The first home game of the new season against Doncaster Rovers will be a long-awaited chance for fans to enjoy a matchday at Ewood Park again and there will be plenty going on aside from the match itself!
From official openings through to performances and parades, here's a quick timeline guide to let you know when and what you can come and enjoy ahead of the clash of the Rovers on Saturday afternoon…
- 11am Blues Bar opens.
Arrive early to secure the best spots as we offer draft and bottled drinks alongside a mouth-watering selection of hot and cold food.
- 12pm Strikers’ Lounge opens.
Bring your children along to enjoy access to consoles, board games, pool, table tennis and all of the many matchday activities that have made this Blackburn End facility a firm favourite – open free of charge to all match/season ticket holders. A fully stocked bar is also available.
- 12.30pm The Foster’s FanZone opens.
Music, giveaways and chat about all things Rovers will be broadcasting outside the Blackburn End. The bar and food facilities will also be open for everyone from this time too.
- 1pm Rover The Dog arrives.
Our popular cuddly mascot will be starting his 'walkies' around the ground from the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, working his way round towards the Roverstore, FanZone and Strikers' Lounge before heading into the stadium – don't miss him!
- 1.30pm Turnstiles open and official unveiling of Rover’s Kennel.
Rover now has his very own kennel in the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand, wonderfully decorated by talented local artist Joanne Prince. This will become the new home of McDonald's free face-painting and fruit bag giveaways. The GAME Room will also open at the same time for all console fans.
- 1.45pm Tiger-S on stage.
The headline act in the Foster’s FanZone will be performing a 20-minute set. Don’t miss their cool, catchy melodies, great harmonies and tight dance routines as they visit Ewood fresh from landing a lucrative spot playing on the Blackpool IFEST celebrations alongside The Vamps, Professor Green and Lawson. Listen out for their top tracks like ‘Tell Your Girlfriend’, ‘Don’t Wanna Grow Up’ and ‘Get The Girl’, which are set for their new EP and are definitely catchy numbers that you’ll have in your head for the rest of the day.
- 2.15pm Team news in the Foster's FanZone!
One lucky child under the age of 16 can join FanZone presenter Adrian on stage to tell the crowds who’s going to be playing for the two Rovers sides that afternoon. Arrive early if you want your child to be selected – it's first come, first served on Saturday.
- 2.50pm Guard of honour.
Look out for the happy youngsters who have been selected from the Community Trust’s Football Camp to form the guard of honour down the touchline to help build up the big game feel.
- 3pm Kick-off!
After all that waiting, football action returns to Ewood Park…
- 5.45pm (est.) Roverstore closes.
The shop remains open for one hour after full-time for fans to grab all the matchday souvenirs they need, such as our new home and away shirts, hats, scarves or even beach towels, which come in handy during the summer holidays.
Supporters may also wish to be aware of a few changes to matchday operations which have come into force for the new campaign, in order to avoid any misunderstanding on the day of the game itself. These include:
- Parking. At the present time, a number of council-owned car parks in the vicinity of the stadium are not scheduled to be opened for home fixtures this season. Cash parking will be available on club car parks on a first-come, first-served basis until they are full.
- Unaccompanied juniors. All Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult in order to enter the stadium. Unaccompanied juniors under the age of 16 will not be permitted to buy matchday tickets in the Darwen End if they aren't supervised by an adult. Any juniors arriving unaccompanied will be offered the option of purchasing tickets in the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand.
- Radio Rovers. Please be advised that Radio Rovers will not be broadcasting on home matchdays this season. The club has notified its blind/partially-sighted supporters, some of whom used Radio Rovers’ commentary to enjoy the game and we are considering options for other ways of enhancing their matchday experience. Fans can continue to listen to the club's in-house commentary at matches both home and away through the new iFollow Rovers service.
Tickets for Saturday's game remain on sale now – buy before midday on Saturday or become an 1875 Club member to avoid the matchday price increase. Adult 1875 Club members tickets start from just £18 and are available in person from the Roverstore, by phone on 01254 372000 or online at www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers.