The Abbey Business Stadium Like?
|What's The Abbey Business Stadium Like?|
|At one end of the ground is the newest
addition to the stadium. The Hazlewoods Stand which
was built by Barr Construction, was opened in
December 2005 and has a capacity of 1,100 fans. It
is particularly steep in its design, has a
perspex windshield to one side and perspex panels
incorporated into its roof, to allow more light to
reach the pitch. The stand is unusual in the respect
that it has a couple of more rows of seats on one
side of it. There is also a small electric
scoreboard on its roof. On one side of the ground is
another relatively new stand. The
"QualitySolicitors Thomson & Bancks Stand" (as it
is know under corporate sponsorship)
was opened in November 2001 and was built by Barr
Construction. This stand sits proudly at one side of
the pitch and houses 2,034
supporters. It is a covered, all seated,
single tiered stand, part of
which is given to away
supporters. The ground is now
enclosed in one corner where the two new stands
meet, although it is not used for spectators. On
the other side of the pitch is the Jelf
Main Stand, which was opened in 1963. It has seating
to the rear and terracing at the front. Straddling
the half way line, it does not extend the full
length of the pitch, having open spaces to either
side. At one end is the small covered
terrace, called the Prestbury Road End, which is the home end of the ground.
In April 2009 the Whaddon Road ground was renamed the Abbey Business Stadium, in a corporate deal with a local business; Abbey Business Equipment.
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
supporters are housed in the Hazlewoods Stand at
one end of the ground, where just over 1,100
supporters can be accommodated. Just
over 1,100 supporters can be accommodated in
this area. The view of the playing
area from the Hazlewoods Stand and the facilities
inside are good, plus it has good leg room.
If demand requires it, then part of the
QualitySolicitors Thomson & Bancks Stand can
also be allocated to away fans. The food on offer within the ground
is not bad; you can choose from Burgers
(£2.80, including for those with a bigger appetite a
half pounder with cheese £4), Hot Dogs (£2.80), Home
made 'Gourmet' Pies (£3), Bacon Rolls (£2.80),
Cornish Pasties (£2.80) and Sausage Rolls (£2.50).
|Where To Drink?|
There is a club bar at
the ground called the Robins Nest which allows in
small numbers of away fans for a £1 admittance fee.
Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fans
recommends the Kemble Brewery Inn on Fairview
Street. This pub which is listed in the CAMRA
Good Beer Guide serves up to
six real ales.
Chris Clarke informs
me; 'A good alternative is The Hewlett Arms which is
a bit more cosmopolitan than other pubs in the local
area, it can be found at the top of Hewlett Road
which is about a 10 minute walk from the ground'.
Also further along Hewlett Road is the Fairview Pub.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|From The North
Leave the M5 at junction 10 and take the A4019 towards Cheltenham. Keep straight on through the traffic lights, until you come to large roundabout (there is a McDonalds on the left), at which you turn turn left. Continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Keep going for about 300 yards and then turn right into Swindon Lane. Go over the level crossing and straight over the next roundabout (signposted Prestbury) passing the race course on your left. Turn right into Albert Road (signposted Gloucestershire University) and at the bottom at the roundabout turn left into Prestbury Road, (the ground is signposted from here) and then further down Prestbury Road, turn right into Whaddon Road. The ground is down on the left.
There are a limited
number of spaces available in the Club car park at
the ground which cost £5. The Parklands Social Club
does allow some parking at £4
per car (See Where
To Drink). There is little in the way of nearby street
parking close to the stadium.
showing the location of the Abbey
Business Stadium (at the bottom of this
Post Code for SAT NAV: GL52 5NA
|Cheltenham Station is over two miles
from the ground, so best to jump in a taxi. Phil
Truscott advises; 'I caught Bus Service D from the
Station Car park to the Town Centre (Clarence
Street). On Saturdays Service D runs every 10
minutes. It costs £3.40 for a 'day-rider' ticket
with unlimited travel in Cheltenham.
From the Town centre it is a short walk to Whaddon Road down Prestbury Road. For the return journey you can catch Bus D (going in the direction of Hatherly/Warden Hill) from Pittville Street in the town centre (at the side entrance of Marks and Spencer). It stops opposite the railway station outside a Tesco Metro'. Bernard McCall a visiting Accrington Stanley fan adds; 'If you catch Bus D from the train station and do nor get off in the town centre, then it continues to the racecourse where you can get on the free Park & Ride shuttle bus to the ground'.
If you are going to embark on the 35-40 minute walk then thank Dave Lucas for the following directions; 'Turn right out of station car park and follow Queens Road for around half a mile. At end of Queens Road and turn left into Lansdown Road. At the next (Montpellier) roundabout, turn left into Montpellier Walk (which later becomes the Promenade). At the end of the Promenade, turn right into the High Street. Go along High Street for around 100 yards and then turn left into Winchcombe Street (by a branch of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society). Continue straight along Winchcombe Street and into Prestbury Road. Straight across the next roundabout and then first right into Whaddon Road. The entrance to the away end is down on the left'.
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
|For regular fixtures
prices are as below. For some more popular games
these prices are increased by £2.
In2Print Stand: Adults £21, Over 65's £15, Under 19's & Students £7
Jelf Main Stand: Adults £20, Over 65's £14, Under 19's & Students £7
Prestbury Road Stand & Paddock Terrace: Adults £16, Over 65's £12, Under 19's & Students £5
Hazlewoods Stand: Adults £21, Over 65's £15, Under 18's & Students £7
Please note that Juniors who become Club Members can gain free admittance.
|Official Programme £3.|
|Swindon Town and from non-league days; Gloucester City.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Cheltenham Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
At Whaddon Road:
8,326 v Reading,
FA Cup 1st Round, November 17th 1956.
At The Athletic Ground:
10,389 v Blackpool,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 13th, 1934.
2013-2014: 2,989 (League Two)
2012-2013: 3,253 (League Two)
2011-2012: 3,425 (League Two)
|Fans Reviews Of Whaddon Road|
(Southend United) 5/4/14
Sam Hodgson (Neutral) 15/3/14
Jeff Beastall (Mansfield Town) 29/12/13
Martyn Beadle (Gillingham) 17/3/12
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|View From The Away Section|
Special thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.
|Map showing the location of Whaddon Road, Railway Station and Listed Pubs.|
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