Friday 19th July: Hampshire Hawks v Essex

The worldwide IT outage has impacted our ticketing and entry systems.

The Hampshire Cricket App will not be operational for this match. Please download your PDF ticket and follow instructions from our venue welcome team on arrival.

Food and drink outlets in the stadium are unaffected and will be able to take card payments.

Tickets are available at our Match Day Ticket Offices at both West and East Gates.

Visitor Guide: Vitality Blast

Find out what to know before you go to Hampshire Hawks' Vitality Blast fixtures at Utilita Bowl

Hampshire Hawks host seven home matchdays in 2024 at Utilita Bowl, including two T20 double headers with reigning Women's champions, Southern Vipers.

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How To Attend

Attend Hampshire Hawks' Vitality Blast matches with tickets, a 3-match bundle, a T20 passport, hospitality, a pitch-facing hotel bedroom, or as a Hampshire Cricket Member.

Hampshire Cricket Members (excluding Standard Members) and T20 Passport holders can access all seven group stage Vitality Blast matchdays at Utilita Bowl. 

3-match T20 bundle holders can access all three group stage fixtures in July.

Friday Finale

Last chance to see Hampshire Hawks in the 2024 Vitality Blast.

Hampshire Hawks v Essex

Friday 19th July | 5:30pm gates | 7pm start

Tickets are available to purchase at the cheaper, Advance rate until 11:59pm the day before each match, after which tickets will only be available at the On The Day rate. 

Choose between general admission, premium Ticket Plus or discounted group tickets for groups of 6+.

T20 Advanced Ticket

Tickets can be purchased via Utilita Bowl’s online ticketing website courtesy of the link below or in person at Utilita Bowl Store (Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm).

To apply for a companion ticket, please contact the Ticketing Team via the details at the bottom of this page.

Buy Tickets

Various hospitality packages are available to secure for those looking to take their experience to the next level, including the sociable atmosphere of a shared suite or the intimacy of a private box.

Explore Hospitality

Utilita Bowl also offer one of the most unique sporting experiences in the UK. Fans can enjoy the match from the comfort from their very own pitch-facing hotel bedroom at the on-site Hilton Southampton - Utilita Bowl.

Pitch-Facing Hotel Bedrooms

Click here to view the Seating Plan to see seating areas for cricket matches at Utilita Bowl.

To view a list of Tickets & Matchday FAQs, click here.


Ticketing | Matchday App

Vitality Blast Passport holders and Hampshire Cricket Membership Cards should scan their Membership or Passport card at the gates for entry.

All tickets to individual Vitality Blast matches will be digital tickets (e-tickets) and also available on the free Hampshire Cricket App.

Upon arrival, please ensure you have your e-ticket or entry card at the ready.

If you haven’t already downloaded the app and set up a Fanscore account you’ll need to do this to access your digital tickets on the app.

Follow the link below to find out more and download the app to your device, and how to access and forward digital tickets on the app.

Hampshire Cricket App

If you are a ticketholder and are unable to retrieve your tickets on the Hampshire Cricket App, then you can access the venue on the matchday by scanning a printed or digital version of the e-ticket you will have received on the same email that the booking was made on.

Find a number of ticketing and matchday queries available in the list of FAQs available via the link below.

FAQs

Free Buses and Travel

Please plan your journey in advance to avoid delays in getting to Utilita Bowl, as the roads around Utilita Bowl will be busy on matchdays.

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport options to travel to the venue, including Bluestar public bus services, and trains to Southampton Airport Parkway or Hedge End stations.

Free buses will be available for fans travelling to and from Utilita Bowl to Southampton Airport Parkway Railway and Hedge End Railway Stations for all Vitality Blast matchdays. Fans do not need a ticket for this service.

These direct buses will run continuously, beginning from 30 minutes before gates opening for each matchday, departing from immediately outside both stations, and depart from opposite Utilita Bowl's West Gate turnstiles up to 60 minutes after the end of the match.

Car parking is available to pre-book for Utilita Bowl's Park & Walk site and accessible, close-to-gate car parks. Please note, all car parking is subject to availability. 

In an attempt to alleviate any congestion, car parks will be open from 30 minutes prior to the gates opening.

Please note, on-site car parks will be held for 20 minutes after the game to allow the safe exit of pedestrians. Follow the link below to find out more about car parking for Vitality Blast.

A drop-off and pick-up zone will be available at the David Lloyd Health Club's car park.

Taxis will drop-off and pick-up from the Holiday Inn Express car park.

Find out more information about travel and getting to Utilita Bowl for Vitality Blast via the link below.

Travel Info

Key Timings & General Information

 Upon arrival, please ensure you have your digital app tickets, e-tickets or card ready to scan at the entrances.

Ticketholders should scan the barcode on the ticket to access the ground via the gates.

Hampshire Cricket Members (excl. Standard Members) and Vitality Blast Passport holders can scan the QR code on the back of their Membership/Passport card via the West Gate turnstiles or East Gate pods to gain access.

For T20 Double Headers (30 May & 14 June), gates will open 60 minutes before the start of the Southern Vipers match (2pm).

For Hampshire Hawks single T20 fixtures, gates will open 90 minutes before the start of the match.

July Vitality Blast Fixtures | Key Timings

Hawks v Essex (Fri 19 July): gates open 5:30pm, match starts 7pm, approx. finish time 9:45pm.

Seating at all Vitality Blast fixtures is unallocated (other than Ticket Plus & Hospitality).

Accessible seating is located around the stadium. Please ask matchday stewards should you need any assistance finding a suitable area.

Please note, Members' Area seating is for Hampshire Cricket Members only, these are located in blocks A, B, W, X.

