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MATCHDAY GUIDE | Rovers v Forest Green Rovers

22 March 2024

Club News

MATCHDAY GUIDE | Rovers v Forest Green Rovers

22 March 2024

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's home game against Forest Green Rovers on what will be a busy day at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Following the Rovers game, the Belles will host Chester-le-Street Town in the stadium in a 6pm kick-off.

And throughout ther day there will be wide range of free activities as Club Doncaster Foundation hold their Community Day.

Rovers against Forest Green will kick-off at 3pm at the Eco-Power Stadium.

CLUB DONCASTER FOUNDATION COMMUNITY DAY

Club Doncaster Foundation will showcase their vast array of activity in the city at their Community Day this afternoon.

The Foundation will put on a range of free activities at the Eco-Power Stadium to give supporters an insight into the extent of community outreach work.

Each department within the Foundation will demonstrate their typical weekly activity, with supporters able to take part and potentially win prizes.

The day will feature the following FREE activities, which will all be available from 1:30pm onwards:

  • Climbing wall for children (close to the statue)
  • Youth Zone – sports activities (outside the SMTXtra USA East Stand)
  • Health checks for adults (James Coppinger West Stand)
  • Smoothie bike challenge (Club Doncaster Foundation Family Stand)
  • Club Doncaster Sports College Open Day/facility tour (South East Corner)
  • Military vehicle accompanying our Fit Forces participants (SMTXtra USA East Stand close to the Hospitality Entrance)
  • Food and clothing bank donation point for fans wishing to support local people (South West Corner)

The Foundation will also present the PFA Community Champion award to a player who has provided support within the community throughout the season.

The Premier League Community Captain award will also be presented to a participant or staff member from within the Foundation who has made an outstanding contribution to their club and community.

STAY AND WATCH THE BELLES FOR FREE FOLLOWING THE ROVERS GAME

Rovers supporters have the chance to watch our sister club in action immediately following Saturday’s clash with Forest Green Rovers.

The Belles will host Chester-le-Street Town at the Eco-Power Stadium in a 6pm kick-off.

And those attending Rovers v Forest Green will be able to stay put and watch the Belles for free.

Please note only the SMTXtra East Stand will be in operation for the Belles fixture.

Those seated elsewhere in the stadium wishing to stay following the conclusion of Rovers’ game should stay in their seats until directed to move to the East Stand.

Food and drink outlets on the East Stand concourse will re-open at 5.15pm. Donny Dog’s Kennel and FREE face painting will also be available between the two matches.

POST MATCH

Members of the Rovers squad will depart from the stadium via the Belle Vue Bar following the game and be available for autographs and pictures.

CAR PARKING

The club are continuing to trial a new cashless parking system in Car Park 3 with our partners Your Parking Space.

You can book your parking for £5 in advance by downloading the Your Parking Space app (available on Google Play or the Apple app store), by visiting www.yourparkingspace.co.uk or by calling the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762576.

Please note, due to high demand, parking for this fixture must be pre-booked as no spaces will be available on the day.

If you have pre-booked your parking, please have your confirmation ready to show the car park attendant on arrival.

As this system is in the early stages of operation, we would recommend arriving early to avoid long queues on the day.

Please note that traffic will not be permitted on Alick Jeffrey Way from the earlier time of 2pm (with the exception of disabled drivers who will be able to access the inner ring until 2.30pm) to ensure the safety of supporters and staff.  The route will re-open to traffic approximately ten minutes after the final whistle.

TICKETING

Tickets for the game are available here or by calling the Box Office on 01302 762576.

Collections will be available from the collection’s windows to the side of the Club Doncaster Enterprise Zone Reception based in the Polypipe South Stand.

E-TICKETING

Supporters are advised to avoid queues at the Eco-Power Stadium this season and get your e-tickets for matchdays.

Anyone purchasing tickets online who selects the e-ticket delivery option will get their ticket in their e-mail inbox within a matter of minutes - right up until kick-off.

That means there will be no need to queue at the Box Office on matchdays for purchases or collections, saving you valuable time.

E-tickets can be purchased up until kick-off, making it the simplest way to gain entry to home matches this season.

The e-ticket will be sent to the email address attached to your online ticket account - allowing you either to print at home or bring along your smartphone to have the QR code scanned.

