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Match Previews


26 September 2023

Match Previews


26 September 2023

- Tickets available until kick-off, from Burlington Street Box Office and online
- Midland Road CLOSED, over 4,000 Boro fans expected
- FanZone, City Hub OPEN, Billy's Coop CLOSED

City look to book their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup this evening, with a 7.45pm visit of Middlesbrough. 

We have put together a handy Matchday Guide with all the information you need ahead of the clash. 

Firstly, a warm welcome to today's Big Match Sponsor, Sondad, Matchball Sponsor, Metaltech and Player of the Match Sponsor, Carling


Supporters are reminded that the Valley Parade Ticket Office inside the Bradford City Store will be CLOSED before today's match. 

All matchday ticket sales will be from the traditional Burlington Street Box Office. 

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

The Burlington Street Box Office at the University of Bradford Stadium will remain open right up until kick-off, allowing those without tickets every opportunity to secure their place inside. 

Having been on sale for £5 up to matchday, ticket prices have now risen to their full matchday admission charges, which can be viewed HERE.

Over 15,000 supporters are expected at the University of Bradford Stadium, with Boro's allocation of over 4,000 in The Bradford Lifts Stand fully sold out.

Six QR code scanning points remain available around the outside of Valley Parade allowing supporters to scan and secure their tickets with the touch of a button. 

When purchasing, supporters will have the option to either receive a physical ticket or an electronic ticket to be sent via e-mail. 

This e-Ticket can either be printed at home and brought along to the game to be scanned on turnstiles, or simply displayed on a smartphone or mobile device to admit entry on the day.

Supporters will also be able to secure a suite upgrade for the encounter - subject to availability.

This can be purchased both online via the club's ticketing website or at the Burlington Street Box Office, right up until kick-off on the day of the game.

For full details on matchday admission prices for the contest, please CLICK HERE.

To purchase your ticket, please CLICK HERE.


Due to away supporters being housed in The Bradford Lifts Stand tonight, Midland Road will be closed before, during and after the game, between Thorncliffe Road and Cornwall Road.

Home supporters exiting The TL Dallas Stand will not be able to turn left on Midland Road towards Queens Road at full-time, and will have to turn right towards Hamm Strasse to avoid crossing the travelling fans.

Those exiting The Kop, meanwhile, will be unable to turn right towards Hamm Strasse and the City Centre, crossing away fans, and will instead have to turn left towards Queens Road.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.


This evening sees the return of the club's official matchday draw, offering the opportunity to win five special prizes at the University of Stadium. 

For just £2, tickets can be purchased from sellers in and around Valley Parade, with all proceeds donated to Bradford City Community Foundation, with a particular focus on youth development. 

Winners will be announced in the stadium at half-time, over the club’s PA system and on the electronic scoreboard, as well as across the club’s official social media channels during and after the game. All prizes can then be collected from Valley Parade’s Yorkshire Payments 1911 Main Reception, provided you have your winning ticket with you.

To read full details, please CLICK HERE.


The Community Foundation's City Hub cafe - in the old City Shop on Valley Parade - will be open again ahead of kick-off today, from 4.30pm.

Homemade food and hot and cold drinks are available, for anyone looking for a warm welcome in a calm, family environment ahead of the game.

The City Hub remains open on non-matchday weekdays between 11.00am and 3.00pm.


The University of Bradford Stadium FanZone will be in operation from 6.30pm this evening, to the rear of The Kop, allowing supporters the opportunity to soak up the pre-match atmosphere. 

New for this season, the FanZone has undergone a makeover courtesy of SALT Beer Factory, having debuted against Colchester United, sees a selection of the local brewery's beers available in cans from the FanZone.


Billy's Coop - located in The Morrisons Family Stand concourse - will be CLOSED for this evening's game, though will re-open on Saturday, ahead of City's visit of Walsall. 


Supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible on matchday, in order to gain admission in time for kick-off.

Home supporters will be housed in The Kop, The Morrisons Family Stand, the North West Corner and The TL Dallas Stand, with away tickets in The Bradford Lifts Stand sold out.

Turnstiles will be open from 6.30PM for home supporters, and 6.00PM for away supporters, with the following 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 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 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 Burlington Street Box Office and four near to the Bantams Bar entrance) are situated behind The Kop. 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. 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 TL DALLAS STAND (SOUTH): The The TL Dallas Stand will also be open to home supporters this evening. Access to The TL Dallas Stand will be to the left of the away turnstiles on Midland Road, in the corner of the stadium, before turning up onto Holywell Ash Lane. Home supporters in The TL Dallas (South) Stand are reminded that no alcohol can be served in here whatsoever. Wheelchair-bound supporters are advised to avoid climbing up Holywell Ash Lane, and instead approach down the hill from South Parade. They can they access the stadium through Gate SB, on the left-hand side. 
  • AWAY SUPPORTERS: The Bradford Lifts Stand turnstiles E1-E12 on Midland Road will be open to away supporters for this game. The late gate (open until half-time) will be E6. Supporters in wheelchairs can gain access to The Bradford Lifts (East) Stand should gain access through Gate EA


When exiting the University of Bradford Stadium today, to ease congestion, supporters in the North West Corner are advised to use the stairs outside the Burlington Street Box Office.
Those in The Kop, meanwhile, are reminded you can exit through the One In A Million free school car park. This is explained visually on the below graphic.


The Bradford City Store on South Parade will be open right up until kick-off tonight, with supporters able to shop the all-new 2023/24 playing and training range.

All three of the club's 2023/24 replica kits are on sale, as well as the all-new training and leisure merchandise. 

To shop online, please CLICK HERE

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


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 (£4.20), cheese burger (£4.60), chicken burger and hot dog (halal, £4.60), as well as some tasty, more recent introductions, including the popular Southern Fried Chicken Wrap (£4.15), Chicken Tikka Panini (£3.95), Ham and Cheese Panini, samosas and bhajis (£2.50) and Pepperoni and Margherita Pizza Twist (£4.00), 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 £8 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 Morrisons 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 6.30pm today (6.00pm away end), when turnstiles open. 


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

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


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. 


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 outlined its stance on pyrotechnics at the University of Bradford Stadium last season, following an incident during our home match against Newport County, in a statement. This 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 last season. 

Unacceptable behaviour can be anonymously reported to the club via the confidential matchday texting service - on 07949 814243, or by emailing

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 reinforced this season, by the EFL, FA and Premier League. For full details, please CLICK HERE


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 full first-time visitors guide, please CLICK HERE

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

To purchase your ticket for the game - RIGHT UP UNTIL KICK-OFF - please CLICK HERE. 

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

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