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Cambridge United FC
R Costings Abbey Stadium

Capacity: 9,617 (4,376 Seated)
Address:
Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8LN
Main Telephone No: 01223 566 500
Fax No: 01223 729 220
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Team Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 1931
Home Kit Colours: Amber and Black Stripes
Away Kit Colours: Sky Blue and Black
Home Shirt Sponsors: Mick George
Away Shirt Sponsors: ERMS(UK)Ltd
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Official Web Site:
Cambridge-United.co.uk
Unofficial Web Site:
Cambridge United Mad (FootyMad network)

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Contents
What's The Abbey Stadium Like?
Future Developments
Looking Towards The Marstons Smooth South Stand
(photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Main Stand
(photo)
Where To Drink?
North Terrace
(photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
A Closer Look At The Marstons Smooth South Stand (photo)
By Train
Habbin Stand
(photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices

Ground Layout
Programme

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Abbey Stadium Location Map

 

 

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What's The Abbey Stadium Like?
The Main Stand on one side is a covered two-tiered all seated stand, part of which is used as a Family enclosure. This stand has a number of supporting pillars. Opposite is the Habbin Stand, which is for home supporters and is mostly covered. Again there are a number of supporting pillars. At one end of the ground is the Marstons Smooth South Stand, which was opened in 2002. This good sized covered single tiered, all seated stand, replaced a former open terrace. The seating area is raised in this stand, meaning that supporters enter the stand via a small flight of stairs. The North Terrace at the other end of the ground is covered. However, it only runs for about half the width of the pitch, with one side ending in line with the eighteen yard box. Thus there is a large open area at one corner of the ground, that is unused for spectators but houses the supporters club.

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Future Developments
After looking at the possibility of moving to a new stadium, the Club are now negotiating a new long term lease for the existing Abbey football ground. If this goes ahead then the Club are planning to redevelop the North Terrace end of the ground, with a new stand. 

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Looking Towards The Marstons Smooth South Stand


Looking Towards The South Stand

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?

Away fans are housed in the Marstons Smooth South Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 1,600 supporters can be seated. This relatively new covered, all seated stand has good facilities. For some larger games then the South part of the Habbin terrace can also be made available. This covered terrace can accommodate almost 1,000 supporters. The entrance to the away section is reached by walking along a path through what appears to be a common field that is used from time to time to graze cows (well judging from the number of cow pats!). Not much fun at the best times and especially when it is a bit more difficult to see for those night games! Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan informs me; 'The away end is a nice modern stand with good views of the playing action. The refreshments on offer included the legendary bacon rolls (3), which have apparently returned after an absence, due to demand from fans'. Other food on offer include Cheeseburgers (3.50) and Burgers (3). Whilst Graham Young tells me; 'On the whole Cambridge is a good day out as it is generally relaxed and friendly'.

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Main Stand


Main Stand

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Where To Drink?

There is a supporters club at the ground itself, that normally allows in away supporters, except for high profile games. The club charges a 1.50 entrance fee and also serves food. However as you would expect on matchdays it gets rather busy and sometimes has to turn away fans because it is full. With a number of pubs in the local area having closed down, there is little choice for away fans in the way of a pre-match pint. Along Newmarket Road going to towards the city centre is the Wrestlers pub, which also offers Thai food. Otherwise it may be in an idea to drink in the centre of Cambridge before the game or enroute.

North Terrace


North Terrace

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How To Get There And Where To Park

From the North:
Take the A1 and A14 to Cambridge, heading towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. At the top of the slip road turn right towards Fen Ditton. Go through Fen Ditton until you reach a T Junction, where at the traffic lights you turn right into Newmarket Road. Go straight across the roundabout (there is a McDonalds on one corner) and you will come to Abbey Stadium on your left hand side.

From the South:
Take the M11 to Junction 14 and then join the A14 towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. Then as North.

From the West:
Take the A428 to Cambridge, then join the A14, heading towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. Then as North.

