Capacity: 4,000 (seated 998)
Address: Balmoor Terrace, Peterhead, AB42 1EQ
Telephone: 01779 478 256
Fax: 01779 490 682
Pitch Size: 105 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blue Toon
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and White
Balmoor Stadium has two virtually identical stands that run down each side of the ground. Both these all seated stands are roughly of the same height and are covered. The seating areas are raised above pitch level, which means that supporters need to climb a small set of stairs at the front of the stand to access them. The West Stand has windshields at either side of it. Both ends of the ground are open and don't have any formal terracing.
Peterhead, joined the Scottish Football League at the beginning of the 2000/2001 season. One of the reasons why they were invited to join the league, was certainly their move to the Balmoor Stadium, which was opened in 1997. Previously the Club played at Recreation Park, which was sold for re-development to a supermarket chain.
David Gray informs me; 'The Balmoor Stadium is a friendly place where away fans are always made welcome. There is normally no segregation, so opposing fans are always able to mix with each other'. Fred McIntosh a visiting Forfar fan adds; 'On my last visit there was a form of segregation in force, as Forfar fans were directed to far side of one stand but it was not very strictly enforced. Food now includes a fish pie at £2, which was very good!'. However, remember to wrap up well, as the ground itself is quite exposed and there is normally a cold biting wind coming off the North Sea.
There is a Social Club located in the rear of the Main Stand, which welcomes away supporters. Otherwise there are plenty of bars to be found in the centre of town, which is around a 15minute walk away. These include a Wetherspoons Pub called the Cross Keys on Back Street. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
The ground is located just out of town on the A982 Peterhead to Fraserburgh Road.
From The South From the A90 you can take the first exit for Peterhead (the A982). This will take you to the town centre where you continue following the A982 towards Fraserburgh. You will go past a swimming pool and will reach the ground on your left. There are around 200 car parking spaces at the ground which are free.
The nearest railway station is in Aberdeen, which is some 32 miles away! Therefore this ground has the record of being furthest from a station than any other Professional League team in Britain.
Iain Badger adds; 'Bus services 260/261/263 and the X60 all run to Peterhead Interchange from Aberdeen Union Square around every 30 minutes on Saturdays. Journey times vary from around 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 26 minutes depending on time of day and which number bus you catch as some stop more frequently than others along the route. It is then a walk of just under a mile from Peterhead bus station to the ground and is fairly straight forward: On leaving the Bus station head along Windmill Street, in the direction going away from the Harbour. Turn left onto King Street and then right onto the A982 (Queen Street). Continue along this road which becomes Balmoor Terrace and you will reach the stadium on the left hand side.' Visit the Stagecoach website for bus timetables.
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Official Programme £2.50
At Recreation Park: 8,643 v Raith Rovers, 1987
At Balmoor Stadium: 4,505* v Glasgow Celtic Scottish Cup, 4th Round, January 8th 2012.
2016-2017: 505 (League One)
2015-2016: 637 (League One)
2014-2015: 580 (League One)
* Please note that additional temporary terracing was brought in for this fixture, hence the figure being higher than the normal stadium capacity.
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Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Scottish League 2
Saturday 11th November 2017, 3pm
Brian Moore (Stenhousemuir fan)
Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Scottish Football League One
Monday 26th December 2016, 3pm
Welsh Exile (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Balmoor Stadium?
We ended up at this game as the match my friend was due to referee at in Fraserburgh was called off due to very high winds. So we opted to go and see the nearby Peterhead game. Although I was a neutral I wanted Peterhead to win, as Scott Booth now playing for Stenhousemuir, scored the winner against my team Clydebank years ago in a Scottish Cup Quarter Final.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The Balmoor Stadium was easy to find as we had the sat nav. Although we arrived 20 minutes into the game, we still found parking available outside the ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
It was a last minute thing so didn't have have time to explore. The fans in the ground were friendly enough and left us to it.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Balmoor Stadium?
From what I seen then the Balmoor Stadium is a modern small compact ground. On both sides of the pitch you have almost identical looking stands, with raised seating at the back. Whilst both ends are open to the elements with only hard standing. It was a very windy day with heavy rain. Even at the back of the stand the wind was pretty strong. Being so close to the North Sea then the wind from there goes right to the bone.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was a very scrappy affair. The wind and rain made the pitch heavy and hard to play a direct style, which Stenhousemuir tried to play. Peterhead played good football considering the weather and ran out easy winners 2-0 (should have been more). There wasn't any real atmosphere within the stadium I think as everyone was froze! The food hut was outside the stand and exposed even more to the elements so I didn't attempt to get anything.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
There was a little congestion but was fairly easy to get out. Be warned though that there is no railway station in Peterhead, so it only accessible by public transport via bus and so can be hard to reach.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Cold, wet and miserable day. But I love football in that weather. Next time I plan to visit properly to enjoy the area fully.
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