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Aberystwyth Town
Park Avenue Stadium

Capacity: 2,500 (Seats 1,000)
Address: Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
Main Telephone No: 01970 617 939
Team Nickname: Seasiders
Pitch Size: 110 x 78 yards
Home Kit Colours: Green & Black
Official Web Site: www.atfc.org.uk






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Contents
What's Park Avenue Stadium Like?
Welcome Sign And Entrance (photo)
Future Developments
Park Avenue
(photo)
Visiting Supporters
Dias Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Main Stand 
(photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Media Tower Side
(photo)
By Train
By Bus
Admission Prices

Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Park Avenue Stadium Location Map

 

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What's Park Avenue Stadium Like?

Park Avenue is located close to Aberystwyth Railway Station, 5-10 minutes walk south of the town centre, castle, pier and promenade. The main entrance to the ground is approached from a narrow road, with the view of the ground partly obscured by a large Arriva Bus Depot on the left hand side. Once past the bus depot boundary wall, the road opens up into a car park which ends at the riverside with a modern steel footbridge allowing the public an overview of the ground. Stepping back onto the car park we enter the ground in one corner, through the small red bricked ticket office, with its green painted pitched roof. Looking direct ahead of us the Main Stand sits proud on the pitch centre line, on the river walk side of the stadium. This tall and narrow stand is a unique structure in the Welsh Premier League, the raised seating deck of 250 dark green plastic seats contrasts with the white roof and glazed side panels with ABER FC written in black on the gently sloped roof. Considering the stand is so narrow is seems strange that the roof needs to be supported by two columns, despite this the view of the pitch over the dug outs is very good. This side of the ground also has a number of single storey buildings around its boundary, the club house, tea hut, club shop and a small enclosed training pitch which is used by the community during weekdays.

Looking on the opposite side of the pitch an equally narrow two storey media centre sits on the centre line, with a high platform television gantry beneath a sturdy sloping roof. The far side of this structure is currently a wide, gently sloped grass verge, leading to a boundary wall and a more narrow landscaped grass verge behind the goal at the hotel end, whilst to the left is a turnstile and toilet block, and seven rows of 392 uncovered  black and green plastic tip up seats, reflecting the club colours, which leads back into
the corner of the Town End. Finally the Town End shares its border with the bus depot, but there has been enough space to erect a modern cantilever stand the width of the penalty area. The Dias Stand has unrestricted views, and seven rows of 322 green seats with ATFC picked out in black. A couple of nice touches to this stand are glazed screen ends and a flagpole on one side proudly showing the welsh dragon.

Park Avenue's current seating capacity of approx 1,000, is one of the biggest in the Premier League and is double the minimum requirement for the Welsh Premier League and also meets the UEFA requirements for European fixtures.

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Welcome Sign And Entrance

Welcome Sign And
                    Entrance

Future Developments
Park Avenue is one of two Premier League venues being considered to be upgraded to become a regional welsh international venue. A 3,000 seat capacity is the minimum required for U18 games at International Level. If Park Avenue is chosen space will need to be found to install an additional 2000 seats. Funding for such a rebuild would come from the UEFA hat-trick scheme.

Park Avenue

Park Avenue Football
                    Ground


Visiting Supporters
Visiting supporters are allocated the section of uncovered seats on the media centre side of the ground. This section of seating is reached by a separate turnstile block along the Coedian Y Parc road. See the ground layout below.

Dias Stand


  Dias Stand

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Where To Drink?

At the ground itself is the John Charles Longe Bar, which welcomes all supporters. The town centre is only 10 minutes walk away where there are a wealth of pubs, clubs and of course fish and chip shops in the town centre. On Alexandra Road, there is a Wetherpoons outlet called the 'Yr Hen Orsaf' or 'The Old Station.'

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Main Stand



  Main Stand side

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How To Get There And Where To Park
From South Wales:

Follow the A487 into the south east side of Aberystwyth, after joining the A4120 continue following the road to the right at the A487 roundabout, then once over the river take a left turn into Boulevard Saint Brieuc. After a mile look for the Arriva Bus Depot on the left hand side, take the narrow lane just past the depot, this leads to the car park and ground entrance by the riverside.

