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Chris Lakey Fans travelling to Paulton tomorrow will have to get used to some DIY if they want to park within a reasonable distance of the ground. The site of the Focus DIY chain's former headquarters is a short walk from the club's Winterfield Road ground and will be open for parking as Paulton tries to cope with the influx of more than 2,000 fans for the biggest game in the club's history.
Fans travelling to Paulton tomorrow will have to get used to some DIY if they want to park within a reasonable distance of the ground.
The site of the Focus DIY chain's former headquarters is a short walk from the club's Winterfield Road ground and will be open for parking as Paulton tries to cope with the influx of more than 2,000 fans for the biggest game in the club's history.
"There is obviously going to be very limited car parking at the club itself," said club secretary Andy Harris. "We are making it strictly limited here. There will be parking in the village - that's being controlled by people other than the club, but there are various sites that are being signposted within 10 to 15 minutes' walk from the ground so there shouldn't be too many problems, hopefully, in finding a parking space.
"The biggest site used to be the head office for Focus DIY - I would say that is probably one of the best bets. From the Bristol direction if you come off the A37 at Farrington Gurney you will see the DIY store on your left-hand side behind what used to be the head office and there is a fair amount of car parking there.
"I understand there will be a couple of stewards to assist with parking and I think there will be a small charge."
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For those who can't get to pitchside to watch the game, there may be space in the clubhouse - but while the game is being screened live by ITV, it will only be re-run in the clubhouse after the final whistle.
Paulton officials say the facilities are open to both sets of fans, although one suite will be reserved for their guests - including City's joint majority shareholder Delia Smith.
"In fairness, we do have good facilities here," added the secretary. "The function room can take up to 400 people and it will be open to all fans. Our main bar area can take another 200. The only area out of bounds is the smaller function room, the Winterfield Suite, which we will be keeping for officials and Norwich directors - and obviously we have got a fairly impressive guest list.
"We understand Sir Trevor Brooking is attending and we will have some representatives from the Zamaretto League. We are also expecting some officials from the Somerset FA and FA headquarters in London."
The final tickets for Paulton fans were taken on Wednesday afternoon, but a few of City's 500 allocation remain on sale.
They will be available this morning from Carrow Road, in person, or on the phone (0844 826 1902).