League football returns to St James Park on Saturday as City face Cambridge United in a 3pm kick-off.
As ever, football at the Park isn't just about the 90 minutes on the pitch, we've got a whole host of opportunities and experiences to make your matchday extra special.
The return of Lez the Fez
Lez the Fez is back by popular demand, bringing his unique brand of magic and balloon modelling.
Ask him nicely and he might even make you one of his latest designs – Grecian the Lion. His route with anticipated timings for his exhausting run around is 1:15pm –2:45pm. He will start in the Junior Grecians Family Zone, move on to walking through Red Square Fan Zone then to matchday hospitality before entering the stadium and finishing in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield stand.
FREE Face Painting
The face painters are back for the match to help you show your colours. Popular with children and seemingly as many adults, face painting will be available in Red Square from 1:30pm and subsequently around the ground. Don’t worry if you miss them pre-match they will be mobile around the ground during half-time.
First visit photo opportunity
Bringing anyone under-12 to their first match at SJP? We would love for them to be part of a 'first visit to SJP' pitch side photo opportunity.
If you would be interested in marking the occasion, and want to make the experience extra special, please get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and age so we can create a special 'first visit' certificate for them.
On a Saturday matchday, please head to the Junior Grecians Lounge in Red Square at 1:45pm, where you will be met by a member of staff and taken pitch side for a photo, certificate AND goody bag!
Please click here to view our 'First vist to SJP' guide.
Family photo opportunity
Another extra service that has really taken off is photos of away and City families in the respective dugouts. If you would like to record your visit with this 'Kodak moment; please ask at the Tombola stall at 1:50pm.
Other Activities in Red Square Fan Zone:
East Devon Grecians will also be supplying a quiz sheet for a small donation to their funds. Every penny then earn is used to improve things at St James Park and The Cliff Hill training Ground.
In Red Square Fan Zone will be the Kenniford Farm van serving hot food direct from their farm.
You can also pick up some free player stickers from the Ambassador Team situated around the outside of the stadium, the Information Point/Meeting Place and the Tombola Stand, this week's player is skipper Jake Taylor!
At the Tombola stall You can also take part in the Exeter City tombola where the first prize is a signed Exeter City football. Just pull out number 25 (Jake Taylor!) and you can take the second ball home. Team Sheets will also be available for a small donation with all funds raised go directly to the academy to support the future of the club.
We will be asking a home supporter to announce the City side and a Cambridge supporter to announce the away side as near to 2pm as possible. If you would like take on this responsibility please head to the Information Point before 2pm.
Don't forget to take part the Supporters Club matchday 50/50 Draw at St James Park, with half the money going directly to the club, and half been given away to draw winners in prize money.
The team of sellers from the Supporters Club can be found in Red Square from 1:30pm and tour the stadium before the games kick off, selling draw tickets to supporters for 50p each.
Junior Grecians tickets
Junior Grecians members get access to free match tickets when purchased alongside a paying adult. There are two family friendly areas available at St James Park, section E in the IP Office Main Stand and a section of the Thatchers Big Bank which is identified by the white barriers).
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Join the Guard of Honour
All being well (weather permitting) the Guard of Honour should be back on Saturday. The lucky flag wavers should be selected from the Big Bank around 2:25.
After assembling, the Guard of Honour (and parents) move to the far side of ground to get some practice in waving their flags, which also presents an opportunity for Grecian to pose for photographs.
When the players finish their warm up the Guard of Honour go on their 'lap of honour' in front of the stands to the players’ tunnel. After they have been on the field and welcomed the teams and officials onto the pitch they receive their “gift” (normally a packet of sweets) and certificates of participation.
If your son, daughter or grandchild has not been involved in the Guard of Honour, please email email@example.com.
Junior Grecians Lounge
The Junior Grecians are the Official Junior Supporters Club of Exeter City FC.
The room provides a safe comfortable environment for families to enjoy pre-match entertainment, such as a large screen TVs, Playstation consoles and Table Football, as well as the option to enjoy refreshments from the Zone’s very own kiosk.
A feature wall displaying a packed Big Bank also provides a photo-sharing opportunity using the #jgzone hashtag. There are activities and competitions to suit all junior age groups, from FIFA19 and Table Football tournaments to free Activity Packs for younger children.
The Zone also features a VIP party area and there are several party packages available to book throughout the season.
So, if you are visiting St James Park on a matchday with children, be sure to pop in to the family zone!
New for this season, is the Family Zone 2 in the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, the astroturfed area includes a photo wall opportunity, table football, and beanbags where children can gather to play games and relax before kick-off.
Did you know that the Supporters' Trust offer FREE tours around St James Park?
The free guided tours are great for anyone who’d like to get a behind the scenes view, whilst finding out about the history of their club. The tours and are open to all; you don’t have to be a Trust member to come along.
Tours start at 11am on matchdays from Red Square and take in many parts of the ground that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see, including the boardroom, the brand new players’ changing rooms, match officials’ facilities and the security hub.
Lasting around 90 minutes, you will almost certainly learn something you didn’t know before, and maybe you’ll be able to tell us something from your experiences of coming to City that we didn’t know!
Take a look below to familiarise yourself with the key matchday timings here at St James Park.
For the Adults
On the Big Bank on Saturday?
We will again have the bottle bar in the triangle kiosk, with Carlsberg plastic bottles available at half-time for just £3.50
Make sure you visit the Centre Spot bar after the match, where pints of Thatchers, Carlesberg and Tribute and selected Ales at the FECRACE bar are just £3.
The late kick-off sees Spurs take on league-leaders Liverpool in a 5:30pm kick-off, so why not stay at the Park and take advantage of the drinks offers.
UP NEXT AT SJP: Colchester United
All being well there before the Colchester match will be another chance to hone your putting skills on our short course, face painting and more activities in Red Square Fan Zone.
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