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Port Talbot

GenQuip Stadium

(But known to many as the Victoria Road ground)
Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 1,000)
Address:
Victoria Road, Port Talbot, SA12 6AD
Main Telephone No: 01639 882 465
Team Nickname: Steelmen
Home Kit Colours: Blue With White Trim
Official Web Site:
www.porttalbottown.co.uk






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Contents
What's The GenQuip Stadium Like?
Wall Art 
(photo)
Visiting Supporters
GenQuip Stadium (photo)
Where To Drink?
Main Stand 
(photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Seated Stand 
(photo)
By Train
Beach End (photo)
Admission Prices
Social Club End
(photo)
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Genquip Stadium Location Map

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What's The GenQuip Stadium Like?

Out of the three stadiums in the Port Talbot & Aberavon area the Genquip Stadium is the most modern, and lies 1 mile to the west of the town centre and only half a mile from Marstonís Stadium, the home of fierce rivals Afan Lido. The ground is surrounded by a housing estate on all four sides, a short approach road leads off Victoria Road, here the ground is partly obscured by the Victorian houses back alleyways, it is here we find the social club and dressing room building. Entering the ground through a single gateway in the corner we find ourselves on the Ruskin Avenue / social club end, a bank of flat and dry earth raised around 6ft above the pitch level. The bank offers a good, spacious view of the pitch though is currently without crush barriers, and is used mainly as an access for fans getting to an from the main stand from the social club facilities. Looking across the pitch to the far side, this low flat terrace looking towards the beach end of the town is known as the Burns End and is well known for housing the clubs most vocal support. This
flat expanse of grass and gravel standing has a full length high fence to stop stray balls going into the houses of Burns Road.

Looking to the right from the Ruskin Avenue/Social club end is the Victoria Road side, a narrow strip combining the dug outs, a grassed flat standing area towards the Burns End, a low seated stand for around 300 supporters and a stadium control tower. The stand on this side of the ground was the original main stand, placed on the pitch centre line, with an extra wing added next to the stadium control tower at a later date. Looking to the opposite side of this stand on the Lake Road side of the ground is the grounds new main stand which was erected in 2008.The single deck cantilever stand has around 700 blue plastic seats on a single tier, built into the earth bank. The stand roof has a tv gantry perched on the pitch centre line and is pierced by two modern floodlight pylons. Either side of the stand the ground retains its flat standing areas and a grass bank. The stand lacks a concourse at present there is a wide expanse of land at the rear of the stand which forms the entrance/exit to the club car park.

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Future Developments

The Club have announced that they are looking into the possibility of building a new stadium, in the Docks area of the town. The proposed scheme is very much at an early stage and would depend on the necessary funding to be put in place first. An artists impression of how the new stadium might look can be found on the South Wales Evening Post website.


Wall Art

Club Badge

Visiting Supporters
As far as we are aware visiting fans are allocated the seated stand on the Victoria Road side of the ground, next to the control tower. The stand has 4 rows of seating under a low lightweight sloping roof and slim columns. One of the floodlight pylons pierces the roof of the stand, which may obstruct your view.

GenQuip Stadium


  GenQuip Stadium

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Where To Drink?

There is a Social Club at the ground, which welcomes visiting supporters. There are a good selection of pubs, bars, food and drink along Victoria Road, only two minutes walk from the ground as well as in the town centre, 15 minutes walk from the stadium. Near to the railway station is a Wetherpoons outlet called the Lord Caradoc, which is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

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Main Stand


  Main Stand

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How To Get There And Where To Park
From The West:

Follow the M4 towards Port Talbot, exit at Junction 41 where the motorway merges with the A48,follow the A48 Heilbronn Way as it passes over the railway line.

At the roundabout take the third exit into Water Street. Follow Afan Way as it turns to the right, then after passing under a footbridge take a left turn into Victoria Road. At the 3rd crossroads turn left into Ruskin Avenue. At the end of the junction turn right into Lake Road and then take the next right into Webb Place. This road leads to the car park at the rear of the main stand. Take a left turn to lead into the car park. If you wish to visit the social club and access the away supporters section on Victoria Road trace your path back to Ruskin Avenue and just before you reach Victoria Road follow the left hand alleyway around the rear of the houses, this will lead to the social club.

From The East:

Follow the M4 towards Port Talbot, exit at Junction 38 and take the A48 into Port Talbot, follow the road past Port Talbot Parkway Railway Station. A bridge over both railway and river leads to a large roundabout, take the second exit into Water Street, follow Afan Way as it turns to the right, then after passing under a footbridge take a left turn into Victoria Road, At the 3rd crossroads turn left into Ruskin Avenue. At the end of the junction turn right into Lake Road and then take the next right into Webb Place. This road leads to the car park at the rear of the main stand. Take a left turn to lead into the car park. If you wish to visit the social club and access the away supporters section on Victoria Road trace your path back to Ruskin Avenue and just before you reach Victoria Road follow the left hand alleyway around the rear of the houses, this will lead to the social club.

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

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Seated Stand

Seated Stand
By Train Or Bus
There is a excellent weekend and evening train service, with Port Talbot Parkway being on the main line between Swansea, Cardiff & London. The town is also served by trains from Holyhead via Chester, Shrewsbury & Hereford.

The town is also well served by National Express Coaches between London & Swansea as well as the following local hourly services:

X1 Swansea-Bridgend
X40 Aberystwyth-Cardiff

There are at least three different routes that will take you from the Railway Station to the
ground-the description below is probably the quickest at around about 25-30 minutes walk, and avoids the town centre and heaviest traffic.

When you exit the station, turn right and walk past the car park. Beyond this follow Oakwood Road back over the railway line. At the first roundabout take the third exit and follow Dock Road past the allotments. At the first big roundabout continue along the dual A4241 carriageway. This leads to a large roundabout over the river. Follow the left bridge over the river and take a left turn into Afan Way. You will then see a footbridge over the road, once past the footbridge take a left turn into Victoria Road. Continue on the left hand side of Victoria Road for 5 minutes and after the 4th crossroad turn left into Sandown Road. The social club and main entrance is to the left of the housing rear driveway.

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Beach End


Beach
                    End

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Admission Prices

Adults  £7
OAP/Under 18s  £5
Child £2

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Social Club End

Social Club End

Programme Price
Official Programme £2

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Local Rivals
Main rivalry is with Afan Lido, but Neath & Llanelli are also close by.

Ground Layout

GenQuip Stadium Layout

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

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Record And Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
2,640 v Swansea City
Welsh Cup, January 15th, 2007.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 211
2012-2013: 197
2011-2012: 254

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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.

Access their Port Talbot 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 GenQuip 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.



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Feedback
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Last Updated :
4 August 2014