Football Ground Guide


Crystal Palace FC
Selhurst Park

Capacity: 26,309 (all seated)
Address:
Selhurst Park, London, SE25 6PU
Main Telephone No: 0208 768 6000
Fax No: 0208 771 5311
Ticket Office: 0871 2000 071
Team Nickname: The Eagles
Year Ground Opened: 1924
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Neteller
Kit Manufacturers: Macron
Home Kit Colours: Red & Blue
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Sky Blue
Official Web Site:
www.cpfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
The Holmesdale Online
CPFC BBS

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Contents

What's Selhurst Park Like?
Holmesdale Road And Arthur Wait Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

The Main Stand and Whitehorse Lane End (photo)

Where To Drink
A Closer Look At The Holmesdale Road Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
A Closer Look At The Whitehorse Lane Stand (photo)
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Programme Price

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Away Section (video)
Selhurst Park Location Map


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What's Selhurst Park Like?
The ground is a mixture of the modern and the old, with two old side stands and two more modern looking end stands. The newest edition is the two-tiered Holmesdale Road Stand at one end, which was opened in 1995. This stand has a large lower tier, with a smaller upper tier that overhangs it. The stand looks impressive and has a large curved roof, as well as windshields on either side of the upper tier. This is where the bulk of home supporters congregate.

Opposite is the Whitehorse Lane Stand. This was originally a large open terrace but was reduced in capacity in the early 1980’s when land was sold for a Sainsbury’s supermarket which is still present outside the ground. During the early 1990’s the terrace was made all seated and a double row of executive boxes was the constructed above it, giving it an unusual look. Later a roof was added and then a large video screen installed upon it, which was replaced by a larger version in 2014. This stand has now been renamed the 'Croydon Advertiser Family Stand'.

One side is the large, covered, single tiered Arthur Wait stand, which was built in 1969, while on the other side the Main Stand, which dates back to when the ground opened in 1924, is also single tiered. Both stands are now beginning to show their age; with a number of supporting pillars. The Arthur Wait Stand has a TV gantry suspended beneath its roof, whilst the Main Stand has a number of ancient looking floodlights on its roof. Michael Clement adds; 'To add a bit of razzmatazz to the beginning of games, the club play a programme of loud music, as the teams emerge onto the pitch'. This includes playing 'Glad All Over' by the Dave Clarke Five, which is enthusiastically joined in to by the Palace fans.

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Future Developments
Jack Laws informs me; 'The Club have announced that they wish to redevelop Selhurst Park in a modern stadium with a capacity around 35-40,000. It is intended that this will be achieved by replacing one stand at a time, starting with the Main Stand on one side. No timescales have been given as to when this might happen.'

Holmesdale Road And Arthur Wait Stands


 Holmesdale Road And Arthur Wait Stands
                    photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away are still housed on one side of the Arthur Wait Stand, however they have been relocated to the opposite side near the 'Croydon Advertiser Family Stand'. Just over 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated. Nikita a visiting Gillingham fan informs me; 'If you are seated towards the rear of the stand then you will find that there is very little leg room'. Plus the views of the playing action are not particularly great from the back of the stand, due to the overhang of the roof. Max Pardo-Roques warns; 'Due to a new television gantry that has been installed above the visitors stand, the the view is even worse than it was before. In fact you can barely see across to the other side of the pitch. I would strongly advise fans not to buy tickets the back ten rows (40-49)'. And if that is not enough then there is the odd supporting pillar to contend with too! Whilst Alex Jones adds; 'If you sit in the bottom half of the stand for an afternoon kick off, in the earlier part of the season, then don't be surprised if you end up trying to keep the sun out of eyes'.

On my last visit there was a particularly good atmosphere within the ground, especially from the home fans in the Holmesdale Road End. I was impressed with the Palace fans, who clearly were passionate about their Club, but in a non-intimidatory manner, towards away fans. In fact there was plenty of good banter going on between the two sets of supporters. There are plenty of refreshments available, however, if you if there is a sizeable away support, then getting food and drink could be a problem because there is only one small refreshment area to cater for the whole away support. Plus as there is no formal queuing system, then joining the scrum that inevitably ensues at the counter, is not for the faint hearted so you may consider getting something outside of the ground before the game starts. Also if you do happen to visit the Gents, watch out for the small downward flight of steps to the toilets. I almost went flying!


On the whole Crystal Palace is a fairly relaxed ground to visit and you are unlikely to encounter any problems, except perhaps getting stuck in the traffic on the way to the game!

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The Main Stand and Whitehorse Lane End


Main Stand

Please note that since this photo was taken the seats in both these stands have been replaced.

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Where To Drink?
Opposite Thornton Heath Railway Station there is a Wetherspoon pub, called the 'The Flora Sandes' which is popular with both home and away supporters. Also close by is 'The Railway Telegraph' on Brigstock (as you come out of Thornton Heath station turn right and the pub is further down on the left). This pub serves Youngs beers and is quite spacious. It is then about a 15 minute walk from here to the ground (as you  come out of the pubs turn right and follow the other fans). There are plenty of Kebab & Chip shops available on the route to the ground.

Otherwise near Norwood Junction Railway Station on the High Street is another Wetherspoon outlet called 'The William Stanley' (From the Station turn right at the Clock Tower into the High Street). The nearby 'Ship' pub on the High Street has also been recommended to me.
Generally beer and lager are served inside the ground. Please note though that for certain high profile games, the Club choose not to serve alcohol to away supporters.

