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Fans urged to enjoy final game of season at Ashton Gate

Added on 05 May 2017 at 08:08

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Bristol City and Birmingham City fans attending this weekend’s final game of the season at Ashton Gate are urged to have a super Sunday.

A large crowd is expected for the all-ticket match, which kicks off at 12 noon.

While we hope both sets of fans have an enjoyable time and enjoy the end-of-season atmosphere, any football-related anti-social behaviour or violence will be dealt with robustly.

Any form of football-related crime can result in a court appearance and a possible football banning order, which not only places restrictions on attending football matches but can also result in a ban from travelling abroad. 

Sunday’s match is strictly all-ticket and there will be no cash sales on the day. Therefore any fans - from either club - who do not have tickets, should not travel to Ashton Gate.

We’re also reminding those attending the game to be considerate to local residents when parking, which is at a premium around Ashton Gate on match days. There are a few car parks that the home supporters use for which there is a charge.

There is generally an issue with on-street parking when people park and block junctions and driveways in the streets around the stadium and as a result there is an operation where the vehicles causing obstructions will be ticketed by police community support officers who will be patrolling as part of the policing operation.

Fans – particularly those travelling from Birmingham – are reminded to allow extra travelling time because of the Simply Health Great Bristol 10km Run, which is taking place on the same day.

It means any fans travelling from the West Midlands will not be able to take their normal exit from the M5 at junction 18, as the Portway will be closed for the 10km run.

Instead they should travel to the next exit – junction 19 (Gordano Services) and then follow the A369 to Ashton Court, where temporary car parking will be accessible from Ashton Road. Fans wishing to use this provision will need to show their match ticket on arrival. There will be small charge for using the car park, which will remain open between 9.30am – 4.30pm. The stadium is a short walk from the temporary car park.

Coaches carrying Birmingham City fans are reminded to arrive at Gordano Services (junction 19) by 10am for a prompt departure at 10.30am to the ground. A motorcycle police escort will facilitate a smooth transition to the stadium, allowing good time for ticket holders to enter the ground and find their seats.

The convoy will depart promptly and any coaches not taking up the opportunity to join can expect considerable delay due to the high traffic volumes anticipated on the day.

For those planning to travel by train from Weston-super-Mare, there is a train leaving the resort at 9.06am, arriving at Parson Street at 9.37am, with a second departure at 10.8am, arriving at Parsons Street station at 11.18am.  A return train will leave Temple Meads at 3.05pm calling at Parson Street at 3.11pm.  

Parsons Street is a short walk from the Ashton Gate Stadium.

Superintendent Paul Mogg, match commander for the weekend game, said: “We hope both sets of supporters will enjoy the occasion of the final game of the season and are on their best behaviour.

“We will of course, have a police operation for the match, which will be information-led and include us working with our police officer colleagues in the West Midlands, as well as both clubs. Our priority is to see a safe and enjoyable day for both sets of supporters, ensuring the impact of the game on visitors to the city, local residents and businesses, is kept to a minimum.   

“Club stewards will remove anyone from the ground that is being disrespectful to others, whether it is through racial chanting or abusive language. We will support the club’s action and arrest them for any offences committed.  

“Those who cause problems – football-related anti-social behaviour or violence – should be aware that they could be arrested and a subsequent charge could result in a football banning order. And that could have consequences for any fans who plan to travel abroad to watch international football,” pointed out Supt Mogg.

Further information on travel options, road closures and diversions are available from the following website: http://www.greatrun.org/great-bristol-10k

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