Oxford United

Kassam Stadium

Capacity: 12,500 (all seated)
Address: Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP
Telephone: 01865 337 500
Fax: 01865 337 501
Ticket Office: 01865 337 533
Pitch Size: 112 x 78 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 2001
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Singha
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Yellow and Blue
Away Kit: All Black

South (Main) Stand
South (Main) Stand
South Stand
South Stand
North Stand
North Stand
East Stand
East Stand
East and South Stands
East and South Stands
Looking Towards The West End
Looking Towards The West End
East and North Stands
East and North Stands
Looking From The West End
Looking From The West End
North Stand
North Stand
Ox Statue
Ox Statue

The club moved to the Kassam Stadium in 2001, after leaving the Manor Ground, which had been its home for 76 years. The stadium is named after the former Club Chairman Firoz Kassam and is located on the outskirts of Oxford. It has only three sides, with one end remaining unused. Each of the stands is of a good size, are all seated, covered and are roughly of the same height. The South Stand on one side of the pitch is a two-tiered stand with a row of executive boxes. This is a particularly impressive looking stand with police control and press boxes situated at the back. Opposite is the single-tiered North Stand, primarily given to away supporters. This has a number of strange looking floodlights protruding from its roof. At the one end is the Oxford Mail Stand, which is also single tiered. There is a special type of pitch, one of the first to have artificial grass woven into the live turf. One disappointment is the large gaps in the corners, which sets the stands back from the playing surface and means cold winds whistling through in winter. Outside the stadium at the West End, there is a statue of an Ox.

The Club have received planning permission for a fourth stand at the current unused end of the Kassam Stadium. It is likely that this will be temporary in nature and will have around 735 seats. It is expected that it will be put in place sometime during the 2016/17 season.

Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground. This stand may be shared with home supporters, or if demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be allocated providing just over 5,000 seats in total. The facilities within and the views of the playing action are excellent, and there is also good leg room. The atmosphere within the ground is not bad, with the home fans in the Oxford Mail Stand doing their best to raise it. There is not much around the ground in terms of pubs and eating establishments, although refreshments inside the stadium are okay, although if there is a large away support, then it can take quite a while to get served. Refreshments on offer include: Cheeseburgers (£3.80), Burgers (£3.40), Hot Dogs (£3) and a selection of Pies produced by Chunk of Devon; Steak & Kidney, Steak & Ale, Chicken & Mushroom, plus 'Pie of the Week' (all £3.50) as well as Traditional Pasties (£3.30), Cheese & Onion Pasties (£3.30) and Sausage Rolls (£3). With one end of the ground being open, there is always the remark 'of watch my car' as another wayward shot flies into the car park behind. On the whole, I found the Kassam Stadium to be an enjoyable and a largely friendly day out. 

Derek Fennel a visiting Blackburn supporter adds; 'the stewards at the Kassam seemed very helpful and accommodating which led to a feeling of watching the game in a relaxed frame of mind. There was great vocal support from the home supporters who really got behind their team'.

There are no pubs in close vicinity to the stadium There is a bar in the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel, but this no longer allows in away fans. Kim Rockall informs me; 'There is a cinema and bowling alley complex located adjacent to the stadium, called Ozone. Inside the bowling alley there is a bar, which also has Sky television and a fast food outlet'. There is also on the complex a Chinese buffet restaurant called Oxy Oriental, as well as a fish and chip shop called the Ozone Plaice.. 

Dave Langford a visiting Northampton Town fan tells me; 'I found a small local pub called the George Inn, situated in Littlemore just off the ring road (not far from Sainsburys). It had a number of television screens showing the early kick off and we were served fairly quickly. The Oxford fans at the pub made us very welcome and the landlord suggested that I leave my car in the pub car park for the duration of the match as the stadium was only a ten minute walk away. There were assorted pies and sausage rolls available. All in all a good find.' Also in Littlemore is the British Legion Club (OX4 4LZ) which also welcomes away fans. You are also able to park your car there for the duration of the game. Please note though that for certain high profile games (on Police advice) that both the pub and Club do not admit visiting supporters.

