SUPPORTER INFORMATION: BOHEMIANS v SHAMROCK ROVERS

Jodi Stand

 Dear supporter,

Tonight, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers meet in the Extra.ie FAI Cup semi-final in what is another sell-out at Dalymount Park for the biggest Dublin derby in a decade.

By now, you are probably well aware that while sell-out crowds are what we aspire to as a club, they also present us with serious challenges, particularly due to the current reduced capacity of Dalymount Park.

We remain under scrutiny from An Garda Síochána and the Dublin Fire Brigade with regard to health and safety concerns during these fixtures. With so much at stake tonight, those concerns are intensified even further.

As well as information and procedures communicated to you previously, there are further measures in place tonight so please read below in its entirety.

We are a members-owned club. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that tickets to this game made their way into the hands of our regulars.

With that in mind, there is a collective responsibility on us all to ensure the safety of one another and that our actions do not invite further scrutiny or sanctions.

JODI STAND CAR PARK/TRAMWAY END: NO ACCESS

The area surrounding the away dressing room at the Block A/Jodi Stand Car Park end of the stand has been declared a sterile area until after the game and until all opposition players and officials have left the stadium.

This includes access to the Tramway End to hang flags. Supporters who wish their flags to be displayed at the Tramway End must bring them down to stewards at Block A no later than 7.20pm and preferably earlier.

They will be hung up by two designated club volunteers and returned to you after the game by these same volunteers. There is otherwise no access to the terrace or to the car park area. This includes the Jameson Bar which is tonight closed to the public.

MAKE SPACE FOR ONE ANOTHER

More often that not when it appears the stand is full, there are actually scores of individual unoccupied seats across the stand.

Move up! And when it’s close to kick-off and it looks like the place is filling up, help fellow supporters find a vacant seat.

COUNTERFEIT/COPIED TICKETS

All our tickets have a unique barcode that will only scan once. If your ticket barcode shows up on our scanners as having already been scanned, we cannot allow you into the game.

OVERCROWDING/STANDING IN AISLES

The biggest concern remains the overcrowding in sections F&G and in particular people standing in the aisles, which could lead to serious crowd surges, crushes and injuries.

Standing in the aisles needs to stop. It is a major health and safety concern that is potentially catastrophic.

There is usually space further down in the Jodi Stand, particularly in blocks A&B. Please help recreate the derby atmosphere throughout the stand rather than just in F&G.

The Gardaí have instructed stewards to allow no standing in the steps/aisles and if it is considered that these blocks are full, no further supporters will be allowed into these areas.

We ask that our members and supporters cooperate with stewards and adhere to their instructions.

OVERCROWDING UNDER JODI STAND: BARS/ACCESS ROUTES

Our bars cannot accommodate everyone. Overcrowding in our bars and in the access routes under the stand have been identified by DFB as areas of major concern.

If our staff/volunteers indicate that our bars are full, please accept this. Matchdays are stressful enough for our staff/volunteers without unnecessary confrontations.

If you are only accessing underneath the stand to use the toilet, please consider using toilet facilities at either Block A (portaloos), by the merchandise store (portaloos) or those under Block G instead. Doing so will help alleviate the numbers under the stand.

FIRE HAZARDS

DFB fear so many people congested in the one place and the regularity with which flares and smoke bombs are ignited that these combined pose a fire hazard.

DFB and the Gardai have insisted that no flags and banners can be hung at the back of the Jodi Stand behind block F&G.

Similarly, fan displays at the start of the game/when the team comes out, such as those done by the Notorious Boo-Boys, will have to take place in front of the stand, by the side of the pitch, and not in the stand itself.

The authorities have also insisted on increased searches on Dalymount Lane.

Any supporter found in possession of a flare or similar pyrotechnics will be refused access/denied entry to the ground and faces being banned by the board of management.

Anyone who used pyrotechnics in the ground also faces a large fine and potential prosecution.

FIRE/EMERGENCY EVACUATION

In the event of a fire or other incident in the Jodi Stand all supporters should please move down the aisles and on to the pitch and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.

In the event of a fire or other incident in the Des Kelly Stand, away supporters should exit through the appropriate gate, either into the adjacent car park, or via the Jodi Stand, and follow the instructions of stewards and Gardaí.

MISSILES

Missile have been thrown on to the pitch at derbies in recent seasons. This cannot continue or the Gardai and FAI will impose further sanctions on the club.

ALL drinks served in the bars tonight will be served in plastic glasses until after the game. Anyone caught throwing missiles will be ejected from the stadium and faces being banned from all further Bohemians games.

Similarly, anyone who encroaches on to the pitch will be ejected and could face prosecution.

ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID CONGESTION AND TO MAKE KICK-OFF!

Access to Dalymount Lane is under strict control and supervision of the Gardai:

  • Match ticket holders must access Dalymount Lane via St Peter’s Road.
  • Members access Dalymount Lane via North Circular Road.
  • A reminder that season tickets and Junior Gypsies cards do not apply for this fixture.
  • Away fans enter Des Kelly Stand via Connaught Lane.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – MEMBERS’ BAR OPENS 5pm

  • Early access for home fans from 5pm is as usual via Players and Officials entrance (door near reception area and gents toilets).
  • All other turnstiles open 6pm.
  • There will be no entry to Dalymount Lane or late admittance to the ground after 7.45pm.
  • We strongly advise supporters not to leave any margin for error here. We advise against arriving any later than 7.15pm.
  • Please reduce the chances of crowd congestion by arriving as early as possible.

THANKS

We as a board are also supporters and are all volunteers and understand that some of the above may be unpalatable.
But collectively as a fan-owned club, a level of self-policing is required.

We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of all those who attend our games.

Please assist us by cooperating with our stewards with respect and by occupying areas of the Jodi Stand less crowded.

If we fail to meet the requirements laid down to us by the authorities and the FAI, we run the risk of further sanctions and costs we can ill-afford being imposed on us: increased number of stewards, reduced capacity, kick-off times being moved etc

Thank you for your support. We hope you enjoy the game. Get behind Keith and the lads, and let’s all collectively contribute to getting the result we are all hoping for.

The Board of Management
Bohemian FC

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