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Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Port Vale

20 October 2022

Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Port Vale, take a read of our Matchday Guide...

Tickets...

Fans can buy tickets for Saturday’s match, which are available online, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office.

Advance Match Ticket Prices Newmarket Rd/North Habbin Main Stand Family Enclosures Main Stand Blocks B, E, F & AC 1, 2 Main Stand Blocks C & D

Adult

£18 £20 £22 £24
Concessions* £15 £15 £18 £20
Under 18 £1 £1 £1 £1
Under 12 £1 £1 £1 N/A

Save money and guarantee your place by purchasing your tickets ahead of the fixture date, as all prices increase by £2 when buying in-person on the day of the game.

Kids for a Quid...

Young U's can attend this Saturday's match for just £1 as we hold our Mead Plant & Grab Kids 4 a Quid game!

We want to see the stands packed with kids, which is why all Under 18s can attend the Port Vale game for just £1 - in any stand!

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Buy tickets online, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office during the regular opening hours.

Opening Times...

  • Club Shop & Ticket Office: 09:30am
  • Hospitality: 12pm
  • Turnstiles: 1:30pm
  • All Food & Drink outlets: 1:30pm
  • Kids' Zone: 1pm

Match Sponsors...

Many thanks to Saturday's Match Sponsor and Match Ball Sponsor, A&R Group.

Mascots & Matchday Experiences...

On Saturday we welcome Ralf Chamberlain, Leo Dawson, William Human, Ezra Kingdon, Max Plumb, Molly Saunders and Sophie Walker and Emerson Hansen as Mascots for the day! Click here for more information on our Matchday Mascot packages.

We also welcome Haddenham Rovers U13 Boys as our Matchday Experience team who will participate in a pre-match game on the pitch and help form the Guard of Honour.

Abbey Helpers...

If you have any questions or queries on the day of the game, please speak to our Abbey Helpers who are wearing high-viz jacket and will be located around the ground.

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Away Fans...

Cambridge United looks forward to welcoming Port Vale's travelling supporters to the Abbey Stadium, who will be housed in the South Stand for Saturday’s game. Tickets are available for away fans from the Ticket Office ahead of kick-off.

For Away Fan Information including how to find the ground, catering options and travel information, please click here.

Cashless Venue...

The Abbey Stadium has adopted a cashless policy for the new season, affecting all outlets inside the ground. Cash will still be accepted outside the stadium - in the Shop, Ticket Office and by roaming Programme and 50/50 sellers outside the ground.

Junior U's Takeover...

This weekend's game is the first ever Junior U's Takeover as five lucky young supporters take on Matchday roles at the Abbey Stadium.

Six-year-old Teddy Allen is our Junior Manager, who after taking part in a pre-match press conference on Thursday will be meeting Mark Bonner and the rest of his staff ahead of kick-off, before watching the warm-ups from the dug-out.

George Haslam, aged 12, will be our Junior Safety Officer and will spend the day with the Safety team, receiving fascinating insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes on a Matchday.

Joining the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire commentary team will be 11-year-old Isaac Edwards, taking on the role of Junior Commentator. He will spend the afternoon alongside Peter Swan, Doug Shulman and Mark Johnson to deliver live radio updates across the region.

Also in the press-box will be Harrison Carter, aged 12, who will be helping out the media team with their minute-by-minute Tweets as Junior Media Officer.

Finally, brother and sister combo, Georgia (Eight-years-old) and Hayden Marshall (12-years-old) will receive VIP treatment as Junior Directors, where they will eat lunch in the Boardroom before watching the game from the best seats in the house.

Rainbow Laces...

Cambridge United are showing their support for Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign this Saturday as our corner flags, captain armbands and substitute boards are given a splash of colour to show solidarity with LGBTQ+ fans.

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The Abbey Stadium should be a safe, welcoming space for everyone and the Club stands with the LGBTQ+ community in the face of discrimination and bigotry. Click here to read more.

Club Shop & Ticket Office…

The Club Shop and Ticket Office is open from 9:30am until kick-off.

In addition to tickets for Saturday's game, the Ticket Office is selling Match Tickets for the following fixtures:

  • Wycombe Wanderers vs Cambridge United - Tuesday 25th October, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United Women vs Cambridge City Ladies - Sunday 30th October, 2pm - League Plate
  • Cambridge United U18s vs Stevenage U18s - Tuesday 1st November, 7pm - FA Youth Cup
  • Cambridge United vs Bolton Wanderers - Saturday 12th November 2022, 3pm - Sky Bet League One

The Club Shop is now fully stocked with Replica Shirts, Matchday and Training Wear, so pop in-store ahead of kick-off to get kitted out and match ready.

Junior U's Kids’ Zone...

The LittleAqua Junior U's Kids' Zone is open from 1pm-2:45pm.

Featuring an inflatable goal and garden games, the Kids' Zone is the place to be for youngsters and their family ahead of each home game.

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Plus, two First Team players will make an appearance at 2pm to meet and greet young supporters ahead of kick-off.

Matchday Passports...

Junior U's should bring along their Matchday Passport to the Junior U's Kids' Zone Kiosk to receive their latest opposition sticker to track their attendance during the 2022/23 season.

Youngsters who attend the most games throughout the season will be eligible to receive a Bronze (15-17 games), Silver (18-20 games) or Gold Medal (21-23 games) from First Team Manager Mark Bonner.

