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Matchday Guide for Dons versus Pompey

Cheer on the Dons in pursuit of a first victory this year

18 January 2022

Tonight sees our first midweek home match of 2022 under the lights - and there's still a chance for you to join us.

The Dons take on Pompey (7.45 pm kick-off) with Robbo's boys aiming to secure a first victory this year after Saturday's encouraging display against Morecambe. 

Tickets are still available for tonight's game and you can buy now by visiting our online ticket section .

With a big attendance expected for tonight's game, please get here as early as possible to avoid queuing to get into the stadium. 

Food, Drinks and Pub

Food and drinks will be available to purchase at the stadium, including access to the food park, which offers several different types of cuisines on offer from local food businesses. The food trucks that will be at the game against Portsmouth are the following: MYPIE, Traditional Jerk Chicken, Dough Shack, Vegan Express, Naked Chips, plus the Burger & Hot Dog Stand. Fans are also permitted to bring water in a clear plastic bottle if they wish. However, no glass, cans, or metal bottles will be allowed. Thermos flasks are permitted.

All fans will have access to food and drink concessions around the Stadium including the food park behind the Movers stand. Unfortunately due to fire regulations, fans in the Ry and Movers Stands will not have access to the first floor concessions in the Cappagh Stand. As a result, all fans seated in the Cappagh Stand will need to show their match ticket or have their hand stamped in order to get back to the first floor concourse.

The food trucks will open at 5.45 pm with the Phoenix Pub (By The Horns) opening at the same time and closing at 11.00 pm. For the first time at a night game here the Phoenix will be serving spirits. Please note that the full range of spirits will be available from after the final whistle until closing time at 11.00 pm. Pre-mixed cans will be available prior to the final whistle.

Covid-19 survey

We had a great response from our supporters to our survey, which was introduced for the first time on Saturday. The survey will continue tonight. For more infomation on this please see our previous article

How to access the Stadium

The Cherry Red Records Stadium will open for home fans from 5.45pm (two hours before kick-off) and it is advised that fans arrive as early as possible. Away supporters can arrive from 6:15pm onwards. Supporters must enter the stadium via their designated entrance for their stand which is indicated on their ticket. Additionally, fans will be required to go through security where bags may be searched.

Below is a colour-coded map of the stadium entrances to help fans find their allocated point of entry. 

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All home fans will enter via the Plough Lane end of the Stadium only. Please note that fans in the South London Movers Stand or Ry Stand can only enter via Gates 3, 4 and 5. Gate 6 is not open for this game. Fans seated in the Cappagh Stand can only enter via Gate 2.

Away fans can only access the Stadium by Gate 7, which is accessed via St Martin’s Way or Maskell Road. 

For fans who have purchased matchday hospitality, please enter the Stadium via Gate 1, which will open at 5.00 pm. The map below highlights the hospitality blocks and lounges.

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There will be no parking on site (accessible spectators will be given separate guidelines). We recommend fans travel to the Stadium by train, bus, or, if you are local, by simply walking to the ground. There will be no parking available at Garrett Business Park.

Cycle Store

The cycle store will be open for our match against Portsmouth from 6.00 pm until 10.00 pm located behind the Ry Stand. Please note that all bikes MUST be collected before 10.00 pm. There will be a steward at the cycle store, but fans will leave their bikes at their own risk.


To help reduce queues at checkpoints, we ask fans not to bring bags into the stadium where possible. If essential, then please only bring an A5 sized bag (21cm x 15 cm x 10cm) or a clear bag only. Large bags or suitcases (including cabin bags) are not permitted.

Cashless Stadium

We are currently operating a semi-cashless Stadium. This means that most of the Stadium will only accept card payments apart from the club shop and matchday magazine sellers. Fans who turn up on the day with only cash will be able to purchase vouchers in denominations of £10 at the matchday magazine stalls and the club shop, which can then be used to buy food and drinks in the concessions.

The Club Shop

The club shop will be open right up until 7:30pm before the game, but it will not be open after the game.

Matchday Magazine

The matchday magazine can be purchased for £3 at the club shop and also inside each of our four stands. Sellers will also be positioned outside the Cappagh Stand entrance and along Plough Lane.

Reusable Cups

The club has implemented a reusable beer cup scheme to replace all single use plastic pint cups around the Stadium. Once fans have finished their beer, they are required to put these cups within the reusable cup bins located around the Stadium.

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