INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
We travel to Sheffield United on Saturday 27 April in the Championship. The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Bramall Lane.
This is based on Sheffield United’s visitors guide to Bramall Lane plus additional information specific to this game.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or (+44) (0)7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.
Sheffield United information for supporters
The address for Sheffield United is Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU.
Sheffield United has produced a visitors guide which can be found via the following link:
Some information for away disabled and ambulant disabled fans can be found towards the end of this link:
www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information via the following link:
We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to Bramall Lane and information that is specific to our fans.
Specific information for Town fans:
Tickets are available for this game at a cost of £29 for adults with concessions for 60+, students with ID, U22s and U18s. Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches, in Planet Blue on a non-matchday and the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road pre-match. The usual priorities apply for buying tickets.
Disabled fans requiring tickets should contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on email@example.com.
Travelling to Sheffield United
For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 11:30 at a cost of £26 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 23:00. Coach travel is now on sale, subject to the usual priorities, and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue on a non-matchday or the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road on a match day.
There is a planned stop at Peterborough Services on the outward trip and Cambridge Services on the return trip.
Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on Wednesday 24 April. 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.
The long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in evening 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 Sat Nav postcode is S2 4SU.
From Ipswich, you take A14 to the A1. From the A1 either take the M18 or A57. The M18 is a longer, but usually a quicker, route.
For the M18 route, take the M18 exit at junction 35 of the A1(M) to Doncaster/Scunthorpe/M180/M62E/Sheffield/M1. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the M18 slip road to Sheffield /M1. Join the M1 from the M18 and at junction 33, take the A630 exit into Sheffield City Centre. Continue along the Sheffield Parkway until you reach the Park Square roundabout. Take the third exit and follow signs to Bramall Lane.
If you take the A57 then leave the A57 on to the M1 (North) slip road, signposted Sheffield/M18. Follow the instructions from junction 33 of the M1 above.
An alternative, longer and usually slower, route is to take the A14 all the way to the M1. At junction 29 of the M1 join the A617 to Chesterfield. Follow the A617 and A61.
As noted above, there are major long-term roadworks on the A14 for several miles either side of Cambridge, with a 40mph limit policed by cameras.
The journey time is around three to three and a half hours depending on the route, but you should allow at least another hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time, to allow for possible delays.
Parking is not available at the ground on a matchday.
The Sheffield United visitors guide warns that the surrounding areas are controlled by pay and display or permit holder only restrictions.
There are a number of multi-storey car parks close to the ground on the edge of the city centre including the railway station car park.
The Sheffield United club website recommends APCOA Car Parking, Eyre Street - The Moor MSPC, Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QW. If you show your match ticket you can park all day for just £3.50. This car park is around a 10 minute walk from the ground.
www.footballguide.com suggests parking at the Meadowhall shopping centre if you want to avoid Sheffield City centre. Parking at Meadowhall Railway Station, by junction 34 of the M1 is free. You can pick up a tram to the City Centre and then walk to the ground. The tram journey is around 20 minutes and costs £4 return, so cheaper than most city centre car parks for the afternoon.
Disabled Supporters Parking
Sheffield United will provide spaces where possible for visiting supporters with mobility difficulties.
For more information and assistance contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on email@example.com.
Note: There are no planned engineering works on the routes between Ipswich and Sheffield
With the late kick-off you don’t need to leave Ipswich as early as usual, although many fans will have booked tickets long before the game was changed.
The obvious route is via London with trains to Sheffield going from St Pancras International. There are also trains from Kings Cross to Doncaster where you change for Sheffield. The journey time is around 4 hours to 4-and-a-half hours (based on route and the connections assumed on www.greateranglia.co.uk). After the game there are a number of trains back to London Kings Cross (with a change at Doncaster) which will connect to the 23:30 to Ipswich.
The second option is cross country. Leaving Ipswich at 09:58 or 11:58 and changing at Peterborough and Doncaster, you will arrive in Sheffield at 13:21 and 15:21 respectively. For those who already have tickets or plan a longer day in Sheffield, the 08:20 from Ipswich with changes at Cambridge, Peterborough and Doncaster, will get you to Sheffield at 12:48. There are also earlier options at 06:00 and 08:00 from Ipswich, with two changes, in Peterborough and Doncaster, arriving in Sheffield at 09:23 and 11:48.
