Queens Park Rangers

Loftus Road Stadium

Capacity: 18,360 (all seated)
Address: South Africa Road, London, W12 7PA
Telephone: 020 8743 0262
Fax: 020 8740 2505
Ticket Office: 08444 777 007
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Superhoops
Year Ground Opened: 1917*
Shirt Sponsors: Air Asia
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Blue and White Hoops
Away Kit: Red and Black Stripes
Third Kit: Light & Navy Blue

Loftus Road Stand
Loftus Road Stand
Ellerslie Road Stand & School End
Ellerslie Road Stand & School End
South Africa Road Stand
South Africa Road Stand
School End
School End
External View
External View

Loftus Road has a compact feel, as the ground is totally enclosed, with supporters being close to the pitch. An unusual aspect is that all four stands are roughly the same height, their roofs meet at all four corners with no gaps. The South Africa Road Stand on one side, has a larger upper tier, compared to the lower tier, with a row of executive boxes running across the middle. There are a couple of supporting pillars in this stand. The other side, the Ellerslie Road Stand, is single tiered, with a television gantry suspended below its roof. Both ends are similar looking two tiered stands. On one of these, the School End (where the away fans are located) there is a large video screen located on the centre of its roof. Below this and situated between the lower and upper tier is a small electric scoreboard. The ground oozes character and there is nothing similar in the league.

The Club have announced that they are planning to build a new 40,000 seater stadium at Old Oak in North West London. The stadium will be part of a major regeneration of the area and it is hoped that the Club will be kicking off the start of the 2018/19 season in their new home.

Away fans are situated in the upper tier of the School End, where around 1,800 fans can be accommodated. If demand requires it then the lower tier can also be allocated, increasing the number of places available to about 2,500. If the away club only takes the upper tier allocation, then the lower tier is allocated to home supporters. Alan Griffiths a visiting Barnsley fan informs me; 'the entrance for away fans to the School End upper tier is now longer in South Africa Road, but on the opposite side of the ground in Ellerslie Road (turnstile block 2).'

I must say that on my three visits, I have found the stadium lacking a little in atmosphere. Also the leg room between rows of seats was a little tight. There is normally quite a large police and steward presence, and you should expect to be searched before you enter the away end. However on the plus side I have never experienced any problems there, as it is generally relaxed and friendly. Dan Markham a QPR fan disagrees with me; 'It is virtually impossible to have such a small compact enclosed stadium, and not have a tremendous atmosphere. You are close to the pitch, close to the visiting fans and most importantly close to the action'. Another plus point was that the food that was served within the ground was quite good and the service prompt. Inside the ground the food available includes; Hot Dogs (£3.50), Pukka Pies (Beef & Onion, Chicken Balti, all £3.30), Cheese & Onion Slice (£3.30) and Sausage Rolls (£2.90). Entrance to the stadium is gained by inserting your ticket into a bar code reader.

There are no pubs for away fans in the immediate vicinity around the stadium. Most away fans head over to nearby Shepherds Bush Green where there are some pubs that do admit visiting supporters. In the Vue complex, which is loacted opposite Shepherd's Bush Tube Station, there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Central Bar. In the same complex is Belushi's Bar, which also shows Sky and BT Sports. Whilst on Goldhawk Road there is one of the legendary BrewDog bars. Just don't blame me though, if the match ends up being a little bit hazy after sampling some of their stronger craft brews! Also on the same road as BrewDog (further down on the left) is the 'Shepherd and Flock' pub, which also shows live televised Sport. Due to its small size it only admits a limited number of away fans. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the stadium.

On the eating front David Frodsham adds; 'On my travels to many football grounds, I have yet to find a wider selection of food available than on the Uxbridge Road. The cosmopolitan inner city nature means that you can almost eat your way around the world. From the normal range of cafes, burger bars, fried chicken outlets and chippies, there are Indian, Chinese, Thai & Jamaican outlets. There are Lebanese and Indian kebab shops, the latter selling "doner" kebabs made with Indian spices! 

From The North/West: 

At the end of the M40, take the A40 towards Central London. At the point where the A40 becomes the A40(M), turn off onto the A40 towards White City/Shepherds Bush and turn right into Wood Lane, turn right into South Africa Road for the ground. 

There is not much in the way of parking near to the ground. Matt Garside from Southampton suggests; 'It's probably easiest to just park on the road in this area as it costs £6.60 for three hours parking'. Some of these areas are free after 5pm. However, there are a number of restricted parking zones around the stadium so be careful where you park. 

Andreas Iona adds; 'South Africa Road running past the stadium, closes to traffic one hour before kick-off on all matchdays. The Police enforce the road closure which remains in place until approximately 15 minutes after kick-off. At the end of the game a similar closure is implemented 15 minutes before the end of the game and lasts for approximately one hour. Supporters are advised to avoid parking in the few pay and display bays available in Dorando Close as they face a long wait to get out at the end of the game due to the above closure'.

Post Code for SAT NAV: W12 7PA

The nearest London Underground station is White City on the Central Line, which is about a five minute walk away. Also nearby (a little further along Wood Lane opposite the BBC Television Centre) is the recently opened Wood Lane Station, which is on the Hammersmith & City line. It is around a seven minute walk away from Loftus Road.

