Risk assessment – Dogs in hot vehicles

It is the responsibility of the Show Organiser to address matters concerning health and safety, and fire prevention at all licensed Kennel Club shows.

The British summer weather can be alarmingly unpredictable – offering chilling cold and searing heat, with no real pattern emerging. With this unpredictability comes a responsibility – making sure dogs are not left unattended in a car.
Every year the Kennel Club hears reports of dogs being cooked alive after being left in a car in hot weather. In common with many animals, dogs are extremely sensitive to heat, and even on a mildly warm day they can quickly overheat – even with the car windows open and water available – as temperatures can quickly heat up to around 50 degrees Celsius.
The Kennel Club has been looking at the ways that some dog show societies try to deal with this issue when organising and running a dog show – often the largest gathering of dogs and humans in any one place at one time – and with exhibitors travelling across the country to compete, it is crucial that they too remember the potentially fatal consequences of leaving their dogs in the car alone

Spectator dogs

Some shows, including City of Birmingham and Leeds, have opted to allow spectator dogs into the showground. This works well as it provides both exhibitors and members of the public with the opportunity to keep their dogs with them, helping to keep them safe and comfortable. Liz Stannard, Secretary of Leeds, said: “Allowing spectator dogs into the show works tremendously well for us. It is useful for exhibitors who may have had to bring along a dog that isn’t being shown, and is the same cost as entering a dog as Not For Competition anyway, so it seems to keep everyone happy. Members of the public simply fill out a form, pay a £10 fee and then wear a ‘spectator dog’ lanyard throughout the day. It offers the public the opportunity to bring along their dogs to compare them with the dogs being shown and to see if showing is something that they might want to get involved in, so allowing spectator dogs into the show can help keep the dogs safe as well as promoting dog showing to a wider audience, which is handy. It also makes good economic sense.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Letting spectator dogs into a show means that owners can keep their four-legged friends with them, which is usually the preferred approach from the dogs’ point of view! On top of that, charging a fee means that the show, or a dog related charity, may make some extra money, so it is generally a win-win – the show benefits and so do the dogs, exhibitors and members of the public.”

Dog creche

Another way to minimise the number of dogs being left in cars at dog shows is to make use of an ‘unentered dogs tent’, something which has been employed by many of the large shows for many years. The tent acts like a canine crèche, a place where dogs can relax and stay cool, whilst being taken care of by experienced dog lovers.
A hospitality suite for dogs is the perfect way to help avoid tragedies from occurring, says Angela Mitchell, Secretary of Birmingham Dog Show Society which runs Birmingham National show. Angela said: “Having an unentered dogs tent works really, really well for us at the show. It means that those who are showing can leave a dog there safely, knowing it will be looked after. We are very flexible with how we work it – owners can just turn up with their dogs, there is no pre-booking system, and they can return to see their dogs or exercise them whenever they want.”
One of the first championship shows to incorporate the unentered dogs tent was Southern Counties, over thirty years ago, and the initiative is still going strong today, with a little help from the Rottweiler Welfare Association who man the tents and take care of the dogs at a number of championship shows across the country. The Rottweiler Welfare Association also manage the unentered dogs tent at a number of other championship shows, including one of the ultimate summer shows, Windsor.
Of course, when hosting an unentered dogs tent, it must be considered whether or not the conditions will be suitable for the dogs. Caroline Kisko says: “Different shows will choose to do things differently depending on what is best for the dogs within the environment of the show. It needs to be considered whether or not an unentered dogs tent, should that be the chosen practice, offers good facilities and would be preferable over leaving dogs in a well-ventilated, cool van, for example.
“These areas should aim to be relatively quiet and calming, with plenty of water and space for the dogs, including cages or benching, depending on what works for individual dogs. Measures must be put into place too of course to ensure that the area is well ventilated and kept cool.”
So what happens if a dog is found in distress in a car? Shows such as Windsor, that offer facilities like the unentered dogs tent, have a strict policy on dogs in cars. Windsor Secretary, Irene Terry, said: “We patrol the car park every hour to check no dogs have been left unattended in cars and are in distress. The process following the discovery of a dog stuck in a car is very regimented, starting a call out over the PA system, which would include the car make and registration number, followed by another if the first was unsuccessful. We would, if possible, use the number on the car parking pass to identify the exhibitor. Judging will then be stopped if necessary until the owner has been located. We do occasionally get a bit of stick for this but the welfare of the dogs has to be the priority. The show vet will check for signs of distress on the dog and if necessary the car will be forcibly opened to free the dog.”
Tips for those running a dog show:

