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Newport Gwent Dragons have made a number of improvements to the matchday experience at Rodney Parade for the 2016/17 season. Supporter surveys were carried out last season have allowed us to continuously improve our offering before, during and after each match at Rodney Parade.

The We Fight Any Claim Family Zone will again be the focal point of the Rodney Parade Matchday experience this season. The Family Zone will be open before and after every Dragons match. There will be a whole host of pre-match community and family activity in the Family Zone organised by the Dragons Community Team. The newly formed Dragons Supporters' Club will also be in the Family Zone before each match to help organise a Q & A and autograph session with Dragons players. The Supporters Club will also be running a raffle every match with match tickets and signed items up for grabs.

Building on the success of last season the ‘Perform at the Parade’ talent contest will be returning this season. Local performers will again be applying to perform on a matchday and will be seen in the Family Zone before the match and even on the field of play at half time.

A new ‘making the most of your matchday’ partnership is also in place with Friars Walk & Kingsway Centre. Individual outlets from the new shopping centre and leisure complex will offer supporters at Rodney Parade give-aways and value adding promotions at every match.

The big screen will be more and more of a feature of matchday this season hosting video content, supporter interaction and competitions. A new collaboration with the University of South Wales means their students will be supporting on a matchday and helping to relay video content live to the screen once the season gets underway. Former Nation Radio Breakfast host Niall Foster joins the team to host our match build up and half time show from the touch line.

Dragons supporters contributed their nominations for this season’s Matchday Playlist through social media channels over the summer. The Matchday Playlist is an eclectic mix of classic and more recent tracks with emotive and upbeat tracks building up to kick off and through half time. Dragons players have also chosen a new walk out track and try track which will feature at every match.

Cwmbran based pyrotechnic specialists Pendragon Fireworks will once again be providing the Dragons with pre-match flames and fireworks this season.

Every match will boast a half time show this season. There will be a mix of competitions and give-aways for supporters to get involved with. Local clubs who win trophies will be invited to take part in laps of honour while we will be inviting supporters onto the field to take part in our famous kicking competitions. Our choirs and music performers will also be involved in some of our half time shows this season.

Our post match entertainment takes place in the Family Zone, which will be hosting live music after all Dragons matches at Rodney Parade this season.

Directions

Car

From the West

Take Junction 26 from the M4
Take 3rd Exit off Roundabout onto Malpas Road
Take 2nd Exit off Roundabout
at Next Roundabout take 1st Exit across River Usk
at Next Traffic Lights bear Right onto Chepstow Road
Take 1st Right onto Cedar Road
Take 1st Right onto Corporation Road
Take 1st Left onto Grafton Road
Rodney Parade is on your Left Hand Side

From the East

Take Junction 25a from the M4
Take 1st Exit off Roundabout onto Heidenheim Way
Take 1st Exit off Flyover
Take 2nd Exit off Roundabout
at Next Roundabout take 1st Exit across River Usk
at Next Traffic Lights bear Right onto Chepstow Road
Take 1st Right onto Cedar Road
Take 1st Right onto Corporation Road
Take 1st Left onto Grafton Road
Rodney Parade is on your Left Hand Side

Train

The nearest train station is Newport Central which is approximately 7 minutes' walk from the ground. As you come out of the main entrance of the station, turn left and using the underpass, go under the Old Green Interchange, cross the Clarence Place bridge and take the first right after the bridge.

Bus

Getting to Rodney Parade by bus is really easy with lots of services you can use that will take you to within close walking distance of the ground.www.newportbus.co.uk

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