Away Fan Guide: Bournemouth

Fixture Details

Bournemouth v Everton
Premier League 
Vitality Stadium
Saturday 30 December
3pm kick-off

Stadium Address 

Vitality Stadium
Kings Park
Bournemouth
BH7 7AF

Tickets 

Tickets for this fixture are SOLD OUT. 

Supporters are advised not to travel unless they are in possession of a valid match ticket. 

The Everton Fan Centre will be open from 10am to 3pm on the day of the game to deal with any ticketing enquiries. Please call before close at 3pm. The Fan Centre contact number is 0151 556 1878.

The game kicks off at 3pm and supporters are kindly asked to arrive at the turnstiles as prompt as possible to avoid delays getting into the stadium for kick-off. 

Travel 

Please be advised to check all travel routes prior to traveling the game for any unforeseen travel circumstances. 

From the north:
Follow the M6, exiting onto the M42 towards London, Warwick and Solihull, exiting at junction 3a onto the M40. Leave the M40 at junction 9, taking the A31 / A34 exit. At the Wendlebury Interchange, take the third exit onto the A34 towards Oxford / Newbury. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto the M3. Follow the M27 and A31, exiting onto the A338 towards Bournemouth. Take the exit towards Boscombe, taking the second exit at the roundabout, into King’s Park Drive. The ground is on the left. 

Parking
 
Coaches and mini buses will be accommodated at the stadium at the rear of the Ted MacDougall South Stand. Congestion can cause delays when leaving the ground after the game. Drivers/organisers must notify the football club on their intention to attend.

Free matchday parking is available at Harewood College, which is around 10 minutes from the stadium. This parking facility is away from the congestion around Kings Park, and will be manned by a steward until kick-off. If you are using a Satnav please refer to Harewood College as Harewood Avenue.

Elsewhere, matchday car parking is available to the south of the ground for just £1. When driving to the ground, follow the brown road signs with a football logo to get to Vitality Stadium. Supporters are advised to arrive early as the car park usually reaches capacity around 75 minutes before kick-off. Possible delays in leaving the car park after the final whistle. Please be aware, there is a left turn at the exit of the car park, which will bring you out on to Gloucester.

Alternatively, there is the Sovereign Shopping Centre on Christchurch Road, which is approximately a 15-minute walk from the stadium (£2 for four hours), with 600 spaces.

Roads adjacent to the ground have parking restrictions and the Club asks supporters to please be mindful of existing drive entrances and avoid parking illegally as this can cause particular problems for residents and is a safety hazard. Parking enforcement officers and police will respond to residents’ complaints and take action.

By Rail 

Bournemouth Central Train Station

Bournemouth Central Train Station is accessible to wheelchair users. Leave the station by the south exit, (facing Asda) and turn left to head towards the main road. Turn left again and walk straight up Holdenhurst Road for around 25 minutes, until you reach a roundabout at which you turn right into Kings Park Drive. The ground is on the left. 

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The P2 and P3 Yellow Bus service is easily accessible from the train station and runs up to every 20 minutes. It can be picked up at Bournemouth train station stop six (going in the Christchurch direction) and you can get off at Queens Park Hotel stop, which will be a total of six stops, then it will be a five-minute walk, going along Ashley Road and then going through Kings Park. 

Pokesdown Station

The nearest train station to the stadium is Pokesdown, which is roughly a mile from the ground and around a 15 minute walk away. This station is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.
Exit the station and turn right down the main Christchurch Road (A35) for 400m and turn right into Gloucester Road. Follow signs for Kings Park to arrive at Vitality Stadium.

This station is also served by the P2 and P3 Yellow Bus, which run up to every 20 minutes. You will get on at Pokesdown station and you will get off at Kings Park, heading in the Bournemouth direction, after a total of six stops. This service will also take you to Bournemouth. 

For local taxi company PRC (Poole Radio Cabs), call 01202 37 37 37.

Stadium 

Turnstiles: 
Visiting fans are in the East Stand, which can be accessed through turnstile F. Turnstiles open 60 minutes before kick-off, allowing access to the concourse, serving food and drink.

Toilets: 
Prior to turnstiles opening, there are public toilets available to use in Kings Park, alternatively, there are a number of public toilets in Boscombe (10 minute walk).

Cash machines: 
A cash machine is located inside the AFC Bournemouth Superstore.

Left Luggage: 
There is no left luggage facilities at the stadium, please be advised to travel light. As there will be 100 per cent searches at turnstiles. 

Accessible info: 
DC lounge- located within the East Stand, home and visiting disabled supporters are welcome to meet before the game and enjoy refreshments in their DC Lounge. 

Accessible toilets are available to use pre-match in the DC Lounge. A changing places toilet is also available on the corner of the main and south stand. Radar keys are advised. 

Food & Refreshments 

Please be advised that the ‘Sir Percy Florence’ pub in Boscombe which was nearest to the stadium has shut down. There are two small pubs (Mello and Baxters) in this area which will be available for away fans. 

The Christopher Creek pub in Bournemouth Town Centre which is just a short walk from the train station will take both sets of supporters. As will the majority of pubs in Bournemouth Town Centre.   
                               
Safety Announcement 

Everton Football Club does not condone the use of pyrotechnics under any circumstances. Any fan found using them will be subject to action by the Club and the Police.  Being convicted of using a pyrotechnic could also result in a jail sentence.  As a Club, we will also impose an indefinite ban on anyone caught using pyrotechnics. 

As well as the risk of a ban or conviction, the devices have a serious effect on others, particularly those with breathing difficulties and the disabled who cannot easily get away from the smoke.

We have noticed an increase of persistent group “bouncing” and “throwing of items”, including beer and items being thrown into the air. This has happened at both home and away games.

Although it has only involved a small minority of fans, it has resulted in both the Club and the Police receiving complaints from supporters who have become soaked in beer or have been hit by items thrown. This is anti-social behaviour and people should not have to put up with this. As a consequence, both the Club, Merseyside Police and supporters’ groups have discussed how this should be addressed.

Firstly, both the Club and the Police want to make it clear that we want ALL our supporters to enjoy their day and we understand that this may include singing and an element of “bouncing” as a group. 
However, a decision has been made that should home or away fans participate in the throwing of alcohol or any other items in any area of the stadium, they will be dealt with by Match Day Stewards with the full support of Merseyside Police Officers. This could culminate with an ejection from the ground or potentially an arrest, dependent on the specific circumstances.

This season, you will see more stewards and Police Officers on concourses, who will provide early advice should a situation look like it is getting out of control.

Please continue to enjoy the match but we ask that you also consider other supporters and how they will be affected by your behaviour and we ask for your support in this. Thank you.

Everton Official Club Contact for this fixture: 
Head of Fan Based Services Gill Derbyshire, will be available on the day of the game until kick-off via gill.derbyshire@evertonfc.com or 07811820314.

A team of Everton Stewards will also be in operation at the Stadium and will be on hand to help with any issues.

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