Peterborough United

ABAX Stadium

Capacity: 14,319
Address: London Rd, Peterborough, PE2 8AL
Telephone: 01733 563 947
Fax: 01733 344 140
Ticket Office: 01733 865 674
Pitch Size: 112 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: The Posh
Year Ground Opened: 1934*
Shirt Sponsors: Mick George
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Blue & White
Away Kit: All Black

ABAX Stadium
ABAX Stadium
Motorpoint Stand
Motorpoint Stand
Looking Towards The London Road Terrace
Looking Towards The London Road Terrace
Main Stand
Main Stand
Looking Towards The Motorpoint Stand
Looking Towards The Motorpoint Stand
Norwich and Peterborough Stand
Norwich and Peterborough Stand
Main Stand and London Road Terrace
Main Stand and London Road Terrace
London Road Terrace
London Road Terrace

On one side of the ground is the Norwich & Peterborough South Stand, which was opened in 1996 and replaced a former open terrace. Encased in supporting tubular steelwork, the 5,000 capacity stand is an impressive sight. The two tiered stand, is covered and all seated. There is also a row of executive boxes running across its middle. The other side, the Main Stand, is a much older stand, being first opened in 1957. It is two tiered, covered stand and is all seated. At one end is the London Road Terrace. This covered terrace has a bright white roof and is a classic looking old stand, having its roof put in place in the early 1950's. As to be expected from a terrace of such vintage it does have a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it, which could impede your view of the game. Opposite at the Moy's End, is a new all seater stand that was opened in November 2014. It is a single tiered all seated stand that has a capacity of 2,500. This covered stand replaced a covered terrace that was very similar in appearance to the London Road End. It has been named the Motorpoint Stand in a corporate sponsorship deal. In one corner of the ground between the South Stand and the London Road Terrace, is a Police Control Box, whilst on the other corner is a tall, old fashioned floodlight pylon. The ground had a set of four at one time, but three have been taken down as the London Road ground has been redeveloped.

It November 2014 the stadium was renamed the ABAX Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. ABAX who are a Norwegian firm, manage car fleets for companies. They have agreed to a five year sponsorship.

Although the new Moy's End stand is now open, the Club have decided to continue housing away fans in part of the Main Stand (towards the Moy's End) where just over 1,800 fans can be seated. The view from this stand is quite good, although the facilities inside (such as the refreshment area and toilets) are on the small side and are quite basic. In the upper part of the stand the seating is wooden, giving an indication of the age of the stand. 

Food available inside the ground includes the standard fayre of; Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Burgers (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.50), Various Pies including Chicken Balti, Steak and Cheese & Onion (£3.10), Pasties (£3.10) and Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£3.10). On the whole on each of my visits, I have found Peterborough to be a good and fairly relaxed day out, with some good pubs in the locality too.

Andrew Bartlett a visiting Southampton fan adds; 'Away fans sitting in Block A of the Main Stand, should be made aware that the leg room is quite tight. Otherwise a very pleasant old fashioned ground with welcoming stewards.' Please note that the seating area is situated at the opposite end of the ground to the main London Road. 

There are a number of good pubs in the centre of Peterborough. Most have doormen present on matchdays, but seem happy enough to admit away fans. The Cherry Tree pub on Oundle Road is popular with both home and away supporters. It is about a 15 minute walk away from the visitors turnstiles. It is a friendly pub that is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and also offers a range of reasonably priced matchday food, such Chilli & Chips, Curry & Chips, Burgers etc.. which are served from a separate area to the rear of the pub. You can also park in their car park at a cost of £2.50 per car and £5 per minibus.

Alun Thomas a visiting Wrexham supporter adds; 'We found a better bet than the Cherry Tree was the Palmerston Arms. It is away fan friendly and has around 10 real ales on on offer. This pub is situated around 100 yards further along Oundle Road on the opposite side'. This pub is owned by Batemans Brewery and serves a number of their own ales, as well as additional guest ales. It is a strange pub, in so much that apart from one real ale on handpump, the rest of the ales are dispensed straight from the barrels in the cellar, which can be viewed through a glass window behind the bar. Please note that the pub doesn't stock the likes of Guinness, Carling etc... The pub also doesn't serve food, but doesn't object to customers bringing in their own. Handily located between the Cherry Tree and Palmerston Arms is the Harbour City fish and chip shop. Please note though that it closes at 2pm on Saturdays.

