Football Ground Guide


Norwich City FC
Carrow Road

Capacity: 27,220 (all seated)
Address:
Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE
Main Telephone No: 01603 760 760
Ticket Office: 0844 826 1902
Fax No: 01603 613 886
Team Nickname: The Canaries
Year Ground Opened: 1935
Undersoil Heating:
Yes
Pitch Size: 114 x 74 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Aviva
Kit Manufacturers: Errea
Home Kit Colours: Yellow & Green
Away Kit Colours: Red and Purple
Official Web Site: www.canaries.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:  German Canaries,
Wrath Of The Barclay, Forces2Canaries
On The Ball City (FootyMad Network),
Scottish Canaries

Capital Canaries, Yarmouth Yellows, The Pink'un


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Contents

What's Carrow Road Like?
Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The River End
 
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The Barclay End (photo)
Where To Drink?
Geoffrey Watling City Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
A Closer Look At The Barclay End (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices For Away Supporters
The Jarrold (South) Stand (photo)
Fixtures 2014-2015
Programme & Fanzine
Layout Of Carrow Road
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Old Carrow Road
Hotel Accommodation
Other Places Of Interest
View From The Away Section
(Video)
Carrow Road Location Map


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What's Carrow Road Like?

Carrow Road has been steadily redeveloped since the late 1970's, with all four sides of the ground having new stands. The newest of these is the Jarrold South Stand at one side of the pitch which was opened in 2004. It is an impressive looking cantilever, single tier, all seated stand, that can house up to 8,000 supporters. It is has a large television gantry suspended beneath its largely perspex roof. This stand was further extended in 2005 and now surrounds the corner of the ground where it joins the Norwich & Peterborough Stand, 'filling in' that area. The rest of the ground is also all seated and all stands are covered. Both ends look particularly smart, being large two tiered affairs, complete with a row of executive boxes and distinctive pairs of large floodlight pylons protruding from their roofs. The first of these to be built was the River End in 1979 (it was later renamed the Norwich & Peterborough Stand), with the Barclay End opposite opening in 1992. On the remaining side is the Geoffrey Watling City Stand. Named after a former club president and opened in 1986, this single tiered stand is smaller than both ends and houses amongst other things the Directors Box and Press Area. This stand extends around to meet the ends at both corners, giving the ground an enclosed look on that side. In one corner in-between the Barclay End and Jarrold South Stand, the stadium is overlooked by a sizeable Holiday Inn Hotel. David Westgate adds; 'The corner in-fill between the Barclay Stand and the Geoffrey Watling City Stand is affectionately known to Norwich fans as the "Snake Pit!"

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Future Ground Developments
Craig Johnson informs me; 'The Club have announced that if they were to stay in the Premier League for the next two consecutive seasons, then they would look at possibly replacing the Geoffrey Watling City Stand, with a new 12,000 seat stand, raising the overall capacity of Carrow Road to 35,000. There is also still the option to add an additional tier to the Jarrold (South) Stand (the foundations are already in place) which would further raise the capacity of the ground to around 39,000'.

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 Looking Towards The River End


Looking Towards The River End photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed on one side of the new South Stand, on one side of the ground. As you would expect from a new stand the facilities and view of the playing action are good. The normal allocation in this area is 2,500 fans although this can be increased further for cup games. If you are located at the very back of this stand then you can enjoy some fine views across the city, including Norwich Cathedral. The Club I found to be particularly friendly and relaxed. I certainly would rate it as one of the better away days, even though it seems an eternity to get there. As Delia Smith is on the board of Norwich City, the food available within the ground has been spruced up a fair bit and is very good. The Club even bake their own pies which not only include the usual array such as steak & kidney, chicken & mushroom, but also a number of 'matchday specials' (which change from game to game) such as beef in red wine gravy & cheese, mushroom and garlic.

Tom Jameson a visiting Sheffield United fan informs me; 'I recently visited Carrow Road and found it to be a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere which made for a very enjoyable day out. The stand is very modern, and offers a decent view of the action with plenty of leg room. One problem I did encounter was the tendency of the stewards to order away supporters to keep seated throughout the game. This led to our fans singing 'Sit down, if you hate Wednesday' instead of the usual 'Stand up, if you hate Wednesday' and 'Sit down, stand up, which did not go down too well with the stewards who in my mind very harshly ejected one supporter from the stadium. So it is advisable to comply with the steward requests, although I did find it all rather annoying'.

