Bisley Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Hazell Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Town (North) End (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
South End (photo)
Looking Towards The Town End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
View From The North Terrace (Video)
Rodney Parade Location Map
|What's Rodney Parade Like?|
The Club moved to
Rodney Parade, the home of Newport and Newport Gwent
Dragons Rugby Clubs at the beginning of the 2012/13
season after spending eighteen
years at Newport Stadium. Situated on the Eat bank
of the River Usk, the stadium has seen some recent
investment with the opening of two new stands. On
one side is the Bisley Stand that was opened in
2011. This covered all seated stand has a capacity
of just over 2,500 seats. It is single tiered and
incorporates 13 executive boxes, that run along the
back of the stand. The roof is situated quite high
up above the spectators area and incorporates a
television gantry and pleasingly there are no
supporting pillars to obstruct your view of the
playing action. One unusual aspect of the stand is
that the seats comprise a number of different
colours, making for an eye catching 'polka dot'
effect. The stand has a row of four floodlight
pylons protruding from its roof.
Opposite is the much
older but classic looking Hazell Stand. This covered
stand has seating to the rear (with windshields to
either side) and terracing to the front. There are a row of thin
supporting pillars running across the middle of this
stand. It does
not run the full length of the pitch and has a
portion of open terracing on one side towards the
North End. The
team dugouts are situated at the front of this
stand, to one side, near to the open terrace which
is unused. It too has a set of four
(rather older looking) floodlight pylons
protruding from its roof. Beyond the stand
you can clearly see the supporting steelwork of the
nearby bridge over the river Usk.
The North or Town End
as it is also known was rebuilt in 2010. It is a
small open terrace which is quite set-back from the
playing area. As it is small and uncovered it allows
some good views across the centre of Newport and to
the rolling countryside behind. In one corner
between the North Terrace and Bisley Stand there is
a separate structure, that incorporates corporate
facilities, offices and club shop.
As Rodney Parade is
first and foremost a rugby ground, then the playing
area is very long, meaning that the football pitch
area seems to have been dropped into the middle of
it. This has resulted in quite large distances
between the spectators at each end of the pitch and
the goal line.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
are mostly housed on one side of the Bisley Stand,
where around 580 fans can be accommodated. This stand is all
seated and covered and being a relatively new stand the facilities inside are good.
The stand is shared with home supporters who are
separated by a portion of green netting, draped over
the seats. In
addition a small temporary block of open seating is also made available at
the South End. This has a capacity of just over 400.
As to be expected the seating in the Bisley Stand
gives the better and more comfortable view of the
game, but both areas share the same facilities.
There is a food outlet just inside the ground by the
turnstiles serving amongst other things; Hot Dogs
(£3), a selection of Pies & Pasties (£2.50),
Sausage Rolls (£1) and Chips (£2).
I found the visit to be an enjoyable one, with the stewards certainly taking a relaxed and friendly approach. The atmosphere was good emanating from all sides and I noted a drummer in the Hazell Stand where most of the vociferous Newport fans seemed to congregate. In the under croft behind the Bisley Stand there is a flat screen television mounted on a wall showing Sky Sport News.
There is a Clubhouse at
the ground (inside the home main entrance) which
admits away supporters. Next door to the club house is a
hot food area which was doing a steady trade on my
visit. Generally the area around the ground is not
particularly great, with the nearest pub, the
Victoria Hotel on Corporation Road looking
particularly uninviting. A better bet would be the
Wetherspoon pub on Chepstow Road called the Godfrey
Morgan, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer
Guide. This spacious pub is only a 10 minute walk
from the away turnstiles and for some unknown reason
on my visit seemed to have few home fans in
attendance. The pub has the added benefit that along
Chepstow Road there are number of food outlets
including a couple of fish and chip shops and a
Greggs Bakery. Otherwise the city centre is a 10-15
minute walk away where there are plenty of pubs to
be found including three more Wetherspoons outlets.
Two of these the John Wallace Linton in Cambrian
Road and the Queen's Hotel in Bridge Street are
close to the railway station.
Inside the stadium away fans are
treated to their own bar, that is situated at
the top of the Bisley Stand and is accessed from
steps at the front. With plush seating, Sky
Sports television and great views across the
stadium, you would have easily thought that you
had walked into a corporate area by mistake. The
only downside is that the bar is closed whilst
the game is in progress (including 10 minutes
before the first half kick off) and fans are not
allowed to be in the bar whilst the match is
being played. This is enforced (in a nice way)
by a doorman.
Dave Brown a visiting Bristol Rovers
fan adds; 'We happened to stumble into (not
literally though) what turned out to be a
perfect away pub. I can highly recommend The
Lamb, which is at the bottom of Cambrian Road,
on Bridge Street. It's a five minute walk from
the station. It was friendly, shows the early
kick off game on television (during which they
sell medium sized hotdogs for £1 each at half
time) and then only a ten minute stroll via the
footbridge over the River Usk to Rodney Parade'.
From the North &
Leave the M4 at
Junction 26 and take the A4051 towards Newport. After going under a
flyover (which is the A4042) you will reach a large
roundabout where you take the 2nd exit keeping in
the filter lane towards the City Centre/Railway
Station (do not go up the adjoining slip road onto
the A4042). At the next roundabout take the 1st exit
going across the river onto the B4591 towards
Maindee. At the traffic lights bear right onto
Chepstow Road and then take the first right into
Corporation Road. Take the next right into Grafton
Road and the entrance is down on the left.
Newport railway station is situated around a quarter of a mile away from the stadium and is a relatively short walk. The station is served by trains from London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads & Birmingham New Street. As you come out of the main station entrance turn left along the main (Queensway) road. Follow this road until you reach a large roundabout. Take the pedestrian underpass down underneath the roundabout and at the centre turn left towards Clarence Place/River Usk. After you have come back up to street level you should see a bridge in front of you going across the river. Cross the bridge and then take the first right hand turn into Rodney Parade and the stadium is down this road on the left.
|Cardiff City, Merthyr Tydfil and from the Blue Square Premier League; Forest Green Rovers and Hereford United.|
Senior Citizens/Full time students £13
Under 16ís £5
Under 6's Free
Senior Citizens/Full time students £11
Under 16ís £5
Under 6's Free
Home supporters are also able to purchase tickets online.
|Official Programme: £3.50|
|Newport County FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
6,615 v Grimsby Town
Conference Play Off Semi Final, April 28th 2013.
2012-2013: 2,371 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 1,350 (Conference Premier)
2010-2011: 2,090 (Conference Premier)
Reviews Of Rodney Parade
& Stephen Spooner (Southend United)
Gideon Birch (Dartford) 30/3/13
Paul Willott (Luton Town) 11/12/12
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|View From The North Terrace
Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video
|Location Map Showing Rodney Parade, Railway Station and Listed Pubs|
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