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Glentoran

The Oval

Capacity: 10,000 (Seats 5,000)
Address:
Mersey Street, Belfast, BT4 1FG
Main Telephone No: 028 9045 6137
Fax No:
028 9073 2956 
Pitch Size:
112 x 72 yards 
Team Nickname:
The Glens
Home Kit Colours:
Red, Black and Green shirts  Black shorts 
Official Web Site:
www.glentoran.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
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Contents
What's The Oval Like?
Future Developments
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The Away Terrace (photo)
Where To Drink?
Looking Towards Home Terrace (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Away Terrace (photo)
By Train
By Air
Home Terrace
(photo)
Admission Prices

Ground Map

Programme

Local Rivals

Fixtures 2013-2014
Hotel Accommodation
The Oval Location Map


 

What's The Oval Like?

The Oval is located in a residential area of east Belfast, close to Belfast City Airport and the City Centre. Home fans enter the ground through a gateway at the end of Parkside Drive. The car park leads onto the rear of the Main Stand with its club shop, club offices and players dressing rooms on the ground floor. Looking at the main stand from pitch side, this tall but narrow stand dominates the ground. Sitting to the left of the pitch towards the curved (West) end the stand originally had a small paddock area which has now been converted to seats to form a family area, with a low lightweight roof. Above it, raised a couple of metres above pitch level is the steep upper tier seating deck, complete with 2,720 red and green plastic seats. The view from these seats is spectacular, not just of the pitch but the dockyards and Harland and Wolfe shipyard cranes in the foreground and Cave Hill in the far distance.

Looking to the right from these seats the home terrace behind the (East) end offers an unrestricted, if a little bit exposed view of the whole ground. Although The Oval is regarded as oval in shape the curve behind the goals is more eliptical rather than a true half circle, and there is no athletics track as the name may suggest so the terracing is not far removed from the action. There is however a tall pitch side fence around three sides of the ground. On the opposite side of the pitch from the Main Stand there is a covered terrace which backs onto the Belfast to Bangor railway line. This stand, which sits on the pitch centre line, has been converted to seating for 2,000 spectators. There are a number of columns at the front of the stand which may impede your view however the low roof keeps the rain out and ensures a good atmosphere. The side wings to the left and right of the stand remain exposed terracing. Looking to the left of the Main Stand the open terracing behind the (West) end of the ground mirrors the dimensions and shape of the (East) end. Because of its location, history and layout The Oval is regarded as something of a classic ground by ground hoppers from outside Northern Ireland.  
 

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Future Developments
In March 2003 the clubs shareholders decided to sell The Oval to a property developer for 3.5 million, paving the way for the club to build a proposed 7 million new stadium elsewhere in Belfast-most likely near to the existing ground behind the away terrace and A2 dual carriageway. However with the current economic climate it is unclear as to when this may actually take place. For now the club have pressed on with upgrading The Oval piece by piece when funds become available.

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External View


External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Visitors are allocated an enclosed section of the curved (west) terrace behind the goal. Please note that the away section of the terrace is accessed by a separate covered walkway (See ground layout map). The terrace is open to the elements and although there is a tall pitch side fence around this side of the ground the terrace is tall enough to allow spectators to see over the fence and view the whole ground. 

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Looking Towards The Away Terrace


Looking
                  Towards The Away Terrace

Where To Drink?

The nearest pubs and shops are in Belmont Road, in the Strandtown area of the city, 5-10 minutes walk from the Parkgate Drive main entrance. Follow Mersey Street away from the ground, over the river. At the end of the road turn left, cross the road and take the next right turn into Pims Avenue. This will lead onto the busy Hollywood Road Continue over the cross road into Belmont Road. If you are unable to find a suitable place to drink there are plenty of buses that lead back into the city centre from Hollywood Road.

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Looking Towards The Home Terrace


 Looking Towards The Home Terrace

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

Follow the M2 to South of Junction 1,pass over the River Lagan onto the M3 and turn off at the Odyssey Arena junction. Continue along the exit road, take a right turn into Sydenham Road, towards the Harland Technology Park.At the roundabout take the third exit which takes you back over the A2 Sydenham Bypass. Take a left turn into Mersey Street. The main entrance is at the end of Parkside Drive, on the left hand side.
 