  • Host a ‘canine crèche’ in the form of an unentered dogs tent
  • Source volunteers to patrol the car parks regularly throughout the show to check for dogs left in cars that may be distressed
  • Put up posters and give out leaflets on the dangers of leaving dogs in cars
  • Direct people to the Kennel Club’s Don’t Cook Your Dog video. This can be found by searching ‘Don’t Cook Your Dog’ on YouTube.
  • Consider allowing spectator dogs into the show to help prevent members of the public leaving their dogs in the car when they visit

Thanks to the hard work of those running championship shows, and the responsible exhibitors who enter, incidents of dogs being left in cars at shows are relatively few and far between. Unfortunately the UK is never guaranteed a hot and sunny summer, but putting provisions in place to avoid having to leave dogs in cars in any weather is the most sensible move to help safeguard their welfare.

Sample risk assessment

Activity Hazard Control Measures
A dog(s) inside a vehicle within the precincts of a show including its environs, car and caravan parks and approaches. Death or cause suffering to a dog. Prominent notices printed in show schedule and on the show entry form (see below for detail).
Prominent notices placed in Car Park (see below for detail).
Exhibitors’ cars identified by printing each exhibitor’s ring number(s) on prepaid car park labels. Labels to include a warning notice (see below for detail).
Arrangements (preferably by RSPCA or Police) made for car park(s) etc to be regularly patrolled whilst these areas are in use to inspect vehicles for dogs left alone.
Clear written instructions to those patrolling car park on steps to be taken when a dog is found in an apparent distressed condition in a vehicle. Clear escalation procedure. (See below for example)
Those patrolling car park to have means of effective and speedy communication with show official(s).
As far as is possible to provide suitable cover outside the show for dogs not entered for competition. Such provision to be monitored.
To set “not for competition” entry fee to the minimum level or even free to encourage owners to enter their dogs NFC rather than leave them unattended at home or in their vehicles in the show’s car park.
The Show Society to appoint a responsible person (along with the Vet if on site) to manage reported incidents.
Regular tannoy announcements during course of show reminding exhibitors/spectators not to leave their dog(s) in their vehicles.
Show Vet in preparation for show and as far as is possible to provide satisfactory equipment/medication to cope with reported incidents.

Kennel Club Regulations relating to dogs in hot cars

F, G, H, I, J, L and S

Welfare of Dog

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not put their dog’s health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the General Committee for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations.

Entry Form statement

Your dog is vulnerable and AT RISK if left in a vehicle in high temperatures and even on days considered as slightly warm. Please take care of your dog.
If your dog is found to be at risk forcible entry to your vehicle may be necessary without liability for any damage caused.

Show Schedule Notice

Your dog is vulnerable and at risk during hot weather and the Kennel Club offers the following guidance to help guide you through the do’s and don’ts travelling to and whilst at KC licensed events.

  • When travelling to a show please take a moment to consider whether the route to the show is on a busy holiday route, and leave earlier to avoid increased time in traffic jams.
  • If your vehicle is not air-conditioned seriously consider whether travelling to the show is a good idea at all.
  • The vehicle should be as fully ventilated as possible, and plenty of stops should be taken, with lots of water available to drink.
  • Ensure your dog is not sitting in full sunlight. There should be plenty of free flowing air around the dog.
  • At the show, your dog is vulnerable and at risk if left in a vehicle in high temperatures.
  • Keep the dog in the shade – take your own shade for example a large umbrella and always have plenty of water available to drink so your dog stays well hydrated.
  • Avoid your dog taking part in unnecessary exertion, or from standing in exposed sunlight for extended lengths of time.

Remember, if you feel hot your dog is very likely to feel much hotter and dehydrated, and this could lead to dire results. Please look after your dog’s welfare.

Warning: if your dog is found to be at risk, forcible entry to your vehicle may be necessary without liabililty for any damage caused.
Anyone whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not put a dog’s health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. Breach of Kennel Club Regulations in this respect may be referred to the General Committee for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations.
Right to Refuse Entries. Exhibitors/Competitors are reminded that show societies have the right under Kennel Club Regulation to refuse any entry.

Car Park Pass

Your dog is vulnerable and at risk during hot weather.
Please look after your dog’s welfare.

Warning: if your dog is found to be at risk, forcible entry to your vehicle may be necessary without liabililty for any damage caused.

Car & Caravan Park Notice

Your dog is vulnerable and at risk during hot weather.
Please look after your dog’s welfare.
Anyone whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not put a dog’s health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. Breach of Kennel Club Regulations in this respect may be referred to the General Committee for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations.

Warning: if your dog is found to be at risk, forcible entry to your vehicle may be necessary without liability for any damage caused.

