In this guide we will attempt to provide an easy one-stop location that tries to answer some of the questions many new fans of the club who may be coming to a game for the first time always seem to have … it may also answer some questions that even the most fervent ICTFC fans may not know the answer to as well !
Inverness Caledonian Thistle – great name, but how did it come about?
Inverness Caledonian Thistle was formed in 1994 as the result of a merger between Caledonian FC and Inverness Thistle FC who between them had more than 200 years of combined history in the Highland League.
The team first played as Caledonian Thistle but added Inverness to the name at the end of the 1995-96 season. Full season-by-season reviews can be viewed in our history section: The club’s official name is Inverness Caledonian Thistle and we are very proud of that name. However it is a bit of a mouthful for most commentators and fans so the official name is frequently shortened.
Given the club’s history some fans will call the team “Caley” some will call us “Thistle” or “The Jags” and others will call us Caley Thistle or the “CaleyJags”. No-one is wrong, they are all acceptable as is “ICTFC”, Inverness CT, or just Inverness … It is your team as much as ours so call it by the name you are most comfortable with.
Getting to a Game
What game can I go to?
The traditional Scottish football season runs from late July or Early August to mid May and each club will normally play 36 or more league games. Half of these league games will take place at each team’s home ground. There are also three national cup competitions, The William Hill Scottish Cup, The Betfred League Cup and the Irn Bru Challenge Cup. Cup games are very much “luck of the draw” in terms of location so may be at home or away.
The traditional time for a game is 3:00PM on a Saturday. However, with live TV commitments, a packed schedule, and the possibility of cup replays, games also take place at earlier times, on Sundays or even on weeknights. Our full fixture list, which is kept up to date as the season progresses and which has dates and times of all games is located: HERE
Do I need a ticket?
Yes and No!! For most games at The Caledonian Stadium you can simply walk up to the ground and pay at the Club Shop on arrival. However for certain games tickets are sold in advance and entry will not be allowed without a pre-purchased ticket. These games will normally just be Celtic & Rangers but may also extend to other games with a high ticket demand such as Aberdeen or Hearts. This website will highlight ticketing information when an all-ticket match takes place and you can usually pre-purchase tickets for matches via our ticketing partners:
How much does it cost?
The cost for each game can vary depending on the opposition and where you sit in the ground. but general prices are below
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How do I get there?
The Caledonian Stadium is conveniently located just off the A9 near the Kessock Bridge. It’s a 20 minute walk from the City Centre using the signposted, recommended walking route. For safety reasons, we ask you not to continue all the way down Longman Road and cross the A9 dual carriageway. There is chargeable car parking on-site for those who choose to travel by car. A number of local pubs/clubs, including the Caley Thistle Social Club on Greig Street run regular buses to the game. A service bus also leaves from Farraline Park bus station in the city centre 45mins before a game and returns there afterwards. If you are coming from further afield, our map pages should help you figure out the best route for you.
Whats the weather going to be like?
That’s a hard question to answer !!! We have seen it all at The Caledonian Stadium …. from frozen snowy weather to heat and glorious sunshine and everything in between, and sometimes a mixture of it all on a single day. We recommend that you check a local weather site such as the BBC or MSN and come dressed for the expected conditions. Should the forecasters get it wrong, you can always pop by the club shop at the front of the stadium which is open before and after each game and perhaps purchase a more appropriate piece of attire.
At the Game
Inverness Caledonian Thistle offers Live Audio Commentary to supporters with visual impairments. Handsets are available, subject to availability, from reception.
ICTFC are always happy to hear from people that are interested in volunteering in any aspect of the club, if interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I sit?
All tickets have section, row and seat numbers on them and you should sit in your specified seat. Our club shop and ticket office staff will be happy to help you select the right seat for you.
Home fans can be accomodated in the Main Stand or the North Stand. The South Stand is reserved for Away fans. Within the North Stand we also have a family section which can be accessed if you are bringing a child/children with you, or, if you are a younger fan, if you are bringing an adult with you.
Can I stand?
Currently, the ground regulations stipulate that standing in seated areas is forbidden. All of the “codes of practice” which the club operates under, including ground regulations, supporters charter, racism policy and others can be found in the “CLUB” menu at the top of the page.
What about food?
There are serveries within the Main Stand concourse and Sports Bar and also in other parts of the ground. Hot food, snacks, crisps etc are all available as is Juice, Carbonated drinks and Coffee, Tea, and of course the traditional “Bovril”.
Yes we publish a matchday programme for each game and these are available from the programme sellers outside the ground, or from the Club Shop. If you missed one, our club shop will usually have any excess copies from the game available at a later date – just send them an email to email@example.com and they will try to help you out.
Half Time Draw?
The Half time draw is a matchday raffle. You can buy tickets for the draw from ticket sellers (usually in the same places as you would find programmes) and hope that your ticket number is one of the two announced during the game. First prize is £250 and the runner-up gets a signed football. Should the ticket remain unclaimed at the game, simply phone the Club during office hours on 01463 222880 and we will confirm the good or bad news!
If you fancy watching the game in style or celebrating an event with friends, we have a full range of matchday hospitality offerings available. Whether you want to sample basic hospitality, or you want to go the whole hog and take one of our matchday sponsorship packages we have the deal to suit you. Full information as well as details of any special deals that may be available during the season is featured on our commercial pages.
After the Game
Where can I give Feedback?
We welcome feedback from our customers. We hope that your experience was a positive one and the feedback is equally positive. However we do appreciate that there are times where everything may not be as it should be and we encourage you to also contact us should you have had any problems or concerns during your visit to The Caledonian Stadium. Initially contact our Supporter Liaison Coordinator (Gordon Fyfe) via firstname.lastname@example.org
Who will respond to my feedback?
Our Supporter Liaison Officer will pass your feedback to the appropriate Section Manager and if relevant, the Executive Chairman. If you require a response, we will endeavour to reply within 3 working days. In some cases it may take longer to resolve issues if the matter involves external contractors.
Where can I discuss the team or match?
We do not provide a forum for discussion on this site but we can suggest our supporters discuss our games or other Caley Thistle related issues on the recommended fansite at “CaleyThistleOnline.com“. This site has been in existence since the club was formed back in 1994 and always seems to have a healthy debate going on.
What about pictures?
Unless you are a licensed/accredited photographer, taking pictures of the matchday action is prohibited at SPFL games due to copyright rules. However, CaleyJags.com is the place to go if you wish to relive some of the matchday action or perhaps see yourself in a crowd shot. Peter Paul is an official photographer, accredited with the club and he features photos from virtually all games as well as behind the scenes photos from our hospitality and other areas of the ground. Many of the photos featured on this site come from Peter and this site is well worth a look for all ICTFC fans.
Please Note www.caleythistleonline.com & CaleyJags.com are external websites which are not under the control of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the Club are neither responsible for, nor accept liability for, any content contained within it. We also cannot confirm the accuracy or otherwise of any statements made on that site unless the article quoted is a press release or other official document that originated from ICTFC. Please contact the site owners directly should you have any questions or concerns.
At ICTFC we always value our customers and we want your experience at The Caledonian Stadium to be everything it can be. If you have additional questions that are not addressed here, please send us an email to email@example.com we will do our best to answer you personally and/or to add it to this page.