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Northampton Town
Sixfields Stadium

Capacity: 7,653 (all seated)
Address:
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton, NN5 5QA
Main Telephone No: 01604 683 700
Fax No: 01604 751 613
Ticket Office No: 01604 683 777
Ticket Office Fax No: 01604 589 138
Pitch Size: 116 x 72 yards
Team Nickname: The Cobblers
Year Ground Opened: 1994
Shirt Sponsors: University Of Northampton

Home Kit Colours: Claret and White
Away Kit Colours: Black With Red Trim
Kit Manufacturers: Errea
Official Web Site:
www.ntfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Sixfields Message Board
NTFC Supporters Ltd
The Hotel End Message Board
Vital Northampton (Vital Football Network)

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Contents
What's Sixfields Stadium Like?
Sixfields Stadium (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?

Dave Bowen Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Alwyn Hargrave Stand (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices

Programme & Fanzine

Ground Layout
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Sixfields Stadium Location Map



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What's Sixfields Stadium Like?
The Club moved from their old County Ground to the Sixfields stadium in October 1994. This neat all seater stadium is located on the outskirts of Northampton. Sixfields has three small covered single tier stands, and another larger single tier covered West Stand (capacity 4,000), at one side of the pitch. Away supporters are housed at the South Stand end. The club has received awards for the facilities provided for disabled supporters. A large hill overlooks the ground, where small numbers congregate to watch the game free, even though they can only see half the pitch!

Work has commenced on the building of a new East Stand, which should increase the capacity of Sixfields by around 2,000. At the same time work will be undertaken to install executive boxes into the West Stand. A Hotel and Conference Centre will also be built adjacent to the stadium. The capacity of Sixfields will increase by around 2,000. It is hoped the new stand will be open for the start of the new 2014/15 season.

Currently the ground is being shared with Coventry City FC, who after leaving the Ricoh Arena do not currently have a ground of their own.

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Sixfields Stadium


Sixfields Stadium External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters
Away fans are located in the attractively named 'Paul Cox Panel & Paint South Stand' at one end of the pitch, where 800 supporters can be accommodated. If demand requires it, then an additional 300 seats can also be made available in the Alwyn Hargrave Stand. One slight pain about Sixfields is that you can't pay at the turnstiles. You have to buy your ticket first from a Portakabin and then you have to queue again. Some away fans have got caught out by this when arriving late. However, I have received a number of reports complementing the standard of stewarding, other club officials and the Northampton fans themselves. Please note that if you club has a large away following to make sure that you have a ticket before travelling as it has not be unknown for away fans turning up on the day, to find that the away section has sold out. Food on sale inside the ground includes: Cheesburgers 4.20, Burgers 4, Hot Dogs 3.70, Various Pies 3 and  Sausage Rolls 3. 

Having lived in Northampton for a year and watched Northampton Town win the old fourth division (giving away my age now...), I have a soft spot for them. The fans themselves are quite passionate and this makes for a great atmosphere especially at cup games. Robert Dunkley informs me; 'outside the West Stand there is a used programme stall stocking a wide range of programmes from different clubs and seasons'.

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West & Dave Bowen Stands


West and Dave Bowen Stands

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Where To Drink?

The ground is built on a leisure complex on the outskirts of Northampton. This consists of a couple of fast food and eating establishments (including a KFC, McDonalds and a Pizza Hut), a cinema, a bowling alley and the stadium itself. There is just one pub on this site called the Sixfields Tavern, which is part of the 'Hungry Horse' chain so offers meals and is family friendly. It also contains a Sports Bar, which shows Sky Sports, but it is primarily for home fans and bouncers man the entrance on matchdays. A better bet may be the Tenpin Bowling Alley which contains a bar, admits away fans and shows Sky Sports too.

Carl Brown adds; 'I found myself drinking in a T.G.I. Friday's outlet opposite the Main Stand. Maybe not your stereotypical pre-match watering hole but very convenient for a drink, plus there were a wonderful array of fine waitresses on display, serving the goods!' There is also a Frankie & Benny's nearby.

Kevin Roberts informs me; 'For those supporters travelling from the North and leaving the M1 at Junction 16 and taking the A4500 towards Northampton, then you will pass on your left the recently refurbished Turnpike pub, which as far as I am aware is still welcoming away supporters'.

