Capacity: 7,066 (3,912 seated)
Address: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, GL52 5NA
Telephone: 01242 573 558
Club Nickname: The Tigers
Year Ground Opened: 1932
Home Kit: Amber and Black Stripes
The Club were forced to leave their Meadow Park ground in July 2007, after some of the worst flooding recorded in the area, engulfed the stadium, with water almost reaching the height of the crossbars! The Club have been desperately trying to return to Meadow Park, but only recently have received planning permission to build a new stadium on the Meadow Park site. The new 4,000 capacity stadium will include a 1,000 seat Main Stand. To prevent future flooding the stadium site will be raised by four metres. Works have yet to commence but it is hoped that the building of the new stadium will get underway in early 2017.
The Club have been ground-sharing with Cheltenham Town since 2010. The World of Smile Stadium as it is called is just over nine miles away from Gloucester. By Conference North standards then the stadium is one of the better in the League and has one of the largest capacities at just over 7,000. However, with smaller attendances than Cheltenham then only half the ground is normally open on matchdays for league games. This includes the Main Stand on one side and the Hazlewoods Stand at the South end. Normally there is no segregation of fans, but if it has to be put in place, then the Hazlewoods Stand is allocated. This modern stand is all seated and has a capacity of 1,100. The Main Stand is much older and has seating to the rear and terracing at the front.
There is a club bar at the ground called the Robins Nest which welcomes visiting fans. Otherwise very near to the ground is the Parklands Social Club, where you can also park your car. Simply go down Whaddon Road, passing the ground and the bowling club on your left. Take the first left hand turn and the entrance to the social club car park is a short distance down on the left. Robert Middleston a visiting Nottingham Forest fan adds; 'The Club had a friendly welcome, and the locals we met were all happy to chat football. The club has a number of TV screens including a very big screen, on which the Sky Premier plus game was broadcast, a nice way to pass time over a sandwich and pint before the match.' The closest pub is the Fox and Hounds on Prestbury Road.
Around a ten minute walk away are the 'Sudeley Arms' and 'The Conservatory' on Prestbury Road on the outskirts of the town centre. There is even a decent fish & chip shop situated in-between the two. To find these pubs, turn right out of the club car park, and then turn left at the end of the road. Go straight over the roundabout, and The Sudeley Arms is on your left and the Conservatory is further up on your right. It is no more than a ten minute walk from the ground. Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fans recommends the Kemble Brewery Inn on Fairview Street. This pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide serves up to six real ales.
Chris Clarke informs me; 'A good alternative is The Hewlett Arms which is a bit more cosmopolitan than other pubs in the local area, it can be found at the top of Hewlett Road which is about a 10 minute walk from the ground'. Also further along Hewlett Road is the Fairview Pub.
From The North
Leave the M5 at junction 10 and take the A4019 towards Cheltenham. Keep straight on through the traffic lights, until you come to large roundabout (there is a McDonalds on the left), at which you turn turn left. Continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Keep going for about 300 yards and then turn right into Swindon Lane. Go over the level crossing and straight over the next roundabout (signposted Prestbury) passing the race course on your left. Turn right into Albert Road (signposted Gloucestershire University) and at the bottom at the roundabout turn left into Prestbury Road, (the ground is signposted from here) and then further down Prestbury Road, turn right into Whaddon Road. The ground is down on the left.
From The South
Leave the M5 at Junction 11 turning right towards Cheltenham. Go across 1st roundabout - GCHQ is on your left. Turn left at the next roundabout, into Princess Elizabeth Way. Go straight over the next roundabout, (the exit is over at about "1 o'clock"). Keep on up this road, and you will come to a big roundabout, where you will see a McDonalds on the corner. Go straight across this roundabout and continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Then as North.
There is a car park at the ground which is free. Adjacent to the stadium on Wyman Road is the Parklands Social Club, which also has a car park. However, I am unsure if they charge a parking fee for Gloucester City games (they do when Cheltenham Town are playing at home). There is little in the way of nearby street parking close to the stadium, so it would be a case of driving further away to find street parking.
Post Code for SAT NAV: GL52 5NA
Cheltenham Station is over two miles from the ground, so best to jump in a taxi. Phil Truscott advises; 'I caught Bus Service D from the Station Car park to the Town Centre (Clarence Street). On Saturdays Service D runs every 10 minutes. It costs £3.40 for a 'day-rider' ticket with unlimited travel in Cheltenham.
From the Town centre it is a short walk to Whaddon Road down Prestbury Road. For the return journey you can catch Bus D (going in the direction of Hatherly/Warden Hill) from Pittville Street in the town centre (at the side entrance of Marks and Spencer). It stops opposite the railway station outside a Tesco Metro'. Bernard McCall a visiting Accrington Stanley fan adds; 'If you catch Bus D from the train station and do nor get off in the town centre, then it continues to the racecourse where you can get on the free Park & Ride shuttle bus to the ground'.
If you are going to embark on the 35-40 minute walk then thank Dave Lucas for the following directions; 'Turn right out of station car park and follow Queens Road for around half a mile. At end of Queens Road and turn left into Lansdown Road. At the next (Montpellier) roundabout, turn left into Montpellier Walk (which later becomes the Promenade). At the end of the Promenade, turn right into the High Street. Go along High Street for around 100 yards and then turn left into Winchcombe Street (by a branch of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society). Continue straight along Winchcombe Street and into Prestbury Road. Straight across the next roundabout and then first right into Whaddon Road. The entrance to the away end is down on the left'.
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2015-2016: 443 (National League South)
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