|What's Shay Stadium
Main Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Skircoat Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
South And Skircoat Stands (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Shay Stadium Location Map
|What's Shay Stadium Like?|
|The ground is set into
the side of a hill which gives it an enclosed but very
green look. On one side is the relatively new Main
(East) Stand. This single tiered, covered, seated
stand, has had a chequered history. It was originally constructed
during the 2001/02 season, but due to financial
problems it was left unfinished for some years,
before the work re-commenced
in 2009, with the stand finally
opening in 2010. The stand is of a
fair size, having a capacity of 3,500
and has some corporate hospitality boxes located
at the back of it. There are windshields to
either side and it has a rather odd
look with a large area for wheelchair supporters
being incorporated half way up on one
side. The stand disappointingly has a
shallow angle, meaning that
spectators seated at the back
of the Stand are situated
quite far away from
the playing action. The
players tunnel and team
dugouts are located on
Opposite is the covered all seated Skircoat Stand. It has an old look about it, predominantly because of the line of supporting pillars than run across the front of the stand. It doesn't run the full length of the pitch and so has grassy banks to either side. There are also a number of large trees that can be seen on the hill behind it, giving the ground a rural feel. Both ends are good sized covered terraces, both of which were built in the late 1990's. However, the North Terrace is only open for the bigger matches. One 'hangover' from the delays of the building of the Main Stand is that in the South East corner of the stadium there is the steelwork erected for what was going to be a hospitality area, but this was not completed along with the Main Stand.
Thanks to Russell Cox for
providing the photo above.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are normally housed in the Skircoat Stand on one side of the pitch. Although covered it does have a number of supporting pillars that may hinder your view. Around 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated in this area. For Clubs where there is only a small away following (less than 250), then the Northern section of the Main Stand is allocated. Whilst for games where a large away contingent is expected, then the North Terrace can be opened. A relaxed but normally rather cold (with the wind normally blowing off the Pennines) day out. Food available inside includes; 1/2lb Cheeseburgers (£4.50), 1/2lb Burgers (£4), 1/4lb Cheeseburgers (£2.90), 1/4lb Burgers (£2.70), Hot Dogs (£2.50), a range of Pies (Chicken Balti, Cheese & Onion, Meat & Potato, Steak & Kidney all £2.80) and Chips (£1.50).|
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a supporters club at the ground
which admits away fans. However, it is
rather on the small side and fills
up quickly. Joe Martin informs me
that 'the Three Pigeons Pub sells good beer and is
only a few minutes walk away from the stadium'.
This pub which is on Sun Fold Road is owned by the
Ossett Brewery is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Further up from the
Three Pigeons is the Pump Room which Andrew Birbeck
a visiting Bristol Rovers says;
'was friendly on our visit to away supporters'. Otherwise the ground is in
easy walking distance of the town centre were there
are plenty of pubs to be found, including
a Wetherspoon pub called the Percy
Ever seen cars parked along the top of a stand before?
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
|From the M62 motorway, take the A629
at Junction 24 and follow the signs for Halifax. The
ground is on the right-hand side after about three
miles. Parking at the stadium is limited (£3),
however there is some street parking to be had, but
only if you arrive early. Otherwise it is a case of
parking in one of the town centre car parks.
Map showing the location of the Shay Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
railway station is only five minute walk away from the
ground. On exiting the station
approach turn left onto Church
Street. Keep straight
on this road, passing the Pump House and Three
Pigeons pubs and you will
reach the stadium entrance on your
right. The station is on the Trans Pennine
route between Leeds & Manchester.
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
Areas Of The Ground (including the away section):
Under 17's £6
Under 7's £3
|Official Programme £3|
|FC Halifax Town fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|For details of disabled facilities
and club contact at the ground please visit the
relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
FA Cup 5th Round, February 15th 1953.
For an FC Halifax Town Fixture:
8,042 v Bradford City
FA Cup 1st Round, November 9th 2014.
2013-2014: 1,597 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 1,222 (Conference North)
2011-2012: 1,419 (Conference North)
|Fans Reviews Of The Shay|
Sharkey (Grimsby Town) 16/9/14
Callum William (Gateshead) 1/1/14
Mike Turner (Neutral) 26/8/13
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Last Updated: 16 October 2014