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Linfield
Windsor Park

Capacity: 10,500 (All Seated)
Address: Donegal Avenue, Belfast, BT12 6LW
Main Telephone No:
028 9024 4198
Fax No:
028 9024 4198
Team Nickname:
The Blues

Pitch Size:
110 x 75 yards
Year Ground Opened: 1905

Home Kit Colours:
Blue & White
Official Web Sites:

www.linfieldfc.com  
Unofficial Web Sites: 

SouthStandSays Blog
           
 

Map
Contents
What's Windsor Park Like?
North Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Where To Drink?
Looking Towards The Alex Russell Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Murals (photo)
By Train
Admission Prices
Local Rivals
Fixtures
Fans Reviews
Ground Map
Hotel Accommodation
Video Tour Around The Ground

Windsor Park Area Map


 

What's Windsor Park Like?

Windsor Park is at last seeing some much needed investment with the start of a 35m project to transform the stadium. This will involve the building of two new stands on the South side and and at the East End. The new South stand will extend around the South East and South West corners, enclosing Windsor Park in those areas. The existing North and Kop Stands are also to be renovated. This will result in a modern 18,000 capacity stadium. This project puts paid for the time being, the hopes for a new national stadium to be built in Northern Ireland. Artists impressions of how Windsor Park will look, after the works have been completed, can be found on the Irish Football Association website. 

Work has already commenced with the demolition of the South Stand and the removal of the temporary stand at the East End, so that for the time being the stadium is only composed of two sides. Parts of the South Stand had been in existence for over 100 years, with parts of dating back to when it was first built in 1909. It was also designed by the notable Scottish architect Archibald Leitch who in the early part of the 20th century designed a number of stands and grounds throughout Britain. So another Leitch design has now been confined to the history books.

On one side of the stadium is the North Stand. This covered all seated stand is two tiered and has a capacity of 6,862 red seats (when the stand was originally opened in the 1980s red seats were one of the few colours available). The stand had new roof panels fitted during 2010. At the West end of the ground is the impressive looking Kop Stand, which boasts just under 4,000 royal blue seats, housed in a covered steep single tier. Both these stands are cantilevered meaning that fans enjoy unobstructed views across the playing area. For the time being the stadium retains its relatively low corner floodlights.

People arriving at the ground by foot from the nearby Adelaide railway station will arrive at a tall and wide, dark green painted footbridge, where a beautiful collection of murals depicting former Northern Ireland players and famous quotes from managers and commentators adorn the walls, inside and outside. Sadly this bridge is also graffiti shrewn, and has a cage of steel which blocks the elevated view of the ground and the hills in the distance.

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North Stand


  North Stand Windsor Park

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
With the redevelopment taking place at Windsor Park, then for the 2014-2015 season, away fans will be housed in part of the Kop Stand (the traditional Linfield FC home end) at one end of the stadium. The seating in this area offers an excellent unobstructed view of the pitch and the facilities are adequate.

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Where To Drink?

There are no pubs in the immediate vicinity of the ground however there is a number of food and drink shops within a short distance along Lisburn Road, and plenty to choose from in the city centre.

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Alex Russell Stand


Alex
                  Russell Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From Portadown, Dungannon & The South:
Windsor Park is located approximately 1.5 miles south-west of Belfast city centre. Exit M1 at  Junction 1 and take the second exit on the A12 Westlink roundabout., into Glenmachan Street.Take a sharp turn left into Donegall Road, then turn right into Donegall Avenue, which runs alongside the railway line.
 
From Antrim, Ballymena & The North:
Take the M2 to North Belfast.Turn off into the A12 Westlink Road. This road leads onto the M1 Junction 1.Take the first left exit on the Junction 1 Roundabout into Glenmachan Street, then turn left into Donegall Road, then turn right into Donegall Avenue, which runs alongside the railway line.
 
From Bangor & Newtonards:
Take the A2 Sydenham Bypass into East Belfast. Follow onto the M3,as the road passes over the river Lagan, take a left turn and join the A12 West Link. This road leads onto the M1 Junction 1.Take the first left exit on the Junction 1 Roundabout into Glenmachan Street, then  turn left into Donegall Road, then turn right into Donegall Avenue, which runs alongside the railway line.
 
Car Parking
The ground has a large car park to the rear of the Alex Russell stand, parking around the ground is residential, although there is a number of large industrial estates and retail parks to the south of the ground which has plenty of car parking spaces. 


Map showing the location of Windsor Park in Belfast (at the bottom of this page).

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Murals

Windsor Park
                  Mural

By Train

There are a number of Railway stations to the south of Belfast, all within 20 minutes walk of the ground. These are Belfast Central, City Hospital, Botanic and Great Victoria Street, with Adelaide Station being 2 minutes walk south of the ground. All slow train services from Portadown and Bangor stop at these stations, however the Enterprise Service from Belfast Central to Dublin Connolly only stop at Botanic.
 
Arriving At Victoria Street Railway Station/Europa Bus Station
The ground is around 20-30 minutes walk south of the station, 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.
 
There is not a direct service from the city centre to the ground, however Metro Bus 9 operates from
Donegall Square East, next to Belfast City Hall. This bus runs along Lisburn Road with regular stops.
If you sit on the bus upper deck and look out to the right hand side this will give you a good idea of
when you are getting closer to the ground. Depart the bus as close as possible to Lower Windsor
Avenue then take a 2 minute walk along to the end of the road, pass over the railway footbridge and
into the ground.
 
Directions To The Stadium From Great Victoria Street Railway Station/Europa Bus Station:
Exit the bus station concourse/retail shops and turn right, following the Great Victoria Street Road.
At the Bradbury Place junction take a right turn into the A1 Lisburn Road. Follow this road and take
a right turn into Lower Windsor Avenue. The ground is visible at the far end of the road. Once at the
end of the road, cross the railway footbridge. The ground is directly ahead.
  
Directions To The Stadium From Adelaide Railway Station:
Adelaide Railway Halt is a 2 minute walk south of the ground. This can be reached by catching
the Portadown/Newry slow train from Central Station, Botanic,City Hospital or Great Victoria
Street stations. Once at Adelaide Halt turn left and a two minute walk will take you to the railway
footbridge and into the ground.

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Admission Prices
Adults: 10
OAPS/Under 18's: 6

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2

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Local Rivals
Biggest rivalry is with East Belfast club Glentoran, But also Crusaders & Cliftonville from North Belfast.

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

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Fans Reviews
Mike Turner (Neutral) 23/2/13

Ground Map

Windsor Park
                  Layout

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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Video Tour Of Windsor Park

The Ulster Groundhopper provides us with this excellent below about Windsor Park, which also includes some history and background about the area. Please note the video was made before the current redevelopment.

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Map Showing The Location Of Windsor Park And Railway Station

 

 


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