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Tom Tainton


Posted Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Gate Guide: Doncaster Knights

Bristol Rugby will celebrate promotion to the Premiership when Doncaster Knights visit Ashton Gate on Friday (7.45pm KO).

  • 4pm: Sports Bar opens its doors to supporters
  • 5pm: Ashton Gate ticket office opens
  • 5.45pm: Thirty-man choir playing in Fan Village
  • 6.15pm: Turnstiles open
  • 6.15pm: Rascals performing on Fan Village stage
  • 7.45pm: Kick-off
  • 8.25pm: Steve Lansdown to address the crowd from pitch at half-time
  • 8.30pm: Rascals performing on Fan Village stage
  • 9.20pm: Full-time
  • 9.30pm: Trophy presentation on pitch, plus departing player presentation
  • 9.35pm-10.30pm: Rascals performing on Fan Village stage
  • 10pm: Choir performing in the concourse
  • 10.30pm: Hooper live set on the clubhouse stage (indoor)
  • 10.35-11.30pm: Live interviews with players and coaches on stage, plus Supporters Club awards

Here’s a guide of what to expect if you’re heading to Ashton Gate.


The South Stand, Dolman Stand and Lansdown Stand will be open for all supporters.

The Atyeo Stand will not be open on rugby matchdays. Turnstiles will be open from 6.15pm.

There will be walking sport demos in basketball, badminton and netball in the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation Fanzone, with an opportunity for supporters to take part.

We would like to urge our supporters not to enter onto the pitch at full-time, so that the trophy celebration can take place.


A large walk up is expected on Friday, with close to 10,500 tickets sold so far.

The match is pay on the day, with tickets also available online and over the phone. To purchase on the day, call Supporter Services between 9am-5pm, or visit the Matchday Ticket Office - adjacent to the Atyeo statue - from 5pm.

The complimentary ticket offer to Bristol City FC season card holders ends at 5pm, with the offer only available on the phone and online.


The Bristol Rugby shuttle bus, in conjunction with First Bus, will be running as usual on Friday.

For full information about travel, click here.


The Fan Village will be in operation, with a raft of food and drink outlets available. The Sports Bar will open its doors to supporters from 4pm, while Doughballers Pizzeria is open from 12pm. There will be live music before, and half-time and after the game, including a stage in the concourse, as Ashton Gate welcomes supporters for the promotion party.


The Store at Ashton Gate will open from 9am.To celebrate our promotion party, we're offering 'buy one, get one free' on ALL rugby products between Monday, April 9th and Friday, April 13th.

For the entire week (until store closing after the Doncaster Knights clash) supporters can take advantage of this fantastic deal in store only.


A post-match area, in the concourse area connected to the Sports Bar, will be open after the final whistle as a place to mingle, as well as meet players and coaches. There will be a stage with live entertainment, supporters club awards, as well as Q&As with coaches and players following the game.


The matchday programme will be on sale around the ground, as well as from the matchday ticket office and the food and drink concession stands inside the stadium, following feedback from supporters.

As well as the usual selling points, programmes will be available for purchase in S2, S3 and D1 concessions. 


Ashton Gate Stadium asks supporters not to bring large rucksacks on matchdays, following advice from the National Counter Terrorism Office and Avon and Somerset Police.

Fans will still be able to bring smaller handbags into the stadium, although these will be subject to the usual search process.

An Ashton Gate spokesman said: “The searching process will always be subject to change and whilst there is no specific threat to any Sports Ground, we must ensure that we remain vigilant and the message to spectators is to ‘Be Alert not Alarmed’.”

If larger bags are brought to the stadium, they will be subject to a thorough search, with a bag and tag procedure in place.