Otherwise there are two other tube stations close by; Shepherds Bush Market on the Hammersmith & City line and Shepherds Bush on the Central Line. The former is about a ten minute walk away from the ground, whilst the other is about 15 minutes. Personally I tend to use Shepherds Bush Market tube station, simply because there seems to be more pubs around this area, especially around Shepherds Bush Green. Leaving both Shepherds Bush tube stations; turn right and the ground will come into view further down on the right. Please note that Queens Park tube station is nowhere near the ground!

The nearest train station is Shepherds Bush, which is adjacent to the tube station. However, it is not directly served by any of the major London mainline stations. However trains from Watford Junction and Clapham Junction both stop there.

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Home Fans
South Africa Road Stand (Upper Tier Central): Adults £37, Over 60's/Under 22's £26, Under 18's £22
South Africa Road Stand (Upper Tier Wings): Adults £32, Over 60's/Under 22's £22, Under 18's £15
South Africa Road Stand (Upper Outer Wings): Adults £27, Over 60's/Under 22's £18, Under 18's £22
South Africa Road Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £27, Over 60's/Under 22's £18, Under 18's £22
South Africa Road Stand (Lower Tier Wings): Adults £24, Over 60's/Under 22's £15, Under 18's £12
Ellerslie Road Stand: Adults £32, Over 60's/Under 22's £22, Under 18's £15
Ellerslie Road Stand (Wings): Adults £27, Over 60's/Under 22's £18, Under 18's £22
Loftus Road Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £32, Over 60's/Under 22's £22, Under 18's £15
Loftus Road Stand (Upper Tier Wings): Adults £27, Over 60's/Under 22's £18, Under 18's £22
Loftus Road Stand (Upper Tier Outer Wings): Adults £24, Over 60's/Under 22's £15, Under 18's £12
Loftus Road Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £27, Over 60's/Under 22's £18, Under 18's £22
School End (Lower Tier): Adults £27, Over 60's/Under 22's £18, Under 18's £22

Away Fans
School End (Upper Tier Centre): Adults £32, Over 60's/Under 22's £22, Under 18's £15 
School End Upper Tier Wings & Lower Tier: Adults £27, Over 60's/Under 22's £18, Under 18's £22

In addition the Club sell a number of restricted view tickets in the upper tier at a slight discount.

QPR fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Official Programme £3
A Kick Up The R's Fanzine £2.50

Brentford, Fulham and Chelsea.

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

Record Attendance
35,353 v Leeds United, Division One, April 27th, 1974.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record
19,002 v Manchester City Division One, November 6th, 1999.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 17,809 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 16,656 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 17,779 (Premier League)

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QPR v West Ham United
Premier League
Saturday, 26th April 2015, 3pm
William Schart (Neutral fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the ground:
Although I am an American, for some time now I have wanted to see an EPL match. I mentioned this to the wife last fall and she said "why not do it?" For several reasons, this match worked out to be the best for me. Besides, I once was a real life Park Ranger!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The hardest part was getting a ticket, it's not easy from 5000 miles away. But this website turned me on to Viagogo and I was able to secure a ticket. Getting to the stadium from my hotel was easy, the Gloucester tube station was a block from my hotel, change to the Central line at Notting Hill Gate, and get off at White City, then a short walk to the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I went to the club shop store to buy a few souvenirs, then walked around a bit to see the surroundings.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
I was somewhat familiar with the stadium from looking at the Loftus Road photos on this site, but it's one thing to look at a website and another thing to be there in person. I was located at the bottom of the upper level of the South Africa Road Stand. This stadium is quite different than our stadiums in the States: the close, covered stands give quite an intimate feel, it almost seems you are part of the game.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
After my visit to the store, I noticed a sign listing prohibited items. Big panic! I saw that cameras were not allowed. But I asked some of the staff on duty outside the stadium and was directed to an office where I could leave my camera until after the match. All the staff I encountered were very friendly and helpful. The game ended 0-0 after the R's missing a penalty and had an apparent goal disallowed, but I thought it was entertaining. The Rs are fighting to avoid relagation and for a while at least, West Ham was doing their best to send them down. But it seemed that in the later stages of the game, the Hammers were content with the one point, while the Rs fought to the final whistle.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:   
Getting out of the stadium was about what I would expect at the end of any sporting event. There was a good crowd outside, but the police had closed the street down and no problem getting back to the tube station. No crowd there, a train came a few minutes and I got on it right away. I was back at my hotel in a little over 30 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:    
I had a blast!

Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Premier League
Thursday, January 1st 2015, 3pm
Curtis Stephens (Swansea City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to visiting Loftus Road as it is one of the older grounds in the Premier League. However, I was put off a bit by having only a restricted view ticket and I wasn't sure how bad this might be.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took a National Express coach to Victoria as it worked out cheaper than the club travel. The journey was straight along the M4 into London. Then a short walk from the coach station to Victoria underground then taking 2 trains to Shepherds Bush. Finding the ground was easy enough. It is  located in a residential area, called Batman oddly enough.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I didn't have much contact with the home fans, as before the game I went into Central London for food and drink, before heading to the stadium. Generally the area around Loftus Road, looked good.   The home fans do seem to like a bit of 'Banter' but be wary what you say!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Now for the restricted view ticket. To be honest after taking my seat, I sat there wondering what the restricted view was, as the sight of the pitch that I had was fine. I was seated right next to a staircase with a barrier in front, so may be that was the restriction?. On the whole a good ground. Away fans had to walk up a small flight of stairs and along a long corridor to get into the away section.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Game finished 1-1 after Bony scored his last Swansea goal to cancel out Leroy Fer's early goal. Only a small section of the QPR fans actually sang, the rest just sat there. Toilets are just brick walls with facilities inside, understandable for an old ground. Didn't have food inside. Stewards relaxed, only time I saw a bit of bother was when a swans fan had an E-cig.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game there was only one exit, and it takes you out the opposite side of the stand to which you entered. The corridor with all the fans leaving at once seemed rather tight. On exiting the stadium it was an easy five minute walk to the White City tube.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a great ground, with plenty of nostalgia. 8/10. Please note that all away fans are searched on entry into Loftus Road.