Show Management – Escalation procedure

  • The show society must appoint a responsible person who along with the show Vet (if on site) should manage the proper response to reports of a dog found in a distressed condition in a vehicle.
  • Once a report has been received from the Car Park marshals, a tannoy announcement must be made giving as much detail of the dog involved, its breed, make and registration number of the vehicle and name of the owner. A time limit should be given before further action is taken.
  • If time allows a show official should be dispatched to the show ring for the breed to make an announcement and/or benching area (if appropriate).
  • At the same time as the above two actions, the responsible person(s) should attend the vehicle.
  • If a Police Officer or RSPCA official is on site it is preferable that he/she is in attendance at the vehicle.
  • If no response has been received from the announcement within the time limit and if in the opinion of the Vet (or responsible person), the condition of the dog allows for a final call being made over the tannoy, then this should be done.
  • If there is no response and it is believed the dog should be removed from the vehicle for its immediate protection then appropriate action should be taken.
  • It is recommended that there is more than one witness to this and that video and/or photographic evidence should be taken. (Show Society should purchase a digital camera).
  • Following removal of the dog, the Vet’s advice must be followed. In the event there is no Vet in attendance the responsible person should take appropriate action to immediately lower the dog’s temperature and when it is considered appropriate the dog should be taken to the show’s vet.
  • A full report and statements should be made covering the entire incident. The Kennel Club will require such evidence to consider taking actions under its Rules and Regulations so that the dog owner (s) can be asked to account for their actions.

Information for Show Societies

If you cause damage to property without lawful excuse or authority such action may result in criminal or civil liability.
However, if it is brought to the attention of a member of the society that a dog is locked in a vehicle and in the opinion of the responsible person the dog is in great distress or near to death, and in the opinion of the responsible person there is no alternative way to secure the release of the dog without causing damage to the vehicle, the responsible person will have a lawful excuse for causing damage to the vehicle in order to release the dog provided that;

  • The dog is in immediate need of protection and,
  • The means of protection taken are reasonable in all the circumstances.

No damage should be caused to a vehicle unless and until all reasonable steps have been taken to release the dog by other means. In all such cases, the escalation procedure must be full deployed and a complete log and report of the action must be made including details of the control/preventative measures taken by the society are in place (i.e. risk assessment). Any damage caused must be the least necessary to secure the release of the dog.
If the responsible person honestly believes that a dog is at risk and that he/she uses reasonable steps to enter the vehicle to access the dog and the above advice and guidance has been followed, this will provide a defence to any allegation of criminal damage .

2020 Tickets

Wireless 2020 will take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th July.

General admission and VIP tickets are available via our Tickets Page.

No E-Tickets will be sold for this event, any E-Tickets you print out will not be valid for entry.

VIP Tickets

Experience Wireless 2020 like a VIP with one of our packages.

Find out more about our VIP village which boasts gourmet food trucks, luxury restrooms and more.

More information on the Tickets Page.

Trusted Ticket Partners

We advise you always purchase your tickets from a trusted ticket partner.

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Unauthorised Agents

Please click here for a list of unauthorised ticket agents.

Please note: E-Tickets are not valid for Wireless entry and Eventbrite are not an official seller for Wireless. E-Tickets purchased from Eventbrite will not be admitted to the event.

ID for Tickets

ID is always required to collect tickets at the box office.

The name on your ticket(s) will be that of the person who purchased them, these can be given to someone else and ID won’t be requested for this reason.

​ID may be required to verify your age, to find out what ID we accept, go to event information.

Anti-tout protection, fraud protection and unauthorised agents

Beware of unauthorised ticket agents and individual re-sellers (including tickets offered on eBay, Gumtree and Craigslist, Instagram and Facebook and re-sale sites such as Viagogo and StubHub), buying from them can be a lot of trouble. It’s possible you’ll pay over the odds for a ticket that may have never existed or might never materialise.

If you have been the victim of a ticket scam please report the website to Action Fraud.

We have compiled a guide to avoiding touts and unauthorised websites and agents. We recommend you DO NOT BUY from these sites. We the promoter (Festival Republic) have not supplied any of these sites with any festival tickets and cannot guarantee the authenticity of any tickets they may be offering for sale. For more information see our guide here.

If you would like confirmation that a website is authorised or not, you can call our information line on 020 7009 3001.

We monitor the internet and do what we can to prevent fraudulent activity but the best way to prevent fraud is to not risk buying from unauthorised sources.

For more information and advice on unauthorised ticket agents please click here.

Terms And Conditions

Wireless Terms and Conditions

FOMO 2020 | SYDNEY

The FOMO 2020 wait is over.

ONE STAGE • NO CLASHES • PARTY TOGETHER

FOMO 2020 Line-Up

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • This is a licensed 18+ event. You must be 18 years of age or older on the day of the show to attend, no exceptions.

