Match day information ahead of the opening game on Saturday

I am sure you are all looking forward to our return home and our first match at the Flamingo Land Stadium on Saturday. If you've been lucky enough to secure a ticket, you may be wondering about how the ground will be set up for the game and what facilities are available, so we would like to share the following information to assist your enjoyment of the day.

Note the opening game on Saturday is SOLD OUT. Entry is by ticket only.

- Please if possible can you walk to the ground as parking spaces will be at a premium.  The clubs preferred walking route is down Seamer Road and under the railway line which will also bring back memories of walking to the old ground. Please note that there will be no access to the donkey field on matchdays. 

- Public transport and the park and ride are other options. If you have no alternative, the Car Park at the ground is free of charge but will fill up very quickly. You are politely requested to avoid parking in surrounding residential streets, some of which may be coned off to allow for emergency vehicle access.

- No dogs are permitted within the football ground with the exception of assistance dogs.

- The turnstiles open at 1.30pm. There are nine of them in three sets of three, one set at the swimming pool end and two sets at the south end of the ground where the gates from our old ground are situated. All turnstiles will be open on Saturday, any of which can be used if you have a valid ticket. Please have your ticket ready which will be marked and handed back to you to keep as a memento. 

- The clubhouse cannot be accessed directly from outside the ground and all supporters must access the ground via the turnstiles. The only exception to this are officials, sponsors and people known to us in advance that have mobility needs with seats reserved in the stand. The players have their own entrance. 

- The clubhouse should be accessed from pitch level via the staircase to the left of the main stand and not via the main stand itself. This is a wider staircase with handrails and gives direct access to the balcony outside the main bar area. This route must also be used to return to pitch side. Access through the main stand will be limited to people with seated tickets.

- Once through the turnstiles you will have the opportunity to purchase a match programme and a golden gamble ticket as usual with the opportunity to win half of the proceeds. These sellers will be under red gazebos so easy to spot. 

- Once inside the ground, please note that the seated main stand is sold out. Unfortunately this means that no seats are available to watch the match unless you have already purchased a seated ticket. 

- If you want to walk all the way around the perimeter of the pitch this is fine with the exception of the south stand (standing) where a fence is segregating part of it. This can be overcome by walking behind the stand. Another exception is the tunnel area where the players come onto the pitch which will be closed during the 15 minutes before kick off, at half-time when the players leave and re-enter the field and also at full-time to allow the teams to leave the field. 

- The wall of bricks can be found on the bank to the left of the main stand. 

- If you are hungry, there will be two catering units for this match situated at either side of the south stand. These will be serving a range of burgers and pies etc. 

- The stadium is well served by toilets. Ladies, Gentlemen's and accessible toilets can be found at the rear of the south stand, below the main stand and also in the clubhouse.

- On match days there is no direct access between the ground and the rest of the Sports Village although it will be open for business as usual. 

- There is a club shop in the clubhouse selling replica shirts, general merchandise and tickets for future games

- The clubhouse is large in size and the bar opens at 1.30pm and remains open until into the evening after the match. Several large TV screens will be tuned into the sports channels. A queuing system will be in operation to enable quick service. This will be enhanced by the use of fast multiple beer dispensers. 

- At half-time there will also be a queuing system to enable a prompt bar service to enable you to enjoy your drink and get back to watch the second half. 

The club would welcome your support in adhering to the following licensing requirements:
* At no time can alcohol be taken past the railing at the top of the stand or the doorway to the right as you leave the bar.
* The outside area must be clear of all alcohol 15 mins before the match kicks off and we wil have stewards in place to ensure compliance with this. We will need to start clearing this area in advance and would welcome your cooperation. 
* At half time you may drink on the balcony but again it must be clear before the second half kicks off. 
* The bar remains open during the game but you must not take alcohol outside at any time when the match is in progress. 

- For our first game home we would respectfully ask that you get to the ground early and if you have a standing ticket take your place pitch side by 2.45pm at the latest. The reason for this is we would like you to welcome onto the pitch our successful junior teams and witness the official opening of the Flamingo Land Stadium. We will then have the teams coming out onto the pitch to our new "walk out music". 

Then comes a poignant moment in our history when we remember everyone that started our ten year journey back in 2007 and sadly aren't with us to witness our return home. This will be marked by a minute's applause and flowers that will find their way to our wall of bricks. 

Please have a great day on Saturday and we hope we are all witnessing the start of something great for our club and our town. 

We want your feedback to help us improve your match day experience. On Wednesday July 19th between 5-7pm we are holding a drop in session in the clubhouse to hear your views when the club shop will be open, you can buy a drink and club officials will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

"We're home, Up the Boro"

Trevor Bull

Scarborough Athletic FC Chairman

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