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Matchday schedule: AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough - What's going on at the match on Saturday?

Posted: Fri 21 Apr 2017
Author: afcb.co.uk

Here's a list of what's going on before our game against Middlesbrough and what's open when for supporters joining us at Vitality Stadium

Premier League action is back at Vitality Stadium and the club wants supporters to get the best out of their matchday experience.

So, here is a schedule of what's going on around the ground in our home game of the season against Middlesbrough, our designated Kick It Out game this season.

9am TICKET OFFICE OPEN
Supporters looking to collect their Boro tickets or buy tickets for the Stoke City or Burnley games at home can do so from 9am. Supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible if collecting Boro tickets.

9am SOUTH STAND CAR PARK OPENS
It's just £1 to park in the South Stand car park, but please do be aware that it does fill up usually 75 minutes before kick-off and it will generally take half an hour to clear post-match. We will keep you updated across our social media channels as to when the car park is full.

Open from 12.30pm, free parking is available at Harewood College. The car park will be manned by a steward until kick off and the postcode is BH7 6NZ - around a 10 minute, level walk across the park.

Another good alternative is the Sovereign Shopping Centre car park, which has 24 hour access and is approximately a ten minute walk to the ground.

The post code for Sovereign car park is BH1 4SX and the cost is just £2 for 4 hours parking.

Both Harewood and Sovereign Centre parking have the advantage of missing out on the post-match congestion around the ground. 

Wherever you plan to park please can you be respectful of our neighbours, do not park on corners or across driveways and adhere to parking restrictions.  Local residents do have direct access to local authority parking attendants and police to report infringements.

9am CLUB SUPERSTORE OPEN
The club superstore opens from 9am where supporters can still make the most of the sale on all of our replica kit, which is currently 50% off.

12pm NORTH STAND FOOD KIOSK OPEN
The north stand food kiosk opens for hot food, cold and hot drinks up until kick-off.  The kiosk will be stocking our full range of hot food, including our homemade pies and you should definitely try the burgers – made by our butcher to our own recipe and including our own, secret recipe sauce. 

12pm  1910 BAR OPENS 
Want a drink or food before the game? The 1910 bar is open for home supporters and is located next to the press entrance in the CoreTX main stand. Please present your season ticket or match ticket upon entry.

12.30pm JUNIOR FANZONE OPENS
The Junior Fanzone returns can be found in the concourse under the Broomhill Garden Buildings Family Stand and will be open before every Saturday home game.

Youngsters up to the age of 16 will be able enjoy a variety of pre-match entertainment including balloon artists, face painting and XBOX, as well as games, activities and competitions.

Players and Cherry Bear will also make regular appearances in the build-up to kick-off. There will also be our Kick It Out banner hanging up which our young supporters can sign and take photos with as we continue to show our support for equality within football.

12.30pm DC LOUNGE OPENS
The DC Lounge, located within the East Stand, offers the opportunity for home and away disabled supporters to meet before the game, purchase a matchday programme and enjoy refreshments.  

There is also a matchday quiz so fans can pit their wits against each other and team sheets get delivered approximately half an hour before kick-off too. 

1pm MATCHDAY DRAW TICKETS ON SALE 
Make sure you get your Cherries Community Draw tickets– not only do you get the chance to win great cash prizes, but, as the proceeds go to the Cherries Community Fund to support local projects. You have the opportunity to positively affect the lives of people in your own community. For more info on the Cherries Community Fund, click here.

2pm TURNSTILES OPEN
Supporters can take their seats in the ground from 2pm.

2pm TEAM NEWS
An hour before kick-off, Eddie Howe's side will be announced for the fixture. Be the first to see it on the club's official Twitter page and official Facebook page, as well as afcb.co.uk.

2.15pm PRE-MATCH ENTERTAINMENT
Our pre-match entertainment will begin, with interviews with players, montages on the big screen much more taking place around pitchside.

2.20pm TEAM WARM-UP
Watch the teams go through their paces on the pitch in Kick It Out t-shirts to help support the message that discrimination in football is wrong.

2.55pm UGO EHIOGU REMEMBERED
The club have received Premier League approval to wear black armbands and also take part in a minute’s applause to remember former Boro and England defender Ugo Ehiogu who has sadly passed away. 

3pm KICK OFF
The Cherries kick off against Steve Agnew’s side.