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Crusaders
Seaview

Capacity: 3,383 (All seated) 
Address: Shore Road, Belfast, BT15 3QG
Main Telephone No: 028 9037 0777                  
Fax No: 028 9077 1049                
Team Nickname: Hatchet Men or The Crues

Pitch Size: 108 x 72 yards
Year Ground Opened 1921
Home Kit Colours: Black & Red stripes
Official Web Site:
www.crusadersfc.com
Unofficial Web Site:
                   
               
 

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Contents
What's Seaview Like?
Future Developments
Mural on Corner of St Vincent Street & Entrance Gate (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The Construct Stadia Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Main Stand (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
Wavin Stand (photo)
By Train
Construct Stadia Stand
(photo)
Admission Prices
St Vincent Street Stand
(photo)
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Map
Fixtures 2013-2014
Hotel Accommodation
Seaview Location Map
Video Tour Of Seaview

 

What's Seaview Like?

Seaview is located two miles north of Belfast City Centre, sandwiched in a thin wedge of land between the A2 Shore Road and the Belfast to Larne railway line. The stadium has seen some recent investment with new stands being constructed at each end and the St Vincents Street Terrace being made all seated in 2011.

The ground's most striking feature is the murial that graces the corner of St Vincent Street. Looking at the St Vincents Street side first, a deep all seated stand that takes up the space between the Shore Road touchline and the centre line. There are a number of columns which could impede your view however the roof is sturdy enough to keep the rain out and keeps the sound inside the ground, helping to get a good atmosphere going. The capacity of this stand is 1,100. Looking past the pitch centre line, towards the Railway End, the club's two storey social club building and dressing rooms take up the space to the far touchline. Opposite is the Main Stand, which sits on the centre line on by far the narrowest of the four sides of the ground. The steep concrete based cantilever stand, built in the late 1970's was re-fitted in 2010 with new red seats. Both behind goal ends are virtually identical small all seated covered stands that were opened in 2011. Both have a capacity of 630 seats. The stadium is completed with a set of four modern floodlights.

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Future Developments

Steve informs me; 'The club have submitted plans for a new stadium in Duncrue, a half mile from the current stadium. The club are seeking private funding for this project after European funding was rejected. The plans are for a 6,000 capacity all seater stadium'. In an interesting move the Club have also announced that if they were to move, then the two new all seater stands at the Shore Road and Railway Ends, would be relocated to the new site.

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Mural on Corner of St Vincent Street & Entrance Gate


 Mural on Corner of St
                      Vincent Street & Entrance Gate photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Visitors are allocated the Wavin West (Shore Road) Stand at one end of the ground. This all seated stand is only six rows high and has a capacity of 630 seats. Unlike the former terrace that it replaced, it does have a roof, which gives some shelter from the elements. A burger stand and basic toilet facilities are located between the Shore Road terrace and St Vincent Street stands. Fan segregation is not usually imposed and if relations between the two sets of fans are considered good then visiting fans can take a seat in the Main Stand or even stand with the majority of Crusaders fans in the Railway end. In such circumstances visiting fans are also welcome in the members bar and function room of the club.

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Looking Towards The Construct Stadia Stand


Looking Towards The Construct Stadia Stand

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Where To Drink?

Steve informs me; 'If there is no segregation imposed then visiting fans will be allowed onto St Vincent Street and in turn into the social club function room, which has two bars and a big screen, which shows the lunchtime kick off in England or Scotland before the game. If the club have deemed it safe enough to allow visiting fans into the club then they should have no problems with the home fans as long as any banter is kept good natured and light hearted. In such circumstances the atmosphere between fans is quite relaxed. 

If, by contrast the club feel that relations between the two sets of fans makes it necessary to impose segregation then the social club will be out of bounds. The nearest safe place for a visiting fan to get a pre or post match drink, regardless of how welcome you may or may not have been made to feel at the game, is the Lansdowne Court Hotel, about half a mile from the ground. The hotel does pub grub and also has a high class Chinese restaurant, which is a bit on the expensive side'. 