  • Your NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and EMAIL ADDRESS are required for EACH ATTENDEE to buy tickets. Always triple check you have entered all the details correctly when buying.

  • You will receive a booking confirmation email once you have successfully purchased your FOMO Festival ticket.

  • To minimise scalping and fraudulent activity, all FOMO2020 tickets will be withheld until closer to the event. FOMO will communicate ticket delivery information at a later date and issue PDF tickets via your nominated email address. Please don’t stress, you will get your tickets well before the event takes place!

  • The only place to buy FOMO2020 tickets is via our authorised ticket seller, Moshtix. FOMO Festival cannot guarantee entry to anyone who purchases a ticket via an unauthorised resale site like Facebook Marketplace, Viagogo, eBay, Gumtree etc.

    VIP TICKETS – 18+ ONLY

FOMO VIP includes an expedited entry lane, dedicated VIP Area with fancy loos, shade and seating, cloak room, phone charge station, exclusive bar offerings and two free standard drink cards. FOMO VIP is 18+ only.

– THIS EVENT WILL GO AHEAD RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE –
For all other ticketing and general enquiries, head to the FAQ section of our website.

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We’ve written extensively in the past about our disdain for ticket scalpers. Considering that they are the bane of the music-lover’s existence, one of the most satisfying things to witness is when these scalpers manage to get their much-deserved comeuppance, as we witnessed yesterday thanks to FOMO Festival.

As Pedestrian reports, a punter by the name of Reilly decided to hit up Gumtree with the intent of selling his ticket to US rapper Post Malone’s Brisbane show. Considering that these tickets were selling for $71 a pop, his attempts to scalp his ticket for $350 did not go unnoticed by tour presenter FOMO Festival, who were quick to put and end to Reilly’s escapade.

In some grand display of ingenuity, Reilly decided to post an image of his order number on Gumtree, which gave FOMO Festival the edge they needed to go ahead and cancel his order.

“Quick word of advice.. If you’re like Reilly and think you can rip people off selling one ticket for $350 but put up a photo up which includes your order number, then you’ve made our job easy and your ticket is going to being cancelled,” FOMO wrote on Facebook.

“Scalping: Don’t do and don’t support it.”

Upon making their post on Facebook, FOMO Festival were inundated with people either congratulating them on their efforts, or using the post as an opportunity to call out other scalpers. One user posted a screenshot of ticket resale website Viagogo, where tickets were listed for $2,657 each. FOMO were quick to respond, simply stating “Get us a name and a number of the person selling and we’ll cancel these too.”

While ticket-scalping is still a problem (though with the rise of sites like Twickets, it might soon be entering a downward spiral), it’s refreshing to see promoters such as FOMO Festival exercising their power and bringing the hammer down on scalpers who attempt to scam the average punter. Good on you, FOMO.

Check out Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’, below.

FOMO Festival 2018

RL Grime
Kaytranada
ZHU
Post Malone
SZA
Tourist
The Kite String Tangle
Drezo
Stööki Sound
Nina Las Vegas
Dena Amy

Saturday, January 6th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, January 7th, 2018
Elder Park, Adelaide, SA (16+)

Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC (FOMO By Night)

Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW

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Chelsea Tickets

Chelsea FC are aiming to push for the Premier League title once more. The club have opted to appoint former midfield star, Frank Lampard and it appears to be paying dividends. Lampard is willing to give the young players at Chelsea an opportunity and they have been producing some of the best attacking football In England. As a result, Chelsea tickets have been in high demand. Chelsea FC are aiming to push for the Premier League title once more. The club have opted to appoint former midfield star, Frank (more)

Young Talent on Show

Chelsea have some of the brightest young talent on offer in the Premier League and they are looking strong for the 2019/20 season. The Blues have been playing with Tammy Abraham and Calum Hudson-Odoi in attack, Mason Mount in midfield and Fikayo Tomori in defence. They have also added Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and the winger already has a hat trick to his name in the Premier League. If you are a fan of fast, attacking football then Stamford Bridge is the place to be for the 2019/20 Premier League plus the Champions League, which Chelsea are hoping to win for a second time.

Where to buy Chelsea Tickets Home and Away?

Chelsea’s home turf, Stamford Bridge, is an old and traditional ground that is located in South London. Being one of the big clubs in the British capital makes it incredibly hard to get tickets to home matches for Chelsea. Due to the popularity of the Blues, away tickets are generally difficult to obtain, too. Chelsea draw in a huge audience, so although the box office is the first and best place to try, securing a ticket there is not easy.

Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge has enjoyed plenty of redevelopment as it was first a venue for athletic meetings. It is now one of the best stadiums in the Premier League for watching football. The atmosphere, especially for the big games against the top London clubs, Liverpool plus Manchester United and Manchester City is electric. Arguably the best place to sit in Stamford Bridge for the atmosphere is The Shed End. This stand is situated behind the goal and is home to some of the most vocal home fans plus the away supporters, which makes for plenty of singing and banter during a match. You will be able to join in with all the classic Chelsea songs including Blue is the Colour, Blue Flag, Over Land and Sea, Super Chelsea and Super Frank. The West Stand Is the most modern at Stamford Bridge and boasts fantastic views of the action. This is where you will find some of the most expensive Chelsea tickets but you can use Ticket Compare to get the best prices for tickets in this stand and the whole of Stamford Bridge.

Join the Locals

The Butcher’s Hook Is a pub which is found directly opposite Stamford Bridge and a great place to mingle with the home fans before a match. If you would like to get even closer to the stadium, you can enjoy a drink and something to eat at Frankie’s Sports Bar and Diner which is located inside the Stamford Bridge complex. As Stamford Bridge is regarded as being one of the classier venues to attend Premier League football, you will also find a good choice of food and drink on the concourses of the stadium. You can even download the CFC Express App and order your food inside the stadium using your phone. Now is one of the most exciting times to watch Chelsea thanks to their up and coming manager and players, who seem determined to play free flowing football. Check out the latest Chelsea tickets below which are available for the best prices at Ticket Compare. Lampard and it appears to be paying dividends. Lampard is willing to give the young players at Chelsea an opportunity and they have been producing some of the best attacking football In England. As a result, Chelsea tickets have been in high demand. Young Talent on Show Chelsea have some of the brightest young talent on offer in the Premier League and they are looking strong for the 2019/20 season. The Blues have been playing with Tammy Abraham and Calum Hudson-Odoi in attack, Mason Mount in midfield and Fikayo Tomori in defence. They have also added Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund and the winger already has a hat trick to his name in the Premier League. If you are a fan of fast, attacking football then Stamford Bridge is the place to be for the 2019/20 Premier League plus the Champions League, which Chelsea are hoping to win for a second time. Where to buy Chelsea Tickets Home and Away? Chelsea’s home turf, Stamford Bridge, is an old and traditional ground that is located in South London. Being one of the big clubs in the British capital makes it incredibly hard to get tickets to home matches for Chelsea. Due to the popularity of the Blues, away tickets are generally difficult to obtain, too. Chelsea draw in a huge audience, so although the box office is the first and best place to try, securing a ticket there is not easy. Stamford Bridge Stamford Bridge has enjoyed plenty of redevelopment as it was first a venue for athletic meetings. It is now one of the best stadiums in the Premier League for watching football. The atmosphere, especially for the big games against the top London clubs, Liverpool plus Manchester United and Manchester City is electric. Arguably the best place to sit in Stamford Bridge for the atmosphere is The Shed End. This stand is situated behind the goal and is home to some of the most vocal home fans plus the away supporters, which makes for plenty of singing and banter during a match. You will be able to join in with all the classic Chelsea songs including Blue is the Colour, Blue Flag, Over Land and Sea, Super Chelsea and Super Frank. The West Stand Is the most modern at Stamford Bridge and boasts fantastic views of the action. This is where you will find some of the most expensive Chelsea tickets but you can use Ticket Compare to get the best prices for tickets in this stand and the whole of Stamford Bridge. Join the Locals The Butcher’s Hook Is a pub which is found directly opposite Stamford Bridge and a great place to mingle with the home fans before a match. If you would like to get even closer to the stadium, you can enjoy a drink and something to eat at Frankie’s Sports Bar and Diner which is located inside the Stamford Bridge complex. As Stamford Bridge is regarded as being one of the classier venues to attend Premier League football, you will also find a good choice of food and drink on the concourses of the stadium. You can even download the CFC Express App and order your food inside the stadium using your phone. Now is one of the most exciting times to watch Chelsea thanks to their up and coming manager and players, who seem determined to play free flowing football. Check out the latest Chelsea tickets below which are available for the best prices at Ticket Compare. (hide)

Arsenal FC Tickets

Formed as Dial Square at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich in 1886, Arsenal moved to Holloway in north London in 1913 due to financial difficulties, before setting up at the iconic Highbury Stadium. The appointment of innovative coach Herbert Chapman in 1925 proved a landmark moment, and the Gunners gained their first significant silverware under his leadership. Further trophies followed under Tom Whittaker after the Second World War, and with George Graham as manager, before the arrival of Arsene Wenger in 1996, who became the club’s most successful head coach ever. Under the Frenchman’s command, the club claimed three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, famously going unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ season.

