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Linfield
Windsor Park

Capacity: 18,500 (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?
External View Of Windsor Park
(photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Looking Towards The Alex Russell Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
South Stand (photo)
By Train
Alex Russell Stand
(photo)
Admission Prices
Temporary Seated Stand
(photo)
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, as the home of Northern Ireland is now lagging a long way behind the National Football Stadiums of England, Scotland, Wales & The Irish Republic in terms of facilities and seating capacity, but what it lacks in size and overall comfort it makes up for in individual touches and a sense of spirit. 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. The ground is surrounded by a Victorian housing estate ,industrial units and office buildings, and unfortunately fans really need to watch their footing as they walk up to the ground as dog mess seems to be something of an ongoing problem.

Entering the ground through the main gates to the left of the social club, we find an interesting combination of the old and new. Looking from the raised and covered multi coloured seating deck of the Archibald Leitch designed South Stand we see directly across the pitch to the North Stand with its Upper and Lower Tiers 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.To the right is the Donegal Avenue or Railway End, which currently houses a temporary seating deck of around 3,000 grey tip up plastic seats for intentional matches. This metal decked structure replaces the old wooden barrel roofed stand and paddock which was demolished in 2010.

Looking to the left is the impressive Alex Russell home end, which boasts just under 4,000 royal blue seats on a steep single tier and unobstructed views across the ground. Fans of the more traditional looking stadium will be pleased to see that Windsor Park still retains its relatively low corner floodlights. The ground also retains its exposed paddock at the front of the South Stand though this has now been covered by a metal deck and a temporary row of around 2,500 exposed green seats, though this is also only used during international matches. The multi-columned South Stand, now the oldest part of the ground, has a camera gantry positioned precariously on its sloping roof, with a stadium control tower built at the far end of the paddock. The groundís social club occupies a corner position next to the South Stand, with the view from its first floor viewing balcony partly obscured by the base to the Donegal Avenue End floodlights.
 

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Future Developments

The IFA have announced that they have received planning permission to increase the capacity of the stadium to 18,000. The £29m project will see the redevelopment of two sides of the stadium, with the South Stand being redeveloped and another new stand being constructed at the East End. These stands will extend around the South East corner, enclosing Windsor Park in that area. The existing North & Alex Russell Stands are also to be renovated. The announcement puts paid for the time being, to the hopes for a new national stadium to be built in Northern Ireland. Work has now commenced on the replacing of the South Stand with it being demolished in July 2014. Artists impressions of how the proposed Windsor Park will look, can be found on the Irish Football Association website. 

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External View Of Windsor Park


  Windsor Park External View

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Visitors are housed in the upper tier of the North Stand, which is similar in design to Millwall's New Den. The seating offers an excellent unobstructed view of the pitch, however since the roof above is so high, this provides little cover for spectators on the lowest rows of seats when the rain comes down.

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Looking Towards The Alex Russell Stand


  Looking Towards The Alex Russell Stand

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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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North Stand


North
                  Stand, Windsor Park

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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. 


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

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South Stand

South Stand, Windsor Park

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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Alex Russell Stand


Alex
                  Russell Stand

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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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Temporary Seated Stand


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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

Ground 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 video about Windsor Park on YouTube, which also includes some history and background about the area.

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Map Showing The Location Of Windsor Park 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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