Northants Steelbacks: Matchday Guide

Derbyshire Falcons face Northants Steelbacks in the final home Vitality Blast group fixture, on Friday 23 August; 7pm start.

If you are joining us for this fixture, please read the information below which will ensure that your visit is safe, enjoyable and comfortable.

If you have any questions ahead of your visit to The Pattonair County Ground, please call 01332 388 101 or email info@derbyshireccc.com.


Hours of Play

Derbyshire Falcons vs Northants Steelbacks
Vitality Blast: Friday 23 August
The Pattonair County Ground, Derby

Gates Open: 5pm
Start: 7pm
Interval: 8.15pm
Second Innings: 8.30pm
Close: 9.45pm


Ticket Information

Supporters can save £4 by purchasing their matchday tickets in advance of the day of the game. Tickets will also be available on the gate for this fixture.

Tickets in advance: Adults £16, Juniors £4, Students £10
Tickets available on the gate:
Adults £20, Juniors £5, Students £10
Car Parking on the day: £5 per car

If you are collecting pre-purchased tickets for the fixture on the night, the Ticket Collection Point will be located by the main Pattonair Pavilion entrance. If you plan on driving to the match and need to collect tickets, please first park and then follow stewards’ directions to the Ticket Collection Point.

The Ticket Collection Point will be open from 4.30pm.


Ground Access & Parking

Pedestrian Access: Entry to the ground will be available via the Pattonair Pavilion entrance, off Pentagon Roundabout, via Sir Frank Whittle Way and also via the Racecourse. Gates open at 5pm. Please note that there will be additional security checks at the gate, so please give plenty of time to enter the ground.

A reminder that dogs are not allowed entry at Vitality Blast fixtures.

General Spectator Parking: This will be available via the entrance off Sir Frank Whittle Way (A61) next to Travelodge and also on the Racecourse off St Mark’s Rd via the entrance next to the Derwent Community Primary School (DE21 6AL) and will be signed from Nottingham Rd and the Pentagon Island.

If you plan on driving to the match and need to collect tickets, please first park and then follow stewards’ directions to the Ticket Collection Point.

Parking in the Main Pavilion Car Park is limited to Blue Badge holders, Hospitality and Seasonal Car Park Pass Holders. This is on a first come first served basis.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club stewards will guide you to a car park space please follow their directions.

We advise anyone who does not have a pre-purchased car park pass to park at the Racecourse to minimise queues.

Disabled parking spaces are available in the Pattonair Pavilion car park.

While the Club will always try to accommodate all vehicles visiting the ground, ALL parking will be on a first come, first served basis. Please plan your journey in advance and arrive early guarantee your on-site matchday parking.

For latest traffic updates from around Derby, please click HERE.

First time to The Pattonair County Ground? Click HERE to view directions.


A52 Roadworks

Derby City Council improvement works continue on the A52, with journey times potentially affected for supporters travelling to The Pattonair County Ground via the A52.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is advising all Members and supporters to note the planned works, relevant road closures and plan their journey in advance, allowing time for disruption.

Where possible, we advise spectators to avoid the A52 and Pentagon Island, either parking in town and walking to The Pattonair County Ground, or heading straight to the Racecourse Car Park, off St Mark’s Road.

Click HERE for further details.


Seats & Viewing

Indoor & Outdoor: A small amount of indoor seating is available for all visitors in the Stowford Press Boundary Bar, while all outdoor seating is unreserved.

Member Facilities: The Pattonair Members’ Lounge, located on the top-floor of the Pattonair Pavilion will be for the exclusive use of Members of either team. Seating indoors and on the balcony is unreserved, while there will be food available as well as a pay bar facility.

Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Stand: The Club’s Family Stand is located in the blue seating adjacent to the WDS Business & Media Centre. Catering, toilets and family activities will be located behind the stand.


Food and Drink

The Club has been working hard to improve the service we offer at our bars and 2019 will see more bars spread around The Pattonair County Ground throughout the Vitality Blast.

Bars will be located around the ground, including pop-up units offering a variety of different drinks, as well as the refurbished Stowford Press Boundary Bar which serves the main Exeve Falcons Stand.

Additions such as Gordon’s Gin & Tonic cans, as well as glasses of Prosecco, will be available.

Members have exclusive access to the bar within the Pattonair Members’ Lounge in the Pattonair Pavilion.

Catering units will also be located around the ground offering a wide range of food options. Kids meals will be available at a number of catering units, including those located by the Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Stand.

Please note there will be no food in the Pattonair Members’ Lounge.

Please be advised that supporters are not permitted to bring alcohol into the ground.

All outdoor bars and catering units now accept card payments. Catering units at The Pattonair County Ground now accept card payments (minimum transaction fees may apply. Subject to availability). We still advise visitors to bring cash as no cash machines are available on site.


Reusable Cups

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is pleased to introduce reusable cups, starting with this summer’s Vitality Blast, as part of its commitment to reducing single-use plastic waste.

As part of this initiative, reusable cups will be mandatory across all bars at The Pattonair County Ground.

Purchased for a refundable deposit of £1, the cups will be used for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and can be refilled throughout each matchday, before being returned or kept as a souvenir.

Click HERE to view the Reusable Cup process.

Click HERE for full Reusable Cup T&Cs.


Family Entertainment

Come down from when the gates open to enjoy our new Family Zone, located behind the Showcase Cinema de Lux Family Stand adjacent to the WDS Business & Media Centre.

The BatFast Batting Simulator is back for this summer, and you can test your batting skills against a variety of bowlers in our interactive batting game.

Then put your skills into action with our cricket play zone, with activities run by the Derbyshire Cricket Board and All Stars volunteers. Take part in a variety of cricket skill-based games within view of the action.

Youngsters can also enjoy our new Red Monkey Play Area, which will be open before play and during the interval.

Don’t forget to grab your FREE giveaways, including the return of the hairy headbands. Then stick around immediately after the game when the Derbyshire players will be available to sign a few autographs over the boundary fence or pose for a selfie.

Air IT Catching Competition
During the interval, young Falcons will have the chance to get involved on the outfield with our brand new Air IT Catching Competition.

Open to Under-16s, the competition aims to encourage local children to get involved with sport whilst fundraising for the important work of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity.

Look out for mascots, Tech Tom and i-Tina who will be around the ground handing out golden tickets to take part in the competition during the interval.


Match Centre

Can’t make it to The Pattonair County Ground? Supporters can follow all the action LIVE with our new Matchday LIVE page, sponsored by Showcase Cinema de Lux, with live scores, updated, photos and videos from the game.

Click HERE to view Matchday LIVE page.


Weather & Prospects of Play

All spectators are kindly reminded that decisions on play are made by the Match Officials in line with ECB regulations. Derbyshire County Cricket Club will keep spectators informed with all official updates.

For official updates, please visit our Match Centre. Click HERE.

Alternatively, follow us on Twitter (Click HERE)

Vitality Blast is back! Derbyshire host a hat-trick of Twenty20 matches at The Pattonair County Ground in August. Buy in advance to save. Call 01332 388 101 or buy online.

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