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Tranmere Rovers
Prenton Park

Capacity: 16,587 (all seated)
Address:
Prenton Rd West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY
Main Telephone No: 0871 221 2001
Main Fax No: 0151 609 0606
Team Nickname: Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 1912
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Shirt Sponsors: homebargains
Home Kit Colours:
White With Royal Blue Trim
Away Kit Colours:
Blue With Claret Trim

Kit Manufacturers: FILA
Official Web Site: www.tranmererovers.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:  
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Contents
What's Prenton Park Like?
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The Kop Stand
(photo)
Where To Drink?
Main Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
John King Stand
(photo)
By Train
Cowshed Stand
(photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Ground Layout
Local Rivals
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Prenton Park Location Map


 

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What's Prenton Park Like?
During 1994-95 the Club replaced three sides of the ground with new stands. Only the Main Stand on one side of the pitch was left intact. This stand is fair sized all seated, covered stand, that was opened in 1968. It is two tiered and contains a couple of supporting pillars. The ground though is dominated by the Kop Stand at one end of the stadium. This stand has a single tier which has a capacity of around 5,500 and dwarfs the rest of the ground (although interestingly the Main Stand has a larger capacity). It replaced a former open terrace. Opposite is the Cowshed Stand. This single tiered stand looks a little strange as one side of it has more rows than the other, giving a sloping effect. It has an electric scoreboard on its roof. On the other side is the Johnny King Stand (formerly the Borough Road Stand and now named after a former manager), which is small covered stand that runs the entire length of the pitch.

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External View


Prenton Park External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed in the affectionately named Cowshed Stand at one end, where up to 2,500 fans can be accommodated. You will be relieved to know that the only connection with a real cowshed is the name, as the fairly new covered, all seated stand, has good facilities and unhindered views of the playing action. The concourses are of a good size and the acoustics of the stand good, meaning that away fans can really make some noise. Food inside includes; Double Burgers (£4), Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Burgers (£3), Hot Dogs (£3) and a selection of pies (£2.50). Normally the prospect of a day out in Birkenhead, doesn't do much to heighten expectations, but the ground is in a pleasant part of town.   

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Looking Towards The Kop Stand

Looking Towards The Kop
                    Stand

Where To Drink?
The main pub for away fans is the Prenton Park Hotel, which is situated just across the road from the away turnstiles. This normally has a good mix of home and away supporters. There are also a number of other pubs in walking distance of the ground. The Mersey Clipper, behind the Main Stand tends to be more for home fans, whilst The Sportsmans Arms on Prenton Road East is more welcoming towards visiting supporters. Otherwise alcohol is available in the away end.

David Nicholson a visiting Carlisle United fan adds; 'A Tranmere steward said that the Mersey Clipper was away fan friendly and although there were no problems in there, it was a bit of a nightmare to get served. We then went across to the Prenton Park Hotel which was as busy but the service was much smoother. Plus its a nicer pub and more hospitable than the Mersey Clipper. The Chinese takeaway round the corner from the pub was also doing a roaring trade and the fish and chips were delicious'.

All fans please note, it is a criminal offence to drink alcohol on the streets of Birkenhead, you may find yourself being arrested if you do.

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Main Stand


Main Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From M6/M56 join the M53 and exit at Junction 4 and take the B5151 Mount Road from the fourth exit of the roundabout (the ground is signposted from here). After two and a half miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road, turn right at the traffic lights (there is a church on the far right hand corner) into Prenton Road West and the ground is down this road on the right hand side.

Sue Warwick adds; 'An easier route to the ground is to leave the M53 at Junction 3 and take the A552 Woodchurch Road towards Birkenhead. You will pass a Sainsburys and then as you reach the Half Way House pub turn right at the traffic lights onto the B5151 Mount Road. Take the first left for the ground'.

There is a car park at the ground, otherwise, street parking, but beware that there is a strict local residents parking scheme in operation around the ground. Further along Borough Road, going past the Kop Stand, is a sports ground which has parking spaces costing £3 per car. The Mersey Clipper pub also offers car parking for £3 too.

