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Plymouth Argyle FC
Home Park

Capacity: 16,388 (all seated)
Address: Plymouth, PL2 3DQ
Main Telephone No: 01752 562 561
Fax No: 01752 606 167
Ticket Office: 0845 872 3335
Team Nickname: The Pilgrims
Year Ground Opened: 1901*
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Shirt Sponsors: LTC Powered Access
Home Kit Colours: Green and White Stripes
Away Kit Colours: All Yellow
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Official Web Site:
www.pafc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Greens On Screen
Supporters Club - London Branch

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Contents

What's Home Park Like?
Future Ground Developments
The Grandstand Entrance (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters
Lyndhurst Stand & Barn Park End (photo)
Where To Drink?
The Grandstand & Devon Port End (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
The Grandstand & Barn Park End (photo)
Admission Prices
 
Lyndhurst Stand & Devonport End
(photo)
Fixtures 2014-2015
Local Rivals
Programme & Fanzine

Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Other Places Of Interest
Home Park Location Map


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What's Home Park Like?
During 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 pitch.

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.

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Future Ground Developments

The Club are still intending to redevelop the Grandstand side of the ground and this looked to have moved a big step closer when the local Council backed plans to redevelop part of the area around the stadium including the building of the new stand. However the Club have run into some financial difficulties and until these can be resolved the new stand will remain as an artists impression. 

The new stand if built, 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 Plymouth Argyle website.

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The Grandstand Entrance


Grandstand entrance

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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.

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Lyndhurst Stand & Barn Park End


Lyndhurst Stand & Barn Park End

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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.

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The Grandstand & Devonport End


The Grandstand & Devonport End

Since this photo was taken, the temporary seating located in front of the Grandstand has been removed.

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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 Plymouth. 

There is quite a large car park at the ground, which is free. It is operated on a 'first in before the game, first out after the game basis'. If you are last in, then on average it takes around half an hour to clear. The car park is normally full by 2.30pm on matchdays. There is some street parking if you drive past the ground, heading away from the city centre.

Map showing the location of Home Park (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: PL2 3DQ

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By Train

Plymouth railway 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.
Alternatively (except for night games) then Andrew Chapman suggests a more picturesque route: 'Finally I would recommend turning right into Central Park Avenue, at the roundabout just downhill from the station on the A386. Then take the second left into Holdsworth Street, which will lead you up a steep hill into Central Park, where you'll see the ground as soon as you reach the top of the hill. It is a lot nicer route than following the roads - after all (apart from Aldershot) there are no other league clubs situated in a public park!' Chris Bennett adds; ' It's a much nicer walk than going up Alma Road and quicker as well'.

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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The Grandstand & Barn Park End


The Grandstand & Barn Park End

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Admission Prices 

All areas of the stadium*
Adults £20
Over 65's and Students £15
Under 18's £7
Family Ticket 1 Adult + 1 Under 18 £25. Additional Under 18 £5**

* These ticket prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more.

** 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 £7).

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Lyndhurst Stand & Devonport End


Lyndhurst Stand & Devonport End

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

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Local Rivals
Exeter City & Torquay United. And from a little further a field Bristol City.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme: £3.
Rub Of The Greens Fanzine: £1.

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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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Ground Layout


Layout

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Record & Average Attendance
43,596 v Aston Villa,
Division Two, October 10th, 1936.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
17,511
v Watford,
Championship League, March 22nd 2008.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 7.305 (League Two)
2012-2013: 7,096 (League Two)
2011-2012: 6,915 (League Two)

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Fans Reviews Of Home Park
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 11/1/14
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

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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. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Plymouth 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

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'.

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Map showing the location of Home Park, railway station and listed pub


 

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

* The ground was originally built in 1893, the Club took it over in 1901.



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Last Updated: 11 October 2014