Address: York Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6JN
Telephone: 01205 364406
Club Nickname: The Pilgrims
Year Ground Opened: 1933*
Home Kit: Amber and Black Stripes
A rather picturesque ground which looks well balanced as all four stands are roughly of the same height. The Fantasy Island (Main) Stand on one side of the pitch, is a good sized, covered all seated stand. It’s only drawback are a couple of supporting pillars. It is single tiered, with the team dugouts located out front and incorporates the Directors Box. The other side, the Spayne Road Stand, is a smaller, newish covered terrace. It is so low that house roofs behind are clearly visible. The Town End is a fair sized partly covered terrace (to the rear). The other end, the York Street Stand is a strange affair. It is raised above pitch level, meaning that spectators have to climb a staircase at the front to reach the seating area (which is mostly benches). A small terrace is at the front. The ground has a striking set of floodlights and something that I haven't seen for a long time, flags fluttering in the wind, on each of the stand roofs.
If less than 200 away fans are expected then they are housed in the small terrace at the front of the York Street Stand. If more than 200 are expected then the larger Town End Terrace, opposite, is allocated instead. This can house up to 2,050 spectators.
In 2009 the ground was renamed the Jakemans Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. However many fans still refer to it as 'York Road.'
The Club have received planning permission to build a new 5,000 capacity stadium, located South West of the town, just off the A16 near Woodside. Works are expected to start in early 2016 and if all goes to plan then the club could be kicking off in their new home sometime in 2017. Artists impressions of the new stadium and details of the wider regeneration project for the area can be viewed on the Quadrant Project website.
There is a Sports Bar at the ground that admits away fans. Otherwise there is the Coach & Horses pub on Main Ridge, which is the nearest pub to the ground. It serves the excellent locally brewed Batemans ales.
Ken Fox informs me; 'The Coach & Horses on Main Ridge is the nearest pub to the ground. It serves the excellent Batemans ales which are locally brewed'. On my visit, this smallish pub was very crowded. Probably it is a better bet to carry on down Main Ridge to the Wellington, a larger quieter pub serving hand pulled Mansfield Bitter. Also on the corner of this road is the Eagle Chippy, which was doing a brisk business when I passed it.
Otherwise the ground is only a five minute walk away from the town centre, where there are plenty of good pubs to be found. The Eagle, in West Street near to the railway station and The Still in Market Place are both recommended, as well as any Batemans pubs you come across!
Pete Brooksbank recommends 'the Robin Hood pub. Which is down the High Street, about a five minute walk from the ground over the river - where yet another excellent pint of Batemans awaits!'
From The North
From the A1 take the A17 towards Sleaford/Boston. After passing Sleaford take the A1121 towards Boston and then onto the A52. On entering Boston you pass Boston station on your left and then pass the junction with the A16 Spalding Road on your right. Go over the small Haven Bridge and straight along into John Adams Way (dual carriageway), the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen on the right. Turn right at the next traffic lights, into Main Ridge, then take the next right into York Street.
From The South
From the A1 take the A43 towards Stamford and then on entering Stamford Town Centre take the A16 towards Market Deeping/Spalding and then onto Boston. On entering Boston you will go over a railway crossing. Bear right at the next set of traffic lights (signposted Boston College). Go over the small Haven Bridge and straight along John Adams Way (dual carriageway), the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen on the right. Turn right at the next traffic lights, into Main Ridge, then take the next right into York Street.
There is no car parking as such for fans (unless you are a permit holder) at the ground itself. So you will need to either park in one of the town centre pay and display car parks or seek street parking.
Boston railway station is located just under a mile from the ground and is around a 10-15 minute walk away from York Street.
Head down Station Street towards the large church tower. At the end is a Police Station, bear right down the right hand side of the station and head over the river footbridge. Once across turn right up the alleyway, into Church Lane. Keep going straight on, past the Britannia Inn and then cross the street to go down South Street. Take a left turn into Spain Lane and at its end you will come to a dual carriageway. The ground is clearly visible on the opposite side of it.
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Adults £14 Concessions £10 Under 17's £5
1 Adult + 1 Child £16
1 Adult + 2 Children £20
2 Adults + 2 Children £32
Under 17's £4
1 Adult + 1 Child £14
1 Adult + 2 Children £17
2 Adults + 2 Children £28
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* The Club took over the site in 1933. However football had been played there since the late 1800’s.