The option to order tickets online for collection from the Box Office remains, but they must be ordered by 12 noon.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON E-TICKETS

  • All tickets will be emailed to the individual who carries out the purchase. For example, an individual purchasing three tickets for a match will be sent all three tickets.
  • All supporters are asked to check that the email address on their accounts is up-to-date.
  • Ticket holders can either print a copy of the e-ticket at home or have the QR code ready on a smartphone when arriving at the stadium.
  • Anyone intending to use their smartphone should be mindful that network and/or wifi coverage at the stadium may be limited. We would therefore encourage supporters to save the ticket file to your phones Documents or Files folder or add a screenshot to your Gallery. Supporters are also asked to ensure phones are sufficiently charged.
  • Those without smartphones and the ability to print at home will be able to request tickets are printed at the Club Doncaster Box Office.
  • Season Membership holders will receive their physical cards as normal for use at all home league matches. However, e-tickets will be sent for entry purchased for any home cup matches or friendlies. 

TURNSTILES

Turnstiles for this fixture will open at 1.30pm.

FAN PARK

The Fan Park will be in operation for this game in Rovers Square outside the Belle Vue Bar. Street food will be available, with skills games for all the family and music to entertain supporters.  At 2.10pm the teams will be announced and a member of the first team will give his views ahead of the game.  In the event of inclement weather, the team announcement will take place inside the Belle Vue Bar.

HERITAGE SHIRT

Tim Ryan will receive his heritage shirt at half-time.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The matchday programme will be available from around the ground for £3 (cash only).  If you wish to pay by card, please purchase a copy for the Box Office or Club Store.

HALF-TIME DRAW

50/50 Red and White Draw tickets will be available from sellers around the ground prior to the game. Tickets are £1 each and the draw will take place on the pitch at half-time. 

The winner will receive 50 per cent of the day’s proceeds with a second prize of two hospitality tickets, so the more tickets you buy, the more you could win. The remaining proceeds will go towards youth development at Doncaster Rovers.

QUIET AREA

Rovers' quiet area will be open as usual during the match. Supporters who wish to utilise the room should contact the nearest steward or the club's SLO who will take you to the room.

MOMENT OF MAGIC

Youngsters should make sure they are in the ground for when the players come out for their warm-up at 2.20pm to be in with a chance of winning a moment of magic.

FIRST TIME FANS

If Rovers vs Forest Green Rovers is your first match at the Eco-Power Stadium please let us know HERE and you could receive a special visit during the game.

Young fans can also find interactive activities to play before while walking to and while at the stadium HERE.

FAMILY STAND

The new look Donny Dog's kennel will be open for this game. Come along and join Donny for fun, games and activities including table football, EA24 on the consoles and skills games.

Please note that filming and photography will be taking place in the East Stand concourse prior to kick-off.  If you do not wish to be filmed or photographed, please make yourself aware to a steward as soon as possible.

Young fans can also find interactive activities to play before while walking to and while at the stadium HERE.

MATCHDAY SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION

Fans aged 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult to gain entry to the stadium. 

CLUB STORE

The club store will be open from 10am until kick off. Please note that the store is a cashless facility.

BELLE VUE BAR

The Belle Vue Bar is open to all supporters from 12 noon.  Please note that the Belle Vue Bar is a cashless facility.

CONCOURSE CATERING

The food and drink outlets will be open from 1.30pm offering a wide range of food and drink items, please ensure you visit them and check out the brand-new menu. 

Don’t forget to try out the new Chippy Tea butty - Yorkshire Fishcake on a bed of chips, topped with mushy peas & tartar sauce, available on the concourse food outlets for £8.

Please note that all food and drinks outlets on both the stadium concourse and in the restaurant are cashless facilities.

STADIUM WI-FI

Supporters can connect to the stadium's wi-fi by joining the network named: 1 - Jibba Jabba Free Wi-Fi

Once this has been clicked it will take you to a splash page where you can register to connect to the internet for free.

MULTI-BALL SYSTEM

Fans should note that with the new multi-ball system in place that if the ball goes into the crowd that you should return it directly to the ball operatives and not throw the ball on to the pitch. Doing so may result in disrupting the game.

FLAGS

Doncaster Rovers would like to encourage supporters to bring flags, banners, and larger ‘surfing’ flags to help create a vibrant atmosphere at the stadium during sports fixtures and events. 

Please note however, that following advice and guidance from the EFL, any Israeli or Palestinian flag, or those with a political or religious message, will not be permitted into the Stadium.

