Capacity: 35,333 (all seated)
|What's The Boleyn Ground Like?
External Facade Of The West Stand (photo)
Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The Bobby Moore Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Admission Prices For Away Supporters
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
View From The Away Section (photo)
Boleyn Ground Location Map
|What's The Boleyn Ground Like?|
On the whole the stadium is an
impressive one, being of a good size
and having three modern stands. On one side
of the ground is the impressive looking West
Stand that was opened in 2001. This large two
tiered stand (which is reputedly the largest
league ground stand in London), has a capacity
of 15,000. Located between the tiers are two
rows of corporate executive boxes. Opposite is
the East Stand, which was opened in 1969.
This stand in comparison, although two tiered,
is rather on the small side and looks somewhat
out of place compared to its larger shiny
neighbours. Both ends are large, smart, two
tiered stands. In the North East and South West
corners there are video screens installed as
well as an electronic score board in the South
West corner. Also in the South West corner
is a large image of Booby Moore who overlooks
|External Facade Of The West Stand|
|Future Ground Developments|
|After a long drawn out process West Ham have finally been confirmed as the new tenants of the London Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London. Work will begin this year on a £154m re-structure of the stadium, which will see its capacity reduced from 80,000 to 54,000. The roof will be extended to cover all of the seating areas and will form the largest cantilevered roof in the world. Retractable seating will also be brought in to cover the athletics track. The stadium is situated around four miles away from the Boleyn Ground, which will be sold for redevelopment. The Club have signed a 99 year lease and it is now anticipated that the Club will be kicking of in its new home for the beginning of the 2016/17 season.|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
fans are housed in one end, in the lower tier of
the relatively modern Sir Trevor Brooking
Stand. The usual allocation for away supporters
is 2,200, but if demand requires, away fans can
be allocated the whole of the lower tier of the
North Stand, where up to 3,600 supporters can be
accommodated. The ground is compact, with the
fans are seated close to the pitch. This coupled
with the passionate support of the West Ham
faithful can make for a vibrant atmosphere.
However this can be intimidating for away
supporters, so exercise caution around the
ground. If you find yourself seated on the far
left of the away section (towards the East
Stand) then as the pitch is situated towards the
West Stand, you may experience some sight
difficulties of the action going on, in and
around the corner on the other side.
|Where To Drink?|
informs me; 'Probably the best option for away
fans is the Wetherspoon outlet called Millers Well
which is opposite East Ham Town Hall. It is though
about a twenty minute walk away along Barking Road
(although it may be an idea to travel to East Ham
tube station before the game, go to the pub and
then walk on to the stadium). Another good option
is the Denmark Arms also on the Barking Road near
the East Ham Town Hall; this is a large pub which
shows all live football games'.
Lou Pearman adds; 'Away fans may also be able to drink in the 'Duke Of Edinburgh' near to Upton Park Tube Station. Turn left out of the tube station and walk to the mini roundabout and it's on your right. There are also a few pie 'n' mash shops nearby (a traditional East End favourite). Turn right out of the tube station and just opposite is 'Duncans Pie n Mash'. Don't be put off by the queue, because they don't hang about and serve you very quickly'. Peter Bennett a visiting Newcastle fan adds; 'We had a drink in safety in the Queens on Green Street'. This pun is also near to Upton Park Underground Station (as you come out of the station turn right and the pub is down on the right).
Most of the other pubs around the ground are very partisan, and are for home supporters only. The Boleyn Pub on the corner near to the ground, plus the Greengate, Wine Bar and Village pubs all on Barking Road should all be given a wide berth by away fans.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
Directions from the M25:
Post Code for SAT NAV: E13 9AZ
|By Train and Tube|
|The nearest tube station is Upton
Park which is on the District, plus the
Hammersmith & City Lines. The station is a
short walk from the ground. Please note that West
Ham tube station is nowhere near the ground. Steve
Cook adds; 'the queue at Upton Park tube station
after the game can be horrendous. You are better
off going for a couple of pints and letting the
queues die down. There are plenty of pubs along
Plaistow High Road which are only a 5-10 minute
walk from the stadium and as long as visitors are
'well behaved' they are more than made welcome'.
Adam Long a visiting Reading fan informs me;
'After the game you are probably best to walk up
to East Ham, which will at least mean you will get
a seat, before everyone else gets on at Upton
Park'. Craig Belcher a visiting West Brom fan
adds; 'Rather than face the long queues at Upton
Park, we walked down to the next station on the
line, Plaistow, which is only a ten minute walk
away from Upton Park. We managed to get on a tube
okay, as apparently according to station staff the
tubes are not filled to full capacity on leaving
Upton Park''. Just turn left after Upton Park
station, into Harold Road. Walk down to the end of
this road (it becomes Terrace Road) and then bear
left into Pelly Road/Clegg St. At the bottom of
Clegg Street is a T-junction with Plaistow High
Street. Turn right into the High Street and
Plaistow station is further down on the left.
Whilst Andrew Saffrey suggests; 'Forest Gate station is about 25 minutes walk from Upton Park, and it's much less busy than Upton Park Station after the final whistle. It is served by local Great Eastern trains from Liverpool Street. Turn right out of the station, then left at the corner next to the pizza shop into Hampton Road. Walking down Hampton Road, turn first right into Richmond Road, a small street with traffic calming and lots of roundabouts. Go straight down this road and this eventually becomes Green Street. Then for the long walk down Green Street which has lots of shops and takeaways, before arriving at Upton Park'.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
For travelling across
London by public transport I
recommend planning your journey ahead with
use of the Travel For London
|Chelsea, Millwall & Tottenham.|
|Admission Prices For Away Supporters|
most Clubs, West Ham
operate a category
system (A+, A & B)
for matches whereby
tickets cost more for
Category A+ game prices
are shown below with
Category A & B
prices shown in
ticket prices are
reduced for cup ties and
for some games Under
16's are admitted for £1
when accompanied by a
A more detailed graphic showing the Block numbers can be seen on the Ents24 website.
|West Ham United fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme & Fanzines|
|Official Programme: £3.50
On The Terrace Fanzine: £2
Over Land And Sea: £2.50
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
42,322 v Tottenham Hotspur
Division One, October 17th 1970.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
35,050 v Manchester City
Premier League, September 21st, 2002.
2012-2013: 34,720 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 30,931 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 33,492 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of The Boleyn Ground|
Pringle (Newcastle United) 18/1/14
Stuart Hollis (West Bromwich Albion) 28/12/13
Joe Fowler (Chelsea) 1/12/12
Daniel Gosbee (Chelsea) 1/12/12
John Rogers (Neutral) 19/11/12
Mike Miles (Neutral) 18/8/12
Ben Stott (Doncaster Rovers) 10/3/12
Tim Sansom (Ipswich Town) 27/9/11
Ian Dexter (Neutral) 3/01/09
Jon Teale (Chelsea) 1/03/08
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|View From The Away Section|
Special thanks to Haydyn Gleed for providing the video above.
Showing The Location Of The Boleyn Ground, Tube
Stations and Listed Pubs
using the map:
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