Capacity: 2,300 (Seats 1,000)
Address: Priory Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LR
Telephone: 01267 610217
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Old Gold
Year Ground Opened: 1952
Home Kit: Gold With Black Trim
Richmond Park or the Cymru Tyres Stadium as it is now known under a corporate sponsorship deal is located just five minutes walk from Carmarthen’s attractive old town centre, and is squeezed in between two car parks, a bowling green, suburban houses and High Street buildings. Approaching the ground from the spacious council owned car park the rear of the modern Main Stand appears featureless with its grey cladding towering over the neighbouring bowling green. Once past the 7ft high wooden boundary fence and the turnstile next to the large welcome sign we find the Clay Shaw Butler (Main) Stand is far more impressive on the inside than the outside. The stand has 1,000 yellow and black seats on a single tier concrete deck, with a cantilever roof offering fine unobstructed views of the pitch. Looking to the right of this stand, behind the goal at the Priory Street end is a flat standing area alongside the interesting looking club shop and tea hut.
Looking to the left to the Richmond terrace end (named from the row of terraced houses behind, rather than actually consisting of a standing terrace), this area of the ground is currently open to the wooden boundary fence, with a row of suburban houses peering over in the distance. This leaves a combination of structures on the far side of the ground, a number of new single storey buildings form the new study centre leading from the Richmond terrace end to the pitch centre line, with the large impressive two storey white clad clubhouse taking up the space between the centre line and the Priory Street end. The building has a metal stairway leading to the first floor social club, with impressive views offered of the ground from the glazed lounge. This side of the ground also has flat standing areas either side of the modern plastic dug outs. During 2017 the Club installed an artificial 3G playing surface.
Please note that the club house side of the ground can be reached externally either by following a narrow path round the back of the Richmond terrace boundary fence, or by a second driveway entrance behind Denzil Evans garage, further along Priory Street.
A normally relaxed and enjoyable visit. It is virtually unheard of for fans to be segregated at Richmond Park, but in the very rare event that they are then the open flat standing end, is given over to visiting supporters. Take a look at the unusual club shop inside the ground. Its exterior resembles a portable 'ghetto blaster' (do you remember them?).
There is a club house at the ground which welcomes away supporters. Otherwise, there are plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants in the town centre within 5-10 minutes walk of the ground. On the High Street there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Hen Dderwen, which is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Near to the ground on Priory Road (A484) is the New King George Pub. A couple of doors away from this pub, is a cafe that also does takeaway fish and chips.
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From The East
Take the A48 towards Camarthen, then at the A40 take the third exit at the roundabout. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit into A484 Heol Llangynnwr. Follow the road over the river and past the Carmarthen County Council building leading into Priory Street. As you pass a church on the left hand side you will come to a mini roundabout, take the left turn around the church into St Peters Street, and then the next right turn will take you into the large council car park, which is free. The ground is on the right hand side behind the bowling green.
From The West
Take the A40 towards Carmarthen. Continue over the first big riverside roundabout and pass onto the A4242. Continue over the next roundabout then as you approach the town centre you will see a red dragon wire statue, continue over the roundabout then at the junction turn left into Priory Street. Then as East above.
Carmarthen Railway Station is serviced by the long distance Arriva Trains Wales Milford Haven-Cardiff-Chester-Holyhead service. There is also a branch line from Pembroke Docks that terminates at Carmarthen via Tenby.
When you exit the railway station building, turn left and walk over the new river bridge. Continue walking across the red dragon roundabout and pass the bus station. As the road bears round sharply to the left cross over the road and follow the Hall Street pedestrian pathway to the right. At the top of the hill you will see a n old castle gatehouse and the statue of Nott, turn left into Maes Nott. Follow the road as it leads into Priory Street. Once alongside the church turn left into the large council owned car park and the main stand is on the right hand side behind the bowling green. Alternatively, to reach the clubhouse side of the ground continue along Priory Street and take a left turn behind the Denzil Evans garage, this leads to a small car park, training pitch and the club house entrance.
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There are also a number of local and long distance bus routes serving the town, Arriva X40 TrawsCambria Aberystwyth-Carmarthen-Cardiff 100 Swansea-Gwendraeth Valley-Swansea.
When you step off the bus go to your right (if you have headed towards the Red Dragon roundabout you are going in the wrong direction), follow the road way from the bus station. As the road bears round sharply to the left cross over the road and follow the Hall Street pedestrian pathway to the right. At the top of the hill you will see an old castle gatehouse and the statue of Nott, turn left into Maes Nott. Follow the road as it leads into Priory Street. Once alongside the church turn left into the large council owned car park and the main stand and entrance is on the right hand side behind the bowling green. Alternatively,to reach the clubhouse side of the ground continue along Priory Street and take a left turn behind Denzil Evans garage, this leads to a small car park, training pitch and the club house entrance.
Under 11's £1
* These also includes students with valid ID.
Official Matchday Programme £2.
Llanelli, Haverfordwest County and Aberystwyth.
911 v Barry Town 10th September 1997
2016-2017: 320 (Welsh Premier League)
2015-2016: 326 (Welsh Premier League)
2014-2015: 303 (Welsh Premier League)
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