Whilst Gordon Pearson recommends the Peacock, which can be found 'as you come over the River Nene, proceed down London Road past the ground on the left and the pub is situated on the right at the traffic lights next to a KFC drive through'.

Near to the ground is Charters, which is certainly worth a visit and is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. This former Dutch barge, is moored on the River Nene, just a few minutes walk away from London Road, on the left hand side of the bridge, going towards the city centre. Upstairs is a Chinese restaurant, but downstairs there is a bar, which had on my last visit 12 real ales on tap. It was friendly enough and fans were able to take their drinks out onto the river bank, which makes it quite pleasant, when the weather is good. Alternatively, the ground is in walking distance (10 minutes) of the city centre (which is very pleasant and complete with a cathedral) where there are plenty of good pubs to be found. If you are arriving by train then the Brewery Tap near to the station on Westgate, is worth a visit. The home of Oakham Ales, this spacious bar serves good beer, Thai food and allows you views into the brewery itself. Pete Cluderay informs me; 'I discovered an excellent pub just up the road from the Brewery Tap called the Wortley Almshouses which is housed within quite an old building. It serves reasonable priced beers by Sam Smiths as well as food.' 

Please note that alcohol is not made available to away supporters inside the stadium.

The ground is located on the outskirts of the city centre, on the A15 London Road. The ground is fairly well signposted around the city centre.

From the North/West:

Drive into the city centre, follow signs for Whittlesey (A605) which will lead you to the London Road. The new stand is quite visible from some distance away, so keep a lookout.

From the South:

Leave the A1 at the junction with the A15. Take the A15 towards Peterborough, you will eventually come to the ground on your right.

There is no parking available to visiting supporters at the ground. There is a council pay & display car park just off London Road (turn right at the traffic lights after crossing the bridge over the River Nene, from the city centre and it is immediately on the right). This costs £3 to park there for the day. As mentioned above there is a fair sized car park at the Cherry Tree pub on Oundle Road (A605). Otherwise there is street parking to be found on side streets further up Oundle Road (going away from London Road). Please though check for any parking restriction signs on lamp posts, as the side streets nearest to the ground operate a residents only parking scheme.

Post Code for SAT NAV: PE2 8AL

Peterborough station is around a mile away from the ground. Turn right out of station and follow the main road, passing an Asda store on your right. At the traffic lights near to the Rivergate Shopping Centre, turn right. Go over the bridge and you can see the floodlights of London Road, over on your left. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the station to the ground. Thanks to Andrew Dodd for providing the directions.

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Home Fans*
South (Family) Stand:
Adults £23, Over 60's/Under 22's £14, Under 18's £5, Under 10's Free**  Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Under 16's) £46
Main (North) Stand Seating:
Adults £23, Over 60's/Under 22's £14, Under 18's £10 
Motorpoint Stand:
Adults £20, Over 60's/Under 22's £13, Under 18's £5
London Road Terrace:
Adults £18, Over 60's/Under 22's £12, Under 18's £8

Away Fans*
Main (North) Stand A Wing Seating: Adults £23, Over 60's/Under 22's £14, Under 18's £10.

* The prices shown above are for tickets bought in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £3 more.

** Under 10's must be accompanied by an adult (over 18). Maximum of three Under 10's per adult. 

 

Official Programme £3
Blue Moon Fanzine £2

Cambridge United and Northampton Town.

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

Record Attendance

30,096 v Swansea City, FA Cup 5th Round, February 20th, 1965.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 6,227 (League One)
2013-2014: 6,340 (League One)
2012-2013: 8,215 (Championship League) 

Peterborough is famous for its Cathedral, which is right in the centre of the city. It is impressive both outside and in, with visitors welcome. You can of course at the same time, say a quick prayer for your team....

