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Matchday guide: All the information ahead of your return to Villa Park

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Matchday guide: All the information ahead of your return to Villa Park

Here you'll find all the matchday information for our first home game of the season against Wigan Athletic.

It's been three months since our last Villa Park outing and excitement levels are now firmly back for our return, with the attendance set to exceed 33,000.

And since it's our first game back, there's a host of information that we can provide that will answer the majority of your FAQs. 

See below for all the details on Season Cards, entertainment, travel, parking and more.

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Season Cards 

If you've renewed your Season Ticket, please make sure you have your Season Card from the last campaign. The card you use to gain entry will be the SAME as last season. 

Please do not wait until Saturday morning to check if you have your Season Cards, as we're expecting an extremely busy afternoon at the Ticket Office. 

If you have lost or disposed of last season's Season Card, please contact the Ticket Office on 0333 323 1874. 

There will be a £10 charge per replacement Season Card. All Season Ticket packs have now been posted out to new season ticket holders and supporters who have moved seats. 

Get in early 

Please arrive at the Wigan match as EARLY as possible on Saturday. It's the first game of a new season with a healthy attendance of 34,000 or more possible. 

Lots of new Season Ticket Holders and Villa Park first timers will be present and unfamiliar with navigation around the stadium, so don't leave it until the final minutes to start heading to your seat. 

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Entertainment 

Our Family Fun Zone is back for our opening home match of the season. It'll be open from 1pm over at the Academy Building opposite the Villa Park North Stand. 

Popular half-time activity Prize Where It Lies is also returning. Prizes from partners include: 

  • Luke 1977 Top to toe Luke package. 
  • A full Luke 1977 outfit with hat, t-shirt, jeans, belt, pants socks and trainers.
  • 32Red - A pair of tickets to the 32RED box at Villa Park for a home fixture of your choice.
  • Unibet – A choice of tickets to the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2019 at Cheltenham Race Course or Unibet Premier League of Darts.
  • Utilita – Two festival tickets to a live nation event.
  • Heineken – Your height in beer cases.
  • Greene King IPA - Your height in beer cases.
  • Pukka Pies –  A free pie at each game for 2018/19.
  • Science in Sport - A year's supply of protein powder.
  • Fanatics – A £150 shopping basket for Fanatics.com.
  • #PartOfThePride – A Season Ticket for 2019/20.
  • Pride Rewards – 5,000 Pride Rewards points. 
You can enter the Prize Where It Lies competition via Pride Rewards here

Elsewhere, there's a VIP pre-match event that includes food, drink, a quiz and a visit from a former Aston Villa player. Enter via Pride Rewards here

Finally, our Fifty50 raffle will also be making a comeback. 

Fifty50 ticket sellers will be located around Villa Park at every game during the season, and tickets cost just £2 each. 

For the Wigan and Brentford games, Aston Villa Foundation will use proceeds to go towards creating a benevolent fund for former Aston Villa players.

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Travel and parking 

Please made plans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible on matchday this season. To assist with this, an earlier traffic exclusion time has been introduced around the ground – meaning there will be less traffic on Trinity Road from 90 minutes before kick-off. 

For all those attending Saturday's game, a reminder that there are closures around Dartmouth Circus which will involve a 48-hour closure of two lanes with only single lane running around the gyratory. Delays are expected and alternative routes are sign posted across the network informing drivers to use these.

All other info 

Please note our Pride Rewards collection point has moved to the Villa Village Reception. 

Ecash will be in available in and around the stadium on your Season Card. Gain points or spend them inside Villa Park or the Villa Store.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 9th August 2018