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Chester
Exacta Stadium

Capacity: 5,376 (4,500 seated)
Address:
Bumpers Lane, Chester, CH1 4LT
Main Telephone No: 01244 371 376
Team Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1992
Home Kit Colours: Blue & White
Official Web Site:
www.chesterfc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
www.chester-city.co.uk
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Contents
What's The Exacta Stadium Like?
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Exacta Stand
(photo)
Where To Drink? (photo)
Centurion Community Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Harry McNally Terrace
(photo)
By Train

Stansway Stand
(photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Other Places Of Interest
Hotel Accommodation

Exacta Stadium Location Map



What's The Exacta Stadium Like?

This tidy looking ground was opened in 1992, and at that time was known as the Deva Stadium but is now under a corporate sponsorship, called the Exacta Stadium. All four sides are covered and are roughly the same height, making the stadium look quite tidy. Each stand has perspex windshields to each side, whilst the corners of the ground are open. The stadium is a small, fairly simple affair with three sides being seated and the home end being terrace. The Exacta East Stand is slightly taller than the facing Centurion Community Stand, having a few more rows of seating and some enclosed glassed viewing areas at the back of it. The home end is the only terraced area at the stadium and is called the Harry McNally Terrace after a former manager. The stadium is completed with a set of four thin modern floodlight pylons. One interesting fact about the ground is that most of it (apart from the club offices and front car park) is in actually situated in Wales. 

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External View


Exacta Stadium External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are normally housed in part of the Centurion Community Stand on one side of the pitch. For teams with a larger following then the Swansway Chester Stand at one end of the stadium can also be allocated. This former covered terrace is now all seated having a capacity of 400. The facilities and view of the playing action are okay. Food on offer inside the ground includes a range of Holland's Pies (Peppered Steak, Meat and Potato, Cheese and Onion, all 3), Rollover Burgers (3) and Rollover Hot Dogs (2.50). Normally a friendly, relaxed day out and a good atmosphere can be created inside the stadium. Please note that Under 18's paying on the turnstile may be asked for proof of age if required.

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Exacta Stand

Exacta Stand

Where To Drink?
There is a Social Club at the ground that does admit away supporters, for an entrance fee of 1. However the Club is on the small size (having a capacity of 120 people) so can quickly get full. There are not many drinking outlets near to the ground so it may be advisable to drink in Chester City Centre before the match, although this is a good 20 minute walk away from the ground. Ben Trasler a visiting Northampton Town fan informs me; 'The nearby Megabowl has a bar inside, which was popular with Cobblers fans on our last visit'.

Lee Wilcox informs me; 'Near to the train station down by the canal is the excellent Old Harkers Arms which also serves good food and ale'. Whilst Mark Pilling adds; 'Also worth a visit are the 'Ship Victory' on George Street and the Mill Hotel, which is also canalside. The latter serves a large selection of real ales'.
Also in the City Centre on Northgate Street is the Pied Bull, which along with the Old Harkers Arms and the Mill Hotel is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Whilst on Foregate is a Wetherspoon pub called the Square Bottle.

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Centurion Community Stand


Centurion Community Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
The ground is located out of town on an industrial estate. Stay on the M56 until its end and then continue along the A494 towards Queensferry and North Wales. Take the A548 turn off towards Chester & Flint and at the roundabout take the first exit towards Chester (A548).

At the next roundabout again go left continuing along the A548 towards Chester. Head straight through the first set of traffic lights and after passing a Vauxhall and then a Renault garage on your left, turn right at the next lights (there is a Volvo & Jaguar delaership on the corner) into Sovereign Way. Continue to the end of Sovereign Way and then turn right into Bumpers Lane and the entrance to the Club car park is just down on the right. If you team is bringing a large following then allow some more time for your journey as the roads around the stadium can quickly become jammed.

There is plenty of car parking available at the ground (1), however if you use the club car park, it can be quite difficult to get away easily after the match. Henry Willard a visiting Yeovil fan adds; 'It may be an idea if you can plan an appropriate route, to stay in the left hand lane as you leave the car park and head westwards away from the city centre, as most of the traffic after the game seems to go towards town'.

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

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Harry McNally Terrace

Harry McNally Terrace
By Train
Chester railway station is over two miles from the ground, so it is probably best to jump in a taxi which will cost around 6. Leave the station by the main exit opposite the Town Crier, and turn right into Station Road. Head between the Egerton Arms and the Railway Inn, and at the end of the street enter the underpass. In the underpass look for the first exit and then steps signed for Frodsham Street. Head towards the Oddfellows Arms but just before the bridge turn right into Gorse Stacks. When reaching the crossroads by the Bull & Stirrup go straight over into Canal Street and on under the dual carriageway ring road. At the next junction turn left, past Telford's Warehouse on the right hand side, and over the canal. The road then divides. Take the right hand option, South View Road. At the T-junction at the end of South View Road turn right. You are now in Sealand Road. Carry along Sealand Road for half a mile or so until you see Bumpers Lane on your left. Around half a mile down Bumpers Lane you'll reach the stadium.

Thanks to David Lucas for providing the above directions.
 
Paul Williams adds; 'If you want to go by public transport then take the Railink bus to the bus exchange and then the No. 10 which runs along Sealand Road'

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Stansway Stand


Stansway Stand

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Local Rivals
Wrexham, Tranmere Rovers.

Admission Prices
Executive Area: Adults 29, Concessions 24

Seating:

Adults 16, Concessions 11, Under 18's 6, Under 16's 3, Under 5's Free

Terrace:
Adults 14, Concessions 10,
Under 18's 6, Under 16's 3, Under 5's Free

Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students with a valid NUS card and the Unemployed.

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2.50.

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Ground Layout

Chester Exacta Stadium
                    Plan

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 2013-2014
Chester FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
For Chester FC:
5,009 v Northwich Victoria
Northern Premier League, April 9th, 2002


For the stadium:
5,987 Chester City v Scarborough
Conference League, April 17th 2004

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 2,582 (Conference North)
2011-2012: 2,789 (Northern Premier)

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Fans Reviews Of The Deva Stadium
Ian Woodhams (Peterborough United) 8/12/07

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Other Places Of Interest

Chester is a very historic town and has some great looking black and white timbered buildings in it's centre. It is well worth getting there a bit earlier and having a wander around the centre, having a couple of drinks and some lunch before the game.

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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 useYes 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 Chester Hotels and Guest Houses page.


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 Exacta Stadium, Railway Station And Listed Pubs

Instructions for using the map:
- Use the bar on the left of the map to zoom in / out using the + / - keys.
- Click and drag an area of the map to move around or use the up/down, left/right arrows 
- Click the Satellite button to see aerial view photograph.



Feedback
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: 10 September 2013