around a 10 minute walk from here.

Disabled Supporters Parking

Disabled parking is available for away fans at the Walton Street Car Park.  This is adjacent to the KCOM Stadium.   There is a designated parking area for Blue Badge Holders with parking free of charge.  If you are using a Sat Nav, use the postcode HU3 6GA.

There are also a limited number of spaces available near where the away coaches park.  To arrange a space here contact Ann Holland on 01482 358303 or send an email to ann.holland@hulltigers.com at least 72 hours before the game.   Alternatively contact our ticket office on 03330 050503 or mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk who will be able to help.

Train

You can travel cross-country to Hull but will need to change at Peterborough and Doncaster.  www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates a train from Ipswich at 08:00 arriving at 13:09.  Travel via London will involve the dreaded rail-replacement bus service between Ingatestone and Newbury Park.

On the return journey there is no option via Peterborough, so you will have to travel via Kings Cross, the first train out being direct, but slow, leaving Hull at 1810 and arriving at Kings Cross at 2154.  From Kings Cross you need to go to Newbury Park by tube to pick up the bus to Ingatestone for the train to Ipswich.  

If you can manage a few hours without a beer, bear in mind that the Galloways option gets you home by around 2100!

Getting to the ground from the station

Hull station is approximately a 20 minute walk from the railway station.   Come out of the main exit of the station and turn right towards the traffic lights at the junction of Anlaby Road and Ferensway.  Turn right and follow the signposts to the stadium.   The Hull Royal Infirmary will be on your right.

After the hospital turn right onto Argyle Street.  Join the footbridge on the left – this goes all the way to the KCOM Stadium. 

There are also buses which run from the station to the ground.  These include the number 2 (departs from bay 6) and number 66 (departs from bay 7).

Pubs

If you are a real ale or cider fan, then you’ll be happy that our visit to Hull coincides with the 39th Annual Beer & Cider Festival of the Hull & East Yorkshire Branch of CAMRA.  The festival starts on Thursday 16th November.  On both Thursday and Friday, doors open at 12 noon closing at 11pm.  Admission is £5 (including free festival guide and refundable glass cost).  On the day of the game the festival opens at 12noon and runs to sell out but no later than 9pm.  Admission on Saturday is free all day (£1 refundable glass charge).

If you are a CAMRA member, remember to take your current membership card as this will get you free admission at all times.  There will be over 135 Real Ales, 30 plus Cider & Perry, 25 plus Bottled and Canned British & Foreign Beers as well as hot and cold food stalls.  Children are welcome before 5:30pm.  For more information see:  www.hullbeerfestival.camra.org.uk/

We know of a number of Town fans who are planning to be at the beer festival, so you’ll quickly find a familiar face.

Nearer the stadium, the Brickmakers (also referred to as the Park View) pub opposite the Stadium car park entrance is away fan friendly.  It has a big screen showing Sky Sports and BT Sport both before and after the game, as well as a burger van outside the pub.    The Walton Street Social Club also admits away supporters, with an entry cost of £1.   The Hull visiting supporters guide indicates that the club offers reasonably priced beer and offers a separate area for the sale of food, such as burgers and chips.

There are a number of other pubs within a few minutes’ walk of the stadium, but these are all designated as being for home supporters only – particularly the Silver Cod pub.

Staying Overnight?

There are plenty of hotels in Hull.   A selection is listed in the Hull City visiting supporters guide.  Also in the guide is a list of attractions in the area.

Hull is the UK City of Culture in 2017.  More information on events that are happening around our trip to Hull can be found here: www.hull2017.co.uk

At the ground

We will be in the North East corner of the KCOM Stadium.  Entry into the ground is through turnstiles 22-24 which are situated in the North Stand.

Note that the Hull City visiting supporters guide states that “the KCOM Stadium is an all-seater arena and all supporters are asked to remain in their seats at all times. Supporters are also asked to ensure gangways and aisles are kept free from obstruction in case of emergencies.”

Disabled Supporters

Hull City have a designated Supporter and Disability Liaison Officer, Ann Holland, on site at every home game to assist with any questions or issues. 

If you have any enquiries in advance of our trip, Ann can be contacted on 01482 358303 or by email on ann.holland@hulltigers.com.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.

Tickets

Tickets for the game are now on general sale at a cost of £12 – there are no concession prices.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches.  Note that under 2s are not permitted in the stadium and under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game about one or two days prior to the game.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.

Programmes

The matchday programme is available from designated programme sellers around the KCOM Stadium and within the arena.   The programme features approximately 20 pages of away team content.

Food and Drink facilities

Food and drink is available from the concourse kiosks.  Hull’s visiting supporters guide advises that under certain circumstances alcoholic drinks are not on sale.  We don’t recall a situation when we were unable to purchase alcohol but will advise if this is the case.

The food offering includes Hull’s own award-winning Hull Pie range so we will be able to compare with our superb Portman Pies.  Fillings including Steak and Red Wine, Roast Chicken and Sage Stuffing and BBQ Pulled Pork.   (We did sample them late last season, when taking in their home game v Sunderland – the pies were superb, but not the best of games).  Other food and drink offers vary on a game-by-game basis.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in the stadium.    From five minutes before half time, supporters may exit the stand to smoke outside but you must return no later than five minutes after the match restarts. Electronic cigarettes are not allowed in the stadium.

Ground regulations and Lost Property

If you want to bring flags or banners to the game please look at the information in the Hull visiting supporters guide.    Information is also provided for fans that lose items at the game.

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