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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF SATURDAY’S FIRST HOME GAME AGAINST WALSALL

2 August 2022

Ahead of Saturday’s first home game of the 2022-23 season against Walsall, the club, working in close collaboration with Rodney Parade, have the following information for supporters.

Compeed Terrace Changes 

For the 2022/23 season the area behind the dug-outs will again be opened for supporters to occupy. This will be on a trial basis. It was previously closed due to several incidents and it is hoped with the support of the fans that we will be able to keep it open for the season.

Also following an assessment by the Sports Ground Safety Authority, we have been required to restrict access to the sloped area on the open terrace. As a result, the area will be covered to prevent supporters occupying this part of the terrace to watch the game.

Pure Vans Away Stand

Those eagle eyed fans would have seen that part of the above stand was missing in the photographs we released yesterday. The stand is being replaced and will be back in situ for this Saturday’s game. 

Supporter Conduct/Banning Policy

Undoubtedly supporters would have seen the media coverage from the football authorities in advance of the season communicating new measures for dealing with general behaviour within stadiums.

Newport County AFC and Rodney Parade Stadium will be working closely with the EFL to tackle criminal and anti-social behaviour at Football matches. Every football fan should feel safe attending matches when watching their team. The key areas that we are looking to address include:

  1. Entering the pitch without permission
  2. Carrying or using smoke bombs and pyros
  3. Throwing objects
  4. Taking drugs
  5. Discriminatory behaviour

Anyone who enters the pitch, and those carrying or using smoke bombs or pyros will be automatically banned from the Stadium.

Entering the pitch endangers everyone because it is impossible to tell the difference between a celebrating fan and a violent attacker. The pitch MUST remain safe for players, managers, and match officials, just as the stands should be for supporters.

Let’s protect each other, our club, and the game.

Love Football, protect the game.

Bar Revenues

Supporters are reminded that every single drink purchased at the home of Newport County directly generates funds for the club.

The Amber Army are encouraged to arrive early to fixtures at Rodney Parade this season and not only enjoy the ever-growing match day experience but also support the club through the stadium bar revenue split.

The bar revenue split provides supporters with the easiest way to raise funds for the club - with record bar revenues in the 2021/22 season.

The club receives 50% of all bar profits and last season this helped generate almost £25,000 in extras funds.

Sales saw a 50% increase on pre-Covid figures, underlining the important role that supporters can play in growing revenues for the club.

Walsall

For the first home game of the season we have a raft of activities to enjoy as part of our match day experience. The Fan Zone has become a major feature at Rodney Parade and we aim to continue this focus for the enjoyment of all supporters.

For this week supporters will enjoy:

  • The Welsh Sweet Co selling a range of sweet products
  • Newport City Radio will host in the marquee with player interviews
  • Tinty & The Bucket Hats will entertain everyone with their Newport County AFC tunes
  • County in the Community Corner will provide fun and challenging activities
  • Newport Veterans will be in attendance raising awareness for ex military personnel in the area
  • Our Charity of the day will be Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Wales – Please come and support the great work they undertake
  • Our team of the day is Pengam Girls and Boys FC  

The Fan Zone will be open from 12pm where supporters can watch the Liverpool versus Fulham (12:30pm kick-off) pre-match and Everton versus Chelsea (5.30pm kick-off) post-match. 

Please come and support!


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