📝 Matchday Family Fun: Oxford United


Where has the season gone? Saturday is the final matchday of yet another fantastic season for the Grecians!

Your match day at SJP is not just about the 90 minutes of football! There is far more to Exeter City!

Don’t Forget Your Sharpie

On Saturday we look forward to welcoming you back to your SJP for the final time this season for the visit of play-off chasing Oxford United .  Don’t forget the kick off for your match has changed to 12:30. The Exeter weather is always changeable as we approach a match day.  It’s currently forecast to be a mild (11c) afternoon.

If you don’t meet you City stars when they arrive for the match don’t worry.  There will be an extra opportunity for you at full-time.  As in past seasons they will be walking around the perimeter fence signing your City posters (free with programmes and from other sources) and other ECFC merchandise.  This is the ideal selfie opportunity with your favourites.    

Mascot Race

And at half time it’s all bets off when you can cheer on your favourite furry mascots. The annual mascot race will take centre stage on the pitch as soon as the referee brings the first half to a close.

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These are just two extra opportunities where we show our genuine commitment to see you spend an enjoyable match day with your Exeter City.

And for supporters who love a variety of great food and drink alongside fun and games, your Fan Zone is the ideal pre-match venue. Starting at 8am with the FREE stadium Tour and opening of the Club shop, ticket office and from 10am the staggered opening of bars (with TVs) and local farm food outlet. If you are in the Optimising IT Adam Stansfield stand the Legends Bar and kiosk are available from 11:30pm. 

Enjoy the Match

By road or rail, when you get here we hope you will enjoy the match and your SJP experience.

If you encounter any that does not seem right, facilities as well as behaviour, please text “Help” or a short description immediately and anonymously to 62277.

First Visit

For your visit you will have plenty on offer for you pre-match to keep you involved and entertained.

If it is your first visit to SJP please email customerservices@exetercityfc.co.uk or let an Ambassador know and we will endeavour to make it memorable for you.

Three helpful tips for you on your first visit:

  1. The stadium can be noisy – especially when City score a goal. Consider era defenders (which will also minimise any local deviation from the King’s English);
  2. Make sure youngsters have an emergency contact number in case they get split up from you;
  3. And always check the weather before your journey so that you have appropriate clothing.

The Club has over 40 affiliated groups by age or location. You now have the opportunity to officially affiliate with the club by being part of established group or become a new supporters’ group, you can find out more information by email to customerservices@exetercityfc.co.uk.

Extra Assistance? We Care

  • Autism packs are available to you including ear defenders.
  • Soccer Sight commentary headsets for you if you have vision restrictions.
  • Changing Places facility available for you in the Optimising IT Adam Stansfield Stand.
  • 5 Accessible facilities.
  • 4 Baby changing facilities.

Keep an eye out for Grecian and Lexi!

No trip to SJP would be complete without a picture with our mascots Grecian and his younger sister  Lexi the Lions. Keep an eye out around the Park for the mischievous pair! You’ll find them in the Junior Grecians Zone before the match and inside the stadium.  You can follow their antics on Twitter @Grecianlexi.  Why not send them a picture for them to hang up in their Lions Den.

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  • 10:30 your furry friends will be meeting you in the Junior Grecian Zone and Fan Zone.
  • 11:30 from the Optimising IT Adam Stansfield stand the Pride of ECFC Lions will move to meet you on the Big Bank or Nevada Construction stand.

Special Occasion?

As well as letting us know if it is your first visit please let us know if you are celebrating a special occasion. We will try and make it special for you and/or arrange a half-time birthday message. Email: customerservices@exetercityfc.co.uk.

Fan Zone Activity

Your Match Day Time Table This Saturday

The match is SOLD OUT.  Thank you for your incredible support this season. Whilst you will be welcome to join the pre-match atmosphere plus Fan Zone fun and games, it is probably best not to arrive at the ground unless you have match tickets. 

Remember you can follow the action on ifollow for the last time. Click here to purchase a pass.

8am FREE Stadium Tour – The highly acclaimed Stadium Tour is available to supporters who have pre-booked

9:30am – your Club Shop opens until the last customer leaves post-match. Youngsters can enter a guess the time of the first goal to win a £20 voucher (no purchase necessary).

9:30am –  your home ticket booth will be open for sales of season tickets .The ticket office is also the place to head for if you have tickets for collections.

10am – Your bars start to open on a staggered basis beginning with the Centre Spot. Big screens showing Sky Sports News.

10am – Junior Grecian Family Zone open for members. Booked birthday parties take their places in the VIP area. Hospitality (Heritage, Trust Suite and Executive boxes) opens for guests.

10:30am – Your Junior Grecians Zone opens for all families. Face painting available. Your City favourites will be popping in on their way to the changing room for more selfies and a game with you on the table football or EA FC 24.