We want to ensure everyone can enjoy the match safely and without obstructed views and therefore have set out guidelines for all flags, banners and surfers brought into the stadium.Any flag or banner should have the necessary fire safety and flame-retardant certification, and not on sticks/frames.

Click here to read the full guidelines for bringing flag, banners, and surfers into the Eco-Power Stadium.

LOVE FOOTBALL, PROTECT THE GAME

The English football authorities are introducing a series of measures to help improve the behaviour of players, managers and coaches across the professional, National League system and grassroots game, as well as addressing the issue of football tragedy abuse.

New policies, procedures, and regulations will come into force from the start of the 2023/24 season, to address unacceptable conduct on the pitch, on the side-lines and in the stands, to ensure that the actions of the minority do not spoil the game for all. 

This builds on the work carried out throughout last season to combat dangerous and illegal fan behaviour, supported by the ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ football-wide campaign.

FAN BEHAVIOUR

To challenge the totally unacceptable presence of football tragedy abuse, for season 2023/24, regulation changes and tough new measures have been introduced which will see people who are found to have committed offences face stadium bans and potential criminal prosecution.

The issue is focused on offensive chanting, gesturing and displaying offensive messages based on football-related tragedies, which causes significant distress to the victims’ families, survivors and affected-club supporters. Football authorities, supporter groups and law enforcement organisations, including the police and CPS, have united to crack down on fans who participate in this vile form of abuse.

In addition to bans and criminal sanctions, a range of in-stadium, in-classroom and online resources will be rolled out under the ‘Love Football Protect the Game’ banner, to educate adults and children alike about the hurt tragedy chanting causes. Ground regulations have also been updated to incorporate references to tragedy chanting.

The game will also continue its efforts to combat dangerous, illegal and unwelcome behaviour off the pitch, be it in the stands or online. Last season a host of new measures were introduced by authorities which saw enhanced sanctions applied for people identified entering the pitch, using pyros, taking drugs to games, throwing objects or for discriminatory abuse.

Doncaster Rovers finds any form of discriminatory behaviour totally abhorrent. It has no place at the football club or in any of our communities.

Doncaster Rovers has consistently made its zero-tolerance position on discriminatory behaviour very clear and will take strong action against any supporter who is found to be guilty of such behaviour.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PILOT SCHEME

To support the rehabilitation of those identified as having engaged in negative matchday behaviour, a new pilot scheme is now in development phase which will refer young people to a restorative justice education programme that will seek to inform and educate about the impact of their behaviour on others.

The scheme is being run by the Premier League, EFL, Premier League Community Fund and the EFL Trust with support from local police forces and will be trialled at ten clubs across the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two.

Football has the power to unite and inspire all those that play and watch the game. However, sometimes, this can be negatively impacted by a small minority of players, coaches and fans.

Our collective approach is to reset this behaviour on the pitch and from the side-lines, whilst giving our referees the respect and protection that they deserve. We are also determined to address the rise in unacceptable behaviour from the stands. Incidents such as dangerous conduct, discrimination, and chanting about football-related tragedies have no place in our game – and can lead to football bans and potential criminal action. Passion, emotion and excitement are fundamental to football; however, this must be shown in the right way. Everyone can play their part, so that together we can create a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

Supporters have a long track record of policing ourselves so it’s vital that we show real leadership and demonstrate our opposition to tragedy chants, gestures, and slurs at all grounds and on social media. Let’s Keep the passion and lose the poison.”

PYROTECHNICS

Doncaster Rovers would like to remind all supporters that the use of pyrotechnic devices is strictly forbidden.

The club has a firm stance on the use of pyrotechnics, whether it be at the Eco-Power Stadium or at any other EFL ground: they cannot and will not be tolerated. 

SEARCHES

Please note that stringent searches will take place prior to entering the ground due to several items being found in and around the stadium environment at recent games.

PERSISTENT STANDING

Please be advised that persistent standing during the game is prohibited following new legislation from the Sports Ground Safety Authority for your safety and the safety and comfort of fellow supporters.  

We politely request that all supporters remain seated for as much as possible throughout the game and that all stairwells and aisles are always kept clear as it may result in a reduction of the stadium's capacity.

SMOKING AND VAPING

The Eco-Power Stadium is a no smoking or vaping venue. Anyone found to be smoking or vaping can be ejected from the stadium.

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