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Matchday schedule: AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal

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AFC Bournemouth’s home game is with Arsenal on Sunday, with the game kicking off at 1.30pm.

With that in mind there are some changes to our usual opening times, and it’s also our Gully’s Place dedicated fixture.

As ever, please arrive, as there will be 100% searches of all supporters.

9am TICKET OFFICE OPEN

Supporters can collect their tickets for the Arsenal game from 9am at one of the collection windows.

Tickets are also on sale for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup quarter final (1+ Cup point) and Manchester City away (general sale.)

The ticket office stays open 20 minutes after the final whistle.

10am SUPERSTORE OPEN

Come and take a look at our special Black Friday offer, voted for by the fans on social media!

Home shirts are now reduced to £35, with kids shirts just £25. Get some early Christmas presents before kick-off, or come and visit afterwards as the superstore will also remain open 20 minutes after the final whistle.

10am CAR PARK OPEN

The South Stand car park, behind the stadium, costs just £1 to park; it does fill up roughly 75 minutes to kick-off, so arrive early and be aware it may take up to 45 minutes to clear.

For free parking just a 10-minute walk from the ground, Harewood College is open from 10.00am - here’s a link on google maps.

Alternative parking can be found at Sovereign Shopping Centre for £2 for four hours or £4 for 24 hours – here is a link on google maps.

If you choose to park elsewhere, please respect local residents and relevant parking restrictions.

11am JUNIOR FANZONE REOPENS

The club’s Junior Fanzone returns and is open with a brand-new look for everyone to enjoy!

From Xbox Ones, to table tennis and to the new strikezone wall, the fanzone is open from 11am-12.30pm so take a look and enjoy the brand new fanzone for kids.

11am 1910 BAR OPEN

This is located next to the media entrance in the Vitality Main Stand and is for home supporters only.

This bar is a great place to meet prior to the game but it does get busy, so bear this in mind before arriving.

Hot food and drinks are available.

11am GREAT ESCAPE BAR OPEN

The Great Escape is a good alternative outdoors and is located close to the Superstore.

Hot food and drinks are also available and just present your match ticket to get entry.

10.30am NORTH STAND KIOSK

Available prior to turnstiles opening for a wide range of hot food and soft/hot drinks – try our home made pies – they’re very tasty.

11am DC LOUNGE OPEN

This is open to both home and visiting disabled supporters pre-match and is based on the ground floor and first floor of the Vitality East Stand – where supporters can pit their wits in a Cherries quiz prior to kick-off.

12pm TURNSTILES OPEN

Supporters can take their seats from 11am and please bear in mind that for supporters’ own safety, there will be 100% searches of every single supporter as well as bag searching/tagging.

Please don’t bring a bag unless you absolutely need to and ensure you arrive at least one hour minutes prior to kick-off to avoid delays on the A338.

The new Bournemouth Foodbank point will be present at every matchday until the end of the season and is located just outside the

Superstore entrance for donations of non-perishable foods and sanitary items. Please do try to bring something with you each game to help support our supporters’ chosen charity for 2018/19.

Get inside the ground early to make the most of the pre-match combo, which is a pie/burger and a pint for £5 (note no alcohol in South Stand). You can have a soft drink instead around the ground for £4 for the bundle, both available up to half an hour before kick-off

The Junior Cherries meal deal is also available throughout - it’s great value at just £2.50 when you present your JC membership card.

12.30pm PRE MATCH

If you are inside the ground 45 minutes prior to kick-off you will be automatically entered into a draw to win a signed shirt from our last Man of the Match winner.

Gully’s Place will also have a presence at the game, they are our Junior Cherries’ Charity of the Year – developed by Poole Hospital, they give support to children and their families who unfortunately have terminal illnesses.

Look out for Gully Bear and make sure to say hello to show your support.

1.30pm KICK-OFF

We’re the early Sunday kick-off in the Premier League this weekend, so we get underway at 1.30pm!

TRAVEL AND STADIUM NOTES

The club has funded and Bournemouth Council have managed works to improve both the path at the south of the stadium and the installation of a gateway from the south car park into the lorry car park.

The path, which runs alongside the south car park, used to become very boggy during wet weather and also didn’t extend to the end of the car park. These issues have both been fixed giving an even and easier to manage route for pedestrians.

By opening up the barrier post-match between the two car parks, vehicles parked in the the south car park have the option to use this route to exit via Gloucester Road, onto the A35 Christchurch Road and away from the queue along Kings Park Drive. They can either then turn right towards Boscombe or go left towards Christchurch. If drivers continue on the A35 towards Christchurch and take the left exit Castle Lane East, this will take them to the A338.

These works have been completed today and will be available for use at the Arsenal game on Sunday. We would ask drivers to be courteous with each other to ensure the car park clears as quickly as possible.

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