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Athlone Town
Athlone Town Stadium

Capacity: 5,000 (Seats 2,024)
Address:
Brawney Road, Lissywollen, Athlone, County Westmeath
Main Telephone No: 090 648 0001
Year Ground Opened: 2007
Pitch Size: To be advised

Team Nickname: The Town
Home Kit Colours: Navy and Blue Stripes
Official Web Site:
www.athlonetownfc.ie








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Contents
External View (photo)
What's Athlone Town Stadium Like?
Athlone Town Stadium (photo)
Visiting Supporters
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
How To Get There And Where To Park
Training Ground End
(photo)
By Train
By Bus
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Athlone Town Stadium Location Map


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What's Athlone Stadium Like?

Athlone Town Stadium, also referred to as Lissywollen, is located around a mile to the north east of Athlone's historic Town centre. But despite this the stadium surroundings at present lend to a “out in the sticks” feel more in common with the new English stadiums at Colchester and Shrewsbury. The club recently celebrated a return to the League Of Ireland Premier Division for the first time since 1996. Along with Shamrock Rovers, they can rightly claim to have one of the most modern football stadiums in Ireland, even if the ground has only one stand at present and one rather impressive turnstile block entrance. Once through the turnstiles at the North/Car Park End (the only way into the ground), the ticket office, club offices and players dressing rooms are located in the central section at the rear of the stand whilst the wings offer supporters toilet and refreshment facilities. There is no concourse as such a set of 4 staircases lead out onto a walkway between an upper and lower seating deck. Looking at the structure from behind the goal at the South/training ground end the West Stand has an appealing seating deck of 2,500 blue and black plastic seats, neatly matching Athlone Town's unusual playing colours, all beneath a cantilever roof which unfortunately doesn’t quite extend to cover the lowest rows of seats. Since the central tv gantry sits at the rear of the stand rather than on scaffolding on the opposite side of the pitch there are no advertising hoardings on the back wall, giving the stand a somewhat unfinished appearance. The seating deck is complimented by dug outs and a disabled enclosure at the North/Car Park wing end.

The remaining three sides of the ground could best be described as flat standing areas. At first glance both North and South ends appear identical, with undeveloped grass banks behind the tarmaced areas, but in fact the North end's tarmaced area is much more shallow. Looking across the pitch from the West Stand a new school/residential building backs onto the East side and its here we find all the advertising hoardings on the boundary wall. Both the East side and South End have similar depth flat areas.

Athlone Town have been playing at Lissywollen for around seven years and there can be little doubt moving from their cramped former home of St Mels Park to the new stadium has been a bold decision-the move came about two years before Shamrock Rovers finally made their move to Tallaght Stadium and so the supporter owned club had no way of gauging whether building a new ground would be the catalyst to reviving its fortunes. Certainly it had to endure financial hardship in the years following the opening, but luckily, thanks to a €500,000 donation in 2011 the club and its supporters can finally breath a collective sigh of relief and look forward to the future.

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Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town Stadium

Visiting Supporters
As far as we are aware visiting fans are allocated a section of seating at the training ground end of the West Stand (furthest from the turnstiles). Every seat has an excellent unobstructed view of the pitch and leg room is also pretty good. As stated above however the seats below the mid-level walkway do not benefit from roof coverage, nevertheless with both home and away supporters in one stand atmosphere generated should be pretty good. It may also be possible to stand behind the goal at the undeveloped training ground end but please check with the stewards/staff before doing so.

West Stand


  West Stand

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Where To Drink?
Surprisingly (as they are normally a good source of revenue for most Clubs) there is no supporters bar at the stadium. Also as Athlone Town Stadium stands pretty much on its own in the north of the town, there is not much close by in the way of pubs. However there is plenty on offer around the town centre and on the banks of the River Shannon. The town centre is around 15 minutes walk from the ground.