There are also a couple of other traditional pubs located in Sandford-on-Thames, which is in walking distance (20-25 minutes) of the Kassam Stadium, or a five minute drive. These are the Catherine Wheel on Henley Road and the Kings Arms on Church Road. The Catherine Wheel offers local real ales and cider, plus hot food snacks on matchdays. Whilst the Kings Arms is in a splendid location on the banks of the River Thames and is part of the Chef & Brewer chain.

Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground in the form of: Carlsberg Lager, Tetley's Bitter, Guinness and Somersby Cider (all £4).

The Kassam Stadium is quite well signposted from the main routes into Oxford, with brown football signs pointing the way. The stadium can be found in between the Oxford Science Park & Blackbird Leys Estate. From the A423 Ring Road, take the A4074 towards Reading. After the roundabout with Sainsbury's on one corner, take the left turning signposted Cowley/Wallington/Oxford Science Park and you eventually come to the ground on your left.

Car Parking

There are 1,600 car parking spaces at the stadium itself, which are free. However, the car parks tend to fill up fast, so try and arrive early if you can (at least 75 minutes before kick off). An additional 400 car parking spaces are now available at the Ozone cinema and bowling alley complex adjacent to the stadium, which are also free to use. John Attwood a visiting Gillingham supporter adds; 'when arriving at the stadium, ignore the first stadium car park entrance that you come to and go up to the second entrance as the first will have you parking at the "open" end. There is a roundabout by the second entrance, which will take you back to the first entrance if the other half is full. I was also heavily delayed in trying to leave the car park after the game as there were only two exits available'. If you do end up arriving late at the stadium and find that the stadium car parks are full, then don't get tempted to park on a grass verge as you may well end up with a parking ticket for your trouble. There is also some street parking available along Grenoble Road (going away from the stadium), just make sure you use the marked bays. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Kassam Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Oxford Railway Station is over four miles from the ground and it is really not advisable to try to walk it.  You can get the Oxford Bus Company Service, Number 3A which on Saturdays only runs to the Kassam Stadium via Sandford-on-Thames. The fare for an Adult is £3.50 return, or £1.70 return for a child. It departs from bus stop S2 which is located in Speedwell Street in the City Centre. See the Oxford Bus Company website for timetables.

Alternatively, there is also Oxford Bus Company service number 5, from Oxford Railway Station (use bus stop R2) via the city centre to Knights Road in Blackbird Leys, which is a short walk away from the ground. On Saturday afternoons the bus runs every five minutes and on midweek evenings every 8-10 minutes. Journey time to the stadium is around 30 minutes. For more information visit the Oxford Bus Company website. Ed Murray adds; 'I visited the Kassam Stadium for a Tuesday evening game, I took the number 5 bus from the station just before 7pm and, even though the traffic was fairly light, I didn't arrive at the ground until 7:50pm. Coming back after the game, it still took more than half an hour. So it may be an idea to allow yourself plenty of time if you are going to travel in this way.'  Tom Raffan a visiting Southend United fan advises; 'It's worth noting that the bus from the train station takes a very windy, indirect route so if intending to get the bus from the station then get there by 1.30pm at the latest (for a 3pm kick off).

In October 2015 a new railway station serving Oxford was opened. Called Oxford Parkway it is served by trains from London Marylebone. Although it is located on the other side of Oxford to the Kassam Stadium, it does have good bus transport links into Oxford City Centre. It is planned that in December 2016 rail services will begin to operate from Oxford Parkway to Oxford.