Queens Park Rangers v Yeovil Town
Championship League
Saturday, March 15th 2014, 3pm
Will Date (Yeovil Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As a Yeovil fan, the QPR away fixture was always the one to look out for. It’s arguable to say that Yeovil were and still are one of the favourites to be relegated from the Championship this season, so these types of games don’t and probably won’t come around too often. It’s fantastic to think that Yeovil were a team competing in the Conference 10 years ago and now they’re playing in matches with QPR who were only in the Premier League last season.  Also, despite coming from near Yeovil, me and my family moved to North West London 2 years ago, and Loftus Road is the closest stadium to my house, so this match was very easy to travel to. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We used the tube to travel to the match. We got off at White City station which is on the Central Line of the underground. Even though I found out how to get to the stadium from the station beforehand, the ground was still signposted from the station exit. Also, there were many QPR fans getting off the tube at White City, so it was easy just to follow them.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Once at the ground, we stood outside for a little while and then headed straight for the entrances. However I noticed that there was one pub adjacent to the ground, however, it only hosted QPR fans. It didn’t look as though there were many pubs open to away fans in short proximity.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is quite small for the size of the club (capacity around 18,000) and the South Africa Road end is where most of both sets of fans congregated. Getting into the away end was slightly awkward as our seats were closer to the South Africa Road end; however we had to walk all the way round to the Ellerslie Road end to enter. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t let us get through the entrance next to the South Africa Road end, but it would’ve made sense for the entrance to be opened to the people for whom it was convenient for. The stewards were hot on the security checks. We found at the entrance lines of security stewards who scanned people and searched bags. Once admitted into the stadium, we were shown some steps to the concourse which was very narrow to say the least. Greeted by many Yeovil fans, it was difficult to get through the crowd of supporters due to the shortage of room in the concourse. Our tickets were then checked for the third time (yes, third time!) as we made our way to our seats.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

To be fair, taking away the positive optimism amongst the fans, we knew that this would be a very tough fixture, taking into account the league positions of the two teams. Despite QPR’s recent blip in form, this would be a fixture that they would be hoping to win if they were serious about their promotion ambitions. The game was fairly even really, but QPR took their chances when they came, hence the 3-0 score-line. I think Yeovil started the game the better side and made the Hoops and their fans nervous but we lacked that cutting edge. Once QPR got their first goal, thanks to a Ravel Morrison brace, we always knew it would be an uphill battle. We did hit the post early in the second half – and gave ourselves hope of getting back in the game – but a header from substitute Bobby Zamora and another strike from Ravel Morrison got QPR home and dry, the score probably flattered the hosts. The atmosphere was pretty poor if I must say. We Yeovil fans were fantastic and made noise throughout the game, even when we were 3-0 down! You could have heard a pin drop, the Rangers fans weren’t up for singing at all; you only heard them when they scored. One comical man sat in the South Africa Road end, was in full spirit making noises with instruments, and to be honest, Yeovil fans hurled banter-intended abuse in his direction! But once again, he was the only QPR fan making noise and took it on the chin. Even though there were many security checks, the stewards were very friendly and humorous, which is what you want when going to an away game. Food prices were quite costly at £2.20 per bottle of Coke – which is what you expect at football matches these days – and chocolate bars were £1.20! To be honest I didn’t pay much attention to the prices of other foods, but I heard from other fans that they weren’t too cheap.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The return of that narrow concourse was daunting. Trying to squeeze nearly 2,000 fans through it, into one exit was always going to be difficult. I suppose this was due to slowing down the flow of away fans on the street. The road towards White City station was closed which was good because it allowed more rooms for fans to walk, as the pavements were quite congested. Due to the famous Westfield Shopping Centre on the doorstep of the ground, we decided to pop in there for a look around, to avoid the rush of fans getting on the tube. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I thought that despite not getting the result that we quite wanted, the day was very good and a fun experience! As I said, it was a fixture I was very much looking forward to when the fixture list came out in June last year. The day did not disappoint, and the view from our seats was very clear. I shouldn’t think these teams will meet next season, as QPR have Premier League ambitions and Yeovil could possibly face relegation to League One. However, if Yeovil and QPR cross paths again, I will certainly make sure that we make it a day out again!

Queens Park Rangers v Charlton Athletic
Championship League Saturday, November 23rd 2013, 3pm
James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

QPR away was always going to be, for me anyway, one of the stand out away fixtures of the season. Apart from the obvious football related reason, a newly relegated Premier League team, London Derby, etc.. I used to live in the area near Loftus Road in my early twenties and occasionally would go to Loftus Road to support the home team. Strangely however I could never warm to QPR, even in a “second favourite” team kind of way, not sure why, I had been with Charlton before this and had seen QPR play at the Valley without any strong adverse feelings developing, they just weren’t Charlton I guess.   QPR is centrally placed in the London sprawl  so we elected to go on public transport, meeting my trusty companion Del Boy at Cannon Street  in the City of London at 12.30 accompanied, to ensure good behaviour, by our respective wives. This was the final reason for the anticipation of this fixture. QPR is very close to the massive Westfield Shopping Centre at White City, this close to Christmas it was their cup final, they don’t get out much. After a quick bite to eat and a pint in a city pub, it was on to the central line for the 11 stops to White City, 10 to Shepherds Bush for the girls.   I travel around London on public transport a lot for my work and have spent a fair bit of time in the Loftus road area in the last 10 months, so I am no stranger to the surrounding streets, although it’s a bit livelier on a match day. Everyone walked along, home and away fans, without any bother at all, just as it should be.   As I have been saying I know the area and the ground, but I have not been inside for over 25 years and I was eager to see if getting in was easy than it look and if, once in, was it as cramped as it looks.

