The Greenhous Meadow Stadium Like?
Future Ground Developments
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Roland Wycherley Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
West Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Pro-Vision CCTV Stand (photo)
Salop Leisure South Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Greenhous Meadow Location Map
|What's The Greenhous Meadow Stadium Like?|
|After 97 years at playing at
Meadow ground, the Shrews have moved to a new
stadium on the outskirts of the town. The Greenhous
Meadow as it is currently called, has a capacity of
9,875 seats. It is comprised of four separate stands
and at first glance looks similar in design to some
other new stadiums that have been recently built.
Yes it is smart looking, functional and tidy, but
lacks that certain something to make it stand out
from the others.
Each of the stands are simple single tiered stands, that are covered. Below the roof at the back of the stands is a sizeable strip of perspex that runs along the length of the stands. This is to allow more light into the stadium to facilitate pitch growth. Each of the stands are 18 rows high, with the Roland Wycherley Stand (named after the Club Chairman) on one side, being the 'Main Stand'. This stand has a slightly different layout to the others with a press area and eight corporate boxes at its rear, the type of which that you can sit outside of. The Pro-Vision CCTV Stand at one end of the stadium where the away fans are located also houses a prominent looking Police Control Box. Four small floodlights pylons are present on the roofs of the side stands. An unusual feature of the stadium is that the areas for disabled fans are high up at the very back of the stands and are accessed by lifts. There is also a small electric scoreboard next to the away end.
The stadium has been built in such a way that the corners of the stadium can later be filled with seating, which would raise capacity to around 12,500. However the Club have not announced as to when this will take place.
|Rear Of South & Roland Wycherley Stands|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are located in the
Pro-Vision CCTC Stand at one end of the ground. Leg
room is good and the stands are quite steep keeping
the fans close to the action and there is good
height between rows. The concourses are quite
well laid out, although the swing doors at the
entrances to the toilets were met with a bit of
trepidation. Although they were clearly marked one
for entrance and one for exit, the inevitable occurs
with fans piling out of each. The catering is
provided by a local company called Jennys and
includes amongst other things; Burgers (£3), Cottage
Pie (£2.50), Steak Pie (£2.50), Balti Pie (£2.50),
Pasties (£2) and Sausage Rolls. Plus the club
provide handy plastic forks to tackle those hot pies
and I have to say that my steak pie was very tasty,
one of the better that I have had on my recent
travels. Alcohol was also available in the form of
Lager (£3.10) and Bitter (£2.90). There are also large plasma screens on the concourses showing Sky Sports throughout the
I had a pleasant visit to the Greenhous Stadium and was surprised by the reasonable atmosphere inside. This is boosted by a drummer in the home end, whilst most of the Shrewsbury singers tend to congregate close to the right of the away supporters in the West Stand. Even though I was at a local derby, the atmosphere was not hostile and I encountered no problems around the stadium.
|Where To Eat & Drink?|
David Matthias informs me; 'There are a
couple of pubs within walking distance of the
stadium. Firstly there is the 'Brooklands
Hotel', just off Meole Brace Island, about five
minutes walk away. It also has about 100 car
parking spaces costing £5 each. Big screens
& catering on matchdays. Also handily
located just up from the BP Garage across the
road is the 'Flippin Fish' Fish & Chip Shop
(more details below). The Brooklands Hotel is
situated on Mill Street. From the stadium turn
left along the B4380 Oteley Road. Head around
the large roundabout towards Shrewsbury Town
Centre. Then turn left into Roman Road and then
left again into Mill Street. The hotel is down
on the right.
Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fan recommends;
'The Prince of Wales Hotel on Bynner Street.
Although near the town centre (albeit on the new
stadium side), in the Belle Vue area, this CAMRA
Good Beer Guide listed pub was an excellent find.
Good ale, food and a friendly welcome. The pub
also runs a coach to the stadium for each
home game, which away supporters can use for
£2.50 (if there is space)'. More information
can be found on the Prince
of Wales Hotel website.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
the end of the M54 continue onto the A5. After about
seven miles, there is a traffic island which is at the
junction with the A49. Bear left at this island still
following the A5. At the next
roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B4380
(Thieves Lane). Continue along Thieves Lane going straight over two roundabouts and this will lead you
into Oteley Road. You will reach the stadium down
further down Oteley Road on the left.
There is a large car park at the stadium, holding almost 700 cars, however, this is for permit holders only (although I have received reports of fans turning up early and being admitted for £7). Parking is prohibited in the nearby Retail Park and nearby streets, so to find some street parking you may have to drive a bit further away. Check though for any parking restrictions detailed on posts, before parking up. Otherwise there is a car park at the Meole Brace Bowling Club, which also offers parking at £5 per car and has a bar on site too. It can be found at Meole Rise (Off Upper Road, SY3 9JF).
David Wilson a visiting Bradford City fan warns; ' I found what seemed to be a really great parking spot at the end of Sutton Road, near to the main Oteley Road. No yellow Lines, no indication that I could see that this was not a place to park. I and seven other city car drivers came back to our cars after the game, to see that we had been given parking tickets. I wasn't happy to say the least!'.
you can use the Park & Ride
scheme operated by the Club. This costs £2 per
person and commences at 12.30pm on Saturdays &
5.30pm for evening matches. It operates from Shire
Hall (but not the nearby Meole Brace which is a
park & ride for the town centre). It is
located off the A5 (just take the A5064 towards
the town centre) and at the roundabout with Lord
Hill's Column, take the 3rd exit and then first
right into the car park. I have heard though of
delays in getting back to you car after the match
(in some cases up to 40 minutes) so bear this in
Map showing the location of the Greenhous Meadow Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
|Shrewsbury train station is around two miles away from the stadium. So it should take around 40 minutes to walk. Otherwise you can grab a taxi up to the ground, or take a bus from the town centre bus station (service numbers 8, 16, 23, 25 & 544/546 all stop near to the stadium). There are also plans to introduce a dedicated bus service on matchdays. Shrewsbury train station is served by trains from Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and Newport (Gwent).|
Wycherley Stand & West Stand (Centre):
Adults £22, Concessions £16
areas of the stadium*:
|Official Programme £3|
|Hereford United, Wrexham, Walsall, Port Vale and Crewe.|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Shrewsbury Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|At the Greenhous Meadow Stadium:
9,441 v Dagenham & Redbridge
League Two, April 28th, 2012.
At The Gay Meadow Ground:
18,917 v Walsall,
Division 3, April 26th, 1961.
2011-2012: 5,770 (League Two)
2010-2011: 5,876 (League Two)
2009-2010: 5,482 (League Two)
|Fans Reviews Of The New Meadow|
Burke (Doing The 92) 10/9/11
Paul Dickinson (Doing The 92) 20/8/11
Will McCormack (Plymouth Argyle) 6/8/11
Chris Connolly (Chesterfield) 22/1/11
John Spooner (Southend United) 20/11/10
Alex Jones (AFC Bournemouth) 27/2/10
Rob Haynes (Doing The 92) 11/3/08
Roddy Hankins (Hereford United) 23/2/08
Tim Robinson (Neutral) 26/12/07
Glyn Berrington (TNS) 14/8/07
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|Map showing the location of the Greenhous Meadow stadium, railway station and listed pubs|
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