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A Closer Look At The Holmesdale Road Stand

A Closer Look At The
                    Holmesdale Road End photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Leave the M25 at Junction 7 and follow the signs for the A23 to Croydon. At Purley bear left onto the A23 at its junction with the A 235 (to Croydon). You will pass roundabouts and junctions with the A232 and A236 as you pass Croydon, after which the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horseshoe pub roundabout). Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane. The ground is on your right.

Richard Down informs me; 'An alternative route for fans coming from the North, is to leave the M25 at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London. After about ten miles you will reach the Tolworth roundabout at which you turn right onto the A240 towards Epsom. After about three miles turn onto the A232 towards Sutton. Follow the A232 through Sutton and Carshalton and just before reaching Croydon, turn left onto the A23 north towards Thornton Heath'. Where the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horsehoe pub roundabout). Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane. The ground is on your right.

Most streets around the ground are either designated residents only parking on matchdays or are pay and display with a four hour limit. So please take note of any street signs advising of parking restrictions, or else you win run the risk of being towed away. Please note that the traffic can be pretty bad on Saturdays even without football traffic, so make sure you allow yourself some extra time to make the journey.

Map showing the location of Selhurst Park (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: SE25 6PU

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A Closer Look At The Whitehorse Lane Stand


 A Closer Look At The Whitehorse Lane
                    Stand

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By Train

The nearest railway stations are Selhurst or Thornton Heath which are served by London Victoria main line station, Clapham Junction, London Bridge (every 30 mins) and East Croydon (every 15 mins). You can also use Norwood Junction station which is also served by Victoria, but is a little further away. It is then a 10-15 minute walk to ground. Please note that Crystal Palace station is nowhere near the ground.

If you are coming from outside London, it may be an idea to purchase a 'Travelcard' at the first tube station you encounter (or some train operators also allow you to add this onto your train ticket) and tell the clerk that you want a 'Travelcard' that will cover you as far as Selhurst or Thornton Heath. The card then allows you unlimited travel on the tube and trains within the London travel zone and avoids having to buy a ticket for each leg of the journey.


Lisa Lark a visiting Norwich City fan adds; 'If travelling to Selhurst Station from London Victoria, that it's better to get  on at the front of the train rather than the back. We found that on leaving the train at Selhurst, that for the rear carriages there is a gap of 2 to 3 foot between the train doors and the platform, not the most pleasant of exits I've made from a train. If you are travelling with young children or are less agile, then it is best to be at the front of the train'.

For travelling across London by public transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with the use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.

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:

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Local Rivals
Charlton Athletic, Millwall (and a little further away) Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Admission Prices

Common with most Clubs, Crystal Palace operate a category system (A & B) for matches whereby tickets cost more for the most popular matches. Category B prices are shown below in brackets:

Home Fans*:
Main Stand: Adults: £45 (B £35), Concessions £30 (B £24), Under 18's £22.50 (B £17.50)
Holmesdale Stand (Gallery):
Adults: £45 (B £32), Concessions £30 (B £24) Under 18's N/A
Holmesdale Stand (Upper): £40 (B £32), Concessions £26 (B £21), Under 18's £20 (B £16)
Holmesdale Stand (Lower): £40 (B £28), Concessions £26 (B £18), Under 18's £20 (B £14)

Arthur Wait Stand: £30 (B £25), Concessions £26 (B £21), Under 18's £20 (B £16)
Croydon Advertiser Family (Whitehorse Lane) Stand:
Adults: £35 (B £25), Concessions £24 (B £17)
Under 18's £17.50 (B £12.50)

Away Fans:
Arthur Wait Stand: £40 (B £32), Concessions £26 (B £21), Under 18's £20 (C £16)

* The Club will only sell a Category A ticket, when purchased with a corresponding ticket for a Category B fixture.

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Ground Layout


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Fixtures 2014-2015
Crystal Palace FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme Price
Official Programme: £3.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Trevor Elias a visiting Fulham supporter, provides me with the following update; 'We parked in the Sainsburys car park next to the ground, show your orange badge to the steward. Be warned, the access roads to the car park have cobbled speed ramps & to avoid this means using the pavement which runs by the ticket office window & queue. Away fans were in the Arthur Wait stand with dedicated stewards to help. The view can be poor as fans stand up in front of you, however, it's still possible to see 95% of the game. Another downside is the toilets, there are 2 disabled loos but these were being used by anyone & it was hard to get to the entrance so be ready to shout at people'. 

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
51,482 v Burnley
Division 2, May 11th, 1979.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
26,193 v Arsenal
Premier League, November 6th, 2004.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 24,375 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 16,933 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 15,219 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Selhurst Park
Michael McKay (Neutral) 22/9/13
Rory Murphy (Sunderland) 31/8/13
James Butler (Charlton Athletic) 2/2/13
Ryan Dunphy (Doncaster Rovers) 27/11/10
Andrew Willock (Leicester City) 7/08/10

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 Selhurst Park football ground.

Access their Crystal Palace and general London Hotels & 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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View From The Away Section


Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.

Map Showing The Location Of Selhurst Park, Railway Stations And Listed Pubs



 

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Last Updated: 25 October 2014