Advice for fans attending Summer Bash

In light of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22, the Rugby Football League would like to reassure all fans attending this weekend’s Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool that we are working very closely with the police and relevant partners in a coordinated and collaborative way in preparation for this event.

Police will continue to monitor the intelligence picture surrounding Blackpool and regularly update the Rugby Football League throughout the week leading into the weekend.

Thorough bag searches will be in place so please allow enough time to gain entry to the stadium.

A minute’s silence will be observed prior to the League 1 Cup final (12.00pm) and before the first Summer Bash games on Saturday (2.30pm) and Sunday (12.35pm) to remember those affected.

Rugby League events throughout the year are family-friendly and enjoyable environments – we encourage everyone to have a good time and if you do have any questions or need to speak to someone, please locate your nearest police officer, steward or Rugby Football League official.

Spectator Information

Saturday 27 May

  • 12:00 League 1 Cup Final – Barrow Raiders v North Wales Crusaders
  • 14:30 Oldham RLFC v Rochdale Hornets
  • 16:45 London Broncos v Featherstone Rovers
  • 19:00 Hull KR v Bradford Bulls

Sunday 28 May

  • 12:35 Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions
  • 15:00 Halifax RLFC v Toulouse Olympique XIII
  • 17:15 Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams

Opening Times

Ticket Office (situated on north west corner of ground) – Saturday 10am, Sunday 10am
Turnstiles – Saturday 11am, Sunday 11:15am

Bloomfield Road is a non-smoking venue, smoking is not permitted in any area within the Stadium; the use of electronic cigarettes is also prohibited. The stadium operates a zero-tolerance policy in relation to this matter. Any spectator found to be in contravention of this regulation will be ejected from the premises.

Reserved and Unreserved Seating

Please enter the stadium via the turnstile(s) indicated on the ticket.
Venue stewards will monitor the access to seating in the reserved area to ensure that it is exclusively for those in possession of relevant tickets.

Reserved Seats

Spectators must ensure that they sit in their allocated seat(s). Although there may be adjacent seats that appear to be empty it is likely that ticket holder hasn’t yet arrived or is elsewhere in the stadium.

Unreserved Seats

It is important to note that if an unreserved seat is vacated it may not be possible to return to the same seat at a later time.
Certain seats or blocks within unreserved areas of the stadium bowl will be marked as RESERVED (and as such are not available to holders of unreserved seat tickets). Spectators should ensure that they do not sit in any seat marked reserved if they have purchased a ticket for an unreserved area.

Student Identification

If a student concession ticket has been purchased identification may be requested on entry. Holders of such tickets should ensure that they have appropriate ID with them, i.e. student union card.

Pass Outs

A pass out/return system will be operated on both event days allowing spectators free movement from and to the stadium bowl – there is no limit on the number of times someone is allowed to exit and re- enter.

Spectators leaving the stadium bowl with the intention of returning may do so but MUST first ensure that they have a hand stamp applied on initial exit; if there is no evidence of a hand stamp re-entry will not be permitted. Hand stamps will be applied by stadium stewards. Dedicated exit and re-entry gates in each stand will be used to facilitate this operation. Different coloured stamps will be used for each stand each day. Spectators are only permitted to return to the stand they exited from.

It is important that match tickets are not discarded; tickets need to be produced for re- entry if using the pass out system. Re-entry to the stadium bowl will be on production of both a hand stamp and relevant match ticket.

Refreshments

Food and beverages are available at concessions on the concourses inside the stadium.

Concessions will open the same time as GA turnstiles and will close 30 minutes after kick-off the final game each day and will not re-open

Blackpool FC reserve the right to close the concessions and cease the sale of alcohol at any time.

Alcohol is allowed in the stadium bowl. However, alcohol may not be taken from the stadium bowl outside and vice versa.

Travel

Spectators are advised to follow the M55 until it meets Yeadon Way and not exit at Jct 3 or 4.