Answers? No and Yes   Entry  procedure for away fans to the Loftus Road Stadium started with a short queue to show a valid ticket and bag search. Next we were then scanned with what I presume was a hand held metal detector. Then for good measure the more traditional frisk type search. Just as I thought I was going have the search hat trick the steward seemed to decide that I was not the security risk they thought I was, I turned to see Del Boy completing his hat trick, they clearly knew a risk when they saw one. Now I know QPR are majorly sponsored by Air Asia, but airport style security? If I had known I would have brought the passport.   Taking my tongue out of my check there was a serious side to all this, I think. Charlton fans in the last year have smuggled smoke bombs and flares into at least four away venues, if was the reason for this over the top security I applaud it, if this happens every week, it’s over the top, even if we, as Charlton fans deserve it. I must emphasize however we are a friendly bunch home and away, just a few idiots seem to a 1970’s type of addiction to flares???   Through the turnstiles and in. Everything that followed can be described in one word, cramped. A tight flight of stairs leads to a dark narrow concourse, we had a beer, bit pricey at £4.20, but served quickly and efficiently. Del boy disappeared to the loo and was gone ages, tells you all you need to know about these facilities. In these cold and dark metal clad surroundings the beer did not taste the best so we went in.    Thankfully we stood all through the game. We were given a mean 1800 tickets in the upper tier of the school end opposite the identical Loftus road end. There was barely room to stand, I don’t know how the QPR fans managed to sit down at the other end. They must be A) use to it B) Very small or C) very friendly with each other. Their close proximity to each other clearly prevents any sing or chanting because this only happened twice in 90 mins and one of those was when they stood to applaud Charlie Austin’s wonder goal mid-way through the first half. That was the highlight of an extremely dull game, dominated and won with easy, 1-0, by QPR, we were dreadful, they did what they had to. 

The stewarding was very hit and miss. They cleared the gangways of standers and showed them to their seats, a very difficult task in such tight confines, also an on-going job. As people left their seats to go to the loo etc many struggled to get back to their seats. Then there was the strange episode in the first half when for some reason they decided to take exception to a flag held up by some lads at the front. As far as I know this flag is a tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby murdered in the summer close to the Valley in Woolwich. May be not relevant to football, but it is not offensive either. The arrival on the scene of Police thankful introduced some sanity to the a situation which briefly look as if it might get out of hand.   Final whistle and we file out, all 1820 of us through one exit at one end of the concourse. I hope this was to control and slow the flow of away fans into the surrounding streets, I trust in an emergency this would not happen. If it did I seriously wonder how a safety certificate was obtained for this Stadium. Outside stewards helpfully direct away fans back to trains, coaches, etc, I would not advise driving to Loftus road. The Police presence outside was huge, but not in an intimidating way, as long as Charlton aren’t paying the bill I don’t care, keeps them in overtime.   From there it was round to Westfield, shoppers heaven, to meet the ladies at Shepherd’s Bush tube and a pleasant evening in Notting hill where we had a trip down memory lane. It was here I meet my wife 28 years ago. We starting going out after an afternoon watching the cup final, she had been shopping, we had a Curry and the magic flowed from there, guess where we had a Curry after the QPR match?

Queens Park Rangers v Swindon Town
Capital League Cup 1st Round
Tuesday, August 27th 2013, 7.45pm
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

The first away game I ever attended many years ago was in the league away at Loftus Road (a dismal defeat as I recall) so was looking forward to the opportunity of revisiting the ground and hopefully banishing those memories and booking a place in the third round of the league cup.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As usual took the train – up to Clapham Junction, then the overground to Shepherd’s Bush, only a few minutes walk from the ground. All without a hitch, one of the easier grounds to get to. Shepherd’s Bush is also well served by the tube system for those who needed it.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?  

Checked out the local O’Neills pub on Shepherds Bush Green and had a good chat with one of the doormen about previous encounters – the area has a great selection of pubs and eateries and there seemed to be a good atmosphere all round. No trouble from the locals as we walked en masse to the ground

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?  

It had been a long time since I’d been to Loftus Road, and given their increased fortunes of late, I thought some improvements may have been made to the ground. However, they do seem limited in what can be done with the site. Perfectly functional, and enclosed on all sides, the best thing about the stadium is how close you are to the action and the atmosphere that can be generated. Concourse not exactly spacious but more so than some grounds I’ve been to and perfectly adequate. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..  