Blocks Q & R are reserved as an alcohol free zone. No alcoholic drinks are to be taken in this area.

A multi-faith room will be available as a shared facility for spectators, located under the Colin Ingleby-MacKenzie Stand.

Sensory bags, designed to add comfort and security to disabled supporters to perfect their matchday experience, are available to pre-book on a first-come, first-served basis.

These bags are designed to help fans, particularly those with autism, to enhance the matchday experience, making it more comfortable and enjoyable. Apply for a free bag by clicking here. 

An information point will be open in the Arlott Atrium for any queries that you may have, and will be open from gates opening until the close of play. Please note, any lost property should be handed in or collected from this information point.

The Arlott Atrium is open to all spectators, whilst the Derek Shackleton Bar will remain a reserved area for Hampshire Members, and the Roof Terrace & Robin Smith Suite reserved for Executive Club Members. 

Find the information point, Matchday Ticket Office, Utilita Bowl Store and more on the venue map ahead of your trip to the venue via the link below.

Venue Map

Spectators are prohibited from walking onto the field of play.

Prohibited Items include - Alcohol, Glass, Cans, Musical Instruments, Flares, Laser Devices, Air Horns, Fireworks, Weapons, Whistles

Ground Regulations

Free Entertainment & Activities

There will be numerous matchday activations running free of charge for every Hampshire Hawks T20 at Utilita Bowl this summer. 

July Vitality Blast Fixtures | What's On

DJ Vin & RH9 playing summer anthems - until match starts (West Gate)

Family Fun Zone - Hilltop Terrace (behind Shane Warne Stand)

Signing & selfies with players - post-match (in front of Rod Bransgrove Pavilion)

Live music - post-match (West Atrium Concourse)

Upon arrival opposite the West Gate, DJs Vin and RH9 will be bringing you an eclectic mix of summer anthems for the Hawks Vitality Blast action from gates opening to the start of the match.

Get your face painted with Hawks colours, grab a 4/6 card and get your photo with Hawky upon arrival within the West Gate.

Enjoy a mix of sporting activities, garden games and paint our mural in the Family Fun Zone, located on the Hilltop Grass Terrace behind the Shane Warne Stand.

At the end of the match, players will hold a signing and selfies session on the edge of the boundary in front of the Rod Bransgrove Pavilion. This area will be marked by flags so fans should head down with a pen for an autograph!

There will also be live music after every match - starting as soon as the last ball has been bowled and located outside of the Arlott Atrium.

Find out the full list of matchday activities via the link below.

Matchday Activities

Food & Drink

Utilita Bowl serves the best food and drink in English cricket, as voted for by fans, and with new options available this year, it's unmissable at this summer's event days coming to the venue.

A large range of food & drink will be on offer across Utilita Bowl on matchdays for Vitality Blast and will be available from gates opening, with tastes from around the world available for fans to savour.

The Arlott Atrium (Rod Bransgrove Pavilion) will be serving sandwiches & drinks within the Rod Bransgrove Pavilion, whilst the Boundary Bar (Hilton Hotel End) will be serving drinks too.

There will be a host of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and halal options available around the ground.

Check out the food & drink guide via the link below to find out what's on offer for Vitality Blast matchdays.

Food & Drink Guide

BEEFY’S by Lord Botham Restaurant & Bar (located within Hilton Southampton - Utilita Bowl) is serving a limited menu to pre-booked parties only. To book a table or for more information, please contact the team on 02382 027097, via beefys@utilitabowl.com or online (via the link below).

Book BEEFY'S

Free-to-use water fountains are located at both ends of the Shane Warne Stand and the hotel end of the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie Stand.

Alcohol will be served around the ground from gates opening, with bars closing 30 minutes after the close of play. 

Please note, no alcohol can be brought into the ground and only alcohol purchased on-site may be consumed. 

Utilita Bowl operates a strict ‘Challenge 25’ alcohol policy and as such anyone deemed to look Under 25 will be asked to provide photographic proof of age, prior to being served. 


Utilita Bowl Store

Get the 2024 Hampshire Hawks Vitality Blast kit at Utilita Bowl Store or online at https://utilitabowl.store/.

The Store (located within the West Gate) will have stock of Hampshire's 2024 Vitality Blast and Vitality County Championship official replica shirts, Southern Vipers' 2024 replica kit, the brand-new England IT20 & ODI kits, a number of leisurewear & accessory ranges, and programme, scorecards and children's activity packs.

Check out what's in store via the link below.

Online Store
Hawks Merch

Weather

Please click here to view the latest weather forecast for Southampton.

Umbrellas are permitted within Utilita Bowl. 

Please note, in the event of inclement weather, any decision regarding cancelling or delaying play is made by the umpires and not the venue staff.

What happens if the match is reduced or called off? For more information about Utilita Bowl's Vitality Blast ticket refund policy, please follow the link below.

Ticket Refunds

Scorecards & Activity Packs

Scorecards will be available to purchase for £1 from Utilita Bowl Store and inside the West Gate.

What's more - brand-new for 2024 - children's activity packs will be available from Utilita Bowl Store for just £1.


Additional Information

Utilita Bowl is a cashless venue.

All of the concession stands will be accepting contactless payments during all matchdays.


Contact Us

Email: enquiries@utilitabowl.com

Phone: 02380 472002 (Opt. 2)

Visit Us: Utilita Bowl Store (inside West Gate)

Phonelines & Utilita Bowl Store open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday on non-matchdays.

You can report any concerns or issues by alerting one of the stewarding team at the venue or by messaging 07782 331988 via SMS or Whatsapp.

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