From Lisburn, Portadown & the South:

Follow the M1 to Junction 1,continue along the A12 Westlink and join the M3 on the approach to Odyssey Arena.Pass over the River Lagan,and turn off at the Odyssey Arena junction.Continue along the exit road, take a right turn into Sydenham Road, towards the Harland Technology Park.At the roundabout take the third exit which takes you back over the A2 Sydenham Bypass. Take a left turn into Mersey Street. The main entrance is at the end of Parkside Drive, on the left hand side.
 
Car Parking
There is a car park at the ground, at the rear of the main stand though as there is only one entrance and exit gate getting away after a game is time consuming.

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

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Away Terrace


Away
                  Terrace

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By Train
There are two railway stations on the Belfast Central to Bangor railway line that are within walking distance from the ground. Bridge Street is the best option, a three minute journey from Belfast Central Station will bring you to this stop, and a safe 10 minute walk will bring you to the ground. Sydenham Railway Station is the next stop down the line, and takes 20 minutes to walk from the station to the ground. Directions from Sydenham Railway station are also shown below since it is the nearest stop for fans arriving at Belfast City Airport.

Directions from Bridge Street Station:

Go over the footbridge, walk through the subway and turn left. This will lead you into a housing estate in Ballymacarett Road (featuring a mural to author C.S Lewis) .After a 5 minute walk you will see crossroads, take a left turn into Dee Street and you should catch a glimpse of the floodlights. Follow Dee Street as it turns to the right and just as you see the road go up hill towards the railway bridge, take a turn to the right into Mersey Street. The ground main entrance is a further 5 minute walk at the end of Parkgate Drive.   

Directions from Sydenham Station:

From the housing estate side, follow Station Road to its end, turn right into Holywood Road, follow the road downhill and take a right turn into Park Avenue, then left into Connisbrook Avenue, and right into Mersey Street. The ground entrance is at the end of Parkside Drive, on the right hand side of the road.
 
Arriving in Belfast at Great Victoria Street Railway Station or Europa Bus Centre:
There is a taxi rank directly outside the bus/train station however as this will take you slowly through the busy city centre to The Oval on the east side of Belfast this will prove an expensive option. Alternatively, when you come out of the station entrance turn left, pass the opera house, and take a right turn into Howard Street. This will lead you towards City Hall. From here you have the option of walking to the ground, grabbing a taxi or picking up Metro Bus 3 (Holywood Road) from Donegal Square West bus stop. Since this bus does not go direct to the ground you will need to get off as it travels along Newtownards Road, then walk up Dee Street and take a right turn into Mersey Street. The entrance to The Oval is on the left hand side at the end of Parkside Drive.
 

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By Air
There is a taxi rank directly outside the terminal building, and Airport Express Service 600 runs direct to Belfast City centre at regular intervals, however there is no direct bus link to The Oval from either the Airport or the City Centre.
 
For those with time on their hands, the ground can be reached on foot in around 30 minutes. Turn right when you come out of the main terminal building, walk through the car park and alongside the A2 Sydenham Bypass,walk over the footbridge to Sydenham Railway Station. From here Metro Bus 3 can get you closer to the ground as it passes along Connsbrook Avenue  or Newtownards Road, however if you prefer to keep walking,follow Station Road to its end,turn  right into Holywood Road, follow the road downhill and take a right turn into Park Avenue,then left  into Connisbrook Avenue, and right into Mersey Street.The ground entrance is at the end of  Parkside Drive,on the right hand side of the road.


 

Home Terrace


Home
                  Terrace

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Admission Prices
Adults 10
Concessions 7
Under11's 1

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Ground Map


The Oval
                  Ground Layout

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Programme
Official Programme 3

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Local Rivals
The main Premier League rivalry is with Linfield from South Belfast, but also Crusaders and Cliftonville from North Belfast League club Dundela are near neighbours.

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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 Area 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. 

 

 

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