What Is Loftus Road Stadium
|What Is Loftus Road Stadium Like?|
|Loftus Road has a compact feel, as the ground is totally enclosed, with supporters being close to the pitch. An unusual aspect is that all four stands are roughly the same height, their roofs meet at all four corners with no gaps. The South Africa Road Stand on one side, has a larger upper tier, compared to the lower tier, with a row of executive boxes running across the middle. There are a couple of supporting pillars in this stand. The other side, the Ellerslie Road Stand, is single tiered, with a television gantry suspended below its roof. Both ends are similar looking two tiered stands. On one of these, the School End (where the away fans are located) there is a large video screen located on the centre of its roof. Below this and situated between the lower and upper tier is a small electric scoreboard. The ground oozes character and there is nothing similar in the league.|
|The Club have
announced that they are planning to build a new
40,000 seater stadium at Old Oak in North West
London. However the Club have yet to purchase the
required land from its present owners, who it is
believed are not willing to sell. So we'll have to
wait and see as to whether this proposed scheme
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
fans are situated in the upper tier of the School End,
where around 1,800 fans can be accommodated. If demand
requires it then the lower tier can also be allocated,
increasing the number of places available to about
2,500. If the away club only takes the upper tier
allocation, then the lower tier is allocated to home
supporters. Alan Griffiths a visiting Barnsley fan
informs me; 'the entrance for away fans to the School
End upper tier is now longer in South Africa Road, but
on the opposite side of the ground in Ellerslie Road
(turnstile block 2).'
I must say that on my three visits, I have found the stadium lacking a little in atmosphere. Also the leg room between rows of seats was a little tight. There is normally quite a large police and steward presence, and you should expect to be searched before you enter the away end. However on the plus side I have never experienced any problems there, as it is generally relaxed and friendly. Dan Markham a QPR fan disagrees with me; 'It is virtually impossible to have such a small compact enclosed stadium, and not have a tremendous atmosphere. You are close to the pitch, close to the visiting fans and most importantly close to the action'. Another plus point was that the food that was served within the ground was quite good and the service prompt. Entrance to the stadium is gained by inserting your ticket into a bar code reader.
|Where To Eat & Drink?|
are no pubs for away fans in the immediate vicinity
around the stadium. Most away fans head over to nearby
Shepherds Bush Green where the Sindercombe Social bar
(formerly O'Neills) is popular with away
supporters. To find the Sindercombe Social and Shepherds
Bush Green; exit Shepherds Bush Market Underground
Station (the Hammersmith & City line station), turn
left out of the station and the green is a short way
down the road on the right. On reaching 'The Green' pub
(home fans only) turn right and the Sindercombe Social
is down the bottom on the right hand corner. Across the
road from the Sindercombe Social is one of the legendary
BrewDog bars. Just don't blame me though, if the match
ends up being a little bit hazy after sampling some of
their stronger craft brews! Also on the same road as
BrewDog is the 'Shepherd and Flock' pub, which also
shows live televised Sport. Due to its small size it
only admits a limited number of away fans.
Diagonally across Shepherds Bush Green opposite the Central line entrance to Shepherds Bush Underground Station, is a retail complex called Vue, which upstairs includes a Wetherspoons outlet and an Australian themed bar called Belushi's which also shows SKY and BT Sports. Otherwise alcohol is available in the away end.
On the eating front David Frodsham adds; 'On my travels to many football grounds, I have yet to find a wider selection of food available than on the Uxbridge Road. The cosmopolitan inner city nature means that you can almost eat your way around the world. From the normal range of cafes, burger bars, fried chicken outlets and chippies, there are Indian, Chinese, Thai & Jamaican outlets. There are Lebanese and Indian kebab shops, the latter selling "doner" kebabs made with Indian spices!
Inside the ground the food available includes; Hot Dogs (£3.50), Pukka Pies (Beef & Onion, Chicken Balti, all £3.30), Cheese & Onion Slice (£3.30) and Sausage Rolls (£2.90). Alcohol is available in the form of Carlsberg, Blackthorn Cider (both £3.80 a pint) & Tetleys (440ml Can £3.80) plus red or white wine (187ml Bottle £3.80).
Africa Road Stand
|How To Get There By Car And Where To Park|
|From The North/West:
At the end of the M40, take the A40 towards Central London. At the point where the A40 becomes the A40(M), turn off onto the A40 towards White City/Shepherds Bush and turn right into Wood Lane, turn right into South Africa Road for the ground.
There is not much in the way of parking near to the ground. Matt Garside from Southampton suggests; 'It's probably easiest to just park on the road in this area as it costs £6.60 for three hours parking'. Some of these areas are free after 5pm. However, there are a number of restricted parking zones around the stadium so be careful where you park.
Andreas Iona adds; 'South Africa Road running past the stadium, closes to traffic one hour before kick-off on all matchdays. The Police enforce the road closure which remains in place until approximately 15 minutes after kick-off. At the end of the game a similar closure is implemented 15 minutes before the end of the game and lasts for approximately one hour. Supporters are advised to avoid parking in the few pay and display bays available in Dorando Close as they face a long wait to get out at the end of the game due to the above closure'.
Map showing the location of the Loftus Road Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: W12 7PA
|How To Get There By Train/Tube|
nearest London Underground station is White
City on the Central Line, which is about a five
minute walk away. Also nearby (a little further
along Wood Lane opposite the BBC Television
Centre) is the recently opened Wood Lane Station,
which is on the Hammersmith & City line. It is
around a seven minute walk away from Loftus Road.
Otherwise there are two other tube stations close by; Shepherds Bush Market on the Hammersmith & City line and Shepherds Bush on the Central Line. The former is about a ten minute walk away from the ground, whilst the other is about 15 minutes. Personally I tend to use Shepherds Bush Market tube station, simply because there seems to be more pubs around this area, especially around Shepherds Bush Green. Leaving both Shepherds Bush tube stations; turn right and the ground will come into view further down on the right. Please note that Queens Park tube station is nowhere near the ground!
The nearest train station is Shepherds Bush, which is adjacent to the tube station. However, it is not directly served by any of the major London mainline stations. However trains from Watford Junction and Clapham Junction both stop there.
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Like a number of
Clubs, QPR operate a category system for the
pricing of tickets (A,B & C), meaning that
they charge more, for the most popular matches.
Category A prices are shown below, with Category B
& C prices shown in brackets.
Category A games for
the 2014/15 season: Arsenal, Chelsea,
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester Utd,
Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
|QPR fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme & Fanzine|
A Kick Up The R's Fanzine £2.50
|Brentford, Fulham, Chelsea.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
35,353 v Leeds United,
Division One, April 27th, 1974.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
19,002 v Manchester City
Division One, November 6th, 1999.
2013-2014: 16,656 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 17,779 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 17,295 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of Loftus Road|
Stephens (Swansea City) 1/1/15
Will Date (Yeovil Town) 15/3/14
James Butler (Charlton Athletic) 23/11/13
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 27/8/13
Philip Green (Stoke City) 20/4/13
David Drysdale (MK Dons) 26/1/13
Jack Tomlinson (West Bromwich Albion) 26/12/12
Joshua Kazim (Swansea City) 18/8/12
Tom Fry (Fulham) 25/2/12
Mark Knowles (Norwich City) 2/1/12
Ben Taylor (Aston Villa) 25/9/11
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* The Club also played at the White City Stadium from 1931-33 & 1962-63.