Yeadon Way, Seasiders Way (the arterial route adjacent to the stadium which feeds into the main coach and car parks) and surrounding roads are likely to be very busy and traffic congestion may be inevitable.

To reduce congestion on Seasiders Way spectators are advised to park in the first available car/coach park on approach to the stadium rather than driving to the end of Bloomfield Road where car parks may already be full or space very limited.

Many of the residential streets surrounding the ground are Residents Only Parking, any vehicles without a valid permit will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

Train

Visit the National Rail Enquiries website for more details on specific services: www.nationalrail.co.uk. If you are planning on travelling by train please remember to check what time the last train departs and the time departure times of any connections.

Trams
There is a frequent and reliable tram service which provides an energy efficient mode of transport along the 11 mile stretch of coastline between Starr Gate and Fleetwood. The closest tram stop to Bloomfield Road is Manchester Square.

The trams have level boarding and step-free interiors and designated disabled/pushchair areas making them accessible to all.

Ticket information: Blackpool Transport are offering a £1 fare for Summer Bash ticket holders on all Bus journeys and Tram journeys between North Pier and St Chad’s Rd. To redeem this offer, a valid ticket must be shown.

For further information and details of routes and tram stops visit www.blackpooltransport.com

Public Parking

Coaches
There is no designated coach parking, either on or off-site, for coaches. There are several Council operated coach parks located near the football club and around the town with availability on a first-come- first-served basis. The ones adjacent to the football club are: Seasiders car and coach park, Foxhall Village car and coach park and South car and coach park. There are two more car and coach parks in town, Bank Street and Gynn Square which are 1.7 and 2.5 miles from the stadium respectively.

Match tickets are not provided by the RFL for coach drivers.

Cars/motorcycles
There is no on-site parking for any cars or motorcycles. However, there are six large pay & display car parks near the stadium (South, Bloomfield Road, Lonsdale Road, Seasiders, Foxhall Village and Central car park. Central car park has designated motorcycle bays which are free of charge. Additional pay & display car parks are available near the town centre including Talbot multi- storey car park (Deansgate), East Topping Street and South King Street car parks.

Accessible Parking

Blackpool council car parks
Although the Blue Badge scheme is for on-street parking, Blackpool Council also recognise its use within some council run car parks and allow a 3-hour free concession. Badge holders are advised to check individual car park tariff/notice boards for Blue Badge concession details. If no concession is available a pay and display ticket to cover the length of stay must be purchased.

Display your badge and clock
A blue badge must be clearly displayed in the vehicle. A valid Pay and Display ticket must be purchased and displayed alongside the blue badge and clock if parking for longer than 3 hours – the ticket should be purchased at the time of arrival. The clock must display the time of arrival plus the additional hours purchased. Blue badge holders may park in non-designated accessible bays if no designated bays are available.

Multi-purpose bays
There are some on-street bays that have more than one use depending on the time of day and sometimes day of the week. Road markings cannot be used and drivers must refer to the signage relating to the bay which will indicate what restrictions are in place for the bay and what times these restrictions are in force.

PLEASE BE AWARE, AS SUMMER BASH IS TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE SPRING BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND BOTH CAR & COACH PARKS WILL GET VERY BUSY WITH NON- EVENT TRAFFIC AND ARE LIKELY TO FILL UP QUICKLY.

Further, more detailed information, regarding car and coach parking, including location and proximity of car & coach parks to the stadium, post codes, charges, residential parking schemes etc. can be found on the following link here

  • A pull up and drop off/pick up service for any vehicles is not be permitted on Seasiders Way
  • Pay & display car and coach parks are monitored and patrolled on a regular basis. Fines will be levied against any vehicle not displaying a valid ticket or displaying a ticket that has expired
  • There are a number of residential parking schemes in place close to the stadium – please check for signage before parking
  • Some coach & car park pay & display machines take both cash and debit cards others cash only – consideration should be given to method of payment in advance particularly if only cash is accepted.


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