Plea to Norwich City fans to arrive early for matches
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Norwich City fans have been advised to arrive at Carrow Road up to 20 minutes before kick-off from next season.
The club said that increased security checks at the stadium will result in longer queues as supporters wait to get in.
It comes as fans queued up outside the City Stand on Saturday as Norwich played Brighton in a pre-season friendly.
Jack Reeve, founder of Talk Norwich City, posted a photo of the delays on Twitter over the weekend.
He said: 'I had a ticket for the Jarrold Stand, which wasn't too bad. But even I started queueing at 2.30pm and didn't get in until 2.55pm.
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'I had my bag checked by three different people, but I think it was just teething problems.'
Prior to the game, the club warned fans about increased security in the wake of the recent terrorist incidents in London and Manchester.
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A club spokesman said that people will no longer be able to turn up five minutes before kick-off and expect to get in on time.
'If you are used to arriving at five-to-three for kick-off, then I would recommend getting here at 20-to-three,' the spokesman said.
'Generally speaking, you must allow good time to arrive at the ground and be prepared to queue.'
The spokesman said that one way for fans to speed up entry into the ground was to ensure no prohibited items are brought in.
Last week the club put out a list of items that are no longer allowed, including a limit on bag sizes.
Despite this, the spokesman said that one person still attempted to bring a slow cooker into the stadium on Saturday.
He added that queues may have been longer than usual on the weekend because many people would not have used their season ticket.
As a result, fans would not have been familiar with their seats and would have been using different turnstyles.
Everything from cameras, air horns and canned drinks are banned from being brought into the stadium, as well as bags larger than 40cm x 35cm x 19cm.
A statement on the club's website said: 'We would advise all fans who bring bags to matches to review the size of the bag and its contents to prevent delays at turnstiles.
'For security reasons the club will not be able to store items for supporters during the game.'