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Exeter City FC
St James' Park

Capacity: 8,830 (3,800 Seated)
Address: 
Stadium Way, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6PX
Main Telephone No: 01392 411 243
Fax No: 01392 413 959
Team Nickname: The Grecians
Year Ground Opened: 1904
Pitch Size: 114 x 73 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Flybe
Kit Manufacturers: Joma
Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Black and White
Official Web Site:
www.exetercityfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Supporters Trust
Disabled Supporters Association

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Contents
What's St James' Park Like?
Future Ground Developments
WTS Stand
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Blackthorn Big Bank Terrace (photo)
Where To Drink?
The Grandstand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Looking Towards The St James' Road End (photo)
Admission Prices

Programme Price
Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Local Rivals
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
St James' Park Location Map

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What's St James' Park Like?

The ground is a mixture of the old and the modern. On one side is the old Grandstand that was originally opened in 1926. It is all seated, covered and has windshields to either side. However, it is in size about half the length of the pitch and although part of it straddles the half way line, it mostly sits to one side towards the St Jamesí Terrace End. This means that the area to the other side of stand is open and apart from a row of floodlight pylons is unused for spectators. Although not readily apparent from inside the ground, this is due to the very close proximity of a railway line, running behind this side of the ground. The Grandstand also has an unusual set of small floodlights aligned along the front of its roof, that protrude at an awkward angle.

Opposite is the WTS Stand which is the newest addition to the ground and was opened in 2001. This smart looking all seater stand, is single tiered, with some executive boxes located in the middle to the rear. It has the players tunnel and team dug outs situated at its front. At one end is the Thatchers 'Big Bank' covered terrace, which was opened in February 2000 and replaced a former open terrace. This stand is quite impressive looking and with a capacity of just under 4,000, means it is now the largest terrace left in the Football League. Unusually both the WTS & Thatchers Big Bank Stands, have an open gap between the roof and back of the stands. The other end is a very small open terrace, called the St James Road terrace. This end is given to away supporters. It is that small, you can clearly see a row of houses that sit beyond it, from which the residents get a great view of the game!

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Future Ground Developments

The Club have embarked on a public consultation on their proposals to re-develop the old Grandstand and away terrace. The two new stands (both all seater) would result in an increase in capacity of St James' Park to 10,500, with the Grandstand having a capacity of 2,800 and the stand for away fans of 1,690. The new Grandstand would also contain new club offices, corporate facilities and team changing rooms. The scheme would also see the construction of nearby student accommodation and some additional retail units. These would off set the estimated £7m cost of the developments. An artists impression of the proposed
re-developed St James' Park can be viewed on the 'This Is Devon' website.

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WTS Stand


Flybe Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are mostly housed in the St Jamesí Road terrace at one end of the ground, where just over 1,000 fans can be accommodated. In addition the Club make 150 seats available to visiting supporters in the Grandstand. The facilities in both these areas are basic. The views from the St Jamesí Road terrace are not great as due to its limited size fans are situated quite low down and close to the pitch. It is also does not have a cover and is open to the elements. Although the Grandstand is covered, it does have some supporting pillars running across its front which may affect your view. I personally have enjoyed my visits to St Jamesí Park, with no problems experienced. 

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Thatchers Big Bank Terrace


Big Bank Terrace

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Where To Drink?

There is a Social Club at the ground itself, which allows in away supporters. Close to the stadium is the Wells Tavern on Well Street, which is popular with away fans.


Otherwise, the ground is walkable from the city centre where there are plenty of pubs. Mike Faulkner from Somerset, recommends the Duke Of York and the Amber Rooms in Sidwell Street. Tony Fort recommends 'The Victoria' on Victoria Road (follow Victoria Street from the back of the Grandstand). As Tony says 'You can park here (for free) but it is a good 10-15 minutes walk from the ground and steep! The pub is great, very "studenty", but full of friendly Exeter supporters. Both the food and ale were excellent both from a quality and value perspective'. Whilst Mick Hubbard adds; 'We walked on from the city centre towards the ground and, instead of following Old Tiverton Road which leads to the ground, we forked right, up Blackboy Road and stopped at the Bowling Green pub, which is about a quarter of a mile from the ground.  We enjoyed this pub very much - good beer (i.e. proper ale), comfortable and quite airy, very friendly (locals were hospitable and fans of both clubs mixed amicably) and a separate pool table for those so inclined. A definite recommendation'.

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The Grandstand


The Grandstand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M5 at Junction 30 and follow signs for Exeter city centre along Sidmouth Road (A379) and then onto Rydon Lane (A3015). Take the Sidmouth Road turn off (B3183) towards the city centre. Keep going towards the town centre as the road becomes Heavitree Road. On nearing the city centre take the fourth exit at the large roundabout onto Western Way. At the next roundabout take the second exit onto Old Tiverton Road, then turn left into St James Road for the ground. There is street parking, but quite a way from the ground as there is a local residents scheme in operation.  

Map showing the location of the St James' Park ground, Exeter  (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: EX4 6PX

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By Train
The nearest railway station is St James Park, which is adjacent to the ground and only a short walk away, However this station is on a local line and most fans will arrive first into the mainline stations of Exeter St Davids or Exeter Central, from which you can then get a local train to St James Park.

Exeter Central is the closer of the two mainline stations is just under a mile away from the ground and should take around 20 minutes to walk. As you come out of the main station entrance, turn left and proceed along Queen Street. As the road bends around to the right, continue straight on along the pedestrianised area. At the end of this area (where it meets the High Street) turn left and then continue along Sidwell Street. After the roundabout turn left into St Jamesí Road for the ground.

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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Looking Towards The St James' Road End


Looking Towards The St James' Road End

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Admission Prices
Home Fans*:
WTS Stand (Centre): Adults £25, Over 60's £21, Under 18's/Students £15, Under 12's £8
WTS Stand (Wings): Adults £24, Over 60's £20, Under 18's/Students £14, Under 12's £6
Thatchers Big Bank: Adults £16, 
Over 60's £13, Under 18's/Students £6.50, Under 12's £3
Stagecoach Family Grandstand:
Adults £21Over 60's £16, Under 18's/Students £7.50, Under 12's £4

Away Fans*:
Stagecoach Family Grandstand:
Adults £21Over 60's £16, Under 18's/Students £7.50, Under 12's £4
St James Road Terrace:
Adults £16, Over 60's £13, Under 18's/Students £6.50, Under 12's £3

* These prices are for ticket purchased in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £5 more per adult ticket and up to £2 per Under 12 ticket.

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Programme Price
Official Programme £3

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Disabled Facilities

There are 31 spaces for wheelchair users for home fans and three for away supporters. The spaces for away fans are located in an elevated area of the Flybe Stand which is covered, which is close to, but not located with the rest of the away support. For further details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

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Ground Layout


Ground Layout

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Local Rivals
Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Exeter City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
21,014 v Sunderland,
FA Cup 6th Round Replay, March 4th, 1931.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 3,701 (League Two)
2012-2013: 4,142 (League Two)
2011-2012: 4,474 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of St James Park

Paul Willott (Doing The 92/Preston North End) 17/3/12
James Spring (Notts County) 13/9/11
Tim Sansom (Neutral) 22/4/11
Bob Farrell (Huddersfield Town) 8/5/10
Richard Naylor (Leeds United) 16/1/10

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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 St James' Park football ground.

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ccess their Exeter 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.



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Map showing the location of St James' Park, railway stations and listed pubs



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


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Last Updated: 26 July 2014