Conference
                  banner


Dartford FC
Princes Park

Capacity: 4,100 (Seated 645)
Address:

Grassbanks, Darenth Rd, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1RT
Main Telephone No: 01322 299990
Pitch Size: 
109 x 70 yards
Team Nickname: The Darts
Year Ground Opened: 2006
Home Kit Colours: White and Black
Official Web Site: www.dartfordfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Pure DFC (Forum)
The Darts


Map

Find Hotels Near Dartford
Contents

What's Princes Park Like?
Looking Towards The Academy End (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Car Park End And Wooden Man Terrace (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
The Wooden Man (photo)

By Train
Ground Layout
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Princes Park Location Map

Share


What's Princes Park Like?
Having been opened in 2006, you would be forgiven for assuming that this is just another identikit bland stadium, similar to many others that have recently been built around the country. But in the case of Princes Park you would be wrong, it is anything but ordinary. This is mostly due to its green credentials, being probably the most environmentally friendly football ground so far constructed in the UK. These credentials include amongst other things, collecting rain water for use within the stadium, producing its own electricity from solar panels, having timber beams to support the roof (which incidentally has a covering of green vegetation to provide insulation and help the stadium blend into its surroundings) and having the pitch sunken below the surrounding ground level to reduce noise and light pollution. And then of course there is the 'Wooden or Oak Man'. Whereas stadiums costing ten times as much have little to write home about apart from the price of the entrance ticket, then Dartford have instilled character in theirs, with this towering wooden sculpture. He stands inside the stadium with his arms stretched up aloft and appears from a distance to be holding up the roof. Certainly something which is unique.

On one side is the Main Stand. This stand is all seated and comprises just four rows, seating in total 645 spectators. It has the team dugouts at its front and a glassed area at the rear, which contains amongst other things the clubhouse bar. Like the rest of the stadium, the roof is situated quite high above the spectator area and has a slight oval angle to it. The other three sides of the stadium are small terraced areas, being around seven rows high. Opposite the Main Stand the Wooden Man sculpture stands on the terrace, keeping a watchful eye over proceedings.
All four corners of the stadium are enclosed, although these areas are not used for spectators. The stadium is completed with a set of four floodlight pylons.

Top Of Page

Looking Towards The Academy End


  Princes Park Dartford Academy End

Top Of Page

What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

If segregation is in force then away fans are housed in the Car Park End. This covered terrace has a capacity of 700. In addition a small number of seats (24) are made available in the Main Stand. With no supporting pillars to contend with, then sightlines of the pitch are good. Although the ground is totally enclosed, it feels quite open as there is quite a large gap between the back of the stands and the stadium roof. Although this may allow more light and air into the stadium, so it does for wind and rain.

Mike Kimberley from the Ninety-Two Club adds; 'Princes Park is a pleasant, well designed and comfortable ground. The club house is accessible from inside the ground (if segregation is not on force) and has a spacious bar area with plenty of seating. All the facilities were quite adequate including an area for wheelchairs, and their assistants if necessary, in all four corners of the ground. The stewarding was pleasant, friendly and low key.'

Top Of Page

Main Stand


Princes Park Dartford Main Stand

Top Of Page

Where To Drink?
There is a small bar at the ground called the Defluo Bar which is specifically for the use of away fans. I believe that this bar also has Sky television. The entrance to it is in the car park at the away end of the stadium. There are also two good sized bars at the stadium, which also have Sky television, however these are more for home supporters. The nearest pub to the ground is the Ivy Leaf on Darenth Road, which is about a five minute walk away (from the stadium entrance turn right along Darenth Road, cross over the main road at the traffic lights and the pub is further up Darenth Road on the right). Whilst further along the same road is the Malt Shovel, which also does food. Both these pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Otherwise Dartford Town Centre is around a 15 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Ones of note are the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed Wat Tyler on the High Street, the Paper Moon Wetherspoons outlet opposite and another Wetherspoons
outlet called the Flying Boat on Spital Street.

Top Of Page

Car Park End And Wooden Man Terrace


  Princes Park Dartford Car Park End

Top Of Page

How To Get There & Where To Park
From the North:
After going over the Dartford Crossing (which costs 2 per car), leave the motorway at Junction 1b and take the left hand slip road for A225 Dartford. At the roundabout at the end of the slip road above the motorway turn right
the Esso garage onto the A225 towards Dartford. Go straight across the next roundabout, passing a BP garage on the right. At the next set of traffic lights turn left into Darenth Road and then take the second left into Grassbanks for the stadium.

From the South:
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 (signposted A2/Dartford A225). At the roundabout below the roundabout take the Dartford A225 exit. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit by the Esso garage onto the A225 towards Dartford. Go straight across the next roundabout, passing a BP garage on the right. At the next set of traffic lights turn left into Darenth Road and then take the second left into Grassbanks for the stadium.

There is a car park at the stadium which has 300 spaces and is free. If this is full then drivers are directed towards the Orchards Shopping Centre Car Park, which charges 2 for 3-4 hours.

Map showing the location of the Princes Park football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Top Of Page

The Wooden Man


Princes Park Dartford Wooden Man Terrace

Top Of Page

By Train
Dartford railway station is located just over a mile away from Princes Park. It is served by trains from Charing Cross and London Bridge. If on leaving the station you follow the pedestrian signs for the Orchard Shopping Centre then before the bridge going across the main road, descend the steps down to the road side. Just to left you will find a row of bus stops including the Fastrack B bus stop. This service runs every ten minutes during the day (every 20 minutes in the evenings) to the Bluewater Shopping Centre and stops at Princes Park. The cost (one way) is Adults 1, Children 50p. Otherwise a taxi from the station to the stadium will cost around 5.

Otherwise the ground is a 15-20 minute walk away. Descend down the steps as above (or at the bottom of the station approach road) keep to the left along the main road and at the roundabout take the exit signposted Central London (A2). At the next traffic lights bear left onto the A226 (signposted Dartford Crossing/Darent Hospital). Proceed up the hill and on reaching the Malt Shovel pub on your right, turn right onto Darenth Road. Continue along Darenth Road passing the Ivy Leaf pub on your left. Go straight across the main road at the traffic lights and then take the second left into
Grassbanks for the stadium.

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 logo below:


Top Of Page

Ground Layout


Princes Park Dartford Stadium Layout

Top Of Page

Admission Prices
Adults 16
Over 65's 8
Under 18's 5*
Under 13's 2
Under 5's Free

* Evidence of age may be required to qualify for reduced admission.

Top Of Page

Programme
Official Programme: 2.50

Top Of Page

Local Rivals
Ebbsfleet, Welling and Dover.

Top Of Page

Fixtures
Dartford FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Top Of Page

Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
4,097 v Horsham YMCA
Ryman League, 11 November 2006

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,251 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 1,334 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 1,246 (Conference South)

Top Of Page

Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy 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. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

A
ccess their Dartford 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.



Top Of Page

Fans Reviews Of Princes Park
Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby Town) 4/10/14
Paul Willott (Luton Town) 12/2/13
Scot Rowland (Tamworth) 11/8/12

Top Of Page

Location map showing the location of Princes Park, railway station and listed pubs.




Top Of Page

Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.


Return To The Conference Menu

Return To The Football Ground Guide Main Menu


Copyright Duncan Adams 2012
All rights reserved
Last Updated: 22 July 2014