Looking Towards The East Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
The North & West Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
The North & East Stands (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
A Closer Look At The West Stand (photo)
What Do The Darlington Fans Sing?
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Old Feethams Ground
|What's The Ground Like?|
|The stadium which was opened in 2003, is impressive looking and is of a good size. It is completely enclosed with all the corners filled with seating. All the stands are single tiered and of an equal height. There is a perspex strip that runs around the stadium, beneath the roof, to allow more light to reach the pitch. The stands look virtually identical apart from the South Stand, which has a row of executive boxes running across the back of it. In the South East corner of the stadium is a Police Control Box, whilst in the North East corner, there is a large video screen.|
|Looking Towards The East Stand|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
fans are housed in East Stand at one end of the
stadium, where around 3,000 supporters can be
accommodated. Martin Redfern a visiting
Scunthorpe fan informs me; 'It's a nice stadium and there
seems to be plenty of parking (although
I heard several grumbles
about the £5 charge!). The usual food
and drink are on offer
inside from well run & well staffed outlets and
the view from the away end is very good. I hardly
noticed the stewards (which is good), but the
atmosphere was a little subdued on my visit. No
surprise really with just over 3,600 fans sitting in
a stadium that can seat over 20,000'.
Although the stadium is conservative in its design and shows little character, the acoustics inside are very good as well as the facilities on offer. It also has the best display of pies that I have ever come across at a football ground. Like going into your local bakers, glass cabinets display the rows of different hot pies that are available. These included pork pies (served hot), minced beef & onion and steak and kidney all at £1.30 each, plus as Tim Porter informs me they also now offer 'a steak and gravy pie with mushy peas and mint sauce for £2'. This 'Aladdin's Cave' of pies certainly had the desired effect on myself and my colleagues as we promptly ate a pie before the game started and another (or two) at half time (it did help our appetite though, that it was bitterly cold day!). However the downside was that teas and coffees were only available from a vending machine (which also had soup, crisps & chocolate), which meant queuing for a second time. The atmosphere was boosted somewhat by the presence of a drummer in the home end.
|Where To Drink?|
At the stadium itself
there are two bars; one called 'Bar 66' and the
other called the 'Corner Bar'. Both admit away
fans, however as you would expect they get very
crowded. Greg Howard a visiting Grimsby Town
supporter informs me; 'Just 10 minutes
walk along Neasham Road, going towards the
town centre is a fantastic little pub called
the Copper Beech, which also serves decently
priced food. The bar that we went into at
the ground itself, was very spacious and
modern. It also had a number of
televisions and also did food such as bangers
& mash and trays of curry'. Steve
Duffy adds; 'There is also the Tawny Owl
Pub, a Vintage Inn which is about a quarter of a
mile the other side of the A66 roundabout. This
though is more of a restaurant than pub, but
decent enough for lunch'.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
train station is around one and a half miles away from
the stadium. Either get a taxi, a
bus (see below) or walk it; leave the
station and turn right past the taxi rank and towards
the car park. Cross the covered footbridge back over
the railway into Albert Street. Go right down this
road and then take a right into Neasham Road. The
stadium is about a mile further on down this road on
your left. It should take about 25 minutes in total to
Simon Brodie informs me; 'The Club now pay for a subsidised bus which runs every 15 minutes from Tubwell Row in the town centre to the ground. It costs just £1.50 for a return ticket. On Saturday afternoons the first bus departs at 1.15pm and the last at 2.30pm. The first bus back is at 4.45pm from outside the ground, with last leaving at 5.30pm. Away fans will be welcomed on this service as long as they are well behaved'.
areas of the stadium*:
Adults: £16, Senior Citizens £10, Under 16's £5
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 Under 16's) £35
* These prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on matchday can cost up to £2 more per ticket (£5 extra for a Family ticket).
|Official Programme £2.50.|
|For details of disabled facilities at the ground please visit the relevant page on the National Association Of Disabled Supporters (NADS) website.|
|Darlington FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|At The New Stadium:
11,600 v Kidderminster Harriers
Division 3, August 16th 2003.
21,023 v Bolton Wanderers,
League Cup 3rd Round, November 14th, 1960.
2010-2011: 1,886 (Blue Square Premier)
2009-2010: 1,943 (League Two)
2008-2009: 2,932 (League Two)
|Fans Reviews Of The Darlington Arena|
Mason (Cambridge United) 5/3/11
Martyn Stimson (Doing the 92) 3/10/09
Ben Borkowski (Rotherham United) 26/12/08
Dan Davies (Shrewsbury Town) 6/11/07
David Hammond (Swansea City) 22/02/05
Martin Naylor (Notts County) 19/02/05
|Old Feethams Ground|
|To see photos of Darlington's former Feethams ground then visit the Old Football Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.|
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