How Arsenal handle the Frenchman’s departure will be key to the next few years. Wenger yielded an almost unprecedented sway over all aspects of the club during his tenure, and redistributing responsibilities will prove an immense challenge. Arsenal, of course, are all too aware of Manchester United’s collapse at the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson’s era, and will be keen to avoid making the same mistakes.

After a sixth place finish in 2018, Arsenal fans will be hoping that their side can bounce back in the 2018/19 campaign and finally make a challenge at winning a title they last claimed in 2004; though, a return to the top four would be seen as a good start for Emery. With some excellent bit of summer transfer business being mooted, there’s never been a more exciting time to see the likes of Mesut Özil, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action.

Arsenal transfers

With the challenge of competing in four competitions again (albeit at a lower level in Europe than the club would have expected) next season, Arsenal are almost certain to dip into the transfer market again before this summer’s World Cup. The signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner should prove to be a smart bit of business. The experienced full back’s arrival signals an end to Arsenal’s reluctance to sign players over 30, and adds much needs leadership, experience and quality.

Boss Unai Emery is still getting his feet under the table though, and that could cause significant delays in pursuing his preferred targets. Whether Arsenal will sign any big names this summer remains to be seen, but even without Champions League football on the table, it won’t be difficult to attract Europe’s elite to the Emirates.

Other Premier League tickets

Not an Arsenal fan? Then check out the latest listings for Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton at StubHub UK.

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Disabled parking for residents

Purple Badge scheme

The Government’s Blue Badge scheme doesn’t apply to central London due to traffic congestion and the high demand for parking space.

Our Purple Badge scheme for disabled residents runs alongside the Blue Badge scheme. This means you will need a:

  • Purple Badge for parking in the borough
  • Blue Badge for parking outside the borough

The badges give national parking concessions for drivers and passengers with severe disabilities. They are issued to people with a physical disability or who are registered as blind, who need to park close to their destination.

To qualify for a Purple Badge you must:

  • hold a Blue Badge
  • live, work or study in the borough

Purple Badge parking

A Purple Badge allows you to park:

  • in a residents’ bay with no time limit
  • in a paid-for bay (without paying) with no time limit
  • in a disabled parking bay for up to 4 hours
  • on single yellow lines outside of controlled hours

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A Purple Badge does not allow you to park:

  • on single yellow lines during controlled hours
  • on double yellow lines
  • in suspended parking bays marked with a large yellow sign
  • in doctors’, hospital or diplomat parking bays

Parking restrictions

There are some specific restrictions on Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park Avenue.

Details on the scheme and parking restrictions are outlined in our booklet:

The Purple Badge Scheme For Disabled People

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Apply or renew a badge

The cost of a Purple Badge is £10. This includes:

  • new or renewed badges
  • replacements for lost or stolen badges
  • badges for nominated drivers

Before you apply for or renew a badge, read our guidance notes first:

Disabled Person’s Parking Badges – Your guide to applying for a badge

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To apply for or renew a Blue or Purple Badge:

  • complete the application form
  • send your form with a £10 cheque or postal order payable to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to Accessible Transport Services, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
  • write the name and date of birth of the disabled person on the back of the cheque or postal order

Application form for a disabled person’s parking badge

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Nominate a driver

You can nominate someone else to use your purple badge when you are travelling with them:

Nominated driver’s form

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Lost or stolen badges

Disabled Person’s Parking Badges – Replacement Request Form

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If you need any more information or guidance about applying for a Purple Badge contact our Accessible Transport Team:

Going to a Game:

So you want to go to Stamford Bridge or see an away game? There is no US equivalent to a Premier League game experience. A SEC football game might be closest for the passion and traditions before and during the events.

Travel in the UK is easy. Here are key things to research on this page:

• Getting Tickets

• Picking Up Tickets

• Picking a Game

• About CFC Loyalty Points

• For additional first-time travel tips

***NOTE: GAME DATES DO CHANGE – PLAN YOUR TRAVEL ACCORDINGLY***

The EPL has sold their soul to TV. Allow some leeway in your travel plans until TV changes are announced about 30-45 days in advance. And, even then they can change by a day or so if either team is involved in some other Cup that effects the date. We have had numerous members miss games because the originally scheduled Saturday game gets moved to Sunday, or Monday night or even Friday night. Give yourself some extra time in London to allow for possible changes (especially at New Year and in the spring). For weekend matches, it’s recommended you allow for the match to be played anywhere from Friday night to Monday night.

Getting Tickets:

You must be a Platinum Level CIA/CFC True Blue Member (meaning you currently have both CIA and CFC True Blue memberships) to order tickets. As an official supporters club, we are able to provide tickets at face value, with the best access available outside of the UK to great seats.