There was a large away following and the stewards were out in force, moving people to their designated seats and away from the front couple of rows. However all were perfectly courteous and we were largely left alone once everyone was directed to where they were supposed to be.   The game itself – far better than I ever would’ve expected. The atmosphere from the home fans was fairly subdued, and I got the impression that the home team had bigger fish to fry than this competition. That said it certainly wasn’t an easy encounter and we were under pressure throughout. However the visitors held that off admirably and got an unexpected goal through Nile Ranger a few minutes before half time. We were in with a chance.     The second half as expected we were under pressure again, and I was convinced once QPR got an eventual equaliser they would go on to win the game. Wave after wave of attack from the home side proved fruitless however, and at the end of a full seven minutes of added time, a loose pass allowed Swindon’s Alex Pritchard in on goal, and a clinical finish put the game beyond doubt. Queue delirium from the visiting faithful. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:  

Many elected to stay in the ground for a few minutes singing, applauding the players off the pitch and generally revelling in the experience of a cup scalp, and by the time I’d left the streets were still packed with Swindon supporters. A fifteen minute walk back to Westfield and I was on the train home. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:  

Great day, a fairly unique stadium (certainly at this level) and a fantastic result which was to see us drawn against Chelsea in the next round. Would definitely return to Loftus Road should we cross paths again.

Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City
Premier League
Saturday, April 20th 2013, 3pm
By Philip Green (Stoke City fan)

I was really looking forward to going to this game for two reasons. Firstly, it was a ground that I hadn't been to before and I wanted to make sure I got there before QPR dropped out of the Premiership (although Stoke's recent form has made it a distinct possibility that we'll both be in the Championship next year!) Secondly, my neighbours are QPR season ticket holders and I wanted to see their team, as it was a club I had not seen home or away before. The reason for going became more pressing due to it being probably my last Stoke game of the season (and Premiership?) and the announcement during the previous week that Loftus Road would be replaced by a new stadium as soon as possible.  

My journey in was easy - I was dropped off at Perivale by my wife and travelled the four stops in on the Central Line to White City. I was surprised as to how few QPR fans were on the train, despite this being the local team (Premiership or otherwise) and it being reasonably close to kickoff. The walk from the station was well-signposted, but it takes you to the Main Stand of the ground, rather than where away fans were allowed in. This added another good few minutes on to the walk, as it meant going round the back of the school. I should have looked at my A-Z beforehand and found the shortcut to Ellerslie Road! I was surprised about how wide the road closures spread around the ground, and if being dropped off by car, you will not be able to get closer than the main road running past the BBC.  

Due to the time (and the walk taking far longer than the five minutes mentioned on this site!) I didn't have time to have any refreshments outside the ground. However, there were plenty of fans around outside enjoying the spring sunshine and the atmosphere was remarkably upbeat considering the perilous position that the home team was in. I couldn't work out whether the comment of "let's enjoy it while it lasts!" that I heard from a home fan was because of the weather or their team's stay in the Premiership.  

When going to a new ground, I really like to walk around the perimeter of the entire ground before going in. Unfortunately at QPR this isn't really beneficial as accesses to the various stands (other than the Main Stand) are through alleyways so you don't get a real impression of what the ground is like until you are in it. Away fans enter through a temporary cage where they are searched thoroughly, and this has the impact of making progress through turnstiles much more straightforward. Once I got in, I battled through the crowds on the concourse. Although the away end was not quite sold out, it was virtually impossible to battle through the crowds, so my advice would be to get there a bit earlier if you are in one of the furthest blocks from the turnstile (Y1, Y2 and Y3). I did, however manage to grab a coffee and Double Decker for the bargain (by London standards, anyway) price of £3. The catering offers looked pretty good in general and the staff were friendly.  

Once I had taken my seat, towards the back of the upper tier, I had a good look round the ground. It's very tidy, and makes for a good viewing experience as the tier was quite steep so I still felt pretty close to the pitch. From my seat in Y3, the only part of the pitch I couldn't see was the corner flag away to the right. The seats were incredibly cramped, though, and I am not surprised that everyone stands up in the away end as it would have been physically impossible for some of the Stoke fans to get in their seats! Stewards were absolutely fine about this - in fact, someone was standing next to me in the gangway and this wasn't even a problem. In fact, I don't think I have come across more accommodating and friendly staff at any other ground.  

The match itself had something of a cup-tie atmosphere from our perspective. I couldn't believe how quiet the home fans were and can't remember a single song they sang. Stoke fans were at their most voiciferous, even when it looked as though we might concede from one of the many free kicks on the edge of the area. The first half was entertaining though, but things really sprang to life when Stoke scored after a decent counter-attack just before half time. In the second half, we were almost completely dominant and it looked as though we might go on to win by more than the 2-0 final score. "We are staying up, we are staying up!" rang out from the away end at the final whistle.  

Getting out of the ground at the end was straightforward, and congestion outside the ground was eased by the early departure of many of the home fans. We were forced to onto South Africa Road, the opposite side of the ground from where we went in. There was no segregation whatsoever outside the ground, although there was a larger police presence than I think I have seen at a ground in London. Bizarrely, the Police stood in the middle of the road at 10-yard intervals almost all the way back to the station. There appeared to be some trouble outside White City, as several horses and a police van went up there ahead of me, but the atmosphere in the tube station was completely calm. It seemed to me that all fans were being directed onto the Central Line at White City, although this might have been to segregate fans away from those coming back from Craven Cottage on the Hammersmith and City Line. I caught the first tube back with no problem. and was back home in Potters Bar by 7pm.  

Overall, this was another great day out, aided of course by the result. I am glad to have gone, as it might be the last opportunity to go to Loftus Road to see my team play. I would be sorry to see QPR move to an identikit stadium away from their heartland, but the ground is really unsuitable for Premiership football.

Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes Dons
FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday, January 26th 2013, 3pm
By David Drysdale (MK Dons fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to visiting Loftus Road as I had heard the stadium was unique in that it was very compact and close to the pitch and was one of the few real 'old school' stadiums still left in top flight football. I was however a bit apprehensive as our away ('School') end tickets were sold as 'restricted view' and we didn't know exactly what that would involve.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Getting to the ground was easy as I lived nearby in Paddington so a quick journey on the Circle line to White City. The ground was a five minute walk away and was easy to find from the tube station. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We didn't have time to enjoy any of the local pubs however there are quite a few. The pub nearest the ground which is almost part of the stadium (I forget it's name) is home fans only. A lot of fellow away supporters headed to the Walkabout nearby. Instead we had a couple of beers inside the stadium in the away end.

The home fans were very friendly and helpful and even pointed us in the right direction when we missed the turning for the School End road. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground itself isn't anything special and pretty standard fare. It's probably not quite good enough to be a Premiership ground. The restricted view we found was fine and was not restricted at all. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was superb as an MK Dons fan. We were clinical and were definately the better team on the day outclassing a poor QPR side and were 0-4 up with over 10 minutes left. They pulled two back late on but it was too late. The home support was TERRIBLE, genuinely the worst home support I've witnessed at a game. There must have been twice as many home supporters. We brought over 3,000 and outsung them the whole game.

The food and beers were standard football fare and reasonably priced. The toilets were clean however there were no sinks in the away ones we visited. The stewards were friendly and unobtrusive.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was smooth and there were no real hold ups. There was a bit of trouble between QPR fans but it seemed to be in house and the police dealt with it swiftly.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all, it was a very enjoyable outing (partly due to the result). A friendly ground and a group of fans. The stadium is unique and you are close to the action. I would like to return but with a bit more of an atmosphere from the home supporters.

Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 3.15pm
By Jack Tomlinson (West Bromwich Albion fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I was a bit a apprehensive on visiting Loftus Road as the only tickets I could get hold of were Restricted View but from reading other reviews, I was looking forward to being close to the action at this supposedly intimate ground.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

What a nightmare! Travelling from East to West London on Boxing Day when there is a tube strike is something that I’ll never do again. It took 2 Hours 15 mins on multiple crowded buses to reach Shepherds Bush from Kings Cross St Pancras. I can imagine that the journey would be a lot easier on any other day. On arrival at Shepherds Bush, the ground is only a 10 minute walk away. It’s all sign-posted and easy to find

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Despite taking so long to get across London, we still had over an hour to kill and were delighted to come across the many pubs/bars/fast food restaurants on Uxbridge road. After a couple of pints with both Albion and QPR fans (seemed a friendly bunch) we continued on to Loftus Road

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

Small, compact and very close to the match. The restricted view seats we had in the Upper Tier of the School End (Section Y5) were excellent. I can only imagine that they’re deemed restricted view because if you were to sit down, you’d be unable see the nearest corner flag to our right…but like most away days, we stood the entire game which the stewards were entirely relaxed about. The rest of the stadium is pretty compact. I’ve been to no other ground similar.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was a little subdued. The game was a sell-out on both clubs websites and in the press but I noticed a few empty seats around the ground including the Albion end. I imagine this is largely due to the travel chaos in and around London on Boxing Day. The atmosphere really lifted once a few big challenges were made and West Brom scored two goals. Loftus Road was unusually quiet even after QPR scored. The home fans only really made any noise in the final 10mins of the game when they were pushing for an equaliser.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Very prompt and we weren’t escorted away…not that we needed to be. Boxing Day football is very much a family occasion.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

FINALLY, the Albion win in London! A Great day out in the Capital and our Restricted View seats were terrific. Don’t be put off.

Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Premier League
Saturday, August 18th 2012, 3pm
Joshua Kazim (Swansea City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to visiting Loftus Road mainly because it was my first visit to the stadium and its one of the older stadiums in the league.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled with official club travel. It was a fairly simple journey down the M4 which took just over three hours, it took a while to find the ground after getting into London and it wasn't easy to spot as it is hidden between rows of housing and flats.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

The coach dropped all the Swansea fans outside the away friendly pubs, such as ‘The Walkabout’ which is about 10 minutes walk from the ground. Before the game there was no trouble with the home fans and they seemed friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Although being small, I was quite impressed by the outside of Loftus Road as I was not expecting much after seeing photos of the ground, although then being situated in the upper tier we had to walk around the stadium to get to our turnstile. The inside of the ground is not the most impressive, or to tell the truth probably the least of the grounds I’ve visited although even from the upper tier you are very close to the pitch which leads to a very good atmosphere.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

With Swansea being a changed team from last year, I was not sure what to expect, although the first half was even we took an early lead. We then hit the bar twice before going in 1-0 up at half time. In the second half QPR came at us, and we scored a further 4 goals to win the match 5-0. The atmosphere was good from the home fans and 2,400 travelling Jacks at the start, but the QPR fans seemed to die down after we went 1-0 up. The stewards were very friendly and had no problem with us standing. In the ground was slightly overpriced, but what football stadium isn’t? With Loftus road being an old ground the facilities were not great, but there was nothing majorly bad.  

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game, well having lost 5-0 some of the the QPR fans had left early. There were some unpleasant exchanges between supporters outside the Springbok pub, as the Swansea fans made their way back to the waiting coaches and for a short while the police seemed to struggle to handle the situation. But we managed to get back okay.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Altogether a very enjoyable day out and it is a must if you are a fan of older stadiums.

