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PREVIEW AND MATCH INFO: SEAGULLS HOST WIMBORNE

Weston welcome Wimborne Town to The Optima Stadium on Saturday 17th October, KO 3.00pm. 

It’s back to league action once again for Weston after a 6-0 victory midweek in the FA Cup third qualifying round. Hat-tricks from Grubb and Waite won the game for Weston seeing them progress to the fourth round.

Weston now welcome 16th place Wimborne Town as we aim to move up from our mid table position.

The last time the Magpies made the 2 hour journey to The Optima, a James Waite Hat-trick was part of a 5-0 win for the Seagulls.

KEY MATCH INFO 

Car Park –

Our Supporters Car Park charges £2.00 to park on a match day. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept card payment for this. So please ensure you have £2.00 available to pay on arrival. We are aware of currently CoVid cash handling suggestions. The Steward attending the Car Park will be wearing a face mask.

Track & Trace –

Before entering The Optima Stadium, you will be required to complete our Track & Trace system.

This is a legal requirement that you must undertake.

There are signs before entering the turnstiles or building that display the NHS CoVid-19 App information.

It is recommended where possible that you do download this app as every venue you visit will be using this.

We do have a back-up system simple QR system should you not be able to us the NHS CoVid-19 App that you scan using your mobile telephone, click on the link it gives you and then complete your details.

Completing Track & Trace is required for every visit you make to The Optima Stadium.

Turnstiles –

We will be operating 2 turnstiles.

Turnstile 1 at the front of the car park will operate on a card only basis.

Turnstile 2 at the far side of the ground by our 3G facility will operate on a cash only basis.

As already mentioned, you will be required to complete the Track & Trace before entry. Both turnstiles have relevant Social Distance markings on the floor outside them.

Social Distancing –

We do remind all supporters it is your responsibility to maintain current UK Government Social Distancing guidelines while you visit The Optima Stadium. This includes all areas of the ground, inside and out, along with the seated areas.

Match Footballs –

We do ask that supporters refrain from throwing any balls that leave the pitch and enter the supporters areas back on to the pitch. A Steward or Ball Person will instead make their way to your location, gather the football and return to the Home Dugout so that it can be cleaned before going back on to the pitch. When balls leave the pitch in this manner the Home Dugout will be throwing another ball on to the pitch for the continuation of the game.

Club Shop –

Unfortunately, due to current guidelines affecting people trying on clothing, the Club Shop have made the decision to remain closed. Obviously, this they are reviewing as UK Government guidelines change over time.

Player Tunnel Gates –

Due to current requirements to close these, for the players entry to the pitch and return from the pitch during their pre-match warm-up, there may be a slightly longer period before the game where these will have to remain closed. We do apologise in advance for this. The Stewards will open them as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. They will also be closed for a period at the beginning and end of Half-Time and also at the conclusion of the game.

Facilities within Ground –

Our Somerset Suite Bar, Kitchen and inside ground Joe’s Bar will all be open. Card payment can be made at all three locations. All three areas do have ground markings detailing the social distancing requirements. The Somerset Suite can only hold at any one time 50 people.

At busy times, such as half time we will be placing Stewards in these locations to remind supporters of the current social distancing requirements.

PLEASE NOTE:

When using the Somerset Suite Bar, you must be wearing a Face Mask entering until you are sat at a table to drink and service is by table service only. All tables have a bar menu on and ordering process displayed.

In line with government restrictions we are required to close our bars and food service by 10pm.

A note to that effect is being added to our Risk Assessment, our website and a notice placed in our food/beverage outlets

Therefore, the following restrictions will be in place at each of the Somerset Suite Bar, Joe’s Bar and Food Service Area.

Last orders for food & drink – 9:30pm

Time for orders (no orders after this time) – 9:40pm

FOOD/DRINK

Spectator’s Kitchen (We now accept card payments)

Cheese Burger: £4.00

Burger: £3.50

Sausage: £3.00

Chips: £1.50

Hot Drinks: Tea, Coffee, Bovril £1.50

Cold drinks: £1.30

Cheesy chips: £2.50

Joe’s Bar (We now accept card payments)

Pie & Pint: £6

FIND THE OPTIMA

Leave the M5 at Junction 21 and take the A370 towards Weston town centre. Continue across three roundabouts and at the 4th (where there is a McDonalds) turn left into Winterstoke Road. Go straight across the mini roundabout, over a railway bridge and you will see the ground on your right hand side.

We have a fair sized car park at the stadium however there are a limited amount of match day parking for Blue Badge holders these spaces must be booked in advance. If you are travelling by coach/mini bus please contact ahead of time to enquire about reserving a space.

Check up on the pre-match build-up and keep up to date with all the action of the match with our live Twitter updates – @WSM_AFCOfficial.

We wish all our supporters and visitors a safe journey as we look forward to an exciting match.

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