I got hopelessly lost trying to find the ground and did actually end up at the Mersey admiring the views of Liverpool across the river. My frustrations were not eased, when on asking a local chap for directions to the football ground the guy replied 'Liverpool or Everton?' After asking about another three locals I finally found the ground after going round most of Birkenhead. 

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

Post Code for SAT NAV: CH42 9PY

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John King Stand

John King Stand Prenton
                    Park

By Train/Underground
The closest railway stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, both served by Liverpool Lime Street. Both stations are a fair walk from the ground. (15-20 minutes). Philip Jackman provides directions from Rock Ferry station; 'Upon leaving Rock Ferry turn right and walk up Bedford Road for a fair distance until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout, turn right into Bebington Road and walk along this road until you reach the Sportsman pub. Then turn left into Prenton Road and you will reach the ground and away fans turnstiles on your left.' Whilst Adam Hodson provides directions from Birkenhead Central; 'On exiting the station cross the road, turn right, then at the roundabout turn Left onto Borough Road (A552 towards) Heswall. Go through four sets of traffic lights passing a Shell Garage on the on the left hand side and at the 5th roundabout (signposted B5152 Clatterbridge and Tranmere Rovers FC), Walk straight through onto Borough Road and the Ground is on the right hand side after passing the Prenton Park Pub. It took around 15 Minutes from the station'. Alternatively you can get a bus to the ground from the nearby Conway Bus Station, by making your way through the Grange Shopping Precinct, which is located on the opposite side of the main roundabout outside Birkenhead Central Station. For bus services see below.

Tony Combes adds; '
If coming from Liverpool Lime Street, the nearest Merseyrail Underground is Conway Park (New Brighton and West Kirby lines), alighting and ascending to street level. You can then get a bus from Conway Park Bus Station which is within 100 yards on your right. Buses: 41, 42, 71, 72, 403, 413, 423 all take to you the bottom of Singleton Avenue which is the alighting point.  The ground is then five minutes walk from here, heading along Borough Road.  Alternatively, the 164, 177 and 464 will take you almost adjacent to the ground, alighting at the bus stop opposite Boganís Carpets and the Prenton Park pub'.

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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Cowshed Stand

Cowshed Away Fans Stand
                    Prenton Park

Admission Prices
Like a number of Clubs, Tranmere Rovers operate a match category policy (A, B, & C) whereby the adult ticket prices cost more for the most popular games.

Home Fans:

Main Stand: Adults £23.50 (B £20.50) (C £17.50), Under 23's £15, Over 65's £12, Under 17's £6
John King Stand: Adults £21.50 (B £18.50) (C £15.50), Under 23's £13, Over 65's £10, Under 17's £6
Kop Stand: Adults £20.50 (B £17.50) (C £14.50), Under 23's/Over 65's £10, Under 17's £6
Family Paddock: Adults £21.50 (B £18.50) (C £15.50), Under 23's £13, Over 65's £10,
Adult + 1 Junior £26.50 (B £23.50) (C £20.50), 1 Adult + 2 Juniors £31.50 (B £28.50) (C £25.50),
2 Adults + 2 Juniors £53 (B £47) (C £41), 2 Adults + 1 Junior £48 (B £42) (C £36)

Away Fans:
Cowshed Stand: Adults £22 (B £19) (C £16), Under 23's/Over 65's £11, Under 17's £6

Please note that tickets for young persons and senior citizens, must be purchased from the ticket office and that proof of age will be required.

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Programme Price
Official Programme £3

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Local Rivals
Liverpool, Everton, Wrexham and from a little further afield; Bolton Wanderers.

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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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Fixtures 2013-2014
Tranmere Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
24,424 v Stoke City,
FA Cup 4th Round, February 5th, 1972.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
16,177 v Middlesbrough
Division One, May 7th, 1995.


Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 6,196 (League One)
2011-2012: 5,130 (League One)
2010-2011: 5,467 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of Prenton Park
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 19/11/11
Chris Connolly (Chesterfield) 6/8/11

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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.

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Map showing the location of Prenton Park, railway stations and listed pubs



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Feedback
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Last Updated: 7 May 2014