Those coming to Ewood Park for Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers will once again find a variety of events taking place to add to the overall sense of occasion.
Ahead of the 3pm kick-off, there will be live music in the FanZone, a visit from Pudsey Bear, visible support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, with further pitchside events planned around the match itself.
In summary, here's what you can expect this weekend…
10am Roverstore opens. Take advantage of the great Black Friday deals.
11am Blues Bar opens. The bar will be open from 11am, with food available from midday. Please be aware that matchday memberships are required for ease of access.
12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens. Barnsley v Leeds will be live on the screen in time for the opening of the stage, bar and burger van outside the Blackburn End.
1pm Strikers’ Lounge opens. Please note our new opening time for the recently redecorated and modernised family friendly room, which is based in the Blackburn End and free to enter! If your child requires use of the Sensory Room for future games, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their place.
1pm Rover the Dog arrives! Rover sets off from the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre and makes his way round to the FanZone area, before normally heading into the stadium around 45 minutes before kick-off to meet and greet our fans.
1.15pm The penalty shoot-out challenge begins. The forecast isn’t looking great, but if it’s dry, we’ll be open for business outside the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand so that you can test your shooting skills and win prizes!
1.30pm Turnstiles open. All concourse facilities are available from this time, including the GAME Room, which is new and improved with an increased number of consoles now available since our last home league game, meaning that more children can enjoy the facility. McDonald’s are also offering free face painting and fruit bags in Rover’s Kennel.
2pm Olivia Jade Archbold on stage. At the age of just 14, Olivia Jade wowed crowds with her superb audition for Britain’s Got Talent, with Simon Cowell praising her for ‘making the song her own’ and Amanda Holden describing her as ‘utterly spellbinding’. Seven years on from making the semi-finals of the ITV contest, she continues to amaze audiences with her vocal talents, drawing on experience in diverse entertainment formats including theatre, musicals, ballet and radio to add to her TV exposure. Currently working on her debut album, we can’t wait for her FanZone performance!
2.20pm Pudsey Bear on stage. Rover the Dog will be joined by Children In Need mascot Pudsey Bear in the FanZone!
2.25pm Read out the team sheets! The first child aged 16 or under to put themselves forward (provided you’ve not done it before!) will find themselves reading out the very first team news to supporters in the FanZone – what an honour!
2.50pm Guard of honour. The flags will be waving to greet the arrival of the teams, thanks to youngsters from Mill Hill Juniors FC and St Peter’s Primary School, Blackburn.
3pm Kick-off! Make plenty of noise for the boys as we try to keep our winning run going.
3.50pm Half-time penalties. The lucky children from St Peter’s and Mill Hill will return to show us how to take a perfect penalty. Please give them a warm welcome. Members of the 100 Club will also make a pitchside presentation to the Academy.
Don't forget that tickets for this weekend's game remain on sale, with special discounted rates (and no matchday increase) for 1875 Club members, starting from as little as £18.
Order now via www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers, by phone on 01254 372000 or by visiting the Roverstore in person.
Matchday arrangements for the Sensory Room
Blackburn Rovers is an inclusive club whereby facilities are accessible to all. The Sensory Room - located in Strikers Family Lounge - is open to everyone, but is primarily there for families with a child with disabilities so that the whole family can come together to Ewood Park on matchday.
Families wishing to use the room will need to book it in advance by emailing SensoryRoom@rovers.co.uk.
Priority will be given to families with a child/children with disabilities.
Please be reminded that all children using Strikers must be supervised by the adult accompanying them.
Thank you to all supporters who provided feedback that has allowed us to create this new policy.