Capacity: 2,000 (all seated)
Address: Harbour View, Methil, Fife, KY8 3RW
Telephone: 01333 426 323
Fax: 01333 426 376
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Fifers
Year Ground Opened: 1998
Home Kit: Black and Gold
Bayview Stadium was opened in 1998 after the Club moved from its old Bayview ground. It currently has only one stand, which sits on the South side of the pitch. However, The stand is of a fair size, is covered and all seated. The space and height between rows are adequate, giving fans a good view of the action. The other three sides of the stadium are unused for spectators. This means that you can enjoy some good views of the bay and the North Sea beyond. At the end of the 2016/17 season a new 3G artificial playing surface was installed at the ground.
Away fans are located in the North part of the Main Stand, where up to 1,000 can be accommodated. The facilities in this stand, as you would expect from a new ground are good, with even the stadium music and announcer piped through to the toilets! The ground is right on the coast and at times a biting wind can come off the North Sea so make sure that you wrap up well.
Claire Elliott a visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers fan adds; 'I can only say what a hospitable club East Fife is. The bar is reasonably priced and has a good view of the pitch. Now the power station that used to be opposite the ground has gone, you also get a nice view of the sea. A very friendly club indeed'.
There is a social club above the Main Stand, which welcomes away fans. It is quite a comfortable club, which enjoys good views across the Bayview Stadium. Otherwise, there are no other bars located close to the ground that I am aware of.
The ground is quite easy to find as it is situated on the sea front and is quite visible from a distance. From Kirkcaldy take the A911 towards Methil and then the A915 to Leven. Then turn right onto the A955 towards Leven & Methil. Follow the A955 through Methil towards Buckhaven. As you go along the sea front, the ground should be visible over to your left. Turn left onto the B932 (South Street) and then left again into Harbour View Road. The ground is down the bottom of this road on the left. There is a fair sized car park at the ground.
There is no railway station in Methil itself. The nearest is in Kirkcaldy which is around eight miles away. John Thompson adds; 'On Saturdays' there is an excellent X26 bus service from Kirkcaldy to nearby Leven leaving Kirckaldy about every 30 minutes and goes to Leven Bus station which is about 10 minutes walk from Bayview, on the other side of the old Methil Power Station. After the game there was a 17:15 X26 leaving from Leven bus station which was made no problem allowing me good time back at Kirkcaldy , that X26 actually goes back to Glasgow via Dunfermline'.
Thorsten Mankel adds; 'If you want to go back to or from Kirkcaldy (the nearest train station), the best way is the Number 7 bus (Dunfermline to Leven). It leaves Kirkcaldy bus station (Stance 1) every 30 minutes, passes the train station and stops in South Street at the junction of Harbour View, which is only a short walk from the Bayview Stadium.The bus journey time is 35 minutes. This is possible even on a midweek game with the bus leaving on the street in front of Bayview at 9.42 or 10.42 pm back to Kirkcaldy/Dunfermline'. For further information visit the Stagecoach website.
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Senior Citizens (aged 60 and over): £10
Family Ticket: 1 Adult + 1 Child £16, 2 Adults + 2 Children £18.
Official Programme £2.
Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath.
At Bayview Stadium: 4,700* v Rangers League One, October 26th 2013
At the old Bayview ground: 22,515 v Raith Rovers Division One, January 2nd, 1950.
2016-2017: 626 (League One)
2015-2016: 625 (League Two)
2014-2015: 557 (League Two)
* For this match additional temporary seated stands were erected around the other three sides of the ground.
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East Fife v Raith Rovers
Scottish Football League One
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
Phil Graham (Raith Rovers fan)
East Fife v Peterhead
Scottish League Division One
Saturday 17th December 2016, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Bayview Stadium?
In my quest to visit all the grounds in the four top leagues in Scotland I have tended so far to concentrate on the larger grounds. So a trip to what is probably the smallest, was very much like a visit to the National League North or South in England. I had intended to visit earlier but was thwarted by the game being postponed and I went to Arbroath instead. This time everything went as planned.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I stayed in a Bed and Breakfast in Kirkcaldy for two nights due to the long journey from my home in Suffolk. The bus service number 7 or 7a went along Bennochy Road where I stayed at Invertiel B&B. It cost £7.60 return. I arrived in Leven at 10am on the 7a which does not pass the ground in Methil. The tall floodlights at the ground stand out as does the huge wind turbine just to the south. There is ample car parking at the ground and in local roads.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
If you have plenty of time to spare then a walk around Leven is recommended as it seems far nicer than Methil. It was a lovely sunny December morning so I walked through the town and then onto the large sandy beach. I found a cafe upstairs over a (closed for the winter) amusement arcade on Promenade Road and had lunch for a reasonable price. I still had plenty of time so I explored Leven a bit further before crossing the river into Methil. The area around the football ground looks as though it is being re-developed, although there is plenty of mess around the old dock area. Everyone seemed friendly, but I was surprised to have a bag search. I was the first to enter the ground when the turnstiles opened at 2pm.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Bayview Stadium?
The ground itself is relatively new and the one stand looked neat and tidy. There is no away end as such as away fans are allocated one end of the single stand. The other three sides being unused for supporters. There is a relatively new solar panel area just outside the perimeter of the ground at the North East corner. It was quite an effort for a steward to retrieve the match ball when it went into this area. He had to walk right round and unlock the gate and then find the ball before returning it later.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Despite there only being 486 people at the match the atmosphere was quite good as supporters are all concentrated in the single stand. I had been pre-warned about how cold it could be from information on this site, so I was well wrapped up, but luckily the wind was coming from behind the stand. A local told me just how cold it can be when the wind and rain blow in from off the sea. The first half ended 0-0 but a few minutes into the second half East Fife scored a good goal which livened things up, and about 10 minutes later they scored a second. Peterhead pressed strongly towards the end, but were unable to get a goal.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Currently the number 7 bus passes the bus stop at the junction of South Street and Harbour View at 17.01 and I was back in my Bed and Breakfast by 5.50pm,. There is a bus stop nearly opposite the house in Bennochy Road.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I had a good weekend in East Fife. Now I have 16 grounds to go in Scotland's four top leagues.
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