We are very much looking forward to seeing Port Vale supporters back at Vale Park over our loyal Valiants weekend (May 1 to 3).
All supporters are welcome to the club where they will be able to walk around the pitch, enjoy refreshments, meet the club’s owners and players, take advantage of discounts in the club shop and renew Season Tickets.
We can’t guarantee the weather (so wrap up warm) but supporters are ensured of a warm welcome from staff at Vale Park.
Our loyal Valiants weekend is also a thank you to the thousands of Season Ticket holders who kept their money in the club during a period of more than a year when supporters have not been allowed inside sporting stadia and Port Vale has received no match day or hospitality revenue.
This investment has been and remains vital in helping the club to survive.
We hope to see thousands of supporters between Saturday, May 1, and Monday, May 3, and here’s all you need to know about our loyal Valiants weekend:
What are the opening times?
Our loyal Valiants weekend takes place on Saturday, May 1 (8.30am to 5pm), Sunday, May 2 (10am to 4pm) and Bank Holiday Monday, May 3 (10am to 4pm). The club shop and ticket office will be open throughout this period.
Will the event be Covid-safe?
Yes. We have a large stadium footprint within which our supporters can circulate. Supporters must wear face-coverings at all times and respect social distancing rules. Customers will be limited to a maximum number inside the club shop and ticket office at any one time.
Who can attend?
All Port Vale supporters are welcome. Season Ticket holders and 10-match pass holders will be able to collect their thank you packs.
Where can I park?
Supporters are welcome to park on car park C (by Tommy Cheadle’s) or car park D (the car park outside the club’s main reception).
Where can Season Ticket holders and 10-Match Pass holders collect my thank you pack from?
Season Ticket holders and 10-Match Pass holders should enter the away end (Hamil Road Stand) via entrances A and B which will have stewards posted. Collection points will be located inside the concourse. Supporters will surnames starting with letters A to M should enter the concourse through gate A. Supporters with surnames starting with letters N to Z should enter the concourse through gate B. Having collected their thank you packs, supporters will exit the concourse on to the seated area and then make their way down the steps to pitchside. Stewards will be on hand to advise and support.
What support is available for supporters with accessibility issues?
Any supporter with accessibility issues should make themselves known to a steward who will make arrangements for the collection of their thank you pack and for them to be escorted inside the stadium.
What refreshments are available?
There will be hot pies, sausage rolls, home-made soup and filled breakfast oatcakes on sale pitchside at the junction of the Hamil Road Stand and Lorne Street Stand. A beer truck will also be pitchside for a limited number of supporters who can enjoy service to a marked area in the new Lorne Street seating. Hot drinks and soft drinks will also be available.
Can I sit in my usual seat inside the ground?
Yes. Supporters can walk along the track around the pitch and sit in their usual seats or designated ‘Covid seats’. Stewards will be on hand to monitor and assist.
Will the owners and any players be in attendance?
The owners will be in attendance and available to meet supporters on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. Some players will be available to meet supporters and sign autographs on Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. Players will be located in the tunnel area between the dugouts.
Where will I find Boomer and the Foundation team?
Everyone’s favourite mascot will be located outside the club shop and ticket office with his friends from the Port Vale Foundation Trust who look after our Junior Valiants.
What about toilet facilities?
Portaloos will be located on the car park outside the Hamil Road away end and inside the stadium at the junction of the Railway Stand and Hamil Road Stand.
A note about photos and video
Port Vale’s media team and club photographer will be taking pictures and film of supporters for sharing across club channels and possible inclusion in our final match programme for the home game against Mansfield on Saturday, May 8.
A reminder about our social media ‘switch-off’
Port Vale, its Foundation, players and staff will be taking part in a four-day social media boycott which begins at 3pm on Friday, April 30, and finishes at 11.59pm on Monday, May 3. This switch-off represents English football coming together in a call for social media companies to do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination and the importance of promoting good mental health.