10:30am – Players start to arrive and are happy to sign autographs or pose for selfies in the Fan Zone. Why not tweet your picture to #SemperFidelis or share on our other social media platforms?

10:30am – if not before, you can catch Grecian the Lion and his younger sister Lexi posing for selfies starting from the Junior Grecian Zone, before moving out to the Fan Zone to welcome supporters and players and into the Stadium by noon.

11am – U’s ticket booth in St James Road opens for United supporters collections and ticket sales if any tickets  are returned.

11am– Familiarisation Mini Tour for first time visitors starts from the Academy Stall. 

11:15 – Information Point and Academy stall open in the Fan Zone.  Your meet and greet Ambassador team are available for help and directions.

11:15 – Subject to weather it’s the return of Play Your Cards Right.  Prizes include shirt (winners in each of the last two matches) of your choice, footballs, FC24 games and t-shirts for adults. OR your chance to use the “City Board” for family pics which you can tweet to #SemperFidelis.

11:30 – the Optimising IT Adam Stansfield Stand opens for those ticket holders who want to watch the lunchtime match. Under croft activities Legends bar, Mini Family Zone and Red & Fed kiosk available.

11:30 – Turnstiles open (Red & Fed Kiosks available).

11:35 – Teams announced by rival supporters in your Fan Zone.  And perhaps there will be an opportunity for a significant interview.

12:05 – Your Match Day Guard of Honour take to the field.

12:30 – The Big Kick Off. Enjoy YOUR Match.

Half-time – Weather permitting half time shoot out featuring local youth teams on the matchday Experience package.

  • Jungle Path bar is open
  • Optimising IT Adam Stansfield stand under croft TVs (result service) kiosks and Legends bar.
  • Junior Grecian Zone (kiosk available) open for all Nevada Construction ticket holders.  
  • Club Shop, Fan Zone, Kenniford Farm Food and Centre Spot open to home supporters in the Navada Construction Main Stand.
  • Red and Fed kiosks close when all customers have been satisfied.

Final Whistle – why rush away? Stay in the stadium and say thank you to your Grecian favourites as they walk around the perimeter fence signing autographs and taking part in selfies with you. Sky Sports results and goals will be available in the Centre Spot. Your 3pm televised match on the big screens comes from League Two. As usual some pints reduced in price. Your Club Shop and Ticket Booth will close when the last customer has been served.

14:29– Post match trains start from St James Park (Exeter) station from to mainline St David’s and 14:23 to Exmouth.

Getting to SJP

Getting to your SJP on match days (EX4 6PX – visiting fans EX4 6PU) cannot be easier for you. 

BUS: Local Stagecoach buses drop off on several streets in the local vicinity all around the stadium (York Road, Pennsylvania Road, Prince Charles Road, Union Road, Sidwell Street, Old Tiverton Road, Blackboy Road etc.).

All of Exeter’s Park & Ride services drop off in the City Centre, which is a short walk away from the stadium gates.

A maximum £2 fare is still in place for all Devon local services.

Exeter Coach Station is also less than half a mile walk away, offering both regional and nationwide services.

TRAIN: St James Park boasts the only operating matchday station in the whole of the EFL! The station sits on the London Waterloo line out of the City & has become a match day hub with regular services running from Exeter St. David’s (all main line services) , Exmouth,  Paignton, Okehampton and Barnstaple.

Match Day timetable changes mean that trains calling at all stations from Okehampton and Barnstaple are extended to finish/return from St James Park (Exeter) station.  Passengers from London Waterloo should change at either Pinhoe or Exeter Central for services to St James Park. Passengers from London Paddington, Cornwall and from Liverpool/Manchester or further north should change at Exeter St. David’s. A return fare from Exeter St. David’s costs £2.60 but is free if travelling from further afield and St James Park selected as your destination at the time of booking. Services for you this Saturday are at 3, 17 and 42 minutes past the hour. Returns start at 14:29 for connection to mainline services from St David’s and 14:23 to Exmouth.

CYCLING: There are racks available at the stadium, with extra capacity on nearby Sidwell Street should these areas be full. Exeter’s cycling network is continually improving and many of the surrounding streets have dedicated cycling infrastructure.

CAR:

  • Sat nav: Home fans: EX4 6PX
  • Visiting fans: EX4 6PU

There is extremely limited parking around our stadium. There are several city-centre car parks within fairly close range. There is some limited on-street parking for considerate drivers. Wherever possible, we recommend the use of public transport, Park & Ride services, or active transport (walking & cycling) to reach St James Park on matchday.

There are no major traffic delays expected. Because it is a lunch-time car parks could be busier than normal.  Queues can be expected so please allow extra time.

