Matchday Information: Saints vs Arsenal

By SFC Media time Fri 21 Oct Saints vs Arsenal

Saints welcome Arsenal to St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon (2pm BST). Here's all that's happening around the ground ahead of the game.

Fans are advised this fixture is completely sold out and therefore supporters should arrive early to ensure enough time to collect tickets, get through security checks, turnstiles and make their way to their seats ahead of kick-off. Please do not come to the ground to purchase tickets for this match, as there will be no tickets available on the day.

E-tickets are permitted at St Mary’s. Simply download your ticket and scan at the turnstile when entering the stadium.

Remember that all bags will be searched on entry to St Mary’s, so only bring an A4-sized bag if you need to.

MATCHDAY BEHAVIOUR

Attendees are advised that home end tickets are only to be purchased by Southampton FC fans. Away supporters will not be allowed access to home stands or will be ejected if found in home areas of the ground.

Supporters are reminded the use of pyrotechnics is strictly prohibited and they are highly dangerous to the person using, other supporters and staff within the ground.

If you witness any form of anti-social, abusive or discriminatory behaviour, crime, violence or the use of pyrotechnics, please report it to your nearest steward or police officer. Alternatively, text SFCReport to 60060 with a full description and location of the incident, giving as much detail as you can.

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ANTTI NIEMI Q&A

Courtesy of Official Trading Partner eToro, Southampton Football Club is delighted to host a special Q&A session with Saints legend Antti Niemi ahead of kick off.

The Finnish stopper will be discussing all things Southampton and previewing the clash with the Gunners, with all fans with a match ticket free to attend.

Starting at 1pm, Niemi will be speaking with supporters in eToro’s booth situated outside of the Kingsland Stand, which opens from 11.15am.

DIWALI

As millions prepare to celebrate Diwali across the world, Saints would like to wish those celebrating a Happy Diwali.

To celebrate the Festival of Light around the outside of the stadium you can enjoy Indian Street Food as well as a special pre-match performance from a traditional Indian band.

AROUND THE GROUND

CATERING CHOICES

A variety of food options will be available around the stadium ahead of the match, including Aroma (Brazilian food), Spice Shack (Indian style food) and Evies (mac & cheese and hot dogs).

FAN BARS AND GASWORKS

Soak up the matchday atmosphere from three fan bars outside St Mary’s. You’ll find The Deanery located on the corner by the bridge, The Gasworks midway down the Kingsland stand and the 8 Bells at the corner of Chapel and Kingsland.

The Gasworks is open to all on a first-come-first-served basis from 11am until kick-off – with no membership required. This week you’ll be able to buy Hampshire Burger with cheese, gherkins and wedges or a plant based burger with, gherkins and wedges.

The extended outdoor seating area makes the perfect place to enjoy a pre-match pint or cocktail and if you’re watching the game from the Kingsland stand you’ll also be able to access The Gasworks at half time.

In addition we’re opening the Gasworks post match, so you can stay and watch the late kick-off between Tottenham and Newcastle.

MASCOTS

Sammy and Mary will be roaming the footprint from 12.30pm, meeting fans and posing for photographs.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Sammy Saints mascot during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Leeds United at St. Mary's Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Look out for Sammy and Mary around the ground on Sunday!

SAINTS BRASS

Saints Brass are bringing the party atmosphere and playing family favourites ahead of the game. Join us for a pre-match rendition of 'Oh When The Saints'. For this fixture, they will be joined by a local band as we also celebrate Diwali.

FANZONE

Come and join us from 11am and enjoy some pre-match food and drink.

ACADEMY ZONE

Put your skills to the test in our Academy Zone, located outside the Gasworks in the Kingsland stand, including Football Darts, Football Pool, and a Fast Feet challenge!

PROGRAMMES

Programmes are available to purchase from outside the stadium for £3.50.

SAINTS STORE

Get kitted out for 2022/23 with the full range of merchandise available to buy at the Saints Store, opening from 10am until kick-off, and again after the final whistle. Remember that all Season Ticket holders get 10 per cent off merchandise from the Saints Store too!

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Southampton FC kit images, pictured at St Mary's Stadium on September 08, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Stock up on replica kit from the Saints Store.

CAR PARKING

Fans with car parking at the stadium are advised that there will be no vehicle movement permitted in the car parks or within the road closure area from one hour and 30 minutes ahead of kick-off, and until the crowd is cleared from the stadium.

TICKET OFFICE

The ticket office will be open throughout the day from 9.30am. Please visit should you have any enquiries on this match or on season tickets.

On match day, Ticket Office 1 is for enquiries, and Ticket Office is 2 is for Match Ticket or Season Ticket collection.

Please be advised that no tickets will be on sale for this fixture.

IN THE CONCOURSE

HUMMEL RETAIL BOOTHS

You can now pick up a variety of Saints merchandise from hummel retail booths situated in the concourse of the Kingsland, Northam and Chapel stands – remember, Season Ticket holders get 10 per cent off!

CASHLESS STADIUM

St Mary’s is now a cashless stadium so make sure you bring an alternative payment method for any purchases at the stadium on matchdays.

REUSABLE CUPS

Remember you can find reusable pint cups in the St Mary's concourses and the Fanzone in a bid to reduce single-use plastics - when you’ve finished with yours, please place it inside so they can be collected after each match, washed thoroughly and recirculated.

WATER REFILL STATIONS – FAMILY AND KINGSLAND STANDS

In line with our Halo Effect initiative, we now have water refill stations in the Kingsland and Family stands. Only refillable bottles are permitted in the Kingsland stand and all bottles are allowed in the Family stand. Any single use plastic bottles entering the Kingsland stand will need to have the lid removed. Flasks are not permitted into any areas of the stadium.

HALF TIME

CROSSBAR CHALLENGE

During half time keep an eye out for a special crossbar challenge with prizes available for the winners!

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