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Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Oxford United

3 August 2023

Club News

Matchday Guide: Cambridge United vs Oxford United

3 August 2023

Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One opener against Oxford United, take a read of our Matchday Guide...


Tickets are selling fast for Saturday's game as we get set to host our best attended opening day fixture in over three decades.

The NRE, Main Stand and North Habbin are now SOLD OUT, meaning only tickets in the Intelligent Membranes South Habbin are available.

Supporters should please note that due to the demand for tickets, the two Habbin Stands are being sold separately and there will be no transferring between areas.

Secure your spot online, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office.

Opening Times...

  • Club Shop & Ticket Office: 10am
  • Hospitality: 12pm
  • Kids' Zone: 1pm
  • Turnstiles: 1:15pm
  • All Food & Drink outlets: 1:15pm
  • Fan Zones: 1:15pm

With a near-capacity crowd expected, fans are requested to arrive at the ground as early as possible to help aleviate any delays in getting into the stadium.

Match Sponsors...

Thanks to this weekend's Match Sponsor, Regent Construction and our Match Ball Sponsor, Intelligent Membranes.

Mascots and Ball Crew..

On Saturday we have 3 Mascots joining us for the game! We can't wait to welcome Gilly Gosdal, James Peak and Theo Sailsbury.

Click here for more information on our Matchday Mascot packages.

We also look forward to welcoming our Ball Crew, Willingham Wolves U12s!

Robert Osbourn Minute's Applause...

Please join us for a minute's applause to celebrate the life of Robert Osbourn, lifelong supporter of the U's and former Chair of CFU.

Robert was often the first person that supporters saw on Matchday from the CFU Programme outlet and he offered a comforting and cheery presence to everyone that he came across.

He will be deeply missed by everybody associated with the Club and we invite all fans to honour his life on Saturday.

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 Oxford's travelling supporters to the Abbey Stadium. Please note, there are no away tickets remaining from the U's allocation. There will be no tickets available on the day.

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

Cashless Venue...

The Abbey Stadium will remain a cashless policy this 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.

Club Shop & Ticket Office…

The Club Shop and Ticket Office is open from 10am until kick-off.

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

  • Sutton United vs Cambridge United - Tuesday 8 August, 7:45pm - Carabao Cup
  • Fleetwood Town vs Cambridge United – Saturday 12 August, 3pm – Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Stevenage – Tuesday 15 August, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Bristol Rovers – Saturday 19 August, 3pm - Sky Bet League One
  • Cambridge United vs Wycombe Wanderers - Tuesday 18th April, 7:45pm - Sky Bet League One

Fan Zones and Food/Drink...

Fan Zones in the Newmarket Road End, Main Stand and Habbin are open from 1:15pm, offering supporters space to get together and enjoy a range of culinary and beverage options before kick-off.

New covers have been installed across all three Fan Zones, meaning supporters will be protected from all of the elements throughout the season.

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After receiving feedback from fans, a refreshed menu is in operation around the ground, which offers greater choice and flexibility with your matchday meal.

Supporters will have the option to add fries and a drink to their selection of Burger (Plant Based option available) or Hot Dog, to form a meal deal, allowing for greater value when choosing a meal.

Chicken Bites & Fries have been added to the menu, in addition to Loaded Fries and Nachos, which come with a choice of toppings - Beef Chilli, 3 Bean Chilli, Sweet Chicken or Chicken Shawarma.

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The new menu is available in all home stands - so you'll get the same great choice no matter where you are watching the game from.

Also new this season, courtesy of our prinicipal partners, BrewBoard, are two of their favourite beers, Rex and Cambstar, which will be on draught in all areas of the ground during the 2023/24 campaign.

Their 'Brew Bus' will also be in operation in the Habbin Fan Zone, serving a wider range of their drinks, and will be accompanied by two live DJ's from 1:30pm.

Fans should please note that only supporters with a Signature Suite Hospitality ticket can use the Dion Dublin Bar before or after the game.

Junior U's Kids’ Zone...

The Ripples Bathrooms Junior U's Kids' Zone is back for another season and open from 1pm-2:45pm!

Featuring an inflatable goal, new garden games, fun activities and visits from First Team players, the Kids' Zone is the place to be for youngsters and their family ahead of each home game!


If you're bringing your little one/s to the game, make sure to stop by before heading through the turnstiles.

Matchday Passports...

Junior U's should bring along their brand-new Matchday Passport to the Junior U's Kids' Zone Kiosk to receive their latest opposition sticker to track their attendance during the 2023/24 season.

If your Under 12 Season Ticket Holder/Junior U member doesn't have their Passport yet, simply visit the Kiosk to pick one up.

