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AWAY DAY GUIDE: HARROGATE v CITY

23 March 2024

Match Previews

AWAY DAY GUIDE: HARROGATE v CITY

23 March 2024

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The Bantams make the short trip to North Yorkshire this afternoon, to contest a 1.00pm clash with Harrogate Town in Sky Bet League Two.

We have created an Away Day Guide to give you all the important information you need to know heading into the encounter.

STADIUM ADDRESS

EnviroVent Stadium

Wetherby Road

Harrogate

North Yorkshire

HG2 7SA

ABOUT THE GROUND

The EnviroVent Stadium, more commonly known as Wetherby Road, has been inhabited by Harrogate Town since 1920 after their move from Starbeck Lane.

As Harrogate had never previously been a part of the EFL, Wetherby Road had to undergo significant renovations upon their promotion.

The stadium had previously boasted an artificial pitch, which is not permitted under EFL restrictions, forcing Town to replace the surface with grass.

Similarly, Wetherby Road was renovated to meet the required 5,000 capacity under EFL law, with Harrogate made to temporarily play home games at Doncaster Rovers’ Eco-Power Stadium.

TICKETS

City supporters are reminded that tickets for this afternoon’s clash are completely SOLD OUT.

A total of 1,000 City supporters will travel to Wetherby Road, split across the Barclay LED Solutions Stand (seated and standing) and the PIB Insurance Stand (standing). 

Any uncollected tickets can be picked up from the Away Cabin next to the South Turnstile at Wetherby Road, though tickets will not be on sale on the day. 

Harrogate will be carrying out checks on all tickets purchased. Any City fans who purchase tickets in the home end will have them cancelled with no refunds issued.

CAR PARKING

The EnviroVent Stadium does not have parking facilities on the premises, but street parking is available in the vicinity.

Local restrictions apply on the streets surrounding the EnviroVent, but the subsequent streets are accessible.

Supporters are reminded to be mindful of residents when parking.

Alternative parking is available at Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate, charged at £6 for the day. Payment is to be made at the hotel reception desk.

The hotel is located 0.6 miles away (HG1 5AH), a 15-minute walk from the EnviroVent Stadium.

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS

To drink:

The nearest pub is the Woodlands, which is a short distance down the A661 Wetherby Road away from town.

A 10-minute walk in the opposite direction along Wetherby Road is the Empress, which also offers food.

Just off Platform One at Harrogate train station is the Harrogate Tap, which has up to 11 real ales on offer.

Harrogate town centre is a 20-minute walk away from the ground, where there are plenty of pubs to be found including the Winter Gardens on Royal Baths Road, which is a Wetherspoons outlet. 

To eat:

Kiosks are dotted around the ground where ‘traditional matchday’ food is available, such as pies and burgers.

GETTING THERE

By car:

Take the A658 and follow Harrogate Road.

When you reach the A61 roundabout, take the second exit onto John Metcalf Way.

At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Wetherby Road and follow it until you see The EnviroVent.

By train:

The nearest station to the ground is Hornbeam Park Station which is roughly a 25-minute walk away from the ground – HG1 1TE (1.1 Miles)

By bus:

The bus station is located next to the main train station in Harrogate.

The No.7 bus goes directly from the station to the EnviroVent.

PYROTECHNICS AND 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 last season, following incident during our home match against Newport County, and away match at Crewe Alexandra. These statements can be read HERE and HERE

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

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. 

Bradford City AFC would like to remind supporters that the strongest condemnation is employed towards discriminatory abuse, tragedy chanting, 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. 

The club reiterated its stance on this following an incident at our recent Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s. CLICK HERE to read the statement. This stance was further reiterated following a recent league game at home to AFC Wimbledon. CLICK HERE to read the full statement. 

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

WEATHER

Highs of 8°C are expected on what will be a mostly cloudy day with little chance of rain. 


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