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Derby Day: Everything you need to know! – Bristol Bears


Bears welcome West Country rivals Gloucester Rugby to Ashton Gate for Derby Day on Saturday, December 2nd (2pm KO) – here’s everything you need to know!

The Ticket Office by the Atyeo Statue will be open from 10.30am-2.15pm.

The Fan Village and Independence Sports Bar will open from 11am while turnstiles open at 12pm for a fun afternoon in BS3, including live music, Q&A with Players in the Bears Den, Family Area Activities with the Bears Community Foundation and much more.

DIGITAL SEASON TICKET

Season Ticket holders can gain entry to Ashton Gate on matchdays for the 2023/24 season using a Digital Season Ticket so make sure you’re prepared before arriving at the stadium.

Check out the video below or see our detailed list of FAQs to answer any of your queries.

Please note, iPhone users should follow the below steps if your Digital Season Ticket has disappeared from your Apple Wallet or is showing the incorrect game.

MATCHDAY RUNNING ORDER

Here’s your rundown of what to expect on Derby Day:

DONATE FOOD TO FARESHARE SOUTH WEST

Bristol Bears and Gloucester Rugby have teamed up with FareShare South West, a charity that works to fight food poverty and reduce food waste in the region, ahead of Saturday’s West Country derby clash at Ashton Gate.

Supporters from both clubs are encouraged to bring food donations to Ashton Gate on matchday to drop off at the FareShare South West van in the Fan Village as the two on-field rivals join forces to support their communities during the festive period.

Store-cupboard staples are welcome: tinned meat and fish, tinned fruit and veg, pasta and rice, low-sugar cereal, tinned pulses and longlife juices. No fresh food please!

RESTART RUGBY WEEKEND

This round of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches is dedicated to Restart Rugby, the official charity of The Rugby Players Association (RPA) which is dedicated to supporting professional rugby players suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship.

Restart Rugby provides financial and practical support to current and ex-players and their families during difficult times, including help with the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation equipment, mental health and disability support.

The charity will be in the Lansdown Stand concourse on Saturday, raising money and awareness for Restart’s mental health services this weekend, with supporters able to take part in a range of activities including a target throwing game and much more.

LOADED FRIES OFFER

You can get a £3 pint or free soft drink with every portion of LOADED Fries purchased in the Independence Sports Bar before kick-off on Saturday.

Supporters attending our Gallagher Premiership clash against Gloucester Rugby at Ashton Gate can take advantage of this special deal in the Independence Sports Bar from 11am until kick-off at 2pm.

Simply place your order by scanning the QR codes displayed throughout the bar, pay and wait for your phone to tell you when they are ready to collect from the kitchen hatch.

You can claim your £3 pint (Thatchers/Heineken/Guinness/IPA) or FREE soft drink (Pepsi/Tango/7UP/Water) when you collect your food from the kitchen.

BEARS DEN Q&A IN SOUTH STAND

A Bears first team player will join Downsy for another live Q&A with supporters.

They will answer supporters’ questions in the Bears Den – our new matchday Q&A stage located in the South Stand concourse – from approximately 1.45pm (subject to change).

BUY YOUR NEW HOME, AWAY OR EURO SHIRT!

Our new O’Neills 2023/24 Home Kit, Away Kit, European Kit and Training Wear range are available to buy online and in-store, so visit the Store or one of the pop-up shops in the concourse to purchase yours on matchday.

Those who purchased an Under-12 Season Ticket prior to Tuesday, 29th August will be sent an email with a personalised gift card number to redeem their shirt. Under-12 Season Ticket holders wanting to redeem a free Away or European shirt can do so if available.

The Bears poppy pin badge will also be available in the Bristol Sport Store.

GETTING TO THE GATE

CLEAN AIR ZONE – NOW LIVE

Bristol’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is now live and fans are encouraged to check whether they will be affected. Non-compliant vehicles will be charged between £9 and £100 per day to drive through the zone in central Bristol.

Although Ashton Gate itself sits just outside of the zone, some roads near the stadium are within it and thus we encourage fans to carefully plan their journey.

Full details on the CAZ including maps, a schedule of charges and a vehicle compliance checker can be found at www.cleanairforbristol.org/caz.

MATCHDAY BUS

Our matchday shuttle buses will be operating as follows:

  • AG1 Portway Park & Ride (via Portway) – approx. every 12 minutes
  • AG2 Brislington Park & Ride (direct service) – approx. every 20 minutes
  • AG3 Temple Meads (via Broadmead and the centre) – approx. 20 minutes

All services drop-off and collect from Winterstoke Road.

WALKING/CYCLING

Ashton Gate will be hosting a Dr Bike mechanical service at the match, this provides cyclists with an opportunity to have their bicycles serviced for free as part of an initiative with the Bristol City Council. The mechanic will be located at the bike racks behind the South Stand turnstiles, please see here for the location.

Fans walking or cycling from the city centre and harbourside are advised that Vauxhall Bridge is closed for repairs. Gaol Ferry Bridge and Bedminster Bridge remain open. Full details visit Restoration of New Cut bridges (bristol.gov.uk)



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