To order through the Chelsea in America website:

  1. Your regional group must be a Platinum Level Member (all five are again for 2019-20)

  2. You, and every person in your party, must be a CFC True Blue member,

  3. You, and every person in your party, must be a CIA member

  4. You must have notified CIA of your CFC True Blue number. We then notify CFC so that they cross-reference the memberships. This does not happen automatically. We suggest joining CFC True Blue first so you can list your True Blue number when you sign up for CIA.

  5. Only US residents can order through CIA.

Assuming you are a Platinum Club level member with both True Blue and CIA:

• One ticket per member. You can order multiple tickets in one CIA payment but must include the membership info for each person that needs a ticket with the order.

• CIA ticket windows for each game typically close 60+ days before a Premier League game. CFC sets the order date and we turn our orders in before tickets go on sale to the public.

• Depending on the anticipated game demand, CFC institutes a Loyalty Point scheme to handle demand. This requires each person to have a certain number of points to be eligible to buy tickets. See Loyalty Points below.

• Order your tickets on the CIA web site via the Shed End page. You are required to have the CIA provided password and we still double check every order before we turn them in.

• On the CIA Shed End web page, you can choose each game and a variety of seating options. Note that the Shed End Lower typically stands during the entire game while the Family Zone is policed to keep the activities more kid friendly.

• We may temporarily “over charge” because of the unknown exchange rates but you will be refunded the difference later. CFC charges in GB pounds. Thus, we refund the difference after CFC confirms the ticket order and final exchange cost on that date.

• You will get a confirmation from the CIA Club Secretary approximately 45 days before the game; shorter notice for quick turnaround cup games.

Your group/region will be sat together so long as you order the same section of the stadium.

Alternative ticket options:

• Chelsea Hospitality: Expensive hospitality packages are sold only through CFC and official third-parties

• Chelsea Ticket Exchange for True Blue members. This is where ticket holders can legally resell home match league tickets they can’t use. Always check here but know that big games have far fewer offerings.

• Ticket agencies: CFC and CIA strongly recommend against using StubHub or scalper aftermarket systems. Far too often they turn out to be counterfeit. Proceed at your own risk.

Picking Up Your Tickets:

When ordering through CIA, you will receive a confirmation about your tickets from our Club Secretary as soon as we hear from CFC. This is usually about 45 days before a league home game, 30 days before an away game and much shorter for other competitions.

• HOME GAMES when ordering through CIA: Each person must pick up at Stamford Bridge Disable Ticket Window with I.D. This includes kids. You go to Stamford Bridge Box Office Disabled Window # 7. It’s next to the Megastore.

• AWAY GAMES when ordering through CIA: Your tickets will be ‘slow’ mailed vid Royal Mail/US Post to the address the ticker user member (not necessarily the purchaser) has on their Chelsea (ex True Blue) membership.

Chelsea will post away tickets but it’s a nerve-wracking process. Royal/US Mail takes approximately 11 days. With away tickets often not confirmed and posted until 12-15 days in advance of a match (Chelsea must receive the hard ticket from opponent), the tickets may not reach you if you are on an extended trip.

When tickets do not arrive prior to departure, you then must contact Chelsea 72 hours before the match to arrange a ‘duplicate’ ticket pick up at the visiting ground. Then you go to the visiting box office. Keep in mind your duplicate ticket may not be available for pick up until 2 hours or less before kick off.

• Box Office Hours: Be sure to check the Stamford Bridge Box Office hours schedule. It can change on short notice and make picking up tickets (particularly away tickets) complicated.

You can check the current Stamford Bridge box office schedule here.

• REMEMBER: You are ordering through your regional supporter’s group (American Heartland, American Southwest Blues, Carefree CA, Mid-Atlantic, or Southeast Blues). We all share the Chelsea in America web platform but CFC considers you a member of your regional group. If asked what group you are with, it’s your regional group, NOT Chelsea in America.

• When at Stamford Bridge to acquire your tickets:

1) Tell them your name and regional group name; not Chelsea in America,

2) You cannot send someone not also ordering tickets to pick up your tickets, and

3) Champions League/Europa League away games are picked up at the game only and require a passport for each person and a form that games the name of the person who bought the tickets.

As always, this process is subject to change by CFC.

Picking a Game:

Historically, we have received 95+% of the tickets we have ordered since CFC put this system in place during 2012.

Our five regional Supporter’s Groups are among 32 Platinum Level clubs worldwide with priority access to a limited number of tickets set aside for the supporter groups. This number can vary from 800 to just 50 for a game. That number is finite and can be smaller than the number of tickets requested in total.

