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Matchday Information: Blackpool (H)

31 March 2023

Club News

Matchday Information: Blackpool (H)

31 March 2023

Take a look through the following information about what’s going on around Deepdale on Saturday, when Blackpool come to PR1 for a 12.30pm kick-off.

Road Closures

Fans should be aware that Lowthorpe Road – between its junctions on Blackpool Road and Lowthorpe Crescent – will be blocked to pedestrians and vehicles from 9.30am until around 3pm on the day of the game. There will also be no access to Lowthorpe Road at its junction with Bill Shankly Crescent.

Drivers who are using the Invincibles car park should approach via St Gregory Road or Skeffington Road, in order to access Lowthorpe Road.

Guests in the Invincibles Lounge are asked to approach the North Executive entrance from the direction of the Invincibles car park.

Please also note, there will be pyrotechnic detection dogs deployed on both home and away turnstiles on entry to the Bill Shankly Kop.

Fan Zone

Our fan zone, situated by the Alan Kelly Town End car park, will be open to home supporters from 10am.

Fan zone timings:
Doors open – 10am
Fan zone closes – 12.15pm
Fan zone re-opens – 2.15pm
Last orders – 3pm
Fan zone closes – 3.30pm

There will be live music in the fan zone prior to kick-off, with The Uptown Two performing. 

The usual selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments will also be available, with a full list to be found below.

Drinks offerings:
Birra Moretti
Neck Oil
Dizzy Blonde
Dark Fruits
Wine, Bitter and Cider (packaged)
Soft drinks

Snacks and confectionary will be available, while The Hot Potato Tram will be in the outside area of the fan zone, with burger, and fish and chip vans also around the stadium.

Also outside the fan zone – depending on the weather – Preston North End Community and Education Trust’s football inflatable game will be up for supporters to have a go at from 11am. 

Ticket Sales On Matchday

Tickets will be on sale to supporters with a purchase history prior to and including the Tottenham Hotspur fixture on the day of the game.

The main ticket office will be open from 9am on Saturday morning, while the Invincibles ticket office will open from 10am. Tickets can also be bought over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online from

Tickets in the Kop are sold out, and please note there will be no alcohol sales on the concourse at half-time in this stand.

Shuttle Bus Service

The matchday shuttle bus, which runs from Leyland through Bamber Bridge on its way to the stadium, will be running again 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) – 10.50am
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 11am
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 11.05am
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 11.10am
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 11.30am

Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms

There are two multi-faith prayer rooms available for home supporters to use at Deepdale both before and during the game.

Supporters can find the Sir Tom Finney Stand multi-faith prayer room between the two block F entry points on the concourse, while another can be found between blocks E and F of the Invincibles Pavilion.

Fans sat on the Alan Kelly Town End or the Bill Shankly Kop can use either prayer room by contacting their nearest steward, who will escort supporters to a prayer room every 15 minutes.

The prayer rooms will be open 90 minutes before kick-off through until full-time.

Build It Up In Blue And White

To mark 30 years since the Town End was claimed as a home stand and 12 months since the Kop was reclaimed for PNE fans, PNE-Online have been working hard to create a fantastic atmosphere come Saturday afternoon.

Over 1,000 waver flags will be placed on seats in the Town End and the Sir Tom Finney Stand Family Area, while there will be 10,000 PNE balloons at the ground, which can be collected at the turnstiles and should be released as the teams emerge from the tunnel.

Fans are also encouraged to bring anything blue and white they can find – the likes of tickertape, streamers and scarves.

If waving a flag at the ground, please ensure to return these to the bins on the concourses as you leave the stadium.

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, 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.

Half-Time Drink Tokens

Due to licensing restrictions, alcoholic beverages can only be served two hours prior to kick-off and alcohol then cannot be served between 12.30pm and 1.05pm. Alcohol can then be served from that point until ten minutes into the second half.

As per previous 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.

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