AFC Bournemouth welcome West Ham United to Vitality Stadium for our Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.
The game kicks off at 3:00pm and you are strongly advised to arrive early to avoid any potential queues as all supporters will be searched prior to entering the ground.
This game is dedicated to the ‘Crumbs Project’ who are our club’s official charity partner for the season. To find out more about the ‘Crumbs Project’ click here.
Here’s a list of what is open at the stadium ahead of kick-off.
9am TICKET OFFICE OPEN
Supporters can collect their tickets for the West Ham United game from 9am at one of the collection windows.
Tickets for our next home game against Chelsea are all issued but any returns will be made available to supporters with 1+ Home Cherries Priority Points from 11am on Monday 28th January.
Tickets for our home games against Wolverhampton and Manchester City are on sale as are our away matches to Cardiff City and Liverpool. For sale and points information click here.
The ticket office stays open 20 minutes after the final whistle.
9am SUPERSTORE OPEN
Visit the Superstore early to take advantage of the current offer to buy any replica home shirt and receive a £10 Superstore voucher to spend in store.
The superstore will also remain open 20 minutes after the final whistle.
9am CAR PARK OPEN
The South Stand car park, behind the stadium, costs just £1 to park; it does fill up roughly 75 minutes prior to kick-off, so arrive early and it may take up to 45 minutes to clear after the game. You can now leave via the south of the car park to exit the park along Gloucester Road and so miss the traffic along Kings Park Drive.
For free parking just a 10-minute walk from the ground, Harewood College is open from 12.30pm – 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 from google maps
If you choose to park elsewhere, please respect local residents’ driveways and relevant parking restrictions. Enforcement officers are active on matchdays.
12pm BOURNEMOUTH FOOD BANK
The 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.
12pm 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 as there may be a queue.
As well as our bar food range, you can also enjoy our bistro area with table service and a tasty variety of hot dishes, freshly prepared. There is no need to book in advance, just arrive and wait to be seated.
The 1910 is open after the game for an hour and a half for drinks and to catch up on all of the day’s scores, while allowing the traffic from the ground to ease.
12pm GREAT ESCAPE BAR OPEN
The Great Escape is a good outdoors alternative and is located outside of the Superstore. Again, available to home supporters, the bar serves a range hot food and drinks. Last orders are at 2.15pm and the bar closes 15 minutes later. It does not re-open post-match.
12pm NORTH STAND KIOSK
Available prior to turnstiles opening for a wide range of hot food and soft/hot drinks – try our homemade pies – they’re very tasty as are our special recipe burgers.
12.30pm 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, enjoy a free hot beverage and review the team sheets once available.
12.30pm FANZONE OPEN
Our popular Junior Fanzone located in the Vitality main stand and will be open from 12:30pm until just before 2pm. This area is open to all under 16 fans both home and away,. We have a variety of games and activities including the Strikezone, Xboxes and face painting. It is also a great opportunity to grab your Junior Cherries meal deal before the rush!
1.30pm TURNSTILES OPEN
Supporters can take their seats from 1.30pm excepting Gate B where entry is available from 1 hour before kick-off. 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 45 minutes prior to kick-off to avoid delays.
Get inside the ground early to make the most of the pre-match combo, which is a pie/burger and a pint for £5 (not available in the south stand). You can have a soft drink instead for £4 for the bundle and both are 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.
2pm PRE-MATCH ENTERTAINMENT
Get into your seat early and be in the running for a signed Marc Pugh shirt – man of the match at our last game. All you have to do is enter the ground 45 minutes prior to kick-off and you’re automatically entered into the prize draw.
This Saturday’s match is been dedicated to our club charity partner, the Crumbs Project. The Crumbs Project were voted as 2018/19 charity partner by club staff in the summer. 12 guests from the charity will be joining us as flagbearers on Saturday, whilst earlier this season, trainees from the Crumbs Project visited the training pavilion and cooked with our under-18s. This can be viewed here.
The under-18s are now planning a ‘bake-off’ at the Crumbs Project to raise money for the charity.
December’s Michael Matthews Jewellery Player of the Month David Brooks. This will be presented at 2.40pm on the pitch.
The nominated Fans Champion will deliver the match ball to the Premier League plinth just before kick-off so be sure to give them a big round of applause.
Our game with West Ham United gets underway, so let’s cheer the squad to three points!