Get To East Anglian Derby Early Fans Warned

2 September 2018, 08:06 | Updated: 2 September 2018, 08:17

Ipwich Town FC

Tractor Boys and Canaries supporters are being asked to get to today's East Anglian Derby as early as possible today.

Kick off at Portman Road for the Ipswich Town vs Norwich City Ground is at 12pm.

Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10.30am.
Due to the high number of away supporters travelling by coach, vehicle access to Portman Road will be restricted before and during the match, and closed for a short period of time after the match. Availability of spaces at the Portman Road Car Park will be greatly reduced.
Due to the high attendance some changed entry and exit arrangements will be in place to minimise bottlenecks and congestion.
Supporters seated in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand will have the option to exit the stadium post-match via the main drive at the football club into Constantine Road, or via the practice pitch into Sir Alf Ramsey Way.

The exit into Portman Road will also be open for supporters who wish to exit that way.
Road closures will be in place at various times on Portman Road and on Princes Street at the junctions of Civic Drive, Chancery Road, Chalon Street, Commercial Road, West End Rd, Ranelagh Road and Burrell Road.
There will be some disruption to public transport as a result of these closures. 

Buses will be operating on diversionary routes whilst Princes Street is closed. Members of the public are advised to check by telephone or on-line with operators for service details and alternative bus stops.
Bag searches will be taking place for the safety of all spectators at this match and supporters should plan to arrive at the stadium earlier than normal to ease congestion whilst entering the stadium.
Police commander for the match Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Mattin said:

"As usual for this derby game there will be a high profile police presence to ensure all supporters arrive and leave the ground safely.
We will also be applying section 35 dispersal powers if necessary. This will allow us to deal with individuals engaging in anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder, not only when they have occurred or are occurring but when they are likely to occur. Failure to comply with the direction to leave an area is a criminal offence as is failure to surrender any items when requested to do so by police.

We  encourage all supporters to come and enjoy the atmosphere of the local derby and act sensibly during this sporting event as we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder.

I would ask that anyone planning to be in the town centre area of Ipswich on Sunday takes note of the road closures and congestion expected.
The public are encouraged to approach police if they have any questions on the day. Officers will be on hand to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal daily business."
Police have been working closely with colleagues in Suffolk, British Transport Police and the two football clubs to ensure the smooth running of the operation on the day.