Queens Park Rangers v Fulham
Premier League
Saturday, February 25th 2012, 3pm
By Tom Fry (Fulham fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

This was a big game for Fulham and the fact that we had sold out the away end (which rarely happens with Fulham) meant for a quality atmosphere. Even though Fulham had played at Loftus Road for a season, I had never been, and having heard some good and bad things about the ground I was intrigued to find out for myself.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Very easy. I went for the overground method and got off at Shepherds Bush station having changed at Clapham Junction. A short walk up Uxbridge Road, and the ground is signposted in big letters to turn on to Loftus Road. The Police on the road were then directing away fans to the upper and lower’s tier of the School End.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As I was running late I didn’t get a chance to stop off to sample the local pubs or anything, so stopped off at a Greggs and picked up a quick sausage roll and a cup of coffee. Uxbridge Road is full of restaurants and pubs so there are ample places for fans to congregate before the game.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

First impressions on entering the away end were skeptical. There seemed to be a temporary cage set up, where stewards were searching every fan as they came in, before letting them down a narrow walkway towards the turnstiles. I don’t know if this was because it was a local derby or if this is standard practice? The turnstiles were electronic barcode scanners as is in most grounds now, before you walking up a set of steps into the narrowest concourse I have ever seen. Nowhere near enough for 1,500 people. Luckily I was in block Y6 nearest to entrance so scooted straight up and took my seat, second to back row of the upper tier. 

I had bought myself a restricted view ticket to save myself a bit of money, and having read other fans opinions on the views on the web thought I had made a mistake. However the view was brilliant. All I really couldn’t see was the end of the goal net of the goal nearest to the School End. Fulham fans to my right of me in the ‘wings’ area of the stand seemed very disgruntled about their view though.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was always going to be a tasty and competitive for a few reasons. Firstly it was a local derby, and Fulham had beat QPR 6-0 earlier in a season. The ‘relationship’ between the clubs always wasn’t helped by Mark Hughes joining QPR talking about ambition, and Bobby Zamora swapping white for blue & white just a few weeks earlier.

We started the game on fire. Andy Johnson having a goal disallowed within 90 seconds, before Russian marvel Pogrebnyak sent the away end into delirium after 6 minutes. Fulham bossed the first-half, with QPR also seeing new signing Diakite sent-off before the break after committing a series of stupid challenges.

The Fulham fans were in great voice all game, mainly with songs having a dig at Hughes, Zamora and QPR’s ambition. I was very shocked at QPR’s atmosphere at home, with it being such a tight ground, I’d have expected 15,000 supporters being able to make a racket easily, however that never seemed to come. Fulham had their backs against the wall all second-half, and after a few scares came away unscathed and with a big 1-0 win over our local rivals.

The stewards at the ground seemed very easy going with fans standing and no one was kicked out as far as I could see. The one thing they didn’t take too kindly too were two banners brought in by fans slating Mark Hughes and goading QPR for the 6-0 score earlier in the season.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was as easy and getting there. It takes a while for the fans to filter out from the away end due to stewards only letting fans out from one side of the stand due to safety reasons, however after another short walk down Uxbridge Road trying to avoid some of the trouble Fulham and QPR’s younger ‘fans’ were trying to start, I was back and Shepherds Bush and into Clapham Junction within 15 minutes.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out made by the atmosphere of the away support and overall result. Part of me hopes QPR do stay up this season so there is another local derby to go to next season, as it seemed to be one that every Fulham supporter on the day enjoyed. The ground itself wasn’t as bad I had thought it would be too, and if QPR do stay up, I will definitely be visiting again next season.

Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City
Premier League
Monday, January 2nd 2012, 3pm
By Mark Knowles (Norwich City fan)

QPR and Norwich had a good rivalry last season and came up to the Premier League together so I was looking forward to a competitive encounter to round out the Christmas holidays. Having beaten QPR 2-1 at Carrow Road back in November there was also the prospect of the first “double” of the season for City. As I’ve previously visited all the “big” London clubs (with their modern stadia and megastores) I was also looking forward to something a bit different in the capital.

We parked at Cockfosters tube station (Piccadilly line) as it’s just off the M25, usually has plenty of spaces and is reasonably priced (only £1.50 for the day as it was a bank holiday). From here it took just under an hour to cross town out to Shepherds Bush (Central line). We would have preferred to get the train all the way, but engineering work on the Norwich to London line meant this would have taken a lot longer and involved the dreaded rail replacement bus service.

On arriving we had a wander along the cosmopolitan Uxbridge road and eventually found somewhere to eat – there’s loads of choice so you can afford to keep walking until you find something you fancy. There were also plenty of restaurants along the south side of the huge Westfield shopping centre just north of Shepherds Bush station. 

The ground itself is tucked in between residential streets so we couldn’t really see the away end until we were in it. There were no turnstiles as such – we were searched and had our tickets checked in a fenced off area off the street before entering the ground proper through an alleyway.

Once inside, the ground had a fairly retro feel and is getting a bit tatty, but the low roof and proximity to the pitch made for a good atmosphere in the away end, as well as giving us an excuse to sing “My garden shed is bigger than this”. Our seats were in the very back row of the upper tier, but still felt close to the action – the only downside was an obscured view of the left corner flag. The leg room was also fairly limited but this wasn’t too much of a problem as the stewards were happy to let us stand more or less throughout.

When the action got underway, the first half turned out to be an untidy affair. QPR went ahead slightly against the run of play, but the turning point was a red card for everyone’s favourite Twitterer, Joey Barton. Obviously we took great pleasure in saying goodbye to him, almost as much as when we equalised shortly afterwards.