How To Get There And Where To Park
From Dublin and the East:
M4 motorway from Dublin then onto the M6/N6 heading towards Galway. On approaching the outskirts of Athlone you will see the floodlights of the stadium on the left hand side. Leave the N6 at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning left to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town Centre. At the next roundabout take the first exit left onto Brawney Road which runs parallel to the Motorway, you will see Athlone's Pairc Ciaran GAA Ground on your right, with Athlone Town Stadium also on the right hand side, further up the road beyond the Athlone Regional Sports Centre.

From Cork and the South:
Follow the M8 North of Cork, exit at Junction 6 onto the N62, follow through Thurles, Roscrea & Birr then onto join the M6 Motorway briefly at Junction 8 and then onto the N6 towards Athlone. Leave the N6
at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning left to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town Centre. Then as from the East above.

From Galway and the West:
Follow the M6 Motorway from Galway and then onto the N6 through Athlone.
Leave the N6 at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning right and over the Motorway bridge to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town centre. Then as from the East above.

From Sligo and the North West:
Follow the N4 South of Sligo, then on the approach to Boyle turn onto the N61 and continue South through Roscommon. Join the M6 Motorway briefly at Junction 12 and the continuing along the N6 through Athlone.
Leave the N6 at the N55 Junction signposted Longford/Athlone Town Centre, turning right and over the Motorway bridge to follow the R915 Ballymahon Road towards Athlone Town Centre. Then as from the East above.

Car Parking
There is a large car park at the stadium which is free.  

Map showing the location of the Athlone Town Stadium
(at the bottom of this page).

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Training Ground End

Training
                    Ground End

By Train
Athlone is at the halfway point of the Dublin Heuston-Galway Railway line, operated by Irish Rail. Services run around about hourly between 9am and 5pm though the timetable is far less frequent in the evening. Journey time from Dublin Heuston is around 1 hour 20 minutes. It is also possible to reach Athlone from County Mayo and Roscommon by using the Westport-Dublin Heuston train however the timetable has only 5 services running throughout the day. Athlone can be reached from County Limerick & County Cork by taking the frequent Cork-Limerick Junction-Portlaoise-Dublin Heuston services then changing at Portarlington onto the Galway line.

For fans travelling from Dublin you will see the floodlights of the stadium on the right hands side as the train approaches the town. It will take around 10-15 minutes’ walk from here. When you come out of the station entrance bare left and follow Southern Station Road towards the Town Centre. There is a Pharmacy on the corner of the first junction, turn left into Ballymahon Road and walk under the railway bridge. After a minute or so you will pass over a derelict railway line, then on the right you will see the sky blue entrance turnstiles to Athlone's Pairc Cairan GAA Ground. Continue on Ballymahon Road then at the N6 roundabout turn right into Brawney Road. The ground is 5-10 minutes walk along this road, with the turnstiles on the right hand side.

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By Bus
Bus Eireann Service 20 also has a regular timetable and runs from Dublin Busaras to Galway stoping at Athlone.Journey time is around two hours. In addition there is a Express Service, X20, from Dublin Airport to Galway operated by GoBus in association with Bus Eireann. Service 21 also links Ireland West Airport Knock to Athlone via Roscommon.
Admission Prices

Adults €15
OAP's and Students €10
Under 12's €5

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Programme Price
Official Programme €3

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Local Rivals
Athlone Town stand as County Westmeath's only representative in the Legaue of Ireland. Outside of the league the nearest cross border rivalry is with Longford Town. Geographically the nearest rivals in the League of Ireland are Shamrock Rovers.

Ground Layout

Athlone Town Stadium
                    Layout Plan

Fixtures 2014
League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record And Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
At Athlone Town Stadium
2,057 v Waterford Town
First Division, September 27th 2013

At St Mels Park
9,000 v AC Milan, UEFA Cup 1976

Average Attendance:
2013: 753 (First Division)

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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 have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward 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.

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Map Showing The Location Of Athlone Town Stadium



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