Barnet

Hive Stadium

Capacity: 5,233 (Seats 3.434)
Address: Camrose Avenue, Edgware, HA8 6AG
Telephone: 020 8381 3800
Pitch Size: To be advised
Club Nickname: Bees
Year Ground Opened: 2013
Shirt Sponsors: Toshiba
Home Kit: Black and Amber
Away Kit: Pink and White

Main (West) Stand
Main (West) Stand
East Stand
East Stand
South Terrace
South Terrace
North Terrace
North Terrace
External View
External View

After spending 106 years at their Underhill ground and being unable to renew its lease, the Club moved in 2013, to a new purpose stadium at the Hive Complex. The complex which is also home to the Club's training facility, is situated in Edgware, which is just under six miles away from Underhill. 

The stadium itself is located within a sizeable park/playing fields area, with a London Underground line running behind one side of the ground on a raised embankment. If walking down through the park towards the stadium from the direction of Canons Park station, then you can see the Arch over Wembley Stadium in the distance. 

On one side of the ground is the West Stand which is the largest at the ground and is of a reasonable size. It is a covered, all seated single tiered stand, that is free from supporting pillars. It houses just under 2,700 fans. Both ends are small identical terraces, which are only a few rows high and are roofed. On the remaining side is the East Stand. This is currently an ugly affair, as essentially it is an office building that has had its roof extended outwards towards the pitch, and then had four concrete rows of seats installed in front of it, leaving a large back wall exposed of the office building. The Club do have plans to clad the back wall with club colours and hopefully this will help improve its look. This area has 750 seats, some of which (in the wing area) are not under cover. Both sides of the stadium have small electronic scoreboards mounted at the back. The stadium is shared with London Broncos Rugby League team and on my visit you could still see an outline of the rugby pitch line markings. The stadium is completed with a set of odd looking floodlights. 

For some odd reason the teams emerge from near one corner of the stadium between the East and North Stands, to "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns and Roses, which is played over the rather loud public address system. Not that I am complaining, I am in fact a big fan of the former Guns and Roses lead guitarist Slash!

The Club have received planning permission to increase the capacity of the North Terrace to 1,930, more than doubling its existing size. The terrace will continue to be used for away fans. It is not clear yet when the necessary works will take place, but it is likely to be sooner rather than later.

For visiting teams with a sizeable following, then both the North Terrace at one end and a portion of the Main (West) Stand are allocated. The North Terrace has a capacity of 871 supporters, whilst up to a further 800 seats can be made available in the West Stand. For teams with a small following then just the seating area is provided, with the terrace remaining closed. The facilities within the stadium are excellent and the acoustics of the terrace good, meaning that a relative few number of fans can really make some noise. This is also helped by the fact that the terrace rows themselves, appear to be constructed of fairly lightweight metal, which inadvertently allows fans to bounce up and down on them. Add into this that the back of the stand is also made up of lightweight metal panels too, that some fans were banging against, then you can have a pretty noisy away terrace!

The terrace is located very close to the pitch. Leaning over from the front, I am sure you could touch the back of the goal nets!  The stewarding although vigilant was generally relaxed and friendly. I did notice that the most of the singing Barnet fans tended to be in the Main Stand, rather than in a more traditional 'home end', although a drummer was sporadically trying to get things going in the home terrace. 

Food on offer inside the stadium includes Pukka Pies; Steak (£3.50), Chicken & Mushroom (£3), Cheese & Onion slices (£2.80). Bacon Butties (£3), Sausage Butties (£3), Egg Butties (£3), Hamburgers (£3.60), Cheeseburgers (£4), Hot Dogs (£3.20) and Hot Dog with onions (£3.50).

Away supporters are treated to their own bar within the stadium, behind the Main Stand. This spacious well presented bar serves real ale in the form of Youngs Bitter (£3.60 a pint), has screens showing BT & Sky Sports and serves food such as chilli and rice. The bar is open throughout the game and for a short time after the final whistle. Other drinks available include; Estrella (£4), Becks Vier (£3.80), Stowford Cider (£3.80) and McEwans Bitter (£3.40). The only downside is that the beer is served in plastic glasses.

There is also the Hive Bar at the stadium but this is for home fans only. The nearest pub is Moranos on Station Road, only a short walk from Canons Park Underground Station (come out of the station, turn right and it is in the row of shops further down on the right). This Irish themed wine bar is quite comfortable and has a number of large screens showing the early kick off on BT Sport. It is then only around a 10 minute walk to the away turnstiles, cutting through the playing fields (see by Tube below).

Quite close to Kingsbury Tube Station there is a Wetherspoons pub called JJ Moons (which will be familiar to many who have travelled to Wembley Stadium which is not far away). If travelling on the Jubilee Line from Central London, then Kingsbury is only two stops before Canons Park. The address of the pub is 553 Kingsbury Road. Simply turn left out of the station and the pub is down on the left.