Kevin continues; 'In Northampton town centre, there are several notable real ale pubs in addition to the usual Wetherspoons etc. A particular favourite for those looking for a decent pint is the Malt Shovel Tavern, which is possibly the best real ale pub in Northampton, having 14 hand pumps and is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. To find this pub from the railway station, cross the road in front of the station and head towards the Carlsberg brewery (easily visible). You will find the pub located opposite the brewery. It is about a ten minute walk. It will probably take you a further 30 minutes to walk to the ground from here heading back in the same direction past the station (see By Train for walking directions)'. You can find out more about the pub on the Malt Shovel Tavern website.

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Dave Bowen Stand


Dave Bowen Stand Photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From The South:
Leave the M1 at Junction 15A and take the A43 towards Northampton and you will come to the ground on your right.

From The North:
Leave the M1 at Junction 16 and take the A45 towards Northampton and you will come to the ground on your right.

The Sixfields stadium is well signposted around the area. There is a fair sized car park located at the ground, which costs 4. Make sure though that you arrive early as it has been known for it to get full for the more popular games. Parking in the nearby cinema and restaurant car parks is not allowed, and parking there will probably result in your car being given a 60 ticket! So make sure that you only use the official football parking provided at the ground. Near to the stadium, off the roundabout by TGI Fridays is a hard standing area, known as Duston Mill. On matchdays it is used as a car park, which is manned and costs 2 per car.

Steve Riches adds; 'If Northampton Saints rugby club are also at home at the same time as Northampton Town, then the parking can get critical as the Saints play just down the road, so allow extra time on those occasions'.

Map showing the location of the Sixfields Stadium, Northampton (at the bottom of this page).

Post code for SAT NAV: NN5 5QA

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By Train
Northampton train station is over two miles from the ground, so it is probably best to hire a taxi. However if you feel like braving the 25-30 minute walk then Dave Brown provides the following directions; 'Come out of the main station entrance, go across the car park, up the steps and then turn right onto Black Lion Hill. Go over the railway bridge, and straight on along St James' Road. At the HSS Hire outlet (and the handily placed Thomas A. Beckett pub on the opposite corner) turn left onto St James' Mill Road. After about 400 yards turn right at the Fabric Warehouse (opposite Jewson) onto Harvey Reeves Road, which further on becomes Edgar Mobbs Way. After about a mile this road brings you out at Sixfields Stadium, with the South (away) Stand over on your right.
 
Liz Williams adds; 'From the railway station you can take the D2 bus towards Daventry, which also goes by the Sixfields retail park and stops about 200 yards from the stadium. The buses go from the bridge over the railway at the south end of the station. To return, get on at the same stop, but make sure to check which direction the bus is heading as the same stop serves both directions. The trip takes 10-20 mins depending on traffic (which can be heavy if there is a Saints rugby match on the same day)'. A timetable can be downloaded from the Stagecoach website (PDF file).

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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Alwyn Hargrave Stand


Alwyn Hargrave Stand Photo

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Local Rivals
Peterborough United and Milton Keynes Dons.

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Admission Prices
Home Fans
West Stand: Adults 20, Concessions 16, Under 18's 8, Under 7's Free
Dave Bowen Stand: Adults 20, Concessions 16, Under 18's 8, Under 7's Free

Alwyn Hargrave Stand: Adults 19, Concessions 14, Under 18's 7, Under 7's Free

Away Fans
South Stand: Adults 20, Concessions 16, Under 18's 8, Under 7's Free

Concessions apply to over 65's. Under 21's can also be admitted at the concessionary price, providing that they first become members of the club.

Serving members of the armed forces, or members of the Royal British Legion can gain admittance for just 10, providing that the ticket is purchased prior to matchday and proof of status is shown.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme 3
HotelEnders Fanzine 1

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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

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Record & Average Attendance
At the County Ground;
24,523 v Fulham,
Division One, April 23rd, 1966.

At Sixfields Stadium;
7,557 v Manchester City,
Division Two, September 26th, 1998.

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 4,785 (League Two)
2011-2012: 4,809 (League Two)
2010-2011: 4,605 (League Two)

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Fans Reviews Of Sixfields
Nick Murphy (Dagenham & Redbridge) 24/9/11
Tim Sansom (Neutral) 11/9/10
Andy Saunders (Shrewsbury Town) 25/4/10
Jack Douglas (Southend United) 13/4/09

Andrew Willock (Leicester City) 31/1/09
John Hubble (Birmingham City) 20/1/09

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes 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. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from Sixfields Stadium.

Access their Northampton 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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Map showing the location of Sixfields Stadium, railway station and listed pubs




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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: 30 May 2014