Tonight, we welcome the Swindon Wildcats for their second visit to the arena of the season looking to avenge the 3 – 0 defeat we suffered back in October. Here’s everything you need to know about your visit including our COVID-19 protocols:
OUR ARENA: Structural engineers have on a going basis during the pandemic period monitored the arena and stands, there is some remedial work to be done on the steps leading into the stands and we are working with our partners to ensure this work is completed as soon as possible.
TICKETS: We encourage you to book in advance to avoid queuing on match night at the box office.
Our ticket system ensures you’ll be emailed instantly with your ticket and all you need to do on the door is show the bar code.
If you’re unable to buy online, then the ticket office will still be open for purchases on matchday for cash and card payments.
TICKET PRICES: Prices for game night tickets are:
Adult – £15.00
Child – £7.00
Senior Citizen – £11.50
Family (2 adult & 2 children) – £40.00
Disabled Admission Policy – One complimentary admission ticket will be issued to a carer of a disabled guest if ID is presented connecting the name of the disabled guest to the recipient of one or more of the following: Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independent Payment (AFIP), or is a registered blind person.
- Please do not visit the arena if you feel unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms,
- Have been identified as a close contact of a positive case and asked to self isolate by the NHS.
- Have received a positive COVID test in the past 10 days.
COVID-19 TICKET GUARANTEE: If you cannot attend a game due to any of the above reasons, please contact us via email at email@example.com by 12noon on the day of the game with proof of a positive test or proof of self-isolation requirement. We will issue a voucher (no refunds) to be used at a future game so you can return when it is safe to do so.
FACE COVERINGS: Face masks / coverings are no longer a government requirement or law indoors and there are no restrictions currently to crowd capacity.
However the government do recommend that people continue to wear them to help keep themselves and others safe.
The Bison recommend that all fans attending a game should wear a face mask when walking around the arena and until you get to your seat, this is obviously down to each individuals preference, please be respectful of others.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: We’ll still be asking everyone to remain considerate and keep some distance between people when queuing in the common areas such as concession stands and toilets.
HAND SANITISER: Throughout the arena you’ll find hand sanitising stations, we encourage all fans to make use of these on your way to your seat and throughout your visit.
VACCINATION: There is no legal requirement currently to provide a negative test or provide proof of vaccination to enter the arena.
We would like all fans to be as safe as possible when attending games, so if you haven’t been “double jabbed” if you could take a voluntary lateral flow test prior to arriving then that would be appreciated.
DOORS OPEN: Doors open 1 hour before face-off. We ask that you do not bring bags unless necessary. If you do bring a bag, it will be searched.
TEAM BENCHES: Due to COVID-19 protocols both team benches will be out of bounds for all fans before the game and during the period breaks.
MERCHANDISE STANDS: The Bison merchandise stand will be selling Bison merchandise and both card and cash payments will be taken as usual.
The trying on of garments for the foreseeable future will not take place in order to protect the safety of our match night volunteers.
SOTB PRESENTATION: In the current climate the player we will not wear the shirt during the third period, a socially distanced presentation will take place on the ice with the player at the end of the game. We will review this presentation procedure at the beginning of November.
SIGNING TABLE: Unfortunately for the foreseeable future in order to protect both the players and supporters alike there will be no signing table – this is something we will review again prior to the weekend of 6th November 2021.
Food & Beverage
The rink bar will be open all evening long, with Papa John’s will once again be producing freshly made pizzas.
You can order in advance before the game so your delicious piping hot pizza is waiting for you in one of the intervals or at the end of the game.
There’s no need to rush to eat before heading to the arena when you can grab a delicious Papa John’s during the game.
TWITTER COMPETITION: Back by popular demand is our weekly Twitter competition in conjunction with Papa John’s where fans choose who they think will be the Bison’s first goal scorer and one lucky winner wins a large pizza.
Keep your eye on @BisonHockey twitter feed on Saturday morning to enter.
VENDING MACHINES: The majority of our vending machines accept card and cash payment.
CARD PAYMENTS: The majority of the arena concession stands (food areas and bar) can take contactless payment and where possible we ask you to pay by card but if necessary, we will still accept cash.
OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINK: No outside food or drink is allowed to be brought into the venue, unless required for medical or dietary purposes.
STAFF: All our staff and volunteers will be encouraged to wear face coverings. Please respect them for working under these conditions.
MATCH-NIGHT PROGRAMME: Tonight’s Stampede match night programme contains all the information hockey fans love to know.
There’s a preview of tonight’s opponents.
Coach Tait gives his weekly review of all things Herd related from his perspective.
Anthony Russell gives us a round up on last weekends of games in National League competition.
As always, The Stampede features your official scoresheet in its centre pages.
The ever popular 50/50 draw will be running tonight, with one lucky winner each week taking home a huge cash prize. Tickets cost just £1 and are available from our roving sellers and at the Merchandise Club table.
Shirt Off the Player’s Back: is just a £1 ticket you could be the first person to own one of the clubs new Home Warm Up jersey’s by winning forward’s #61 Forward Ryan Sutton’s.
Unfortunately due to the current climate these jerseys cannot be presented on the ice and will require laundering before handing over to the lucky winner. The jersey will be available to pick up at the merchandise stand at the following game. Tickets will be available from our roving sellers and at the Club merchandise table.
Chuck-a-Puck: in association with Zizzi’s restaurant is once again back for another season so grab your puck for just £1 head to the Ice Machine gate after the second period and aim for the centre of the rink and you could win Zizzi vouchers.
Chuck-a-Duck in association with Ma Humbugs so grab your ducks for just £1 head to the Ice Machine gate after the first period and aim for the centre of the rink and win yourself a bag of Ma Humbugs sweets.
END OF GAME PRESENTATIONS: For the foreseeable future there will be on player handshakes at the end of the game, teams will stand at their respective blue lines where the MOM winners will be announced.
We look forward to seeing you at the game …