An alternative may be to park at Stanmore, where there are more pubs to be found including a Wetherspoons outlet called 'The Man in the Moon' on Buckingham Parade. You can then get the tube from Stanmore to go one stop to Canons Park.

Leave the M1 at Junction 4 and take the A41 towards Edgware. At the first roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A410 towards Harrow and Stanmore. At the next small roundabout turn left at the Esso Garage/McDonalds towards Edgware. After passing through a set of traffic lights with the Masons Arms on one corner and then a Peugeot Garage on the left then at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Camrose Avenue. The entrance to the stadium is down this road on the right.

There is a large car park at the stadium, with 350 spaces, costing £5 per car. However with only one exit available then expect some delays after the game on leaving the car park. Otherwise street parking. although no parking is available on Camrose Avenue itself. There are also 150 car parking spaces at 
Canons Park Tube Station which costs £2 all day on a Saturday. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: HA8 6AG

The nearest London Underground station is Canons Park which is on the Jubilee Line. It is around a ten minute walk away from the stadium. As you come out of the station turn left and at a convenient point crossover to the other side of the road. You will come to some metal railings where there is an entrance to some playing fields which you can walk through to the ground. This also brings you out at the North Terrace End of the stadium which is reserved for away fans.

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West & East Stands (Centre): Adults £23, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5
West & East Stands (Wings): Adults £20, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5 
South & North Terraces: Adults £17, Concessions £12, Under 16's £5

Concessions apply to those aged Over 64, Under 19 or Full Time Students who are Under 22. Those fans who are Club members can get discounts on these prices.

Barnet FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Enfield are the traditional rivals along with Stevenage.

Programme Price: £3.

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

Record Attendance

At The Hive: 5,233 v Gateshead Conference Premier League, April 25th, 2015.

At Underhill: 11,026 v Wycombe Wanderers FA Amateur Cup, February 23rd, 1952.

Average Attendance

2014-2015: 1,956 (Conference Premier)
2013-2014: 1,705 (Conference Premier)
At Underhill: 2012-2013: 2,440 (League Two)

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Special thanks to Mikey Cleave for providing a photo of the Main Stand.

Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram of the Hive Stadium.

Barnet v MK Dons
Friendly Match
Saturday, July 27th 2013, 3pm
Dan McCalla (MK Dons fan)

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

I’ve enjoyed previous trips to Underhill to watch us play Barnet and wanted to see what their brand-new place was like. With it being a pre-season game and with cheap train tickets available from Milton Keynes, it was a good opportunity for an away day out in London without the ‘pressures’ of it being a competitive game.

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

As easy as it can be – once you get onto a Stanmore-bound Jubilee line train, you pass right next to the West Stand just before you get off at Canons Park station, and you can clearly see the floodlights (and the Wembley arch) from the Canons Park platforms. Then it's a five-minute walk, left out of the station, and right down a footpath alongside Barnet's training pitches to the away end.

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

The group of us that went had a couple of pints apiece at the Wetherspoons at Baker Street before jumping on the Jubilee line for the half-hour trip to Canons Park. We were going to get up to the ground early to visit the Hive Bar, but while at Wetherspoons we’d got conflicting reports as to whether or not it was open to away fans. We decided to stay at Baker Street a little longer before heading to the ground, and indeed found the Hive Bar to be home fans only and had bouncers on the door when we got there. However, there is an away bar that serves alcohol under the West Stand that can be accessed by away fans with both seating and terrace tickets.

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

My first impressions were of a ground that’s still a little rough around the edges, but as it was finished just days previously that can be forgiven. The view from the away (North) terrace was good as long as you weren’t stuck in the middle, in which case your view will be obscured by the net itself, but you’re right up close to the pitch, which is great. The home terrace is identical. The large West Stand seemed to offer good views (although charging £23 a seat for a pre-season friendly was ridiculous!), while the seating behind the dugouts (the East Stand) seemed mainly populated with corporate-types, club staff, unselected players, etc.

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

The game itself was typical pre-season fare: a slow game made slower by the hot temperatures. Nothing of any interest happened in the first hour (apart from some good-natured banter we enjoyed with Barnet goalkeeper Graham Stack) until Barnet scored. Then the Dons brought on some fresh legs and ran riot, Izale McLeod scoring twice against his former club, before an own goal and a Patrick Bamford strike sealed a 4-1 win.

The away bar was covered and spacious, and you could get out in the open to drink behind it (home and away fans being separated by a metal gate). Drink choice was good, with the likes of Bombardier and Young’s Gold, but was all in bottles – no draught stuff, at least for the time being. Atmosphere was practically non-existent from the home fans, but it was a friendly, so not necessarily representative of Barnet fans normally. Stewards were friendly and polite, and the bacon sarnie I bought from the snack bar behind the terrace at half-time was excellent.