There is no parking available for away fans at the ground. There is some parking to be had on the streets surrounding the stadium. Otherwise some off road car parking is available behind the ground. To reach this, continue past the ground entrance for another 400 yards and turn left at the traffic lights into Coldhams Lane. Continue for about 300 yards, crossing a small roundabout and over a railway bridge, The car park entrance is on the left about 50 yards beyond the bridge. Thanks to Chris Armstrong for providing the directions and car parking details.

Map showing the location of the Abbey Stadium
(at the bottom of this page).

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A Closer Look At The Marstons Smooth South Stand


A Closer Look At The South Stand

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By Train
Cambridge railway station is over two miles away, so best to catch a taxi (about 9). If you decide to walk to the ground, then it is a fair old stroll, and a mazey route, but should only take 30 minutes at a good pace. Leave the station and take the first right hand turn into Tenison Avenue. Just beyond the traffic lights turn right into St. Barnabas Road. Follow this road along over the traffic lights and into Gywdir Road. Go through the traffic barrier and take the first left turn into Norfolk street. Then take the first right turn just past the newsagents into St. Matthews Street, pass the church and take the 4th right into New Street. Follow all the way along until you reach Coldhams Lane. Head left here and then take the first right onto Newmarket Road, continue along this road for the ground. Thanks to 'Main Stand Matt' for providing the directions.

Steve Horabin suggests an alternative walking route from the station with beer and food stops along the way; 'When exiting the station entrance immediately turn right and cut through the car park. At end of the car park you will see a pedestrian exit which takes you onto Devonshire Road. Turn right and just before the end of the road you will see the entrance to the Devonshire Arms on your left. This pub shows BT & Sky Sports on large screens and has up to five real ales from the Milton Brewery, it is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. On exiting the pub turn left and at the crossroads turn right into Mill Road (or if you go straight across into Kingston Street, there is another CAMRA Good Beer Guide pub, the Kingston Arms up on the left). Proceed over the bridge and pass a pub on your left called the Earl Of Beaconsfield, then in the next parade of shops is good fish and chip shop called the Seatree. Take the next left into Sedgwick Road which becomes Cromwell Road. Where the road forks, keep to the left (still Cromwell Road) and at the end of the road cross straight over onto to the common and there is a pathway running to the left, which leads you over to the the stadium. The total walking time from the station to the ground using this route is around 25 minutes.'

Richard Green a visiting Macclesfield Town fan adds; 'There are frequent buses that run to the Abbey stadium before and after the game. I got on the C3, although the bus drivers in Cambridge directed me to several different numbered buses before a more 'down-to-earth' Cambridge fan (who was actually a bus driver), correctly directed me to the C3 bus. The bus journey takes 10-15 minutes'. The fare is 2.50 return.

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Habbin Stand


Habbin Terrace

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Local Rivals
Peterborough United, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Stevenage, Histon & Cambridge City.

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Admission Prices
Home Fans:
Main Stand (Centre): Adults 20, Concessions 14
Main Stand (Wings): Adults 19, Concessions 13, Under 17's 9*
Main Stand Family Enclosure: Adults 18, Concessions 12, Under 17's 7*
North and Habbin Terraces: Adults 16, Concessions 11, Under 17's 6*

Away Fans:
South Stand (Seating): Adults 19, Concessions 13, Under 17's 9
Habbin Terrace:
Adults 16, Concessions 11, Under 17's 6

* Under 16's can qualify for further discounts on these prices if they become club members.

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Ground Layout

Ground layout

Programme
Official Programme: 3

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 2014-2015
Cambridge United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
14,000 v Chelsea
Friendly, May 1st 1970.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 3,085 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 2,281 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 2,433
(Conference Premier)

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Fans Reviews Of The Abbey Stadium
Sam Walker (Neutral) 15/2/14
Mike Kimberley (Ninety-Two Club) 12/3/12
Scot Rowland (Tamworth) 28/1/12

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Hotel Accommodation

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

Access their Cambridge Hotels and Guest Houses page, which shows the accommodation by distance from the football ground.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map showing the location of the stadium, railway station and listed pubs

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Last Updated : 4 August 2014