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MATCH PACK: COLCHESTER

11 April 2014

Information and FAQs about Saturday's game

Ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 tie against Colchester at The Lamex Stadium (3.07pm*), here is all the essential information you need in our Colchester United Match Pack:

Tickets
This is a Category B game so match day prices range from FREE to £18 in the terraces and from £8 to £22 in the seats. Remember if you buy in advance online or in person (by 4pm the day prior to a game) you can save money by buying at ‘in advance’ prices.

Match Preview
Read our match preview of Saturday's big game HERE.

Kick-off time alteration in Hillsborough tribute (*)
This Sky Bet League 1 game against Colchester United on Saturday 12th April will kick-off at 3.07pm. As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989, all Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled. There will also be a minute's silence observed at 3.06pm. For more details click here.

Parking
Please note there is no match day parking available at Fairlands Valley car park on Saturday due to the continued presence of the fairground. Please do not park on the grass verges alongside the A602 as your vehicle is likely to be ticketed by the local authorities. 

Parking is available in any of the town centre car parks, which are just a 15-20 minute walk to The Lamex. Parking is available in nearby residential streets but we ask fans to be considerate with their parking and not to block driveways and cause inconvenience for local residents

Please also do not park in the adjacent Roaring Meg retail park. New parking rules imposed last year by the Roaring Meg management restrict parking to 90 minutes on a match day, which come in to effect two hours before kick-off. Anyone exceeding this time limit could face a £100 fine. 

Pre-Match Food & Drink
The Broadhall Suite is the perfect place to relax and enjoy bar snacks, food and drink on a match day. Located in the south-east corner of the ground, just past the away turnstiles, it's easily accessible for all supporters. Doors open at midday and the early Championship kick-off between QPR and Nottingham Forest kicks-off at 12.15pm. Then from 12.30pm until 2pm Stevenage and Colchester fans will be able to enjoy a 175ml glass of house wine or a pint of Fosters, IPA or Stella for just £2.50 in "90 Minute Madness". The bar is also open post-match for you to discuss the afternoon's action over another drink or two!

Weather
The current forecast suggests a dry and bright day for Saturday.  Temperature at kick-off is forecast to be around 11 degrees.

Timeline
Some of the key timings for Saturday:
 
Midday – Shop, ticket office and Broadhall Suite all open
12.15pm - QPR v Nottingham Forest kick-offs on the Broadhall Suite TVs
12.30pm - Start of "90 Minute Madness"
1.45pm - Turnstiles open
2.15pm (approx) - Team news announced
2.45pm - The Community Countdown Challenge with participants from Saturday's Match Day Package
3.06pm - A minute's silence will be observed in memory of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster
3.07pm – Kick-off - Stevenage v Colchester United
3.52pm (approx) – Half time. The STS Tyre Pros “Through the Tyre” Challenge and 50/50 draw results
5pm (approx) – Full time. The shop and Broadhall Suite reopens.
 
Not going to the match?
Listen to live commentary on Boro Player. Alternatively you can follow our match feed on Twitter @stevenagefc or follow our Facebook updates.
 
Stevenage FC FAQs
  
Q. How do I get to The Lamex?
A. Stevenage is easily accessible from locations around the country with The Lamex Stadium also simple to find once you're here. (Click here to download a copy of the below map)
 


By Car (postcode is SG2 8RH)
- Leave A1(M) at Junction 7 and head into Stevenage. 
- Cross over first roundabout (2nd exit) 
- Cross over second roundabout (2nd exit) and free parking (500 spaces) is available on your left at Fairlands Valley car park. The ground will be on your right. 
- See above for parking options
 
By Rail
Stevenage train station is on the East Coast main line and has regular services running between the capital and the north. First Capital Connect trains run between London Kings Cross (from 25 mins) and Peterborough (50 mins). Many East Coast mainline services also stop at Stevenage providing travel options between London, Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
 
On arrival at the station you then have two options to continue your journey to The Lamex:
 
By Taxi: A taxi will take five minutes and cost approximately £5. Turn left out of the ticket barriers, take the next left down stairs and the taxi rank is immediately on your left.
 