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

Leave ground. Walk back up path. Turn left. Back at Moranos bar at Canons Park by 5:05pm. Job done.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An excellent day out overall at a smart ground that will look even smarter once the rough edges are polished off. Even if it is only a temporary measure until they can get back to Underhill, it’s a ground Barnet can be proud of nonetheless.

Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers
FA Cup 1st Round
Saturday, November 8th 2014, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Groundhopper)

1. Reason for going:

The FA Cup 1st round is becoming a must-do these days. I always scrutinise the draw for a non-league v league encounter in the hope of seeing a good match plus possibly an upset. Any such tie though has to be reasonably close to home though as November isn’t a barrel of laughs for travelling. Barnet (top of the Conference) v Wycombe (top of League 2) appealed hugely. Besides this was a new ground having previously been to Barnet's old Underhill stadium around 22 years ago!
 
Getting there:

Directly by train to London Paddington then by Underground (via Baker Street) to Canons Park.
 
First impressions:

As you approach the ground from Canons Park station the open aspect of this ground amidst the numerous training pitches is most pleasant, particularly with the dying embers of the autumn colours still vivid. The contrast with Underhill however is immense. This is an unashamedly ultra-modern ground with all the creature comforts but of regular construction and no distinguishing features.

The supporters’ club bar with its family atmosphere, TVs and plush sofas was striking. Also of note were the toilets which were spotless with hot water positively gushing out of the taps.

Inside, the West stand dominates. It is quite imposing with its black and orange seats giving a welcome splash of colour in an otherwise standard stadium. The West Stand also gave a great view with ample leg room and no supporting pillars.

The Away End

South Terrace

Before the game:

I took a packed lunch with me which was consumed in the attractive parkland surrounding the Hive. There then followed my customary routine of inspecting the facilities and buying a programme. At 2.30pm I took my seat and studied the programme which at £3 was a good read. Inside was an extract from the Sunday Express of November 22nd 1970 detailing first round results of the previous day. Sheer nostalgia and one score caught my eye. Oxford City 1 Bournemouth 1. I went to that game (44years ago – gosh!) which was played on a bone-hard frozen pitch the likes of which could not be imagined these days! Nearly an upset by the non-leaguers there – could there be a repeat?

Before the game the warm-up music was Pachelbel’s Canon & Gigue. Very nice! There then followed one minute’s silence for the fallen of the two world wars. This was impeccably observed.

The West stand had a catering kiosk though I didn’t see it open. Sample prices:
Tea, Coffee, Beef drink, Soup, Coca Cola, Fanta, Sprite. £2
Beefburger, cheeseburger, hot dog. £4
Baguette large £3.50, small £2
Crips. £1
 
The game:

Barnet could not have started better. After barely 2 minutes a flicked header from open play let John Akinde spring the off-side trap. Rounding the keeper he rolled the ball home from a tight angle. Upset on or not? For the neutral unfortunately not. Wycombe came more into it and on 34 minutes were awarded a penalty when Matte McClure was tripped by Andy Yiadom in the box. Paul Hayes stepped up to confidently stroke the spot kick past Graham Stack.

Throughout the game there was a stiff breeze, making ball control difficult, so every slip up-(from both sides) was greeted with ‘top of the league? You’re having a laugh! In first half stoppage time Sam Togwell took Matt Bloomfield’s legs, was shown a straight red card and Barnet were reduced to 10 men.

Playing towards the south terrace the second half predictably was an uphill struggle (but not as uphill as Underhill perhaps!) for the home side. In pretty atrocious conditions facing a strong wind and driving rain they battled hard to no avail. Rising unchallenged from a 58th minute corner Aaron Pierre put Wycombe in front with a thumping header, then the game was sealed by Sam Wood on 73 when he tapped in virtually on the goal line from a deep floated cross which caught Stack in no man’s land. The last drama almost on the final whistle was a straight red card this time for Andy Yiadom for a reckless challenge on Wycombe’s Josh Scowan.

Getting away:

A filthy wet (mercifully short) walk back to Canons Park and I was comfortably back to Paddington in good time for my train home.
 
Overall:

Although the upset never happened, this was a terrific game of full of incident played at a fast tempo. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are a football grounds purist then the Hive is probably not for you. Not that I could fault the facilities which are superb nor the staff and stewards who were friendly and engaging. In my discussions with the Barnet faithful I heard plenty of comment regarding the six mile trek required from Barnet every matchday which by private transport is time-consuming and by public transport reputedly a complete pain. The Back2Barnet campaign is in full swing and whether you like the Hive or not there are more than a few who want the club back in its proper home town.

Updated 24th August 2015

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