What's Carrow Road
|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 unusual in having not one, but three separate television gantries 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!"
|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'.
|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'.
|Where To Drink?|
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'.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
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
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'.
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
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
|Admission Prices For Away Supporters|
|Like a number of clubs, Norwich City
operate a match category policy (A+,
& 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
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)
|Norwich City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme & Fanzine|
Y'Army Fanzine £1.
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
43,984 v Leicester City
FA Cup 6th Round, March 30th, 1963.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
26,842 v Aston Villa
Premier League, May 4th, 2013.
2011-2012: 26,606 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 25.386 (Championship League)
2009-2010: 24,671 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of Carrow Road|
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
Susan Bowen (Leicester City) 1/04/06
|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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|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?|
|Map showing the location of Carrow Road, railway station and listed pubs|
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