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Ahead of the Cornish Pirates opening pre-season friendly match versus the Royal Navy on Friday (ko 7.30pm), please note the following useful information.
Supporters who have purchased season tickets can collect them from Sue on Friday. She will be based under the Honours Board in the clubhouse from 5pm. Please enter the building at the main clubhouse entrance to collect and then exit via the door from the dining room. Season tickets cover admission to both pre-season games – against the Royal Navy and versus Worcester Warriors.
Purchasing Tickets on the Day
Barring a sell-out, at this stage it expected that tickets will be available to purchase on the day. Ground ticket entry is £13 for adults, £1 for children (5-16), and £8 for all current or ex-service personnel (valid ID will need to be shown). Supporters buying match tickets on the day should note that Gate 2 at the main gate entrance can accept cash only and Gate 3 can accept payment by either cash or card.
Advance Ticket Sales
For those who have purchased match tickets in advance, please enter the ground via Gate 4, which is at the left corner of the car park. To purchase tickets in advance please link to:
Advance ticket prices are as follows:
Truro & Penwith College Grandstand – Adult £20-75/Service personnel £15-75; Microcomms Stand – Adult £15-75/Child (5-16) £5-75/Service personnel £10-75; General ground admission – £10-75/Child (5-16) £1-75/Service personnel £5-75.
The deadline for purchasing tickets on-line is 10am on Friday.
Live Streaming Coverage
There will be no live streaming of either the pre-season friendly matches. However, for general awareness it is expected there will be for the league games, starting with our match at home to Richmond on Saturday 18th September (ko 1.30pm). The cost will be very reasonable – further details to be announced.
The Pirates Shop
Just for the immediate present, the Pirates Shop at the Mennaye Field is not in operation. We will update when normal service resumes!
Match Day Travel
Most people in Cornwall, including rugby supporters, will be aware that the Tour of Britain Cycle Race starts from Penzance on Sunday 5th September – the ‘Grand Depart’ is scheduled to take place on the promenade at 11am.
Reference organisation of the event, it is inevitable that there will be levels of disruption locally. For the Cornish Pirates fixture versus the Royal Navy, it is important for supporters to note that the Penzance promenade will be closed to vehicles from 4pm Friday until midday on Sunday, just from the Jubilee Pool end to the roundabout at the bottom of Alexandra Road. This awareness will help supporters to suitably plan their travel arrangements well in advance.
The usual town car parks are expected to remain open but for the Wherrytown car park and the St. Anthony Car Park opposite the Jubilee Pool.
Covid Awareness for Match Days
The Cornish Pirates are very much looking forward to welcoming back supporters for the start of a new season ahead, remembering that it will be the first time in 18 months they have been able to watch a game ‘live’ at the Mennaye Field.
However, ‘One & All’ will also appreciate that with at present a substantial increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 within the general population, and Cornwall especially, there is little scope for relaxation.
We must continue to protect training and playing environments as best can, with practical controls on match days still a necessity. By doing this we help protect the health of everyone and at the same time reduce the risk of games being cancelled and there any disruption to training.
Last season’s Red Zone principles and protocols will remain for the time being, including reinforcing the need for a clear 2 metre gap between spectators and occupants of the Red Zone (Players, Coaches, Match Officials, and certain other personnel).
Red Zone areas include such as the playing field, changing rooms, and certain reserved area in the stands.
Face coverings will be worn by Stewards, Medica, Gate Staff and staff serving food/drink when they are public facing – unless medically exempt.
Supporters should also be aware that Stewards will monitor movements of everyone inside the ground. Their usual presence, however, is naturally to help and give advice where needed, so please show them the respect they deserve.
It is fully understood that certain supporters will still wish to wear face masks, social distance where possible, use hand sanitiser (available at the main entry points), and endeavour to keep physical contact to an absolute minimum. Handshakes and hugging should be avoided. It is also advised that supporters may wish to take a voluntary lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending the event. Tests are free and can be ordered through this link:
With reference to post match, it is especially important to note that unfortunately no interaction will be allowed between players and supporters.