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Match Previews

MATCHDAY GUIDE: CITY v DONCASTER

30 January 2024

Match Previews

MATCHDAY GUIDE: CITY v DONCASTER

30 January 2024

- Tickets available until kick-off, from Burlington Street Box Office and online
- LIVE on iFollow - £10 video match pass
- No matchday draw or Penny Appeal Food Truck 
- FanZone OPEN, City Hub, Billy's Coop CLOSED
- First Bus discounted matchday travel - Bradford Interchange CLOSED

City look to book their place in the Semi-Finals of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy for the first time in history this evening, welcoming Doncaster Rovers to the University of Bradford Stadium (7.30pm). 

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

Firstly, a warm welcome to our Big Match Sponsor, Bingley Bantams!

TICKETS

PLEASE NOTE: Supporters are reminded that Under-14s are not admitted into the University of Bradford Stadium unless they are accompanied by a paying Adult or Senior (24+). 

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. 

Tickets are available for just £10 (Adult), right up until kick-off. 

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.

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

To purchase your ticket, please CLICK HERE.

iFOLLOW

iFollow video match passes are available ahead of the clash, for those unable to make it to Valley Parade. 

On sale for just £10, the pass will enable supporters in the UK to tune in for all the pre-match build-up, before enjoying all the action alongside live commentary provided by BBC Radio Leeds' Jamie Raynor and former Bantam Mark Bower.

Supporters are reminded that 100 per-cent of monies generated through the sale of iFollow video match passes for this fixture will be directed straight to Bradford City AFC. 

To purchase a video match pass, please CLICK HERE

MATCHDAY DRAW

This season's all-new matchday draw will not be run this evening, though will return on Saturday when the Bantams host AFC Wimbledon. 

FANZONE

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 when we played our first home game of the season against Colchester United, and sees a selection of the local brewery's beers available in cans from the FanZone.

CITY HUB CAFE

The Community Foundation's City Hub cafe - in the old City Shop on Valley Parade - will be closed today, but remains open on non-matchday weekdays between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

BILLY'S COOP

Billy's Coop - located in The Morrisons Family Stand concourse - will be CLOSED for this evening's game, though will return on Saturday ahead of our home game against AFC Wimbledon. 

PENNY APPEAL FOOD TRUCK

Our all-new free food provision in partnership with Bradford City Community Foundation and main club partner Penny Appeal WILL NOT be present at tonight's game, and only features on Saturday home matchdays. 

It will return after our home game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. 

FIRST BUS MATCHDAY TRAVEL

Our friends at First Bus across West Yorkshire are once again offering discounted matchday travel to the University of Bradford Stadium, exclusively via their app.

Supporters can bag unlimited travel all day for just £3 with the code BANTAMSMATCH. 

Details on how to redeem the offer can be viewed on First Bus' website, by CLICKING HERE

PLEASE NOTE: Bradford Interchange station is closed until further notice, as a result of storm damage. Bus services will be using alternate stops in Bradford City Centre. CLICK HERE to read full details. 

How to purchase your discounted ticket:

  • Step 1 - Download the First Bus App
  • Step 2 - Head to the 'Tickets' tab and select 'Buy'
  • Step 3 - Check your area is 'Bradford'
  • Step 4 - Click into 'Promotions' and choose 'Match Day - Bradford' 
  • Step 5 - Enter the promo code 'BANTAMSMATCH' and buy your ticket(s)
  • Step 6 - Activate your ticket(s) before you travel

PLEASE NOTE: The promo code is only valid to use on home matchdays. 

TURNSTILES & ENTRY

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 on an unreserved basis in the lower tiers of The Morrisons Family Stand and The Kop, with travelling Doncaster fans in blocks F and G of The Bradford Lifts Stand. Turnstiles will be open from 6.00PM. 

  • 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.  
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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. 

BRADFORD CITY STORE 

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

To shop online, 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 (£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.  

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 6.00pm 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 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.

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 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

The club reiterated this stance on pyrotechnics and crowd disorder after incidents at December's away game against Doncaster Rovers. CLICK HERE to read the statement. 

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. Tragedy chanting and discriminatory abuse of any kind is not tolerated. The club outlined its stance on this following an incident at this season's Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s. CLICK HERE to read the statement.  

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 reportdiscrimination@bradfordcityafc.com

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

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 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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