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Looking Towards The Barclay End


Looking Towards The Barclay End

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Where To Drink?
The main pub for away fans is the 'Compleat Angler', which is located opposite the railway station. It is situated on a river bank and has a nice outside terrace outside overlooking the river. The pub itself is a bit basic but offers food and is away fan friendly. It is a about a ten minute walk away from Carrow Road. Otherwise Norwich has a number of pubs located in its centre, in fact on one visit I found a number of good pubs situated in-between the train station and the ground, that were friendly. In fact I almost ended up being a pub crawl before the match had begun!

Rob Emery informs me; 'Not far away from the ground and towards the City Centre a new leisure complex called the Riverside has opened. This has a number of drinking and eating establishments, including a Wetherspoons Lloyds No.1 outlet. Whilst Nicholas Mead
suggests; 'the Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road brews its own beer and is around a 10 minute walk away from the ground'.

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Geoffrey Watling City Stand


Geoffrey Watling City Stand photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
The ground is well signposted from the A11 and A47. From the southern bypass (A47) take the A146 into the city. At the traffic lights turn right towards the city centre on the A1054. At the next roundabout stay in the left hand lane and continue towards the city centre along the A147. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right into King Street. This street as it bends around to the right and crosses the river becomes Carrow Road, the ground is further down on the right.

David Clarke informs me that 'The best car park for away fans is Norfolk County Hall, which is well sign posted on the left of the A146, as you follow signs towards the ground from the Southern Bypass. It is currently 6 and can hold about 2000 cars, and does usually fill up by 2pm for games where the away team bring loads of fans'. Martyn Swan adds; 'It's advisable to get to the car park before 1pm if you want a decent spot, otherwise you may get stuck in spaces at the back, and it can then take ages at the end of the game to exit'.

After the game has ended some roads are closed to allow the crowd to disperse quickly and safely. For details of precisely which roads are closed, visit the Norwich City Council website.

Map showing the location of the Carrow Road football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: NR1 1JE

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By Train
The ground is walkable from Norwich train station. If you ignore all those wonderful pubs it should take you no more than 10 minutes to walk to the ground. From the station turn left and head for the Morrisons supermarket and you should see the ground behind that. 

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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A Closer Look At The Barclay End


A Closer Look At The Barclay End photo

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Local Rivals
Ipswich Town.

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Admission Prices For Away Supporters
Like a number of clubs, Norwich City operate a match category policy (A+, A, B & C) whereby the more popular matches cost more to watch. Category A+ prices are shown below, with other category A, B & C prices shown in brackets.

Away Fans:
Adults: 50 (A 45) (B 35) (C 30)
Over 65's: 40 (A 35) (B 25) (C 20)
Under 16's: 30 (A 25) (B 20) (C 15)
Under 12's: 20 (A 15) (B 12) (C 10) 

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The Jarrold (South) Stand


The Jarrold (South) Stand photo

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Norwich City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme; 3.50
Y'Army Fanzine 1.

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Layout Of Carrow Road


Carrow Road Norwich Ground Layout

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
43,984 v Leicester City
FA Cup 6th Round, March 30th, 1963.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
26,846 v Cardiff City
Premier League, October 26th, 2013.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 26,805 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 26,672
(Premier League)
2011-2012: 26,606 (Premier League)

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Fans Reviews Of Carrow Road
Andrew Daffern (Leicester City) 18/2/12
Harry Williamson (Chelsea) 21/1/12
Leigh Evans (Tottenham Hotspur) 27/12/11
Will Harris (Ipswich Town) 28/11/10
Craig Stevens (Leeds United) 20/11/10
Lee Jones (Swansea City) 21/08/10

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Old Carrow Road
To see a photo of the Barclay End Terrace shortly prior to its redevelopment in 1992, then visit the
Old Grounds and Stands
Section of the Guide.

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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 have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward 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. Hotels are listed giving details of their distance from the ground.

Access their Norwich 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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Other Places Of Interest
Norwich itself is a beautiful city, with plenty of history to be seen and a nice river flowing through it. So if you have a chance get there early and go for a pleasant wander around the centre stopping at the occasional watering hole along the way. Great Yarmouth is not far away on the coast so why not make a weekend of it?

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View From The Away Section



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.

Map showing the location of Carrow Road, railway station and listed pubs


 

 

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Last Updated: 24 July 2014