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Peterborough United v Stevenage
League One
Saturday, November 23rd 2013, 3pm
Dan Cope (Stevenage fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
As a Stevenage fan, when the fixtures came out, the first match I looked for was away at Peterborough. I was thoroughly looking forward to this game as it was the closest thing to a derby we have in this league, and a chance to tick another ground off the list.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I jumped on the train at Stevenage which went direct to Peterborough. The train passed the ground before we arrived at the station so it was easy to figure out which direction to go. We turned right out of the train station, walked through the town center and the floodlights were easily visible so we just headed in that direction.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
My friend and i went to a pub called "The Office" which was about 10 minutes away from the ground, we had a couple of drinks and watched a thrilling Merseyside derby!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
My first impression on the ground was how old it looked from the outside. The away section in the Main Stand had a very low roof and a pillar which slightly obstructed our view. The ground had two large terraces, one of which is normally used by away fans, however I believe this is going to be demolished soon. The stand opposite us had two tiers and looked very modern compared to the rest of the ground.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The only goal game from a 20 yard curler from Lucas Akins in the 20th minute, there were also 9 yellow cards and 1 red card in the worst refereed match i have ever seen. As expected, the 600+ Stevenage fans generated a fantastic atmosphere and really got behind the team. Sadly there was not much banter with the Posh fans, we didn't hear a peep out of them all game. The snack bar was tiny and did not serve burgers so I settled for an overpriced, dry, sausage roll. The toilets too were in a tiny shed like room.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game it was a simple walk through town back to the train station.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I thoroughly enjoyed my day, and 95% of that was due to the result and an entertaining game and it's another stadium I can tick off my list :)

Peterborough United v Preston North End
League One
Saturday, October 5th 2013, 3pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)

A fixture that for fans such as myself living exiled in the south-east stands out as a "must do" had extra spice in so far as the host club were now being managed once again by the son of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson after his not exactly successful stint at the helm of the Lilywhites. Also a plus point for me is that it stands out as one that begs to be done by public transport as the ground sits so close to the first major station that the express trains out of Kings Cross use, therefore some-one else can doe the "driving" for a change and I can enjoy a beer or two !

As my colleague and I wandered up to take our train out of Kings Cross I had a very excited anticipation of the fayre on offer with Peterborough unbeaten at home, second in the table, with Preston similarly unbeaten away and also flying high in the table, it had all the trappings of a great afternoon in prospect.

As we arrived in Peterborough in good time, we meandered through the city centre taking in the sights of this historic looking place complete with its Cathedral. Gradually, once we'd taken in some food, our feet plodded over the River Nene and the Cambridge to Peterborough railway line, from which vantage point one can just glimpse the start of the preserved Nene Valley railway before we decided to refresh our thirsty souls with some beers in "The Peacock" across from the ground. The pub also welcomes cars for a small fee on matchdays.

On a previous visit I had found doormen at said pub extremely reluctant to let away fans in, but this time we were made most welcome, and as the weather was dry and mild enough we took our beers out in the open area behind the pub to have a crafty smoke as we supped and engaged in discussion with some of the friendly home supporters about the world of football.

As kick-off approached we entered the ground and took our pick of seats still available in the section allocated to away fans. The matchday program interestingly documented that imminent demolition of the Moys Terrace was due to start with contracts being signed and there was a computer generated image of how the new stand will look.

The stand , whilst clearly old, is adequate and the roof allows the travelling support to raise as good an atmosphere as used to be generated under the roof of the Moys Terrace.

The match was a cracker, and although two soft-ish goals conceded during the first half gave Peterborough a commanding position, it was pleasing to see that they continued to make a game of it, pushing hungrily for more goals. In the second half, Preston seemed more assertive and could not be faulted for effort and endeavour rattling the woodwork on no less than 3 occasions with the home keeper seemingly beaten, although the home fans would no doubt counter with a goal of their own that was disallowed. Neither side let up until the referee blew for full time, so although slightly disappointed to lose, one felt more than satisfactorily entertained after 90 minutes of good entertaining football from two good teams.

Hence we returned towards the railway station, and to London where it seemed rude not to pay a visit to the most excellent bar above the station for a few more cheeky beers where we chanced upon a Coventry City supporter similarly exiled as myself who was equally happy to consume liquers as we put the world of football to rights . . . . .

A most pleasant and enjoyable day.

Peterborough United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday September 22nd 2012, 3pm
Thomas Sperrink (Wolves fan)

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

I was really looking forward to visiting Peterborough as I knew quite a few Wolves fans would be travelling and I expected a good atmosphere as most Wolves fans would be housed in the standing terrace.

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

It was a really easy drive from Birmingham up the M6/A14/A605 and then we managed to find some free street parking off Oundle Road about 5-10 minutes walk from the ground.

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

We visited the Palmerston Arms for a pint as the landlord had posted on a Wolves message board that we would be welcome there (which I thought was a very nice touch as he also left his phone number should fans require parking).  It was a great little pub with all the ales poured straight from the barrels which are housed behind the bar the other side of a glass window.  The service was very quick and the beer was excellent.  The home supporters were very friendly and although my father and I were happy to chat between ourselves I did notice a few conversations between opposing fans.

