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MATCHDAY GUIDE: CITY v ORIENT

8 May 2023

- Home tickets SOLD OUT - 22,500 expected - PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY
- Annual memorial fixture - minute's silence and PSBRU fundraising
- Lap of appreciation at full-time - PLEASE STAY OFF THE PITCH
- Midland Road potentially closed at full-time
- FanZone, City Hub and Billy's Coop OPEN
 

City contest their final game of the regular Sky Bet League Two season this afternoon, welcoming champions Leyton Orient to the University of Bradford Stadium with action to get underway from the earlier time of 12.30pm. 

The Bantams need a point to secure a place in the play-offs, with home tickets SOLD OUT for the clash, and over 22,500 supporters expected - a new modern-day league record at Valley Parade. 

We have put together a handy Matchday Guide with all the information you need ahead of the early kick-off. 

Firstly, a warm welcome to today's Big Match Sponsors, Peckover Transport and Kirstie Kenningham, Executive Match Sponsors, Collett and Carling, Man of the Match Sponsor, Blue Dragon Designs, Matchball Sponsor, Millers Oils and Bradford City Business Club Matchday Sponsor, PJM Digital. 

TICKETS

Supporters are reminded that the Valley Parade Ticket Office inside the Bradford City Store will be CLOSED on matchdays. 

All matchday ticketing queries will be from the traditional Burlington Street Box Office. 

Please DO NOT head to the Valley Parade Ticket Office on matchday, and instead visit the Burlington Street Box Office for all ticketing enquiries.

Home tickets for this afternoon's game are completely SOLD OUT, with over 22,500 supporters already expected at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The gate will become the club's new modern-day league attendance record, beating 22,057 set against Liverpool in the Premier League in 2001. 

No further home tickets remain available for the clash whatsoever, though the match will be available to stream live for £10 via iFollow (details below), for those who have been unable to secure a ticket. 

Away supporters will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game - in the form of an e-Ticket only. 

This can be purchased by accessing the club's official away ticketing website, which can only be accessed by scanning a QR code point outside the away turnstiles at the University of Bradford Stadium. 

Simply scan this QR code on your smartphone or mobile device, purchase your tickets through our official away ticketing site, access the e-Ticket via e-mail, and have your QR code scanned at the turnstile to admit you. 

PLEASE NOTE: Away tickets are now only available in The TL Dallas Stand, meaning any away supporters who pay on the day will be situated in here. 

iFOLLOW

Those who have been unable to secure a ticket for today's encounter will still be able to catch every minute of the action LIVE - with a £10 iFollow video match pass. 

The full match can be enjoyed with commentary via BBC Radio Leeds' Jamie Raynor and former City star Filipe Morais, with coverage set to begin from 12.00pm. 

Supporters are reminded 100% of iFollow video match pass revenue is directed towards Bradford City AFC. 

To read full details, please CLICK HERE

To purchase a video match pass, please CLICK HERE

ANNUAL MEMORIAL FIXTURE

This afternoon's game will represent the club's annual memorial fixture, marking the 38th anniversary of the Valley Parade Fire Disaster. 

As City and Orient players take to the field, a rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ will be played, as both club captains lay wreaths on the field. 

A minute’s silence will be observed - having been introduced by club chaplain Pastor Oliver Evans - with players stood around a giant flag on the field which pays tribute to the 56 lives lost. 

At the half-time interval, Professor Ajay Mahajan of Bradford's Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) will speak with club pitch announcer Darren Harper about the continued work of the unit, as well as paying tribute to founder of the unit, Professor David Sharpe OBE, who passed away in March. 

Georgia Thornton from the Bradford City Ribbons appeal will be present, raising money for PSBRU by selling hand-crafted claret and amber ribbons, with supporters urged to make a donation and wear a ribbon to aid her fantastic efforts. 

Throughout the day, buckets will be carried around the University of Bradford Stadium and inside concourses, collecting donations for the appeal which was launched in the wake of the disaster. 

To read full details, please CLICK HERE

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY

With the biggest league crowd since 1953 expected at Valley Parade today, supporters are urged to arrive as early as possible, with turnstiles open from 11.00am. 

Thorough searches will also be conducted on turnstiles for prohibited items on matchday. A full list of prohibited items can be seen below. 

Turnstiles will also be shut momentarily during the minute's silence as we pay tribute to the lives lost at the Valley Parade Fire Disaster on 11th May 1985. 

Please, to avoid disappointment, please arrive early. 

LAP OF APPRECIATION - PLEASE STAY OFF THE PITCH

After today's match, as the Bantams’ final outing of the regular season, the first team players and staff would like to show their thanks for your fantastic support over the course of the campaign, with a lap of appreciation at full-time.

Due to safety measures, however, this will only be able to happen should there be no pitch incursions whatsoever.

City are currently the subject of four ongoing FA investigations as a result of crowd disorder, including missile throwing, pyrotechnic use and pitch encroachment.

