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Matchday Attendee Information: Palace v Cardiff (Boxing Day)

23 December 2018

To get the most out of your Boxing Day matchday for Crystal Palace v Cardiff City at Selhurst Park (3PM KO), read this handy guide on both the game and the day surrounding it.

Ticket details

A small number of general admission tickets are still available as are Premium packages for any last minute Christmas gifts.

All ticket holders are advised to arrive early at the stadium to accommodate enhanced security checks and season ticket holders are reminded to bring their season cards. If you’ve lost your ticket and require a re-print, please visit the Ticket Office window by entrance 9.

Fans are reminded that paper tickets drenched by the rain may not work when scanned - so please cover accordingly!

Visiting supporter (away fans) ticket collections must be picked up from the Ticket Office window by gate E4 (corner of Holmesdale Road and Park Road) from 12.00. Home fans can collect from the office by gate E9.

Turnstiles for all home areas of the stadium open at 13.30, with the away area opening at 13.00.


There is expected to be major travel disruption on Boxing Day with minimal public transport services available - so please plan your journey well in advance and allow plenty of time.

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There is no public parking at the stadium. There are disabled parking bays in the Sainsbury’s car park, available on a first come, first served basis.

The Directors' Car Park is permit holders only and will be closing at 14.00. Its entrance can be found via Holmesdale Road

Drivers may find suitable parking spaces by visiting driveway rental sites - JustParkYour Parking Space or Primal Parking - at your own risk.

Food & drink

Get into the stadium early to take advantage of the Early Bird offer of a cheeseburger or hot dog plus a beer for £6 (not available in the away concourses).

There is also a range of food and drink available in the Fanzone outside the Main Stand from midday.

The full menu can be viewed here and will be available on all public concourses.

Glaziers, Wright & Bright, Red & Blue and Stanley Stephenson lounges open from 12.30.

The Fanzone

The Selhurst Park Fanzone is the place to get you in the matchday mood.

The Fanzone is directly outside the Main Stand and caters for 500 fans with a family friendly and fun atmosphere. It opens from 12.00, and is open to Palace and Cardiff City ticket holders on a first come, first served basis.

This week’s event will have a range of entertainment to keep you busy ahead of kick-off. And with a range of food and beverages available, it is the ultimate destination to kick-off your pre-match routine.

Our resident DJ Jay Knox will be playing the latest tunes throughout pre-match, club mascots Pete and Alice will be there to meet fans, and, as usual, there will be performances from The Crystals. But that’s not all.

There will be a whole host of competitions giving fans of all ages the chance to win great prizes, including the opportunity for two junior Palace fans to take part in the Utilita Half-Time Challenge on the pitch.


Half-time entertainment

The Crystals will perform a live routine and there is also the Utilita Half-Time challenge, where two junior Palace and two junior Cardiff fans take penalties on the pitch.

To be in with the chance of taking part, young Palace fans should visit the Fanzone from midday, and Cardiff juniors will be selected in the away concourse from 13.00.

Club Store & Box Office

The main Club Store and Box Office will be open from 10am until kick-off and then for an hour after full time.

The Club Store in the Fanzone is open from 12.00 until kick off, and also opens for an hour after the match.

Fans can pre-order their items and then ‘Click and Collect’ until 23:59 on 23rd December. Our dedicated pickup point opens between Sainsbury’s and the main gates from midday.


Small bags are permitted into the stadium but will be searched. Large bags must be left at the Information Point by Entrance 9 (near the Fanzone), but must be collected 30 minutes after full-time.

No pyrotechnics are permitted inside Selhurst Park.

Small umbrellas are permitted but larger ones are not.

To report any anti-social behaviour at Selhurst Park, fans should text 07507 477 669 (+44 7507 477 669) with as much relevant information as possible.

Need more information?

Click to read our comprehensive Matchday Guide for Palace fans and visiting supporters.

For all customer service enquiries, please get in touch with the team.

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