Information and FAQs about Saturday's opening game of the season
Ahead of Saturday's opening Sky Bet League 2 fixture of 2014/15 at The Lamex Stadium (3pm), here is all the essential information you need in our Hartlepool Match Pack:
Tickets will be available on the cash turnstiles on Saturday at Category B prices, ranging from £4 to £18 in the terraces and from £8 to £22 in the seats. Click here for all the ticket prices and look for the Category B match day columns.
Tickets ordered online for collection can be picked up from the ticket office, adjacent to the Club Shop, from midday on Saturday.
Any fans wishing to use "Bring a Friend" vouchers are reminded these are only available to sort in advance of a match day in the Club Shop and cannot be redeemed on a match day.
Season tickets remain available to purchase and fans can also apply for a Supporter Loyalty Card (giving them some exclusive benefits) by filling in this application form and returning to the Club Shop on Saturday.
Free match day parking for 500 cars is available to fans at Fairlands Valley car park to the north of the ground. 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 do not park on the grass verges alongside the A602 as your vehicle is likely to be ticketed by the local authorities.
Please also do not park in the adjacent Roaring Meg retail park. Parking is restricted to 90 minutes on a Saturday match day, which come in to effect two hours before kick-off. Anyone exceeding this time limit could face a £100 fine. More recently a new trial has been announced which allows free match parking at Roaring Meg for midweek games, however this does not apply for Saturday fixtures.
Pre-Match Food & Drink
The Broadhall Suite will be open to home and away fans and 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 fans can also enjoy the early Sky Bet League 1 kick-off between Sheffield United and Bristol City (12.15pm KO).
The current forecast suggests a sunny day for Stevenage with the occasional cloudy period. The temperature at 3pm is expected to be around 21 degrees.
Some of the key timings for Saturday:
Midday – Shop, ticket office and Broadhall Suite all open
1.45pm - Turnstiles open
2.15pm (approx) - Team news announced
3.00pm – Kick-off - Stevenage v Hartlepool United
3.45pm (approx) – Half time - 50/50 draw winners announced, STS Tyre Pro Challenge
5pm (approx) – Full time
Not going to the match?
Boro Player commentary with Steve Watkins and Dean Thompson will be available for this game so make sure you sign up today if you haven't done so already. 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 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
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 on Saturday, giving you the opportunity to buy club merchandise, including the new home and away shirts which have been flying off the shelves priced at £39.99 (adults) and £29.99 (youth) and lots more. The ticket office will be open from midday, allowing fans to collect pre-booked tickets and purchase tickets for upcoming home games against Watford (COC1) and Wycombe and away games at Southend and Plymouth Argyle.
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 Main (West) Stand (seats) need to enter through Gates 2-4 to the north of the ground or Gate 21 to the south. Season ticket holders can enter through Gate 1.
- 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 10-12 (to the north of the ground) or Gates 13-16 underneath the centre of the East Terrace. Season ticket holders can enter through Gate 9.
- Hartlepool United fans will be situated in the South Stand (seats), accessible through Gates 17-19.
- 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 brand new match day 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 under new management for 14/15 which offer freshly prepared baguettes, home-made pies, cheesy chips; burgers, sausages and bacon sourced from local butchers; muffins, cupcakes, sweets and 99% fat free Schmoo milkshakes which are ideal for kids and adults alike! Please see an example of one of our menus below...
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.
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 for 2014/15 here.
Q. When is Stevenage's next home game?
A. Stevenage's next home fixture is this Tuesday 12th August in the Capital One Cup against Watford. You can buy upto five U18 tickets for just £1 with every full paying adult (only in advance), so book your tickets online here now!