There is a return journey leaving Sheffield at 19:37, with just one change, at Ely. This arrives back in Ipswich at 23:22. Note, you can arrive back in Ipswich at the same time by leaving Sheffield slightly later at 19:52 and changing at Doncaster and Peterborough.
Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes to engineering works.
Getting to the ground from the station
Sheffield Railway Station is just under a mile from Bramall Lane, so a walk of around 15 minutes. As you come out of the station turn left along the main road. Where the road splits (at traffic lights) take the right hand fork into Shoreham Street. Continue along Shoreham Street into St Mary’s Road. At the roundabout take the exit onto Bramall Lane (this will be the first or second exit depending which part of the St Mary’s Road dual carriageway you are on).
The ground is approximately a 10 minute walk from Granville Road (Sheffield College) Tram Stop. This stop is served by the Blue and Purple routes from the city centre bound for Halfway and Herdings Park.
Pubs near to the ground are home fans only.
Sheffield has many excellent pubs, though the best are the opposite side of town from Bramall Lane – the Kelham Island area hosting the eponymous Kelham Island Brewery and its sister pub the Fat Cat, as well as several other fine options.
If your time is limited, then The Howard, a Marstons Pub on Howard Street, is opposite the railway station and has always been popular with Town fans. You could also try the Sheaf Island, a Wetherspoons on the Eccleshall Road about 10 minutes from the ground, or the Devonshire Cat on Wellington Street (which may well be full of real ale types). At the station itself, on platform 1 and accessible both landside and airside, is the Sheffield Tap which serves real ale – note that www.footballgroundguide.com states that no football colours are allowed – it is our experience that the pub is very strict on this rule.
The general rule of pubbing on matchdays applies of course. If you are in a larger group, and/or in colours, and/or wanting to have a bit of a sing, then you should aim for away-friendly pubs.
At the ground
Before you go in - Legends of the Lane Museum
Sheffield United’s museum, Legends of the Lane, tells the story of the Club from its beginnings to present day. It is open on a match day with an admission cost of £3 for adults and £2 for concessions. Cameras are allowed. No advance booking is required. Just turn up and pay on entry.
On selected matchdays, Sheffield United also offer match day tours which include “Legends of the Lane” and a behind the scenes view of the stadium guided by Club Historian John Garrett. Availability is normally announced two weeks in advance on www.sufc.co.uk and tickets can be booked directly through the ticket office on 0114 253 7200 or online at www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk. Tickets are priced at just £6 for adults and £4 for concessions.
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.
We will be located in the H.E. Barnes (Bramall Lane) Lower Stand.
Disabled wheelchair and ambulant disabled fans will be located in the Bramall Lane Lower Stand / Westfield Corner. These wheelchair spaces and seats can be accessed via the ambulance gate off the car park by the Copthorne Hotel and Legends of the Lane museum.
If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC’s Disability Liaison Officer Lee Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01473 400556.
The matchday programme “UTB” is priced at £3 and available outside the stadium. The programme can also be purchased in the Blades Superstore.
Stewards at the away end usually do security checks including bag searches.
Food and Drink facilities
The concourse kiosks serve a wide variety of food and beverages. The Sheffield United website indicates that hot food includes Pukka Pies, burgers, chips, sausage rolls and pulled pork sandwiches. Cold snacks are also available such as crisps, chocolate bars and sweets. A full range of hot drinks, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are also on offer in each area of the stadium.
Note that the refreshment facilities in the away concourse are not accessible for wheelchair users. We understand that Sheffield United employ a Disabled Away Steward to provide additional assistance. Also note, that there is no provision for away wheelchair users to drink alcohol once inside the Stadium.
Smoking is not allowed in the stadium. This includes e-cigarettes.
Sheffield United wants to ensure that it is accessible to all and therefore will challenge inappropriate or abusive language and behaviour.
You can 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 email@example.com; phone 0800 169 9414.
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