Abbey Stadium Like?
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)
Habbin Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Abbey Stadium Location Map
|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.|
|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.|
|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), Hot Dogs (£3), Chicken Balti Pies (£3.50) and Vegetable Lattice (£3.50). Whilst Graham Young tells me; 'On the whole Cambridge is a good day out as it is generally relaxed and friendly'.
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
Jeff Beastall a visiting Mansfield Town fan adds; 'Unable to get admittance into the supporters club at the ground, the police directed us towards Cambridge town centre. We set off down Newmarket Road then bore a left into East Road (A603). Just past KFC on the right is Dover Street and here well tucked away is a little gem of a pub – The Tram Depot. As its name implies, it was once where the trams into town would have started from. It is a character pub offering a broad selection of beers and lagers, with meals and snacks, It is just over a mile away from the ground which took me around 20 minutes to walk back to. Postcode for Tram Depot is CB1 1DY with a bit of off street parking nearby if you wish to call for swift one before heading to the game'.
From the North:
|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.
|Peterborough United, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Stevenage, Histon & Cambridge City.|
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*
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.
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
14,000 v Chelsea
Friendly, May 1st 1970.
2013-2014: 3,085 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 2,281 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 2,433 (Conference Premier)
|Fans Reviews Of The Abbey Stadium|
Spooner (Southend United fans) 26/12/14
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 16/9/14
Sam Walker (Neutral) 15/2/14
Mike Kimberley (Ninety-Two Club) 12/3/12
Scot Rowland (Tamworth) 28/1/12
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