Green Army

Return to Stadium Guide

After a long 18 months, we are delighted to welcome the Green Army back to Home Park for the upcoming season.

As outlined by the prime minister’s announcement on Monday, 12 June, all seating restrictions have been lifted for the 21/22 campaign, and the prospect of sharing the Theatre of Greens with our supporters after such a difficult 18 months is tremendously exciting.

Understandably, supporters may have concerns or queries regarding the match-day experience given the current landscape, and we are keen to reassure fans that we will continue to place welfare of our supporters, players, and staff at the centre of our thinking at Home Park.

While face coverings are no longer mandatory at events such as football matches, club staff across departments will continue to wear them for the duration of match-day.

Our stewarding and safety team will be asked to return negative lateral flow tests before arriving at Home Park for duties, while double-vaccinated stewards will be prioritised for working wherever possible.

In addition, our safety team will operate in bubbles, ensuring we have coverage in the event that a positive COVID test requires members of our safety team to isolate and miss home fixtures. On the turnstiles, staff will either wear face coverings, or visors.

These are temporary, but ongoing, measures, and we have taken the decision to operate this way in consultation with the local authority and Safety Advisory Group.

Despite the changes to government guidance on coronavirus, we will continue to encourage all supporters in attendance to wear a face covering while traversing through turnstiles, concourses and enclosed spaces. These can be removed once in the stadium bowl and seated.

While this is not a condition of entry, we ask those attending the stadium to consider the health of fellow supporters, as well as Argyle staff, all of whom will be wearing face coverings for supporters’ benefit, when deciding whether or not to comply with this request. As per government guidance, supporters are reminded to try and remain in their social bubbles wherever possible.

We would also ask all supporters to consider taking a COVID-19 lateral flow test before attending Home Park – these can be ordered online here. Again, while this is not a condition of entry, club staff are committed to undertaking regular tests to ensure that we play our part in making Argyle matches as safe an environment as possible for our supporters. We ask that our fans contribute to this effort.

Concession kiosks will be open, serving a range of food and beverages. Meanwhile, toilet facilities will continue to operate with a one-way system. In order to avoid large queues at peak times (e.g half-time), we advise supporters to plan ahead for toilet breaks, using facilities when they are likely to be less busy.

The Argyle Superstore will take the same approach, with retail staff wearing face coverings. However, the capacity of the Superstore will be raised to a maximum of 30 supporters at any one time.

Supporters are allocated specific turnstiles to support orderly and safe entry into Home Park – we ask that you attend the turnstile allocated on your ticket, and that you arrive in plenty of time.

We are keen to reiterate that the above considerations are not conditions of entry, and will not be enforced by our match-day operations team. However, we do consider it our duty to provide the safest possible environment for supporters returning to watch Argyle, and we ask supporters to contribute towards this goal by following guidance.

Supporters should be prepared to be searched by our security team as they enter the stadium. The club will ensure that any searches are undertaken by security members of the same gender.

As with all major sporting events, bringing bags to the stadium is actively discouraged. However, fans arriving at Home Park with a small personal bag (for example, medical bags or handbags) capable of being stowed under seats is permitted. Please note, supporters should expect this to be searched before entry. 

We ask that supporters arrive in plenty of time to avoid queues forming as kick-off approaches.

We are determined to ensure that your match-day experience is as good as it can possibly be. As such, we welcome all supporter feedback from your visit to Home Park. Please email feedback@pafc.co.uk with any comments on your match-day experience.

With the news that capacity restrictions have been lifted, supporters can purchase their season tickets, flexi tickets or individual match tickets in confidence that they will once again be able to enjoy watching the Greens from their regular seats in 21/22.

If you have not yet purchased yours for the upcoming campaign at Home Park, you can do so by clicking here, visiting the Home Park Ticket Office, or calling 01752 907700.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Theatre of Greens.

Our Supporters' Code of Conduct is now available to read by clicking here. Please take time to read it before visiting Home Park.

STADIUM, SAFETY AND COVID-19 FAQs:

Will I be searched upon entry to the stadium?

Supporters can expect to be searched by our security team as they enter the stadium, but our safety team will ensure that this is as comfortable and non-invasive as possible.

The club will ensure that any searches are undertaken by security members of the same gender.

What can I bring into the stadium with me?

Bringing bags to the stadium is actively discouraged. However, fans arriving at Home Park with a small personal bag (for example, medical bags or handbags) capable of being stowed under seats is permitted. Please note, supporters should expect this to be searched before entry. 

Do I have to wear a face covering?

Despite the changes to government guidance on coronavirus, we will continue to encourage all supporters in attendance to wear a face covering while traversing through turnstiles, concourses and enclosed spaces. These can be removed once in the stadium bowl and seated.

While this is not a condition of entry, we ask those attending the stadium to consider the health of fellow supporters, as well as Argyle staff, all of whom will be wearing face coverings for supporters’ benefit, when deciding whether or not to comply with this request. As per government guidance, supporters are reminded to try and remain in their social bubbles wherever possible.

When do gates open?

Turnstiles open from 90 minutes before the fixture, with one turnstile (in the Lyndhurst Road Stand) permitting late entry up until half-time.
 

Which gate do I enter?

Supporters' entry gate will be provided on their match tickets. However, should a neighbouring turnstile have a small queue, supporters are permitted to use those turnstiles instead.

Please note, however, that you must enter a turnstile within the stand that you have tickets for, as supporters are not permitted to transit between stands.

Please arrive in plenty of time to ensure that you do not miss kick-off.

Can I stand pitch-side before, during or after the game?

Supporters are advised that they cannot congregate near the advertising hoardings pitch-side at Home Park, for safety and accessibility reasons.

Our stadium stewarding team will ask any supporters loitering in these areas to return to their seat, or to the concourses.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test to enter?

Supporters, particularly those who are not yet double vaccinated, are asked to consider taking a lateral flow test before their visit to Home Park, but it is not a condition of entry.

Staff at the club are doing everything they can to mitigate risks and protect everyone inside the stadium, including wearing face coverings as standard, and applying best practice.

We ask that guests play their part.

Do I need to be vaccinated to enter the stadium, and will the club be operating a vaccine passport scheme?

At present, there is no requirement for supporters to be vaccinated to attend sporting stadiums, but government and local authority guidance on this may change.

While being vaccinated is not a condition of entry, the club encourages all supporters eligible for a vaccine to get one - you can even do so at the Theatre of Greens!

Why do you reference the Counter Terrorism Unit, and is there a threat associated with Home Park?

Since the Manchester Arena bombing of 2017, a significant number of extra precautions and safety measures have been required of organisations hosting large gatherings in confined places.

A number of the additional security checks experienced by supporters are as a result of these checks.

The club has received no information from authorities to suggest there is any heightened risk at Home Park, but these procedures are now commonplace in sporting arenas across the UK.  

Why do other clubs not do this?

Other EFL and Premier League clubs operate to the same guidance as we do.

In line with our Vision and Values, we are being transparent about supporters' entry process and security checks in the stadium, so it is possible that supporters hear about this process from us more than they do when visiting other venues.