Princes Park Like?
|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
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.
Towards The Academy End
|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.'
|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.
|How To Get There & Where To Park|
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).
|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.
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:
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.
|Official Programme: £2.50|
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|Dartford FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
4,097 v Horsham YMCA
Ryman League, 11 November 2006
2013-2014: 1,251 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 1,334 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 1,246 (Conference South)
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|Fans Reviews Of Princes Park|
Sharkey (Grimsby Town) 4/10/14
Paul Willott (Luton Town) 12/2/13
Scot Rowland (Tamworth) 11/8/12
|Location map showing the location of Princes Park, railway station and listed pubs.|
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