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Barnsley FC
Oakwell

Capacity: 23,009 (all seated)
Address: Grove Street, Barnsley, S71 1ET
Main Telephone No: 01226 211 211
Fax No: 01226 211 444
Ticket Office: 0871 226 6777
Team Nickname: The Tykes or Reds
Year Ground Opened: 1888
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Shirt Sponsors: C.K Bennett
Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Black
Kit Manufacturers: Avec

Official Web Site: www.barnsleyfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Tykes Mad (Footy Mad Network)

www.barnsleyfc.org.uk
Supporters Trust
Its Just Like Watching Brazil
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Contents
What's Oakwell Football Ground Like?
North Stand External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
North and East Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Pontefract Road End  (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
West Stand (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Pontefract Road End (photo)
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures
Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Old Oakwell Football Ground
Hotel Accommodation
Oakwell Location Map


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What's Oakwell Football Ground Like?
Approximately three sides of the ground were redeveloped in the 1990's. On one side is the particularly attractive two-tiered covered East Stand running along one side of the pitch. Opened in March 1993, this stand has a capacity of 7,500. Opposite is the classic looking West Stand, part of which dates back to 1904. It was made all seated in the mid 1990's, but is only covered at the rear. On its roof is perched an ugly precarious looking television gantry which obscures a probably more attractive gable. At the Pontefract Road End (now named the CK Beckett Stand) is an all seated, covered stand for home supporters, which has a capacity of 4,500. This stand was opened in 1995. The other end, the North Stand, was previously an open terrace, but is now a relatively new single tier, covered stand, housing 6,000 fans. This is the most recent addition to the ground being opened in 1999 and has greatly enhanced the overall look of Oakwell. The North Stand is shared between home and away supporters. The amount of seats given to away supporters varies according to demand. An unusual feature of the stadium is a purpose built stand for disabled supporters. This is a three floor structure that sits at the corner between the East & South Stands. There is also an electric scoreboard at one corner of the North Stand, on top of a security control room. The teams come out from one corner of the ground between the North and West Stands.

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North Stand External View


 North Stand External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed in the new North Stand, where the facilities are good. The normal allocation for away supporters is 2,000 tickets although, if demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be allocated (6,000). I found this club to be particularly friendly from the car park attendant to the programme seller. Even the P.A. announcer had a sense of humour (although a little optimistic), when he announced that perhaps the visiting fans would like to come up again to see the next Barnsley home game, so that we could see a decent game of football! However, I have reports of fans getting hassle at Barnsley (especially in the town centre) and stewards acting a little heavy handed, although I've never personally had any problems. It is advisable to keep colours covered especially around the town centre.

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North and East Stands


North and East Stands

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Where To Drink?
Neil Tubby a visiting Norwich City fan, recommends the Dove Inn on Doncaster Road. This pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, is an outlet for the Old Mill Brewery. It is only a five minute walk away from the ground down Oakwell Lane and is happily frequented by both home and away fans. Further along Doncaster Road (on the right after the Primary School on the left) is the Barnsley East Dene Working Mens Club, which is happy to admit visiting supporters (including accompanied children) without entry charge. You can also leave your car there at a cost of 1.50. Kevin Downsworth a visiting Hull City fan adds; 'The Barnsley East Dene Club was very welcoming to us as away fans for a pre-game pint. Handy parking too and only about a ten minute walk away from Oakwell'.

Gary Holding a visiting Blackburn supporter adds; 'A few minutes walk from the away end is the Metro Dome - an all in one leisure centre, which has a bar inside which serves good food and ale'. Drinking in the town centre is generally not recommended, especially near the Bus & Train Stations, although on my last visit I had a hassle free pint (or two) in the Joseph Bramah (Lloyds No.1) Wetherspoons in the centre of town, but I should point out that I wasn't wearing colours. Alcohol is available in the away end in the form of Carlsberg bottles (3.40), when the whole stand is allocated to away fans. Unfortunately if the stand is split between home and away supporters, then the only bar on the concourse is situated on the home side.

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Pontefract Road End


  Pontefract Road End photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Leave the M1 at Junction 37 and take the A628 towards Barnsley. Stay on this road (the ground is well signposted) and you will eventually see the ground on your right. There are a couple of car parks located at the ground, but they are mainly for permit holders only. Inbetween the ground and the MetroDome is a car park for visiting supporters, called Queens Ground, which costs 4 Cars, 8 Mini Buses and 15 Coaches. Otherwise you can try parking at the MetroDome itself (although it can be slow to get out of after the game has finished) or street parking.

Map showing the location of the Oakwell football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
S71 1ET

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By Train
Barnsley railway station is about a ten minute walk away. This station is served by trains running between Sheffield & Leeds. 

From the train station turn left away from the town centre and head towards the bridge that the dual-carriageway runs over. Go under the bridge and turn left up the slip road and then take the first road on the right and head towards the Metro Dome leisure complex at the top of the hill. Oakwell is now clearly visible. Thanks to Ian Ambler & Bryn Williams for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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West Stand


West Stand photo

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Local Rivals
Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.

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Admission Prices

Home Fans:
East and West Stands Upper Tiers:
Adults 25, OAP's Over 65's/Under 22's 18, Under 17's 10*
East and West Lower Tiers:
Adults 24, OAP's Over 65's/Under 22's 17, Under 17's 10*, Under 12's 5*
CK Beckett Stand
Adults 23, OAP's Over 65's/Under 22's 16, Under 17's 10*, Under 12's 5*
Family Area:
Adults 20, OAP's Over 65's/Under 22's 15, Under 17's 10*, Under 12's 5

Away Fans:
Adults 23, OAP's Over 65's/Under 22's 16, Under 17's 10

* Only available from the ticket office or online when purchased in advance.

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Programme Price
Official Programme 3.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

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Fixtures
Barnsley FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
40,255 v Stoke City,
FA Cup 5th Round, February 15th, 1936.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
22,650 v Manchester City
Division One, March 11th, 2000.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 11,557
(Championship League)
2012-2013: 10,207 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 10,332 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Oakwell
Callum Atkins (Blackburn Rovers) 29/12/12
Stephen Marvin (Ipswich Town) 12/2/11
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 16/1/10

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Old Oakwell Football Ground
Photos of Oakwell before three sides of the football ground were redeveloped in the 1990's can be seen in the Old Grounds and Stands section of this Guide.

Hotel Accommodation
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Map showing the location of the Oakwell football ground, railway station and listed pubs:


 

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



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Last Updated: 1 August 2014