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Portadown
Shamrock Park

Capacity: 8,000 (Seats 3,800)
Address:
Brownstown Road, Portadown, Co. Armagh, BT62 3PZ
Main Telephone No: 028 3833 2726
Fax No: 028 3833 2726
Team Nickname: The Ports
Pitch Size: 110 x 60 yards
Year Ground Opened: To be advised
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Official Web Site:
www.portadownfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
None at present.

 



Map
Contents
What's The Ground Like?
Future Developments
Main Entrance (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
MET Stand
(photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
South Stand
(photo)
By Train
Unused North End
(photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Ground Map

Local Rivals

Fixtures
Hotel Accommodation
Video Tour Of The Ground

Google Area Map

What's The Ground Like?

Shamrock Park is located one mile west of Portadown town centre, close to the A3 Armagh Road. The main entrance to the ground on the corner of Brownstone Road boasts an impressive new brick facade with the club crest high above a gateway, replicating a feature of the old Shamrock Park .The ground is in a transitional period at the moment, being halfway through an ambitious rebuilding program which has seen the removal of terracing and a speedway track.

Looking at the ground from the new Met stand on the east side of Shamrock Park, to the left is the new south stand which replaced a curved open terrace in 2006.  This impressive stand has 1,000 red plastic seats beneath a "goalpost" steel roof structure, takes up the width of the penalty area, and is raised slightly above pitch level. Unusually the stand sits in a similar  position as the former south terrace, leaving a gap of several metres behind the goal where the speedway circuit used to be. The curved line of the former terrace fencing has been repositioned behind the goal. Despite the distance from the touchline, the spectators have an excellent unobstructed view of the pitch. Looking to the far right from the main stand the shape of the old ground layout becomes more obvious, with the former speedway track now buried beneath the grass of the new training pitch which sits behind the goal.

Looking opposite to the west side of the ground, the old main stand sits proudly on the pitch centre line, with 1,000 modern red plastic seats on a raised seating deck. There are a number of columns to this stand which may impede your view. Players emerge from dressing rooms beneath the stand's seating deck. A pair of modern plastic dug outs sit either side of the players entrance. Although the stand still maintains its distance from the pitch behind the former speedway track, the elevated seating deck ensures a good view of the action. Finally turning to the Met stand, this impressive cantilever stand was opened in 2008 and  has 1,800 red plastic seats. This new structure replaces a covered terrace. As with the new south stand, the base is raised slightly above the pitch level and sits behind the outline of the former speedway track. It should be noted that the views from this stand and the main stand are obstructed in part by the set of pitch side floodlight pylons. Hopefully these will now be removed, as the stadium has now been fitted with a new set of four floodlight pylons.

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Future Developments
There are long term plans to replace the old main stand with a new 2,000 seat single tier stand with executive facilities at the rear. It is uncertain at present whether this proposed new main stand on the west side of the ground will be built in the same position as the old main stand. If this is the case the club has the option of putting the speedway or a new athletics circuit back in place should the club need to increase its revenue from other sources. 

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Main Entrance


 Main Entrance

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Visitors enter the ground through the main entrance gate on the corner of Brownstown Road ,a new turnstile block to the right leads out onto the new South stand. Views from the stand are excellent and the cantilever roof  is both low enough to keep out the rain, and acoustically ideal for getting a good atmosphere going.

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Main Stand


Main
                  Stand

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Where To Drink?
There is little on offer in the immediate vicinity of the ground however there is plenty of pubs in Portadown Town Centre.  

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MET Stand


MET
                  Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
From Belfast:
Exit the M1 at Junction 11 and take the M12 to Portadown. At the Kernan Loop follow the A3 Northway
Road towards Portadown and Armagh. Once past the railway station and town centre take a left turn into Brownstown Road,the ground is at the end of the street on the right hand side.
 
From Dungannon:
Take the A4 into Charles Street and Corcain Road. At the A3 Junction turn right into Northway, then a left into Brownstown Road. The ground is at the end of the street on the right hand side.
 
From Newry:
Take the A27 into Portadown, turn right into the A3 Armagh Road, then take the first left at Brownstown
Road. The ground entrance is on the left hand side.
 
From Banbridge:
Take the A50 Gilford Road into Portadown. Continue over the river bridge and into the High Street. At the church take a left turn and follow the A3 Armagh Road over the railway bridge. Take a right turn into Brownstown Road, the ground entrance is on the left hand side. 

Car Parking:
There is no parking available at the ground for spectators, therefore it is a case of finding some street parking.

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

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By Train
Portadown benefits from an excellent regular train service from Bangor, Belfast, Dublin and the surrounding area. The railway station is 2 minutes walk north of the town centre. There are also local bus services from Armagh, Lurgan, Lisburn and Banbridge which stop and pick up on both sides of the High Street.
 
Directions to the ground from the railway station:

Come out of the railway station on the ticket office platform, take a left turn at the bottom of the steps, under the A3 Northway Road. Follow the footpath into the town centre, then turn right in the  High Street. At the church road junction take the left fork into Church Street. This leads into Armagh Road and a bridge over the railway line. After a 5 minute walk you will see the ground on your right hand side. Turn right into Brownstown Road, the main entrance is on the left hand side.

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Unused North End


Unused North End

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Admission Prices
Adults: 10
OAPS/Under 16's: 6

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2

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Ground Map


Ground plan

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Local Rivals

Lurgan club Glenavon are the nearest Premier League rivals. Portadown club Annagh United as well as Loughgall and Armagh City are all local rivals.

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Fixtures
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 Portadown 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 The Ground

The Ulster Groundhopper provides us with this excellent video about Shamrock Park on YouTube, which also includes some history and background about the area.

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Google Area Map

 

 

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