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Main Stand


  Main Stand

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How To Get There & Where To Park
From Ballymena, Antrim & the North:

Follow the M2 into the outskirts of North Belfast, exit Junction 1 at the Fortwilliam Roundabout. Follow signposts to the city centre and turn left into the A2 Shore Road. The ground is on the left hand side.
 
From Lisburn, Portadown & the South:

Take the M1 into Belfast South.At the Junction 1 Roundabout continue into the A12 Westlink, then take a left turn into the A2 York Street.Once past the Yorkgate Shopping Centre the ground is no more than 5 minutes drive on the right hand side.
 
From Bangor & Newtonards:

Take the A2 Sydenham Bypass into East Belfast. Follow onto the M3, as the road passes over the river Lagan, turn off into Great Georges Street. At the A2 junction turn right into York Street. Once past the Yorkgate Shopping Centre the ground is no more than 5 minutes drive on the right hand side. 
 
Car Parking

The ground entrance along St Vincent Street has to be kept clear for emergency vehicles, and there is no parking available inside the ground so the nearest parking spaces are alongside Shore Road. There is, however, a free car park on a former warehouse site to the right hand side of York Road, 2 minutes south of the ground.

For a map showing the location of the ground see the Google map below, at the bottom of this page.

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Wavin Stand


Wavin
                    Stand

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By Train
The ground is approx 1.5 miles north of Yorkgate railway station, which is on the Belfast Central to Larne line, however for those arriving at either Belfast Central or Belfast Great Victoria Street Railway Station and Europa Bus Station, catch Metro bus 2 (Shore Road) from Donegal Square West, opposite Belfast City Hall.

A return fare from Great Victoria Street to Yorkgate costs 2 and trains leave no more than 9 minutes apart from 9am on a fourteen minute journey.
 
The number 2 bus services run no more than 8 minutes apart all day and stops right outside the ground.
 
Directions from Yorkgate Railway station to the ground:

Come out of the station exit and turn right into York Road. Follow the road for 10-15 minutes, Seaview will appear directly on the right hand side. 
 
Arriving in Belfast at Great Victoria Street Railway Station & Europa Bus Station:

The ground is around 20-30 minutes walk north of the station and city centre, however, for those that would like to visit Belfast City Centre before the game, when you come out of the bus station concourse / retail shops turn left, pass the opera house, and take a right turn into Howard Street.
This will lead you towards City Hall and the shops and restaurants in the heart of the City. From City Hall you have the option of either taking a taxi to the ground or catching Metro Bus 2 from Donegal Square West, opposite Belfast City Hall. This bus travels along York Street, with the ground appearing on the right hand side after a 10 minute journey.
 
Walking directions from Belfast City Hall to Seaview:

Starting at the corner of Donegall Place, next to McDonalds, follow the shopping street north,
as the road kinks to the right it becomes York Street. Follow this road past the Yorkgate
Shopping Centre and railway station. To the ground is 10-15 minutes walk from here, on the right hand side.

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Construct Stadia Stand

Admission Prices

Seating:
Adults 10
OAPs/Under 18's 6
Child 6

Terrace:
Adults 9
OAPs/Under 18's 5
Child 5

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St Vincent Street Stand

St Vincent Street Stand

Programme Price
Official Programme 2

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Local Rivals
Belfast Premier League clubs Cliftonville, Linfield and Glentoran and closer to home, near neighbours Brantwood. The rivalry with Linfield is a friendly one and the atmosphere at games is good natured.

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Ground Layout


Ground
                    Layout

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Fixtures 2013-2014

Northern Ireland Premier league fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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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.

Access their Belfast 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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Google Map

Map showing the location of the stadium and railway station.
Instructions for using the map:
- Use the bar on the left of the map to zoom in / out using the + / - keys.
- Click and drag an area of the map to move around or use the up/down, left/right arrows
   on the map.
- Click the Satellite button to see aerial view photograph. 



 

Video Tour Of The Ground


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