|External View (photo)
What's the Hive Stadium Like?
West Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Looking Towards The South Terrace (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
North Terrace (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Reviews Of The Hive Stadium
Hive Stadium Location Map
|What's The Hive Stadium Like?|
|After spending 106 years
at their Underhill ground and being unable to
renew its lease, the Club moved in 2013, to a new
purpose stadium at the Hive Complex. The complex
which is also home to the Club's training
facility, is situated in Edgware, which is just under six miles away from Underhill.
The stadium itself is located within a sizeable park/playing fields area, with a London Underground line running behind one side of the ground on a raised embankment. If walking down through the park towards the stadium from the direction of Canons Park station, then you can see the Arch over Wembley Stadium in the distance.
On one side of the ground is the West Stand which is the largest at the ground and is of a reasonable size. It is a covered, all seated single tiered stand, that is free from supporting pillars. It houses just under 2,700 fans. Both ends are small identical terraces, which are only a few rows high and are roofed. On the remaining side is the East Stand. This is currently an ugly affair, as essentially it is an office building that has had its roof extended outwards towards the pitch, and then had four concrete rows of seats installed in front of it, leaving a large back wall exposed of the office building. The Club do have plans to clad the back wall with club colours and hopefully this will help improve its look. This area has 750 seats, some of which (in the wing area) are not under cover. Both sides of the stadium have small electronic scoreboards mounted at the back. The stadium is shared with London Broncos Rugby League team and on my visit you could still see an outline of the rugby pitch line markings. The stadium is completed with a set of odd looking floodlights.
For some odd reason the teams emerge from near one corner of the stadium between the East and North Stands, to "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns and Roses, which is played over the rather loud public address system. Not that I am complaining, I am in fact a big fan of the former Guns and Roses lead guitarist Slash!
Thanks to Mikey Cleave for
supplying the photo above.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|For visiting teams with a sizeable
following, then both the North Terrace at one end
and a portion of the Main (West) Stand are
allocated. The North Terrace has a capacity of 871
supporters, whilst up to a further 800 seats can be
made available in the West Stand. For teams with a
small following then just the seating area is
provided, with the terrace remaining closed. The
facilities within the stadium are excellent and the
acoustics of the terrace good, meaning that a
relative few number of fans can really make some
noise. This is also helped by the fact that the terrace rows themselves, appear to be
constructed of fairly lightweight metal, which
inadvertently allows fans to bounce up and down on
them. Add into this that the back of the stand is
also made up of lightweight metal panels too, that
some fans were banging against, then you can have
a pretty noisy away terrace!
The terrace is located very close to the pitch. Leaning over from the front, I am sure you could touch the back of the goal nets! The stewarding although vigilant was generally relaxed and friendly. I did notice that the most of the singing Barnet fans tended to be in the Main Stand, rather than in a more traditional 'home end', although a drummer was sporadically trying to get things going in the home terrace.
Food on offer inside the stadium includes Pukka Pies; Steak (£3.50), Chicken & Mushroom (£3), Cheese & Onion slices (£2.80). Bacon Butties (£3), Sausage Butties (£3), Egg Butties (£3), Hamburgers (£3.60), Cheeseburgers (£4), Hot Dogs (£3.20) and Hot Dog with onions (£3.50).
Please note that since this photo was taken a small electronic scoreboard has been placed on the back wall.
|Away supporters are
treated to their own bar within the stadium,
behind the Main Stand. This spacious well
presented bar serves real ale in the form of
Youngs Bitter (£3.60 a pint), has screens showing
BT & Sky Sports and serves food such as chilli
and rice. The bar is open throughout the game and
for a short time after the final whistle. Other
drinks available include; Estrella (£4), Becks
Vier (£3.80), Stowford Cider (£3.80) and McEwans
Bitter (£3.40). The only downside is that the beer
is served in plastic glasses.
There is also the Hive Bar at the stadium but this is for home fans only. The nearest pub is Moranos on Station Road, only a short walk from Canons Park Underground Station (come out of the station, turn right and it is in the row of shops further down on the right). This Irish themed wine bar is quite comfortable and has a number of large screens showing the early kick off on BT Sport. It is then only around a 10 minute walk to the away turnstiles, cutting through the playing fields (see by Tube below).
Quite close to Kingsbury Tube Station there is a Wetherspoons pub called JJ Moons (which will be familiar to many who have travelled to Wembley Stadium which is not far away). If travelling on the Jubilee Line from Central London, then Kingsbury is only two stops before Canons Park. The address of the pub is 553 Kingsbury Road. Simply turn left out of the station and the pub is down on the left.
An alternative may be to park at Stanmore, where there are more pubs to be found including a Wetherspoons outlet called 'The Man in the Moon' on Buckingham Parade. You can then get the tube from Stanmore to go one stop to Canons Park.
|Leave the M1 at Junction 4 and take the A41
towards Edgware. At the first roundabout take the
3rd exit onto the A410 towards Harrow and Stanmore.
At the next small roundabout turn left at the Esso
Garage/McDonalds towards Edgware. After passing
through a set of traffic lights with the Masons Arms
on one corner and then a Peugeot Garage on the left
then at the next set of traffic lights turn right
into Camrose Avenue. The entrance to the stadium is
down this road on the right.
There is a large car park at the stadium, with 350 spaces, costing £5 per car. However with only one exit available then expect some delays after the game on leaving the car park. Otherwise street parking. although no parking is available on Camrose Avenue itself. There are also 150 car parking spaces at
Canons Park Tube Station which costs £2 all day on a Saturday.
Map Showing The Location Of The Hive Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: HA8 6AG
|The nearest London Underground station is Canons Park which is on the Jubilee Line. It is around a ten minute walk away from the stadium. As you come out of the station turn left and at a convenient point crossover to the other side of the road. You will come to some metal railings where there is an entrance to some playing fields which you can walk through to the ground. This also brings you out at the North Terrace End of the stadium which is reserved for away fans.|
|West & East Stands (Centre): Adults £23, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5
West & East Stands (Wings): Adults £20, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5
South & North Terraces: Adults £17, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5
Concessions apply to those aged Over 64, Under 19 or Full Time Students who are Under 22. Those fans who are Club members can get discounts on these prices.
|Enfield are the traditional rivals
along with Stevenage. The nearest Club in the
Conference Premier League is Luton Town.
|Programme Price: £3.
details of disabled facilities and club contact at
the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Barnet FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|Record Attendance At Underhill:
11,026 v Wycombe Wanderers
FA Amateur Cup, February 23rd, 1952.
2013-2014: 1,705 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 2,440 (League Two)
2011-2012: 2,266 (League Two)
|Fans Reviews Of The Hive Stadium|
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