Anyone found to be entering the field of play at any point, without permission, can expect to face suspensions and police action. One supporter who encroached earlier this season has since been convicted and, through the courts, received a three-year Football Banning Order.

The club this week issued a statement reminding supporters of the dangers and consequences of pitch incursions, and a statement condemning the use of pyrotechnic devices, after being subject to a further FA investigation following last week's trip to Crewe Alexandra. 

To read the full statement on pitch incursions, please CLICK HERE

To read the full statement condemning the use of pyrotechnic devices, please CLICK HERE

Please stay off the pitch today, and show your incredible support from the stands, to enable the players and staff to thank you for your fantastic backing all season long, with a lap of appreciation after full-time.

TURNSTILES & ENTRY

Supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible on matchday, in order to gain admission in time for kick-off. Turnstiles will be open from 11.00AM, in all areas of the stadium. 

Thorough searches will also be conducted on turnstiles for prohibited items on matchday. A full list of prohibited items can be seen below. 

PLEASE NOTE: Away tickets are now only available in The TL Dallas Stand, meaning any away supporters who pay on the day will be situated in here. 

All sections of the University of Bradford Stadium will be open, and the following is the best way to gain access to your seat:

  • THE MORRISONS FAMILY STAND (WEST): Turnstiles W3-W15, which can be located in the Directors’ car park either side of the glass doors to the banqueting suites, which can be accessed from Valley Parade or Burlington Street. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets only. The late gate (open until half-time) will be W3, which is the turnstile nearest to Valley Parade. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to The Morrisons Family Stand (West) via Gate WD on Valley Parade - or via The Yorkshire Payments 1911 Main Reception, using the lift.  
  • NORTH WEST CORNER: Turnstiles NW3-NW6 - which can be located to the left of the box office as you approach it. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets only. The late gate (open until half-time) will be NW6. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to the North West Corner through the One In A Million school compound, and then through Gate NWB.
  • THE KOP (NORTH): There are two locations to gain entry to The Kop: behind the stand or from Midland Road. Turnstiles N1-N8 (four near to the box office and four near to the Bantams Bar entrance) are situated behind The Kop. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets ONLY. The late gate (open until half-time) will be N1. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to The Kop through the One In A Million school compound and then through Gate ND. In addition, supporters can also gain entry to both levels of The Kop from Midland Road, using turnstiles N12-N14. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets only. There will be no late gate for The Kop on Midland Road; N1 behind the Kop will remain open until half-time. Supporters in wheelchairs cannot access The Kop from Midland Road, and are asked to enter the stadium through the One In A Million school compound and then through Gate ND.
  • THE BRADFORD LIFTS STAND (EAST): Turnstiles E1-E6 on Midland Road will be open for this stand for this game. The turnstiles will give access to season tickets and match tickets only. The late gate (open until half-time) will be E6. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to the (East) Stand should gain access through Gate EA
  • AWAY SUPPORTERS: Away supporters can gain access to The Bradford Lifts Stand Blocks F and G using turnstiles on Midland Road (closest to The TL Dallas Stand). Please enter through E8, E9, E10, E11 or E12 - with E12 staying open until half-time. The The TL Dallas Stand will also be open to away supporters. Access to The TL Dallas Stand will be to the left of the aforementioned away turnstiles, in the corner of the stadium, before turning up onto Holywell Ash Lane.

MIDLAND ROAD - POTENTIAL CLOSURE

Home supporters in The Bradford Lifts Stand are advised of the possibility of closures on Midland Road after today's game, as a result of an increased away attendance. 

Any potential closures will mean supporters exiting The Bradford Lifts Stand will only be able to turn left towards Queens Road, and not right towards Hamm Strasse and the City Centre. 

We will endeavour to keep supporters updated throughout the game as and when a decision is made by West Yorkshire Police, with regards to closing sections of Midland Road. 

CITY HUB CAFE

The Community Foundation's City Hub cafe - in the old City Shop on Valley Parade - will be open from the earlier time of 10.00am today. 

Breakfast sandwiches will be available to purchase between 10.00am and 11.00am, along with cold fruit juice and hot drinks, before alcohol and the usual matchday menu will be served between 11.00am and kick-off.

City Hub remains open on weekdays between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

FANZONE

The University of Bradford Stadium FanZone will be in operation from 11.00am again this morning, to the rear of The Kop, allowing supporters the opportunity to soak up the pre-match atmosphere. 

Madri is now available on draft in the FanZone and in all stadium kiosks, for £5.40 a pint, with live music to be performed. 

BILLY'S COOP

Billy's Coop - located in The Morrisons Family Stand concourse - will be open again from 11.00am this morning, for Junior Bantams looking for some pre-match entertainment. 

Supporters will be joined by Billy Bantam and will be able to pose for photographs and enjoy time colouring in, right up until kick-off!