By Foot: The train station is approximately one mile from the ground and is easily accessible using the town's footpaths and pedestrian underpasses. Turn left out of the ticket barriers and take the next stairs on the right, prior to the bridge. Head along the A602, Lytton Way, with the railway and car parks on your right hand side. At the roundabout with Stevenage police station, take the second exit into Six Hills Way. At the next roundabout take the third exit (right) continuing along the A602 Monkswood Road, passing Asda on your right and North Herts College. After about 1/2 a mile you will arrive at a roundabout and The Lamex will be directly in front of you.
 
Q. What time is the club shop and ticket office open?
A. The club shop will be open from 12pm to 3pm  tomorrow, giving you the opportunity to buy club merchandise and pick up your ticket if you're yet to do so. Remember the club shop is holding a sale on all replica shirts meaning you can pick up any remaining home shirt or goalkeeper top for just £14.99.The club shop will also be open for 30-45 minutes after the final whistle. The ticket office will be open from midday, allowing fans to collect pre-booked tickets and purchase tickets for next Friday evening's game at Sheffield United.

Once inside the ground, fans in the East Terrace will also have the chance to buy official club merchandise from the Supporters Association hut there.
 
Q. What time will the gates open?
A. All turnstiles will open from 1.45pm.
 
Q. Where do I enter the ground?
A. Where to enter the stadium depends on your ticket. Find your correct gate below and then click on the link beneath to download a copy of our stadium map.
 
- Home fans in the West Stand (seats) need to enter through Gates 1-4 to the north of the ground or Gate 21 to the south.
- Home fans in the North Terrace (standing) need to enter through Gates 5-8.
- Home fans in the East Terrace (standing) need to enter through Gates 9-12 (to the north of the ground) or Gates 13-16 underneath the centre of the East Terrace.
- Colchester United fans in the South Stand (seats) need to enter through Gates 17-20.
- Press and scouts are required to collect passes from the Executive Suite underneath the South (away) Stand
- Corporate hospitality guests will enter the stadium through the Directors & Hospitality entrance.


Click here to download a copy of our stadium map.
 
Q. How much is a programme?
A. Priced at £3, our programme will be available around the stadium on Saturday and features the usual round-up of news, fun features and information.
 
Q. Is there food available inside the ground?
A. Yes, all four stands have tea bars which offer a range of food, snacks, drinks and healthy options for adults and children alike. Please see an example of one of our menus below...



Q. Can I buy anything else other than food, drink and merchandise at the ground?
A. Want to be in with a chance of leaving The Lamex with some money? Then make sure you take part in the Supporters Association 50/50 draw. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from the 50/50 girls around the ground. Half the money raised at each game goes to one lucky winner – so make sure you’re in it to win it. Simply listen out for the draw which is made at half-time or keep an eye on the scoreboard for the results.
 


Q. How will I know where to find the nearest tea bar, toilets etc?
A. The easiest way to find the nearest tea bar, toilets and exit is by following the arrows on our pitchside gate signs (see below), at the front of each stand. Alternatively you can ask a steward.



Q. What if I have questions on the day?
A. If you have any questions during your visit then please don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly stewards. They’ll be able to help you out with any queries – no matter how little – from finding your seat to pointing you in the right direction for the nearest toilets, tea bars etc.


 
Other Questions
 
Q. If I have a brilliant experience and want to come again, where can I buy tickets for future matches?
A. There are four ways you can buy tickets at The Lamex Stadium:
 
1) Online at www.borotickets.co.uk
2) In person from the club shop.
3) From the ticket office on the day of a game (open from midday for a Saturday home match and from 5pm for a midweek home match). This is also where tickets bought online for collection can be collected from. 
4) On the turnstiles on the day of the game
 
Q. Where can I find Stevenage FC's fixtures?
A. You can find our fixture list here.
 
Q. When is Stevenage's next home game?
A. Boro are back at home on Easter Monday (21st April) when Bristol City are our visitors. Book your tickets online here now!

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