If your little one isn't yet a member, visit the Club Shop on Matchday or sign up online.

Marvin the Moose...

Our resident mascot, Marvin the Moose will be strutting his stuff in the Kids' Zone and around the Abbey in the build up to kick-off, so make sure to say hello, give him a wave or stop for a photo if you see him out and about!

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First Time Visits...

If you are bringing an Under 12 to a game for the very first time, please let us know their name/s to receive a free "My First Visit" certificate to help commemorate the special occasion.

Scoreboard Announcements...

If somebody you know has their big day coming up soon, send an email to announcements@cambridgeunited.com with all the relevant details to receive a scoreboard shout-out!

Please note, due to the large number of requests, birthday announcements will no longer be read out on the PA system. All scoreboard requests must be submitted by midday on the Thursday before a Saturday game.

Sticker Album...

The 2022/23 Cambridge United Sticker Album is also on sale from CUFCDirect.com or via the Club Shop. The 40-page publication - produced in partnership with Curtis Sport - is available for just £5 and includes eight free stickers to begin your collection.

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There are a whopping 192 stickers to collect in total and the easiest way to collect each and every one is by purchasing a Matchday Programme at every home league game. Click here for more information.

Matchday Programmes…

Priced at £3.50, you can pick up the latest Matchday Programme - which has expanded to 56 pages - from the Club Shop or around the Abbey Stadium on Matchday. Look out for the new Programme & 50/50 Kiosks which are dotted behind every stand.

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As part of the Junior U's Takeover, Saturday’s programme cover is courtesy of Emily Harris, aged 10 from Oakington and features the latest set of eight stickers to continue building your Cambridge United Official Sticker Album collection.

If you cannot attend the match, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out - place your order online through the Curtis Sport website or sign up for a subscription.

50/50 tickets...

50/50 tickets can be purchased for £1 from our new Programme and 50/50 Kiosks around the ground. A winner will be picked at half-time with the winning number declared across the stadium PA system.

Mick George Chip in the Skip Half-Time Challenge...

One lucky home and one lucky away fan will get the chance to compete for Mick George vouchers in the Half-Time Chip in the Skip challenge! Show your support for Saturday's contestants as they take to the pitch at half-time.

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Food and Drink…

Chicken or Vegetable Curry, Pie and Mash and pastries from Piglets Pantry have recently been added to the menu at food outlets around the ground.

Following supporter feedback, the Club has made a number of changes to its food and drinks offering, whilst all the usual favourites such as Gourmet Burgers, Hot Dogs and Nachos will still be available.

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As with the majority of fixtures this season, only supporters with a Signature Suite Hospitality ticket can use the Dion Dublin Bar.

All food and drink outlets will open in conjunction with the turnstiles at 1:30pm and supporters should please be reminded that the Abbey Stadium is a cashless venue.

£4 pints before 2pm...

All pints of Amstel, Wild Wave and Ghost Ship are on offer for just £4 from 1:30pm until 2pm in all outside bars. The move comes following feedback from supporters with a number of improvements to the Club's food and drink offering announced.

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Get to the ground early and take advantage of these reduced prices from around the Abbey Stadium's various food and drink kiosks behind the Main Stand and Habbin Stand.

Travel…

There is no on-site car parking available at the Abbey Stadium and supporters are advised to use alternative modes of transport or the Cambridge Matchday Park & Ride service.

Home and away supporters can take advantage of the Cambridge Park & Ride, with a Matchday return ticket priced at £2.50 from Newmarket Road Park & Ride, CB5 8AA.

The ticket is valid for one passenger only. However, if travelling with children, the normal £3 Park & Ride ticket is also available to purchase, allowing children under the age of 16 to travel free with one fee-paying adult. Click here for more information on the Park & Ride service.

For supporters who have difficult accessing public transport, the Club has partnered with Dial a Ride to offer home-to-stadium transport. For more information, please click here.

If you require disabled parking, please call the Club on 01223 566500.

Alternatively, supporters can cycle or scoot to the game. The Abbey Stadium is home to both bicycle and Voi scooter racks, allowing fans to park their ride safely whilst at the ground. Make the most of the Club's new partnership with Voi, the UK and Europe's leading micromobility operator, by taking advantage of the following discount codes:

CAMUNITED - 1 x 15min free for all New Users 

CAMUNITED_VOI - 3 x 20% off a ride existing users

To redeem the codes, download the Voi app on your Android or iPhone device, open the in-app wallet and click on ‘Redeem a Voucher’ to enter the releveant code. Both codes are only valid in Cambridge and must be redeemed by the end of regular season on 6 May 2023.

If driving to the ground, supporters are reminded not to park on the drives or grass verges of local residents. This reminder comes following reports in recent weeks of supporters parking at Cambridge Dialysis Centre on Ditton Road, which has meant that patients have been unable to attend treatment appointments. We kindly ask that this site is not used for matchday parking.

Please be considerate if parking on local streets and always follow local guidance and parking laws.

Supporter Behaviour...

Cambridge United would like to remind its supporters of new tougher measures and stronger sanctions relating to anti-social and criminal behaviours at football grounds across the country.

The FA, Premier League and EFL have introduced a new set of actions, which will be implemented across all English football leagues this season and are backed by the Football Supporters’ Association.

The new measures target activity such as entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics and throwing objects - as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour.

These acts are dangerous, illegal and have severe consequences. They have no place in football, or anywhere. Click here for more information.


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