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 Award (21-23 games) at the final home game of the season.

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!


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 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.

Live Music...

We have musical acts in all three Fan Zones on Saturday, with Deep indie pop UK artist Pyramid Park in the Main Stand, Four piece, female fronted 90's cover band Nothing But Nineties in the NRE and Zest DJ's, Jackson & The Chapman Brothers in the Habbin.

Get in the ground early and enjoy some live music whilst building up to kick-off.

If you are interested in performing at an upcoming home Matchday, get in-touch!

Ultimate U's...

Following on from the success of last season's Sticker Book, we are excited to introduce Ultimate U's, the Official Cambridge United Card game, at this Saturday's game.

Collect cards of current and former players - complete with stats and scores for various attributes, allowing you to play and compete with friends - by buying each copy of the Matchday Programme.

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Pick up your first free pack of four in this Saturday's Matchday Programme! Click here for more information.

Matchday Programmes…

Pick up the first edition of this season's Matchday Programme from around the ground for just £3.50. This year's Programme features new pages, old favourites and a fresh clean look for the new season.

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As mentioned above, fans will also receive their first four Ultimate U's cards with every purchase.

If you can't make the match, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out - place your order online through the Curtis Sport website.

50/50 tickets...

50/50 tickets can be purchased for £1 from our 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.


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.

Fans should also note that there is a road closure on Coldhams Lane from the A1134 and Brooks Road junction, to east of the junction with Nuttings Road. This may cause some delays to supporters who travel along this route.

Home and away supporters can take advantage of the Cambridge Park & Ride, with a Matchday return ticket priced at £3 from Newmarket Road Park & Ride, CB5 8AA.

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.

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 of supporters parking at Cambridge Dialysis Centre on Ditton Road, which has meant that patients have been unable to attend treatment appointments.

Supporters have also been reported to park on the long cycle lane down Barnwell Road. We kindly ask that these sites are not used for matchday parking.

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

Supporter Accessibility...

Supporters with additional needs should visit the new Accessibility Info point by the Newmarket Road End turnstiles for access to the ground and information on the services we have available for disabled supporters.

Cambridge United prides itself on being an inclusive football club and providing the best customer service for its disabled supporters. The following services are available to both home and away fans.

Supporters with additional sensory needs can access a free sensory bag courtesy of the Audio For All team at Cambridge United. Both home and away fans can access the bag which includes the following items:

  • Sunflower sticker to make stewards aware of any support needs
  • Ear defenders and in-ear plugs to help with noise control
  • Sensory stress style ball to help ease any anxiety
  • Selection of puzzles and a pen to help keep the mind occupied
  • Pass to enable a queue jump style access through an allocated gate

As these bags are free of charge supporters are politely asked for them to be returned after use. Please click here for more information.

Home and away supporters with a visual impairment, additional sensory needs or the elderly can receive audio-descriptive commentary courtesy of the Audio For All team. Expertly trained volunteer fans of Cambridge United provide a highly professional, neutral and entertaining match description for free of charge.
The service is broadcast to all parts of the stadium. For more information or to book onto the service, please click here.

Cambridge United has teamed up with picturepath, to provide a visual visitor guide for supporters with an aim to help reduce anxiety for SEN Children.

All fans are able to benefit from using picturepath's visual timelines. The app based timelines will support fans, in particular those with additional needs and heightened anxiety such as autism, in preparation for and during their visit to the stadium.

The guides are available within the existing app that can be downloaded for free via your app store (Apple/Android), simply navigate to add routine, and then “visit with picturepath” to access the guides.

For more information on our provisions for disabled supporters, please click here.

Supporter Behaviour...

To challenge the totally unacceptable presence of football tragedy abuse, for season 2023/24, regulation changes and tough new measures have been introduced which will see people who are found to have committed offences face stadium bans and potential criminal prosecution.

In addition to bans and criminal sanctions, a range of in-stadium, in-classroom and online resources will be rolled out under the ‘Love Football Protect the Game’ banner, to educate adults and children alike about the hurt tragedy chanting causes. Ground regulations have also been updated to incorporate references to tragedy chanting.

The game will also continue its efforts to combat dangerous, illegal and unwelcome behaviour off the pitch, be it in the stands or online. Last season a host of new measures were introduced by authorities which saw enhanced sanctions applied for people identified entering the pitch, using pyros, taking drugs to games, throwing objects or for discriminatory abuse.

For more information, please click here.

Report It...

Safety at the Abbey Stadium remains a key priority on a Matchday and should you witness anti-social or discriminatory behaviour, please speak to a steward, report it via the Club's anonymous reporting textline - 075224 73291 - or through our online Report an Incident page.

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