From North Wales:

Follow the A487 into the north east side of Aberystwyth. You then have a choice of routes into the ground. For games at 3pm Saturday afternoon I would recommend option 1, for midweek evening games the town centre option should present less of a problem with traffic.

Option 1 (Avoiding town centre)

Two miles before reaching Aberystwyth Town Centre you will approach the University of Wales buildings, take a left turn into Cefnllan. This will lead out to the A44 junction ,you will then need to follow the A4120 Heol Y Bont Road over the railway bridge, then at the next roundabout take the road to the right into Boulevard Saint Brieuc. After a mile look for the Arriva Bus Depot on the left hand side, take the narrow lane just past the depot, this leads to the car park and ground entrance by the riverside. 

Option 2 (through the town centre)

Follow the A487 past the University of Wales buildings, once in the town centre take a left turn into Ffordd Y Mur,this will bring you out directly in front of the railway station. Take a right turn into Dan Dre, then once past the bus halts take a left turn into Coedian Y Parc,and on the right hand side of the road, opposite the retail park you will see a depot for Arriva Buses, take the narrow road to the right, this road leads to a car park and footbridge by the riverside, and the main entrance to the ground.

From Mid Wales
 
Follow the A44 into the east side of Aberystwyth. Two miles before reaching the town centre take a left turn into the A4120 Heol Y Bont Road, follow the road over the railway bridge, then at the next roundabout take the road to the right into Boulevard Saint Brieuc. After a mile look for the Arriva Bus Depot on the left hand  side, take the narrow lane just past the depot, this leads to the car park and ground entrance by  the riverside.

Parking

There is a car park along the riverside, next to the main entrance as well as a pay an display car park (Cost 2.60) at the top of the stadium entrance road on Park Avenue.

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

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Media Tower Side

Media Tower Side

By Train
Aberystwyth town centre railway station is 5-10 minutes walk from Park Avenue, and can be reached by the following train services:

From England and Mid Wales: "Cambrian Main Line"   Shrewsbury-Newtown-Machynlleth-Aberystwyth
From North West Wales: "Cambrian Coast Line"  Pwllheli-Barmouth-Dovey Junction-Shrewsbury
(change at Machynlleth to catch the Cambrian Main line service onto Aberystwyth)

Please note that since both these routes are single rail branch lines they run every two hours in each direction-not exactly ideal if you miss your connection!

See 'By Bus' below for walking directions from the station to the ground.

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By Bus
Aberystwyth bus station sits to one side of the main railway station building and is also 5-10 minutes walk  from Park Avenue. Here is a list of bus services to the town centre from the surrounding area.

From North West Wales
X32  Bangor-Caernarfon-Machynlleth-Aberystwyth      
514  Machynlleth-Talybont-Aberystwyth               

From South West Wales
X40  Cardiff-Carmarthen-Aberaeron-Aberystwyth

Directions to Park Avenue: 

A straightforward 5 minute walk. Come out of the railway station/bus station exit and take the first left turn past the railway station building, into Coedian Y Parc.Follow this road for two minutes. On the right side of the road, opposite a large retail park you will see a depot for Arriva Buses, take the narrow road to the right, this road leads to a car park and footbridge by the riverside, and the main entrance to the ground.
   

Admission Prices

Adults 7
OAP/Under 18s 4
Child  2

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Programme Price
Official Programme 1-1.50

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Local Rivals
Newtown, Carmarthen and Bangor City.

Ground Layout

Park Avenue Ground
                    Layout

Fixtures 2013-2014
Welsh Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record And Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
1,207 v Barry Town, August 27th, 2000

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 332
2011-2012: 341
2010-2011: 337

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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.

Visit their Aberystwyth 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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Map Showing The Location Of The Park Avenue Stadium

Instructions for using the map:
- Use the bar on the left of the map to zoom in / out using the + / - keys.
- Click and drag an area of the map to move around or use the up/down, left/right arrows 
- Click the Satellite button to see aerial view photograph.


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



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Last Updated :
15 June 2013