When worldwide orders exceed supply, CFC allots a percentage per club. This could mean we only get 6 of 8 tickets requested by your region. It’s only happened 5 times in 5 years but demand is growing.

If this occurs, we prioritize based on continuous length of membership. Members with years of True Blue and CIA membership are prioritized over a first-time member in appreciation of their continuous support to CIA.

As such, CIA strongly suggests you ‘keep your place in the queue’ each year and maintain continuous True Blue and CIA membership even if you may not go over to the UK during the current season.

Picking a Game Date – Part One:

• Game dates and times can change due to TV or cup competitions.

Allow for that when booking flights/hotels or risk missing the reason you are going to the UK.

TV makes adjustments between 50-90 days in advance. For example, a listed Saturday 10am match could eventually play on Friday night, Sunday or Monday night. At New Year’s, that January 1 match may actually play three days later.

If you have purchased tickets for a game and it is moved, you have 24-48 hours from the announcement to cancel through CIA. We then notify CFC and they will refund the payment.

• As we advance in the other competitions (Champions Lg, FA Cup, League Cup), game dates and times can change for EPL dates on short notice. Example: When we advanced in the League Cup, a Premier League game three weeks later was moved backwards 2 days to fit in enough rest between dates.

You need to be fluid with dates or wait to book closer to the game you desire (yes, that makes reservations and cost tricky).

Picking a game date – Part Two:

• Toughest tickets: Big clubs away (Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and the local aways vs West Ham, Crystal Palace and Watford). These also required additional Loyalty Points. Refer to that information below. Ironically, Man City away is typically an easy ticket. Chelsea only set aside 50 total tickets for the 32 Platinum Supporter Groups so it’s simple match.

Examples: Watford away each worldwide group got 60% of total order. Spurs away and Arsenal way at the holidays will be worse. Flip side, our groups received 100% of away orders to Man City and at Southampton.

• High demand dates: The holiday fixtures, Thanksgiving time and the spring break time frames can be high demand. Lots of supporters world-wide travel to London during those times so there are a lot of requests if an away match is near London.

• There are no away tickets made available for Bournemouth due to their tiny stadium.

• Champions League/Europa League home games in the group stage are available though if we draw a Barcelona or other big club it may revert to a loyalty point match. Knockout rounds are almost always 10 loyalty point matches.

• Champions League/Europa League away games are either very limited or often not available through supporter groups depending on the allotment and stadium size. However, many members are able to buy direct through Chelsea’s web site.

• FA Cup and League Cup home games are available but away games depend on the size of the host stadium.

• Cup (UK and Europe) semi-final and finals are NOT made available to supporter groups. All sales are through the the Chelsea web site. Do not give up, these tickets can be had if you get on the CFC web site right away.

About Loyalty Points

• CFC True Blue ‘Ticket Only’ or higher membership is required to purchase tickets through CIA. This membership is available on the CFC web site. There are discounts for kids and disabled members.

• Loyalty points are required for select games. Loyalty points are needed for about 1/3 of all games.

Loyalty points are gained by early membership registration (before late July; 5 points given) or through purchase of game tickets during the season (early Cup matches offer the most points for least cost). Games provide different point values.

• Games requiring loyalty points: Home or away vs Man U, Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool. Local aways such as at West Ham, Crystal Palace and Watford. The final home and away league game each season also required 10 points. Additionally, late round Cup games ‘may’ have loyalty point requirements (such as the 2019 Europa League home semi final v Frankfurt).

• How many points? Where required, Sep-Dec events require 5 points in Sep-Dec. Where required in Jan-May it’s 10 points. And, if a game requiring points in August, it’s again 10 points but usuing the previous season total.

• Loyalty point totals build up through a season. They do not decrease if you buy tickets.

Lastly, each season is a new start on your total.

How to Gain Loyalty Points:

• Join CFC True Blue by mid-July. This gives you 5 loyalty points for early registration.

• Buy tickets to less popular home games or the Community Shield. Chelsea offers up to 5 loyalty points for buying these lesser events. Examples: The home Carabao League Cup game versus Everton and the Community Shield each offered 5 loyalty points and relatively inexpensive tickets.

• More popular game like Man United will only give you 1 loyalty point. We strongly suggest NOT using the big matches but plan ahead and buy from the Cup matches that are big points and cheaper price.

• Loyalty points post once your ticket is confirmed by Chelsea and then paid for by CIA. Plan ahead!

Yes, you may need to buy tickets to game you do not plan to attend to earn loyalty points. It’s the quirky UK system. Bottom line: If you plan trip from January 1 or later, or possibly next August, for a ‘big game’ than you need to work on getting 10 loyalty points well in advance.

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