Ready for Rovers

TONIGHT’S fixture is our first group game of this season’s Trophy against Bristol Rovers.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm.

The ground will be open from 6.15pm and supporters will be able to pay on the day. Tickets will be available to buy on the turnstiles.

The prices are: adult £10; over 65 £6; under 18 £3.

Devonport End Turnstiles 6 and 8 will take cash and card payments, and there are ticket-only turnstiles at 5 and 7. The late gate is Turnstile 6, which will remain open until five minutes after the second half kicks off.

For the Lyndhurst Road Stand, Turnstiles 9, 11 and 13 are cash and card, with ticket-only entrances at Turnstiles 10 and 14. The late gate is Turnstile 9.

We are opening the Devonport End and The Lyndhurst Road side up to Block 10.

Reception at Home Park is located in the Ticket Office and will also be open from 9am.

Away End Turnstile 22 will be open for cash or card payments and ticket collection.

There is free car-parking in the Outland Road Park and Ride Car Park adjacent to Home Park, but we anticipate this will fill up early. Street parking in the area is available, but please take care to note local restrictions. Our advice is to use public transport whenever possible.

All three of Argyle’s new kits will be available to purchase online and through the Argyle Superstore at Home Park.

An official Pilgrim Poster-gramme will be available to purchase from the Argyle Superstore and around the ground for the price of £2. It folds out into an A3 poster of the current first-team squad. We are unable to offer a special children’s programme for this fixture.

Before the game, we will be holding our sixth edition of our regular Crossbar Challenge, with someone selected from the crowd at every home game to step on to the pitch and attempt to hit the crossbar. As it wasn’t hit the last home game, the prize rolls over, meaning £300 is the prize awaiting the successful challenger. In the event the crossbar isn’t hit again, an extra £50 rolls over, making the prize pot for the next home game £350. The prize fund will roll over week by week until somebody hits the crossbar. We only select from seats occupied at 6.40pm – so to be in with a chance of playing the Crossbar Challenge, supporters need to be seated before then.

The food and drink kiosks inside Home Park will be offering Meal Deals throughout the day.

There will be a 50-50 Lottery half-time prize draw, with tickets available from the usual sellers.

We are asking supporters – especially those who come to Home Park early on match-days to experience our new pre-game entertainment – not to stand in the walkways between the front row of seats and the pitch-perimeter boards.  Access to seating in many areas of the ground has become something of an increasing problem, especially for our disabled supporters, so it is essential to keep those walkways clear. Stewards have been asked by the club to keep these areas clear and will, if absolutely necessary, take action to ensure all supporters are able to walk around the stadium safely, and enjoy the on-pitch activity without having their view impeded.

We have a duty of care to everyone who visits Home Park and, in keeping with our Vision and Values, we take that duty very seriously. That is why we ask all supporters to respect our requests to refrain from persistent standing. By ‘persistent’, we mean “when individuals in seated areas stand for prolonged periods of time other than for short durations during moments of excitement. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority has a legal responsibility for the issuing of licences and, if we, as a club, do not comply with the regulations, they have the power to impose large financial penalties, and, ultimately, to close Home Park.

It is a criminal offence to enter a sports ground whilst drunk and to bring alcohol into the ground. Anyone trying to enter Home Park whilst drunk will be refused entry and anyone found attempting to bring alcohol into the ground will be handed to the police. There is a three-year football banning order linked to these offences.

It is also a criminal offence to enter the field of play. Pitch incursions pose a threat to the safety of players, officials and spectators and will result in the Pilgrims being disciplined by the Football Association. Such incidents have resulted in clubs being charged and subsequently fined up to £200,000 by Regulatory Commissions.

The following articles must not be brought into the ground: knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Anyone found to be in possession of any of these articles inside the ground could face a criminal prosecution and will receive an immediate and indefinite banning order from Home Park.