as Drumbo Park for greyhound racing
New Grosvenor Stadium (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?
Club Offices & Morton McKnight Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
East Side (photo)
South End (photo)
Google Area Map
Video Tour Of The Ground
|What's The Ground Like?|
By day the ground is
called the New Grosvenor Stadium for football,
but by night becomes Drumbo Park for greyhound
racing. It is located in a rural
setting two miles north-east of the city of
Lisburn on the edge of the village Ballyskeagh. The
ground is entered by a long narrow driveway which
leads out onto the car park, football club social
building and offices on the west side of the ground.
Looking at the ground from this west side, the New
Grosvenor Stadium, which was opened in 1980, owes
its oval shape to greyhound racing.
|The Club have received planning permission to construct a new stand on the East side of the stadium. The planned capacity of this is also 2,000. However the Club have yet to announce as to when construction is likely to commence.|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
Away supporters are allocated the
covered terrace next to the new stand on the east
side of the ground. Since the fencing has been
removed the view of the pitch has improved
considerably. The low roof offers good protection
from the rain although, bearing in mind the position
of the terrace towards the south goal, the view to
the north goal and nearside corner flag is a little
restricted by the greyhound racing
floodlights. Refreshments are provided by a
burger van, selling hot dogs, burgers and chips,
whilst four portaloos are situated at the back of
the away fans terrace.
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a Social Club at the stadium which welcomes visiting supporters. The entrance to it is next to the Morton McKnight Stand. Steve informs me; 'the nearest pub is Robbie Cahoons situated just over a mile from the ground. To find the pub which also has a restaurant, then on leaving the stadium, turn right towards Lambeg. Then turn right at the junction with the A1, towards Belfast, Robbie Cahoons is 200 yards on the left. Ample parking'. Otherwise as the ground is located on the edge of a village, there is little else on offer in the immediate vicinity.|
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
From Belfast (around a six mile journey):
|The New Grosvenor Stadium
is located between between Belfast and Lisburn, and
Portadown-Belfast Central-Bangor services stop at both Lisburn and Lambeg, which is the nearest
stop. Since there is little food or drink on offer close to the ground you might like to take a stroll into Lisburn before the game. When you come out of the station follow the road past the orange hall, the city centre is directly ahead. When heading out to the ground Lambeg is the second station heading towards Belfast, a 6 minute journey.
Directions From Lambeg Station To The Ground:
When arriving at Lambeg cross the footbridge onto the "trains to Lisburn" platform and walk out
onto the station approach road. Turn left at the end of the road, carry on past pass the church and the river. Be careful however as you approach the top of the hill as the footpath disappears on a blind corner. Once past the industrial estate, golf club and the footbridge over the stream the ground will appear on the left hand side.
Steve adds; 'the latest train that will get a fan to the ground on time for a Saturday game, is the 13:15 from Belfast Great Victoria Street, getting off at Lambeg (6th stop). Lambeg station is around 1.25 miles from the ground and there no taxi rank available. Allow 30 minutes to walk to the ground. A day return fare is £5'.
Arriving At Lisburn Bus Station:
Lisburn bus centre can be reached by Metro Bus 9 from Belfast City Hall, as well as a number of
local services from Portadown and Lurgan. For travelling out to the ground in the village of Ballyskeagh, bus services are restricted. Local service 514 Lisburn Bus Centre-Belfast Great Victoria Street Europa Bus Centre takes 15 minutes to pass by Ballyskeagh Distillery but the timetable is every two hours on a Saturday afternoon, so I would instead suggest either catching a taxi from Lisburn City Centre or walk to Lisburn Railway station and catch a Belfast or Bangor service to Lambeg. Once at the station the ground is a pleasant 25 minute walk. (See directions above). Otherwise a taxi to the ground from Lisburn would cost around £5.
Steve adds; 'The latest bus out of Belfast for a Saturday game, is the 13:15 to Lisburn, this service then connects at Lisburn bus station with the 13;55 scenic route to Belfast, which stops right outside the stadium. Passengers unsure of the area would be advised to check at Lisburn bus station, which Belfast bound bus you need to catch to the ground.'
|Official Programme £2.|
|Northern Ireland Premier league fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Lurgan club Glenavon are the nearest Premier League rivals, though South Belfast Clubs Donegal Celtic and PSNI are also close by.|
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|Google Area Map|
|Video Tour Of The Ground|
The Ulster Groundhopper provides us with this excellent video about the New Grosvenor Park on YouTube, which also includes some history and background about the area.
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