Stadium Tours

Why not start your visit early? If you have not been on our outstanding Stadium Tour why not join this Saturday? To make advance booking please click here. The tours are FREE and start at 8am for the earlier kick-off, meeting in the Fan Zone beside the entrance to the Centre Spot and provide a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes of your club on a match day when the ground is coming alive and visit the Changing Rooms, Security centre and Museum. Tours last between an hour and 90 minutes.

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Club Shop

The shop runs its own match day competition for younger supporters.  Predict the time of the first goal and the prize is yours.

Make your way to the Club Shop before or after the match.  It is the only way to obtain your official City souvenirs and check out what’s new or any special offers. Pocket money items are also available.

And remember if you are a member of the Trust or Junior Grecians there is a 10% in store discount (Excl. match programmes and reduced/sale items). Visit shop.exetercityfc.com.

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Announce the City team or Join the Guard of Honour

If you have the drive and feel you can get supporters cheering you can announce the City team in the Fan Zone. Just turn up at the Information Point.

Want to be on the pitch as the players enter SJP? Then be part of the flag waving, Guard of Honour!

The Guard of Honour for Saturday is full! If your child would like to be part of the flag waving team welcoming the players and officials onto the pitch on Saturday or at a future game please email customerservices@exetercityfc.co.uk. Children taking part not only get on the pitch but also receive a certificate of participation and a bag of sweets.

Eating and Drinking options

Apart from the hospitality and bar options locally Sourced Hot Snacks are available in the Fan Zone from Kenniford Farm. For your delight they will be providing their usual farm produced pre-match fare (including chips) and will also be open at half-time for users of the Navada Construction stand.

Inside the Stadium the kiosks have a range of food, confectionary and drinks available to you. If you are in the Navada Construction stand please remember that the JG Zone is open for all at half-time and also has a kiosk. Giving you the opportunity to catch the half time results on their screen while you much your pasty or drink your coffee. Adults in the Main Stand can of course watch the half-times in the Centre Spot over a quick pint and pasty.

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Information Point

The information Point is the ideal meeting place and will have programmes (home and away) and team sheets available for a donation to the Academy.

Trust Queries & Membership Applications Ticket Booth

There is now a dedicated Trust window at the Ticket Booth in the Fan Zone. The Trust Membership secretary will be pleased to meet prospective new members who want to be a part of the Club or those who want to find out about all the work the Trust does and benefits of becoming a member. He will also have 20th Anniversary badges and pens available.

The Trust recently celebrated 20 years of majority shareholding of the Club. Commemorative pens (£1.50) and badges (£3) are now available at the window .

Junior Grecians Lounge

The Junior Grecians are the Official Junior Supporters Club of Exeter City FC. New this season is face painting back after Covid by popular demand.

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The room provides a safe comfortable environment for families to enjoy pre-match entertainment, such as a large screen TVs, PlayStation consoles and Table Football, as well as the option to enjoy refreshments from the Zone’s very own kiosk. The family room also has a volunteer providing face painting to ‘show your colours’. Opening exclusively for Members at 10am it is available to all children from 11am.

Bars

You are spoilt for choice! The Fan Zone has its own bar area. Leading off from the Fan Zone is the Centre Spot bar which also houses the Famous Exeter City Real Ale & Cider Emporium. On the other side of the Stadium you will find the Optimising IT Adam Stansfield stand under croft bar. Post match some pints are discounted in these bars. 

Other bars are the Trust Suite for our Hospitality Guests. The Legends Lounge for guests of our Match, Ball and Programme Sponsors. Finally the Heritage Lounge for Members. In the stadium the Big Bank has a half-time break-out bar. The refreshment kiosk behind the Away Terrace also has alcohol on sale.

ECFC Museum Trust

The brim full Museum Room is open for FREE Stadium Tours on most match days, hospitality guests and on Wednesday afternoons. The purpose of the museum is to collect, preserve, share and celebrate the history and heritage of ECFC.

Our stadium-wide approach has produced a range of at every opportunity at SJP. In the Optimising IT Adam Stansfield stand you will find the Hall of Fame displays and History of ECFC Timeline. The Road to Brazil in the entrance to the JG Zone (by the way the 1917 match ball is in the Museum and well worth a look), a list of every player behind Gate 3 and many other picture boards across the walls. You can ask our Ambassador Team at the entrances about the Church under the car park or other points of interest.

Soccer Sight

Headsets are readily available for supporters to collect from reception or the ticket office ahead of kick-off. To book one in advance, please contact reception on 01392 411 243 or by emailing reception@ecfc.co.uk.

Feedback

We hope that you enjoy your day with us at St James Park! We would really appreciate any feedback you may have about the experience. Please either email: media@ecfc.co.uk, or message us on Twitter: @officialecfc

If you want to report and incident:

Please either contact your nearest steward, or text ‘help ecfc’ to 62277.

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