Fans coming to Deepdale this weekend are advised to familiarise themselves with the following information, which includes fan zone timings, road closures and more.
Our fan zone will once again be open to home supporters, with doors open from 12 noon.
Fan zone timings:
Doors open – 12 noon
Fan zone closes – 2.45pm
Fan zone re-opens – 4.45pm
Last orders – 5.30pm
Fan zone closes – 6pm
There will be live music in the fan zone prior to kick-off, with three-piece band New World Dawn performing, while James Gelson is on PA duties.
A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments will also be available, with a full list to be found below.
Wine, Bitter and Cider (packaged)
Snacks and confectionary will be available, while The Hot Potato Tram will once again be in the outside area of the fan zone, with burger, and fish and chip vans also around the stadium.
Just outside of the fan zone, the Community and Education Trust’s football inflatable will be open from 12 noon (weather dependent), with the family room on the Sir Tom Finney Stand and gaming pods around the stadium – now featuring FIFA 23 – then available from 1.30pm.
Due to the volume of away coaches, part of Lowthorpe Road will be closed to vehicles from approximately 1.15pm.
Therefore, any supporters looking to access the Invincibles car park are advised to approach the stadium via Blackpool Road, turning onto St Gregory Road and then onto Lowthorpe Road.
The closure will still be in place following the full-time whistle, and supporters will again be directed towards St Gregory Road on their departure.
Preston Bus’ football special service will also be advised to park facing St Gregory Road after the game.
Kick It Out Matchday
Saturday will be our dedicated Kick It Out matchday – with the charity challenging discrimination in all forms and striving for positive change across sport.
Preston North End Community and Education Trust have invited more than 400 people to the fixture, which will celebrate the diversity of the club’s fanbase, the Trust’s participants and the local Preston population.
60 young people from local mosques will take part in the half-time penalty shootout, while the first team are set to warm up in Kick It Out T-shirts.
Shuttle Bus Service
The matchday shuttle bus, which runs from Leyland through Bamber Bridge on its way to the stadium, will be running for this fixture.
Return tickets cost £5, with fans able to pay the driver on-board, and timings for the service can be found below.
Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 1.20pm
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 1.30pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 1.35pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 1.40pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 2pm
Half-Time Drink Tokens
As per recent fixtures, drink tokens for half-time alcoholic refreshments will be in use in the Alan Kelly Town End, Invincibles Pavilion and Sir Tom Finney Stand.
Supporters can go to any kiosks in these stands at any time prior to kick-off, and pre-order and pay for their alcoholic drinks for half-time. Fans will receive a token in return at this point, which they can present at half-time at the designated collection points.
Supporters in the Invincibles Pavilion can collect from Kiosk 7i, located on the right side of the concourse near the Kop.
There are two collection points in the Alan Kelly Town End: collection point green, which is located next to the central stairwell, and collection point yellow, which is located at the beer bar between the two double kiosks.
Fans in the Sir Tom Finney Stand can also get their drink tokens, either from collection point purple, which is located at the south side of the stand, or from collection point white at the north side.
Refreshments Service For Disabled Supporters
Those supporters situated on the disabled platforms, and disabled fans on the front row of each stand, are able to place orders before the match for half-time.
Members of staff from Heathcote&Co will come to these supporters to place orders which will be delivered shortly before half-time. Please note, this service excludes alcohol sales due to no alcoholic beverages being allowed inside the stadium bowl.
Please also note, only cash payments can be made for our refreshments service for disabled supporters.
Once again, flags will be available on the concourses of the Alan Kelly Town End and the Sir Tom Finney Family Stand for supporters to take up to their seats.
All fans are encouraged to take part in the displays, however it is essential all flags are returned at the end of the game to where they were picked up from.
Fans who have left the ground with any of the flags in any previous fixtures are also kindly asked to return them to Deepdale.
Reporting Abuse, Discrimination & Anti-Social Behaviour
Supporters who witness or hear any abuse, discrimination or anti-social behaviour while at Deepdale can report the incident using the club’s text service.
Fans can text 66777 and messages must start with ‘PNE’ followed by details of the incident. An example of how to use this service can be found below:
“PNE I’m in the Alan Kelly Town End, row 10, seat 34. Male sitting directly in front of me shouting racist abuse.”
All incidents can be reported to the club by email on email@example.com, but fans are strongly advised to use this text service at the time to allow these matters to be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.