Kassam Stadium Like?
Future Ground Developments
The South & Oxford Mail Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
North Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Looking Towards The West End (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
A Closer Look At The Oxford Mail Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Kassam Stadium Location Map
|What's The Kassam Stadium Like?|
|The club moved to the Kassam Stadium in 2001, after leaving the Manor Ground, which had been its home for 76 years. The stadium is named after the former Club Chairman Firoz Kassam. It was built at a cost of around £15m and is located on the outskirts of Oxford. It has only three sides, with one end remaining unused. Each of the stands are of a good size, are all seated, covered and are roughly of the same height. The South Stand on one side of the pitch, is a two-tiered stand with a row of executive boxes. This is a particularly impressive looking stand with police control and press boxes situated at the back. Opposite is the single tiered North Stand, primarily given to away supporters. This has a number of strange looking floodlights protruding from its roof. At the one end is the Oxford Mail Stand, which is also single tiered. There is a special type of pitch, one of the first to have artificial grass woven into the live turf. One disappointment is the large gaps in the corners, which sets the stands back from the playing surface and means cold winds whistling through in winter. Outside the stadium at the West End, there is a statue of an Ox.|
|Future Ground Developments|
Foundations have been put in place for the future construction of a fourth stand, at the West End of the stadium. However it is unlikely that this will be built until as and when the Club progress up through the leagues.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
Away fans are normally
housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the
open end of the ground. This stand may be shared
with home supporters, or if demand requires it, then
the whole of this stand can be allocated providing
just over 5,000 seats in total. The facilities
within and the views of the playing action are
excellent, and there is also good leg room. The
atmosphere within the ground is not bad, with the
home fans in the Oxford Mail Stand doing their best
to raise it. There is not much around the ground in
terms of pubs and eating establishments, although
refreshments inside the stadium are okay, although
if there is a large away support, then it can take
quite a while to get served. Refreshments on offer
include: Cheeseburgers (£3.80), Burgers (£3.40), Hot
Dogs (£3) and a selection of Wrights Pies (£3). With
one end of the ground being open, there is always
the remark 'of watch my car' as another wayward shot
flies into the car park behind. On the whole I found
the Kassam Stadium to be an enjoyable and a largely
friendly day out.
|Where To Drink?|
|With the closure of 'The Priory' pub then
there is a limited choice of bars near to the stadium.
Andy Wraight informs me, 'There is the Holiday Inn
Express Hotel on the corner behind the Oxford Mail and
South Stand, which has a fair sized bar. The bar
welcomes football supporters and has Sky Television.
Kim Rockall adds; 'There is a cinema and bowling alley
complex located adjacent to the stadium, called Ozone.
Inside the bowling alley there is a bar, which also
has SKY TV and a fast food outlet'. There is also on the complex
a Chinese buffet restaurant called Oxy
Dave Langford a visiting Northampton Town fan tells me; 'I found a small local pub called the George Inn, situated in Littlemore just off the ring road (not far from Sainsburys). It had a number of television screens showing the early kick off and we were served fairly quickly. The Oxford fans at the pub made us very welcome and the landlord suggested that I leave my car in the pub car park for the duration of the match as the stadium was only a ten minute walk away. There were assorted pies and sausage rolls available. All in all a good find.'
Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground in the form of: Carlsberg (500ml Can £3.90), Brains SA Smooth (Pint £3.80), Cider (500ml Can £3.80) and Wine (minature bottles £4).
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
The stadium is quite well
signposted from the main routes into Oxford, with
brown football signs pointing the way. The stadium can be found in
between the Oxford Science Park & Blackbird Leys
Estate. From the A423 Ring Road, take the A4074
towards Reading. After the roundabout with Sainsbury's
on one corner, take the left turning sign posted
Cowley/Wallington/Oxford Science Park and you
eventually come to the ground on your left.
showing the location of the Kassam Stadium
(at the bottom of this page).
Oxford railway station is
over four miles from the
ground and it is really not advisable to try to walk
|Swindon Town & Reading.|
|Official Programme £3|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Oxford United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
The Kassam Stadium:
12,243 v Leyton Orient,
League Two, May 6th 2006.
At The Manor Ground:
22,750 v Preston North End,
FA Cup 6th Round, February 29th, 1964.
2012-2013: 5,955 (League Two)
2011-2012: 5,986 (League Two)
2010-2011: 7,277 (League Two)
|Fans Reviews Of The Kassam Stadium|
Parker (Doing the 92) 22/10/13
Myles Munsey (Torquay United) 10/11/12
John Spooner (Southend United) 28/4/12
Kevin Hulbert (Port Vale) 29/10/11
Paul Dickinson (Doing The 92) 8/10/11
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Last Updated: 29 November 2013