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Newport County AFC
Rodney Parade

Capacity:
11,676 (Reduced to 7,012 for football matches)
Address:
Rodney Parade, Newport, South Wales, NP19 0UU
Main Telephone No: 01633 670690
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Team Nickname: The Exiles or Ironsides
Year Ground Opened: 1877
Home Kit Colours: Amber and Black
Away Kit Colours: White and Gold
Shirt Sponsors: 32Red
Kit Manufacturers: Macron

Official Web Site:

www.newport-county.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
www.the-exiles.co.uk (Message Board)
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Contents
What's Rodney Parade Like?
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)
By Train
Looking Towards The Town End
(photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices

Ground Layout
Programme

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The North Terrace (Video)
Rodney Parade Location Map

 

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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.

At the South is a small open temporary stand of seating, which is located on one side towards the Bisley Stand. This runs for only half the width of the pitch. Behind this area is a strange looking 'double decker' type structure which I assume is used for corporate hospitality. On the other side in the corner is another strange looking building with a large pyramid shaped roof. This houses the dressing rooms and the teams come onto the pitch from this corner of the ground. There is an electric scoreboard mounted on the front of this building.

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.

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Bisley Stand


Bisley Stand Rodney Parade Newport County

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans 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).

Away
                      supporters entranceThe entrance to the away supporters section is at the opposite end of the stadium to the home areas and is accessed along Corporation Road (so no need to go through the main stadium entrance). It is poorly signposted and is literally a small pathway situated in-between some residential houses. There are a couple of blue poles that mark the entrance, but that is about it. Outside the turnstiles there is a small portakabin that serves as the away ticket office. I noticed that supporters were being searched on entry. Eventhough the stand is rather new, the entrance turnstiles looked to be almost museum pieces!

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.

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Hazell Stand


Hazell Stand Rodney Parade Newport

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Where To Drink?

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 areAway Bar 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 located quite 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.

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Town (North) Terrace


Town End Rodney Parade
                    Newport

How To Get There And Where To Park

From the North & East:
Leave the M4 at Junction 24 (or from the A449 from Monmouth/Midlands) and take the B4237, signposted Newport (E). After approximately 2.5 five miles turn left at a set of traffic lights, signposted B4237 (there is also the George pub on a right hand corner). Go under a bridge and at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Corporation Road. After passing an ATS garage on your right, you will see the away supporters entrance on your left. For the stadium main entrance take the next left into Grafton Road.

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.

Car parking

There is no parking available at the ground for supporters and there is a 'residents only' parking scheme in operation in the street around the stadium. However it is a bit of an odd scheme as far as I could see, as most nearby roads seemed to have parking restrictions on one side of the road only. In fact arriving two hours before kick off I was able to park across the road from the away entrance. So street parking is possible but please pay attention to any parking restriction signs. Alternatively you can use one of the city centre car parks which are around a 15 minute walk away.

Map showing the location of Rodney Parade
(at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
NP19 0UU

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Looking Towards The South End


South End Rodney Parade
                    Newport

If anyone can provide me with an updated photo of the above, as more seats have been added, since this photo was taken, then it would be appreciated. Email duncan@footballgroundguide.com

By Train

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.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Looking Towards The Town End


  Looking Towards The Town End

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Local Rivals
Cardiff City, Merthyr Tydfil and from the Blue Square Premier League; Forest Green Rovers and Hereford United.

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Admission Prices
Seating:
Adults £17
Senior Citizens/Full time students £13
Under 16ís £5
Under 6's Free

Terrace: 
Adults £15
Senior Citizens/Full time students £11
Under 16ís £5
Under 6's Free

Home supporters are also able to purchase tickets online.

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Ground Layout

Rodney Parade, Ground Plan

Programme
Official Programme: £3.50

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Newport County FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
6,615 v Grimsby Town
Conference Play Off Semi Final, April 28th 2013.

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 2,371 (
Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 1,350
(Conference Premier)
2010-2011: 2,090 (Conference Premier)

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Fans Reviews Of Rodney Parade
Myles Munsey (Neutral) 16/3/14
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 16/3/14
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 26/10/13
Gideon Birch (Dartford) 30/3/13
Paul Willott (Luton Town) 11/12/12


Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to useYes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

Access their Newport Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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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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Feedback

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



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Last Updated: 2 May
2014