FIRST BUS TRAVEL

Those thinking of using public transport to get to the University of Bradford Stadium this afternoon are encouraged to use First Buses across Bradford, with a special discount for City supporters!

Simply use code the code BANTAMS50 on the First West Yorkshire app for 50% off a FirstSingle adult ticket, on any First Bus route in Bradford. 

Both the 626 and 622 routes will get you from Bradford Interchange to Manningham Lane, with this offer only applicable on home matchdays, and available to be used twice per customer, per matchday. 

For full details, and to redeem the offer, please CLICK HERE

PLEASE NOTE: Due to today being a Bank Holiday over the King's Coronation weekend, First Bus will be running a Sunday service and reduced timetable. CLICK HERE for full details. 

BRADFORD CITY STORE 

The Bradford City Store on South Parade will be open from 9.00am right up until kick-off this afternoon, with supporters able to shop the all-new 50% sale on all this season's replica kits

Shirts, shorts and socks from 2022/23 home, away, alternative and goalkeeper strips are included in the offer, with 50% also off all infant replica kits. 

To read the Bradford City Store’s opening hours, please CLICK HERE

KIOSKS

Refurbished last season, kiosks will be open again today, courtesy of the club's official kiosk catering partner, Tiffin Stadium Catering. 

Fast-food products available for supporters to enjoy include the beef burger, cheese burger, chicken burger and hot dog (halal), as well as some tasty, new products, including the popular Chicken Tikka Panini (£3.95), Ham and Cheese Panini and Pepperoni Pizza Twist (£3.85), as seen on @FootyScran!

Pukka Pies will also be available, while pints of Carling and Madri can be purchased on draft in all areas of the stadium*, along with a range of snacks, and hot and cold soft drinks. 

PLEASE NOTE: Madri will not be available within the £7.50 meal deals on offer in kiosks. All deals will remain unchanged and will continue to include Carling both on draft and from the bottle, along with Stowford press cider.  

*Madri will not be served in a kiosk in the upper tier of The JCT600 Family Stand, and the E3 bottle bar on Midland Road. 

PLEASE NOTE: Tiffin Stadium Catering kiosks ONLY ACCEPT CARD payment, and are cashless. Please CLICK HERE for full details. 

Kiosks will be open in University of Bradford Stadium concourses from 11.00am today, when turnstiles open. 

SMOKING 

Valley Parade is a strictly NON-SMOKING venue. Anyone caught smoking on the premises - including the use of e-cigarettes - will be immediately ejected and not permitted re-entry. 

Similarly, any supporter who chooses to leave the stadium to smoke will not be readmitted at any point.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Supporters are politely asked to avoid bringing large bags to the stadium. If bringing food to the venue, smaller, see-through bags sized A4 are preferred. 

Only plastic bottles will be permitted inside the University of Bradford Stadium, with no glass bottles or cans allowed. 

PLEASE NOTE: The use of e-cigarettes inside Valley Parade is strictly prohibited, with pushchairs also not permitted. 

PYROTECHNICS & BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited. Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time. Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

The club reminded supporters of its stance on pyrotechnics last week, with a statement following our trip to Crewe Alexandra. Please read HERE

A statement was also issued on pitch encroachment ahead of today's game, which can be read HERE

Supporters are also reminded to remain courteous when inside the stadium, with regards to foul and abusive language. If you do hear anything offensive while inside the stadium, please report it to your nearest steward. 

Drinking alcohol inside the stadium bowl, and anywhere outside of concourses, is also not permitted, while supporters are also not permitted to bring their own alcoholic drinks into the stadium, from outside the premises. 

Should you see anyone smoking (including e-cigs), drinking in their seat, or behaving offensively, please report it to your nearest steward. 

The club would also like to take the opportunity to remind supporters of the zero-tolerance approach towards missile throwing, after an incident in City's home match against Harrogate Town in the Emirates FA Cup. 

Unacceptable behaviour can also be anonymously reported to the club via the confidential matchday texting service - on 07949 814243. 

Bradford City AFC would like to remind supporters that the strongest condemnation is employed towards anti-social behaviour, crowd disorder and misconduct, and illegal activity inside football stadia. 

Our stance on the above will ensure the strongest-possible action continues to be taken against those found guilty of any offence, including the issuing of Football Banning Orders. 

This follows the implementation of the 'Love Football, Protect the Game' initiative introduced this season, by the EFL, FA and Premier League. For full details, please CLICK HERE

TOILET FACILITIES

Baby-changing facilities are available in both ladies and gents toilets at Valley Parade - having been installed last season - in The Morrisons Family Stand. 

Supporters are reminded that each and every female toilet in the University of Bradford Stadium is stocked with complimentary sanitary products, free to take as needed. 

To view the club’s full spectators code of conduct, please CLICK HERE. 

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE

For help with any matchday issues or queries, please Tweet @bcafchelp.


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