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Wycombe Wanderers vs Blackpool
Saturday 4th August 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Build-Up: Read what the manager had to say
At 3pm on Saturday, Wycombe Wanderers will step out to play League 1 football at Adams Park for the first time in six years, having earned their place in the third tier following a sensational campaign last season.
A 4-3 home loss to Notts County - with two stoppage-time goals conceded - condemned the Chairboys to League 2 in 2012 and the return journey has been far from smooth, with relegation scares and play-off heartache along the way.
But, they're back, and eager to get stuck into Blackpool on day one having retained the vast majority of the squad that got them to League 1, with a handful of additions.
The Tangerines made their return to the third tier in 2017 and enjoyed a year of consolidation, but Gary Bowyer's men will be almost unrecognisable following a hectic summer of transfer activity in and out of the door, setting up an intriguing yet thoroughly unpredictable opening day clash.
Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.
Ryan Allsop and Marcus Bean could come up against their former clubs while the club are waiting on news of the injury Nathan Tyson picked up against Maidenhead in the final pre-season friendly; he too spent time with the Seasiders five years ago. Darius Charles and Scott Kashket also continue to be assessed after picking up knocks.
Blackpool's preparation has been hit by uncertainty surrounding the future of star defender Curtis Tilt, in the midst of plenty of transfer speculation, but there'll be plenty of debuts dished out by Gary Bowyer with former Maidenhead man Harry Pritchard amongst them.
Man in the middle
Nicholas Kinseley visited Adams Park twice last season, for the 1-0 win over Chesterfield and 1-1 draw with Cambridge.
He showed 124 yellow and six red cards in 29 matches in charge.
Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Friday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book.
Tickets CAN be purchased on arrival, from Ticket Office 1, or cash turnstiles to the terrace and away stand.
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the blue pod outside Ticket Office 1.
Season Ticket Collections
Any season ticket holder who has not collected his/her card for the new campaign can do so from the shop - or just outside - from 10am. Click here for full details.
Get your hands on the new kit, the promotion-winning DVD, plus some new pocket money items, leisurewear and trainingwear. Open from 10am.
You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service.
Arriva operate a matchday service at a standard fare of £3 single or £4 return, irrespective of where passengers join or leave the service. Children aged 12 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return).
Handy Cross Hub – 12.55 and 13.55
Rail Station – 13.05 and 14.05
Frogmoor – 13.10 and 14.10
Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
Adams Park – 13.30 and 14.30
The return service will depart from Adams Park approximately 20 minutes after full-time, calling at the same pick-up/drop-off points.
Fares will be charged as follows:
Adult Single: £3
Adult Return: £4
Child Single: £1.50
Child Return: £2
Children are classed as ages 12 and under.
There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car.
There is an additional club-run car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car.
Spaces for pass holders in the club car park are guaranteed up until 2.30pm, after which time the lower tier becomes closed to vehicles due to high pedestrian traffic.
Blue badge holders are required to pre-book one of 15 complimentary parking spaces via the ticket office; otherwise the standard £5 charge applies.
Where to go
Buying tickets for this game - Ticket Office 1 (from 12pm)
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod outside Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games - Ticket Office 1, window 4
Shop - through the shop doors
Hospitality and boardroom guests - through the arch to the reception desk
Media - through the arch to the reception desk
Players and officials - designated entrance to the right of the shop
Scouts - collection pod outside Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop
Kids zone - the WWSET inflatable target practice will be outside the marquee.
Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm.
- Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. Open after the game with Q&A session at 5.15pm.
- Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
- Woodlands – Members only.
- Honours - VIP hospitality.
- Marquee – home and away fans, with BBQ and alcoholic and soft drinks available.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.
Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink.
Ryan Allsop is the cover star while inside there’s the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney and Ian Baker, and Tom Hancock introduces the visitors.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.
50/50 matchday draws
The club operates two matchday draws, giving fans the chance to win a cash prize. Purchase your blue £1 or orange £ tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize find and the other 50% goes to support club projects.
10am - shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1pm - players begin to arrive.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite.
Can't make it?
Listen live on iFollow on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live - now with audio commentary. Click here for details.