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

We walked down to the ground and it was easy access to the away stands.  We chose to buy our tickets in the seated area adjacent to the pitch while the majority of away support was housed in the standing terrace to our left behind the goal.  The stand we were in was pretty dated with wooden seats and with standing areas behind each goal only the stand opposite us looked like it had been recently built. There were some supporting pillars in front of us but they didn’t block our view particularly badly.

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

We both grabbed a balti pie and a Bovril before the game which were the best I’ve had in a couple of seasons, however we bought ours 20 minutes before kick off and they were the last 2 so I would suggest they probably do not stock enough for a larger away following.  There are a couple toilets in the seated stand and the half time entertain was quite funny with the mascots having a running and throwing competition.

The game itself was utterly dominated by Wolves who scored a penalty mid way through the first half and added a second late in the second half but rarely looked troubled by a fairly toothless Peterborough side.  The atmosphere was pretty good, although some moronic Wolves fans threw a couple of flares onto the pitch after we scored and despite a steward being about 3 foot away it was left to the goalkeeper to remove this from the field of play.  In their defence the stewards in my stand were fine and created a relaxed atmosphere.  The Peterborough fans did seem to rouse themselves in the second half when their side showed a bit more bite but in the end the timing of the goals kept the Wolves fans on top.

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

Getting away was easy enough, we walked back to the car and the traffic was a little heavy but not too bad.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would definitely recommend a trip to Peterborough as the ground was a blast from the past and created a good atmosphere.  I think the ground will probably change in the coming years so I would recommend getting a trip to London Road before it changes too much.

Peterborough United v Watford
Championship League
Saturday April 21st 2012, 3pm
Joe Cummins (Watford fan)

I was really looking forward to the match because London Road is essentially the only ground with terracing I'd be able to travel to with Watford for some time. It was slightly disappointing however because if Watford had previously won a few more games, then this could have sent us to the play-off's as it was the second last game of the season. I was still looking forward to it however as I knew it would be a fun day out.

Getting to the ground was relatively easy as it was a straight road from the A1 all the way to London Road. We parked about 10 minutes away from the ground as we wanted to avoid post-match congestion. The station wasn't far away either so coming by train wouldn't be too much hassle. The ground is quite visible because of its large floodlights.

Upon leaving the car park, we crossed under a small subway onto a main High Street. There were various places to eat and drink there but there wasn't really the kind of pub me and my Dad were looking for. We crossed a bridge just off of the High Street and found this nice place with an outside seating area and a drinks kiosk. There were many Peterborough and Watford fans there so it made for a nice atmosphere before the game.

When I first arrived at the ground, I was quite impressed by the Norwich and Peterborough South Stand that was relatively big and had two tiers. The two ends were terracing of course and the low roof made for some nice acoustics inside. The Main Stand wasn't as impressive, but it housed 800 seats for away fans, if you didn't fancy standing.

The game was probably the best away atmosphere you could get at an away game this season. The low roof over the away terrace makes every song sound really loud and all away fans would probably be impressed by the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the home fans were some of the quietest bunch i've ever seen and there were a few " Library..." chants coming from us! The only time I heard them was when they scored.

The stewards were generally rather laid back and only really had to react when loads of Watford fans came to the front when we scored. The hospitality in the terracing was quite poor to be honest. There was one serving hatch that served all the general stuff as well as some pies, however since it was the only one it was always packed. There was also only one ladies/gents toilet, this caused queues and was very inconvenient. 

The game itself was quite exciting resulting in a 2-2 draw. The home side took the lead early on through a penalty. Before Watford bounced back when the Peterborough keeper failed to clear his lines. Watford then took the lead when Sean Murray netted an excellent direct free kick. However Peterborough levelled the game when Davis knocked in a rebound from outside the box. The game was good to watch with both teams playing relatively well.

Getting away was pretty easy, you just had to walk across a dirt path until you reach the main road again. There didn't seem to be an awful lot of Police presence around the ground. However once we reached the car there was a lot of traffic getting out of the central area. The way back to the A1 was relatively easy as London Road joins onto the junction on the A1.

Overall I was rather impressed by the day out, the terracing was a laugh as I hadn't really been on one before. The game itself was quite good, even if we were only 14th by the end. I would recommend it to families and men alike because of the fact there is both terracing and seating for away fans. The ground is also not far from the centre of town so you can do a bit before the game as well.

* Although the ground was opened in 1934 there is evidence to suggest that football was played on the same area from the 1890's.

Updated 29th July 2015

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