|What's The Ground Like?
External View And Main Gates (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Main Stand and Carrickfergus End (photo)
Where To Drink?
Main Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Carrickfergus End (photo)
By Train or Bus
Taylors Avenue End (photo)
Location Map Of Taylors Avenue
|What's The Ground Like?|
of Carrickfergus is a well known tourist
destination,largely thanks to its Norman castle and
modern harbour. The football stadium lies one mile
to the east of the town centre,and sits
uncomfortably between the Belfast to Larne railway
line, a number of training pitches and a hospital
complex. Because of its surroundings,access to the
ground is limited to one side,the Taylors Avenue End
where a tall breezeblock wall is punctuated by
colourfull artistic silhouettes on a painted
background, alongside a bold modern text rendition
“share a passion, share a dream, share a community,
share a future” flanking the club crest in the
colours of amber and black.The main entrance /exit
gates and turnstiles can also be found on this side.
Entering through the turnstiles spectators arrive
behind the goal on a flat expanse of concrete.
Looking to the left a flat expanse of concrete leads
to a fenced off area-this is the site of the former
Social Club, which was destroyed in a fire at the
end of 2010.
Please note that
currently Carrick Rangers are playing their home
games at Seaview
FC, whilst a new 3G pitich is being laid
at Taylors Avenue.
|The immediate concern for the club,once the new artificial playing surface is installed will be to install temporary changing room facilities on the former social club side. A new social club and possible corner floodlights would appear to be important additions if the club wishes to establish itself as a Premier League club. It was suggested a few years ago that the hospital complex opposite the Taylors Avenue end would be expanded with the football ground site being purchased for redevelopment, however in this current economic climate that seems unlikely to happen.|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
Away fans are allocated the Carrickfergus End, which is a low covered terrace running from corner post to corner post. There is currently no crush barriers on the steps,however the view from the top of the steps at the rear of the stand is sufficient to see over the tops of the fencing behind the goal and fans huddled at the rear of the stand should be able to take shelter from wind and rain and get a good atmosphere going.
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a Social Club at the ground, which is a good thing as there are no pubs or bars in the immediate vicinity of the ground. So otherwise it is probably best to stick to Carrickfergus town centre before arriving at the ground.|
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
From the East:
From the West:
|By Train or Bus|
Carrickfergus is situated halfway along the railway line between Belfast Central and Larne Harbour.Services are every half hour on a Saturday afternoon, and every hour on a weekday evening.
Carrickfergus Joymount Bus stop is just off the High Street and can be reached by Ulsterbus 563 from Belfast Bridge Street. There is no direct link to Carrickfergus from Antrim or Ballymena-all services run into Belfast Europa Bus Station.
the railway station to the ground:
|Official Programme £2|
|Northern Ireland Premier league fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Larne and Ballyclare Comrades are the nearest local rivals, with North Belfast clubs Crusaders and Cliftonville being the nearest Premier League rivals.|
|To be advised.
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|Map showing the location of the stadium and railway station|
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