Capacity: 3,600 (Seats 1,400)
Address: North St, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7FZ
Telephone: 01773 830277
Fax: 01773 836164
Pitch Size: 100 x 65 metres
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Reds
Year Ground Opened: 1959
Undersoil Heating: Np
Home Kit: All Red
The Impact Arena is a small ground that does have a bit of character but seems to have a disproportionate amount of seating for its size. On one side is the small Main Stand that runs for about a two-thirds of the length of the pitch. It is comprised of three small structures, with a small covered seated stand at its centre, with covered standing area the; "Tommie Bradley Terrace" on one side and another small seated area the; 'Lottie Bradley Hospitality Area" on the other side. There are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of this side. The team dugouts are also located on this side of the pitch.
Opposite is a similar looking covered all seated stand called the Tom McRoy Stand, however, this is around twice the size in terms of length and has more rows of seats. It is unusual that there is no barrier at all between the pitch and the stand. One end of this stand, the Bentley Close End, is a small seated area that is open to the elements. It looks like that this end was a former terrace that has had seats bolted onto to it. Opposite is a small steep terrace, known as the 'Tin End'. This has a small covered area at the back towards the centre. There is a noticeable slope to the pitch which runs down from this end to the other. The ground has a set of four modern floodlights.
The Club have announced plans to build a new stand to replace the current Tom McRoy Stand. This development would also see the relocation of the team changing rooms, tunnel etc.. which would make it the new Main Stand at the ground. Both ends will also be redeveloped with new covered terraced stands. No timescales have been given as to when this will happen. A video clip showing a virtual tour around the proposed developments can be viewed on YouTube. In the short term the Club intend to put a roof on the Bentley Close End as well as cover the sections of open seating in the Tom McRoy Stand.
Away fans are mostly housed in the mostly open 'Tin End' terrace at one end of the ground. This end can accommodate around 1,200 supporters. In addition a small amount of seats are also made available in the covered seating area on one side of the pitch. This area though does have a number of supporting pillars that may impede your view. At the back of the open terrace there is a small covered area, which can provide some shelter but only for a relatively small number of fans, plus again there are a number of supporting pillars to contend with. I enjoyed my visit to the stadium and found it to be a friendly one.
Food on offer inside includes; a range of Pukka Pies (£2.20), Cornish Pasties (£1.80), Sausage Rolls (£1.50), Cheeseburgers (£2.70), Beefburgers (£2.20), Chips Cob (£1.90). Plus you can have Pie, Peas, Chips & Gravy for £4.20.
Inside the stadium, there is a bar, but this is for home supporters only. However, located just outside the entrance to the ground is the Alfreton Town Supporters Club, which does admit away fans. I personally preferred the Victoria pub on Nottingham Road, which is only a few minutes walk away, going back up onto the main road. The Victoria serves two real ales (both of which are guest beers which vary) and also shows SKY Sports. A few minutes walk from the Victoria on Prospect Street is a small micropub that has recently opened, is aptly called the Prospect Street Micropub, which offers a choice of four real ales and two ciders, plus wine and mead.
A little further along Nottingham Road going towards the town centre is Blueys Bar.
If you have a bit of time on your hands, then you may care to take the 15 minute walk into the town centre (back up to the main road from the ground and turn left). Of choice here is the Waggon and Horses on King Street, which is a Wetherspoons outlet.
Leave the M1 at junction 28 and take the A38 towards Derby. After around two miles leave the A38 and take the B600 towards Alfreton. At the top of the slip road on leaving the A38 turn right along the B600 towards Alfreton Town Centre. After around half a mile you will see a Garage on your right and a modern looking church on your left. Turn left just after the church into North Street. The ground is down the bottom of this street on the right. For the away turnstiles then fans should continue past North Street and then take the next third left into Alma Street. The away fans entrance is down on the left just before the park. There is a small car park at the ground in North Street, otherwise there is plenty of street parking.
Alfreton Railway Station is located just under three-quarters a mile away from the ground and is about a 15 minute walk, mainly uphill to the ground. It is served by trains from Nottingham and Chesterfield. Come out of the station entrance and at the main road turn right into Mansfield Road. Cross the road to the other side and take the second left into Prospect Street. At the bottom of this road turn right into Nottingham Road, then take the first left into North Street and the ground is down on the right. Thanks to Brian Scott for providing the directions.
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All areas of the stadium
Over 65's/Under 16's £10
Under 16's £2*
* When accompanied by a paying adult, otherwise concession price applies.
Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 21's, Students and Under 16's when not accompanied by an Adult.
Official Programme £3
Matlock Town and Ilkeston Town.
5,023 v Matlock Town 1960.
2018-2019: 535 (National League North)
2017-2018: 577 (National League North)
2016-2017: 547 (National League North)
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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.
Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram and photos of the Impact Arena.
Alfreton Town v Spennymoor Town
National League North
Saturday 8th December 2018, 3pm
Jeremy Gold (Neutral)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Impact Arena?
First visit so another one ticked off in the National League North division.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I took the direct train across from Manchester and then the fairly simple 15 minute walk from the railway station to the ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
There’s not much around the ground so headed straight in to have a wander around.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Impact Arena?
It’s a tidy little ground, small in stature but perfectly formed. The Main Stand is an ecliptic mix of standing and seats and the opposite side has a nice little covered seated stand running about three-quarters of the length of the pitch. Both ends are okay as well, one all seated and one terraced with a small covered shelter at the back.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
What can you say about a 7-1 victory for the visitors who in all honesty could have hit double figures. Alfreton Town were clearly lacking in confidence and the absolute deluge that hit most of the first half probably didn’t help them either. The referee did well to keep the game going as the pitch started to suffer after half time with a fair bit of standing water. That contributed to at least one of the visitors' goals although the locals rightly pointed out that the defender should have known better than to try and play a back pass completely on the floor given the conditions. The small group of travelling fans were in full voice throughout the game, the locals mostly voiced their frustrations about their teams record ever home defeat.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
A 250 attendance didn’t create too many issues leaving, a fair few unsurprisingly left a bit before the end as well. A quick jog back to the station in five minutes enabled me to be on the 5.05pm train back to Manchester.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
There doesn’t appear to be much to do in Alfreton, however, I’d recommend a trip to the Impact Arena although I don’t think you will ever see another 7-1 victory for the visitors.
Alfreton Town v Fleetwood Town
FA Cup First Round
Sunday 11th November 2018, 12:45pm
Christopher Smith (Fleetwood Town)
Alfreton Town v Gainsborough Trinity
National League North
Saturday 9th September 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)
Alfreton Town v Blyth Spartans
National League North
Saturday 5th August 2017, 3pm
John Hague (Blyth Spartans fan)
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