The concourse was very cramped indeed so we didn’t bother with refreshments at the break, but the prices and selection seemed fairly standard. One thing that did raise a chuckle was the half-time entertainment – instead of the more usual crossbar challenge, competitors had to make themselves dizzy by running round a post on the halfway line ten times, then try to stay upright as they sprinted to the box and tried to beat the keeper. Unsurprisingly there was some very wobbly running involved!

In the second half, Norwich took control but weren’t able to create clear chances, while QPR still threatened on the break. The deadlock was eventually broken when Norwich switched to three at the back, allowing them to overload the wide areas – as the crosses flew over Steve Morison grabbed the winner with less than ten minutes left, giving us our first Premier League “double”.

After the final whistle the narrow concourses and a one-way exit system meant it took a while to get out of the ground, but after that it was an easy walk back to the tube stations. We headed slightly further down the road to Wood Lane (Hammersmith & City) and to our surprise the  platform was almost empty, so we had a very easy journey back to the car.

Overall Loftus Road is fairly easy to get to and from, so makes a good away trip. For most supporters it should be straightforward to reach entirely by public transport if you’d like to enjoy a drink or two (we would have done this if it wasn’t for engineering work). While it’s perfectly comfortable for watching the game, the ground itself doesn’t have particularly great facilities; however, the excellent range of eating and drinking options nearby more than makes up for this.

Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa  
Premier League
Sunday, September 25th 2011, 4pm
By Ben Taylor (Aston Villa fan)

I always look forward to away days with the Villa, particularly in London, and more so on this occasion being Loftus Road is one ground I have not visited for a first team game; during my days working for a League Two Club we did play a reserve match at Loftus Road about 4/5 years ago, but in front of four empty stands!

My friend and I are Brighton based season ticket holders at Villa, with that said QPR away is as near to a ‘home’ game as we can get. I hardly ever drive to away games, so it was Brighton to Victoria on the train, underground to Hammersmith and change for Shepherds Bush Market, then to the front door of the Walkabout pub. It took in total about an hour and a half. Happy days! 

After a pint and some pub food outside Victoria Station, I knew Shepherd’s Bush Green was the place for us thanks to this site. We arrived at Shepherds Bush Market around 1pm and we were walking into the Walkabout just three minutes later, very easy to find. The place was packed already full of Villa fans who were in good voice, and a bonus for me being the Formula 1 was showing on what I can only describe as the biggest screen I have seen in my life!

We staggered out of there about 3.45pm and followed the crowds on the ten minute walk to the ground, again it was very easy to find. I think in terms of walking distance from the station to a drinking venue and onwards to the ground, Loftus Road is one of the shortest and easiest walks I have experienced on away days. 

I was a bit confused though with the large amount of Police on duty around the ground either side of the match; they were everywhere, but as far as I know there has never been any trouble between the two sets of fans and there was certainly no trouble in the air on this occasion. I have seen far less Police at Villa Park where we on average attract double the size of crowd than at QPR; a complete waste of Police resources in my opinion. 

On first sight of the Ellerslie Road Stand and School End I was wondering whether I was walking into a Premier League ground or an old rusty industrial unit. The concourse areas are extremely tight at Loftus Road. At half-time it was a complete nightmare, we came down five minutes before half-time and we could barely squeeze into the toilets and there was no chance of queuing for food. I do wonder how a place like that has a health and safety certificate, £45 a ticket for facilities like that is a joke! There’s more room in a baked bean can! 

Villa fans were housed in the upper tier of the School End, which gives you a great view of the action, and the roof is quite low so a great noise can be generated. The rows and seats are quite tight, but a part of me does like Loftus Road; it’s small but it has its own character and history. 

With their recent promotion to the Premier League, takeover of the Club and a number of exciting signings, I was expecting the home fans to be in great voice for this game but I was quite disappointed to be honest. The section of the Ellerslie Road Stand nearest to the Villa fans made some noise but even they were more interested with what the Villa fans were up to and  reacting to that. 

As for match itself a lot of Villa fans, including myself, came into it dreading the worst. We were unbeaten in the League, but there had been too many draws and the football had been poor and negative. While on the other hand QPR were coming off an impressive 3-0 victory over Wolves and fielded the likes of Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips who were just two among Rangers’ recent signing spree. 

The first-half saw a terrible performance from Villa; one of the most disappointing and negative performances I have seen from a Villa side. QPR fans broke into a ‘boring, boring Villa’ chant at one point which was clapped by the Villa fans! However, despite striking the post once QPR failed to really test Shay Given and we escaped to half-time still at 0-0. 

Second-half was a complete u-turn in performance from the Villa; our performance had 100% more effort and we appeared to easily push Rangers on the back foot. Villa took a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot via Barry Bannan on 58 minutes; “1-0 to the boring team” was soon rattling out of the Villa end. While luck was with us for two Alan Hutton handballs which the referee adjudged to be accidental or simply did not see, luck deserted Villa in stoppage time when a Stephen Warnock clearance cannoned off Richard Dunne and into the net; 1-1 it finished and probably about the right outcome. 

I think the ticket prices and facilities would put me off going back to the Loftus Road anytime soon but it was an enjoyable day and would recommend visiting to anyone as a one-off if you have not seen your team at QPR already.

* The Club also played at the White City Stadium from 1931-33 & 1962-63.

Updated 23rd July 2015

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