What's Home Park
|What's Home Park Like?|
2001 Home Park was transformed, with three sides of
the ground being completely re-built. This included
both ends and one side of the ground. They were
replaced by single tiered, covered all seated stands,
that are of the same design and height. The corners
between these stands were also filled with seating so
that the ground is totally enclosed on those sides,
making an impressive sight. There is a gap between the
roof and the back of these stands, which is filled
with a perspex strip to allow more light to get to the
The Grandstand at one side of the pitch is the only remnant of the old Home Park. This classic looking stand dates back to 1952, although its appearance makes it look much older. Although it is much older than the other sides, it is still taller than the other stands and is still the focal point at Home Park. It is a two-tiered stand, with an upper tier of seating and a lower tier of terracing, most of which is uncovered by the standís roof. This roof is supported by four large pillars that run across the front of upper tier. For a couple of seasons, whilst the Club was in the Championship League, the terrace was filled with temporary seating to comply with League regulations. Although the seating has since been removed this area is unused by spectators on matchdays. There are a couple of modern floodlight pylons situated on either side of the Grandstand.
In keeping with the naval tradition of the area the teams emerge to the Marines tune of Semper Fidelis. Home Park is the most westerly and southerly League Ground in England.
After a number of false starts the redevelopment of the Grandstand at the ground now looks like it will finally happen. The local Council have backed plans to redevelop part of the area around the ground and this will include the building of a new stand. Planning permission has been granted for the scheme and works could begin after the home game against Portsmouth on October 12th 2013, with the stand being open in December 2014. The new stand will have a capacity of 4,800, which will raise the overall capacity of Home Park to 17,611. The scheme will also include a new hotel, cinema, retail space and ice rink. More information and an artists impression of how the new stand may look can be found on the BBC website.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are housed in the Barn Park End, which is all seated and covered. As you would expect from a modern stand the facilities and views of the playing action are both good. The normal allocation for visiting supporters in this area is 1,300 seats, although this can be increased to 2,022, if demand requires it. The atmosphere is normally good and even though I have received a number of reports of the stewarding being somewhat over zealous in the away end, on my last visit it was fine. No problems were encountered outside the ground and on the whole it was a good day out. The only down side was that the concourse was a bit cramped and if there is a good away support then it can get uncomfortably crowded.|
Lyndhurst Stand & Barn Park End
|Where To Drink?|
|Probably the best bet is the Britannia which is a sizeable Wetherspoons outlet and around a 10 minute walk away from the ground (from the car park outside the football ground, turn left and the pub is down the road on the right hand corner). For most matches the pub which is busy normally, has a queue of fans waiting to get in outside, but this is controlled by the security staff, so you don't normally have to wait too long to gain entrance. Although away fan friendly, the pub doesn't tolerate away supporters singing their clubs songs and any who do are quickly ejected from the premises, so you have been warned. Near to the pub is normally a van selling pasties, which looked to be doing a roaring trade on my last visit. Opposite the Britannia is the Embassy Club which is best avoided by away fans. Otherwise alcohol is available within the ground.|
The Grandstand & Devonport End
Since this photo was taken, the temporary seating located in front of the Grandstand has been removed.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
Take the M5 to the
South West and at the end of the motorway continue
onto the A38 (The ground is well signposted from the
outskirts of Plymouth on the A38). On entering
Plymouth, turn left onto the A386 (towards
Plymouth). When this road splits into two, keep on
the left hand side (again signposted
Plymouth) and after about a mile you will see the
ground on your left. The ground is well signposted
'Plymouth Argyle Home Park' on the way into
Post Code for SAT NAV: PL2 3DQ
station is about one and a half miles away, so
either grab a taxi or embark on the 20 minute walk.
As you come out of the station turn right and down
the hill and under the railway bridge. Just keep
walking straight along this road (A386) and you will
eventually reach the ground on your right.
All areas of the stadium*
* These ticket prices
are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets
bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2
** Family tickets are
only available in the Family Enclosure and away
stand. Family tickets bought on the day of the game
cost £4 more (an additional Under 18 ticket rises to
|Plymouth Argyle FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Exeter City & Torquay United. And from a little further a field Bristol City.|
|Programme & Fanzine|
Rub Of The Greens Fanzine: £1.
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
v Aston Villa,
Division Two, October 10th, 1936.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
17,511 v Watford,
Championship League, March 22nd 2008.
2012-2013: 7,096 (League Two)
2011-2012: 6,915 (League Two)
2010-2011: 8,613 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of Home Park|
|Tim Sansom (Neutral) 20/4/13
Chris Hayter (Oxford United) 16/2/13
Paul Bartlett (Southampton) 2/5/11
Gary Parker (Exeter City) 11/12/10
Joel Eccles (Middlesbrough) 5/4/10
David Beresford (Doncaster Rovers) 7/11/09
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|Other Places Of Interest|
Considering you will have probably spent hours getting there, I suggest you make a weekend of it in Devon. If you go into the centre of Plymouth, make sure you walk down the front to the 'Hoe' (where Drake was playing bowls when he heard about the arrival of the Spanish Armada). The views of Plymouth Sound from here are superb.
Andrew Chapman adds; 'As well as the Hoe, I would recommend the historic Barbican, which includes the Mayflower Steps (where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America) and the many lovely old pubs, many of which sell real ale and are listed in the Good Beer Guide, including The Dolphin, The Admiral MacBride, and The Commerical Inn. Also on the Barbican is the National Marine Aquarium which is well worth a visit'.
|Map showing the location of Home Park, railway station and listed pub|
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* The ground was originally built in 1893, the Club took it over in 1901.