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Home Fans

South Stand (Upper Tier Centre): 
Adults £28, Over 65's £21, Under 22's/Students £20, Under 13's £15*, Under 7's £12*
South Stand (Upper Tier Wings): 
Adults £26, Over 65's £19, Under 22's/Students £18, Under 13's £11*, Under 7's £8*
South Stand (Lower Tier):
Adults £24, Over 65's £17, Under 22's/Students £16, Under 13's £10*, Under 7's £6*
South Stand (Family Area): 
Adults £20, Over 65's/Under 22's/Students £14, Under 18's £8, Under 13's £6, Under 7's Free**
North Stand: Adults £24, Over 65's £17, Under 22's/Students £16, Under 18's £14
Oxford Mail (East) Stand:
Adults £22, Over 65's £15, Under 22's/Students £14, Under 18's £12, Under 13's £8*, Under 7's £5*

Away Fans
Adults £24, Over 65's £17, Under 22's/Students £16, Under 18's £14

* Under 7's and Under 13's must be accompanied by a paying adult (**maximum two under 7's per adult).

Official Programme £3

Oxford United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Swindon Town and Reading.

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Record Attendance

At The Kassam Stadium:
12,243 v Leyton Orient
League Two, 6th May 2006.

At The Manor Ground:
22,750 v Preston North End
FA Cup 6th Round, February 29th, 1964.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 7,376 (League One)
2016-2017: 8,297 (League One)
2015-2016: 7,211 (League Two)

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Oxford United v Southend United
League One
Saturday 14th April 2018, 3pm
Thomas Inglis (Neutral Dundee United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?
 
I look forward to each game in a new ground to me, this was English stadium No.78. I was also intrigued to see this much talked about three-sided affair.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The usual overnight Megabus Dundee to London Victoria, then tube to Marleybone and a one hour train journey to Oxford. Then a Bus 3A from the city centre to the Kassam Stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Oxford has much to offer. I checked out the shopping areas, University grounds and church, castle, museum. and a general wander around town. I picked my teams and Grand National horses in the first pub 'The St.Aldate Tavern'. Another couple of pubs 'The Bear' and 'Chequers' before getting the bus to ground. I picked up a ticket and went over to 'Hollywood', where both sets of fans were mingling with no issues.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?
 
Obviously, you can see inside the ground before you are in the ground - quite unusual. I had a good view from behind the goal (the end with the stand) both side stands look in good condition.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Oxford took a 6th minute lead, when Hendry drove in from the right past a couple of non-tackles from Southend players and fired in a good shot from the edge of the box. A bit of sparring from both teams up to the last minute of the half. Then left back Ricardinho played a one two into the box before shooting through the keepers legs to give a 2-0l half time lead to Oxford. All the facilities were fairly standard, had a bacon/onion roll and cup of tea which was fine. Second half Southend could not make a breakthrough and Oxford seemed happy enough to see things through for the 2 - 0 win and 3 points to get further from the relegation places. I must say the Oxford fans in the 7,500 crowd gave their team fantastic backing for long spells throughout.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I got the first bus back to town right after game, the £3.50 return fare was fine considering the 25minute journey time and as everyone on this site mentions, it's too far to walk.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Another good trip to a new town.

Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle
League One
Saturday 17th February 2018, 3pm
David King (Plymouth Argyle fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?
 
Plymouth were on a remarkable run after a terrible start to the season. I had not visited the ground for a number of years and Oxford is a lovely city.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I travelled up on Friday before without any issues and stayed two nights on the outskirts of Oxford.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I met a fellow Argyle fan from High Wycombe on Saturday morning. We first went to the Jam Factory near the railway station. This café come bar has a good selection of bottled and draught beers. After here it was off to the King's Arms in the city centre for lunch. This pub was really busy with tourists and day trippers but again had a good selection of drinks. Before long it was time to get the Oxford bus Company/Stagecoach joint service 3A from the High Street up to the Kassam Stadium. The bus only runs half hourly and takes 40 minutes to get to the ground so allow plenty of time!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?
 
The Kassam Stadium looks odd with one stand "missing" at one end which is open. Entry into the away stand which is shared with home fans was quick and after a quick stop for some tea I headed to my seat.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The Argyle fans were in great voice for this game after recent results but Oxford started well and had a fee half decent chances that they failed to convert. Graham Carey was Argyle's best player in the first half setting up Antoni Sarcevic but he could'nt find the back of the net. Carey also had a good chance of his own which deflected wide. Super defending from Zak Vyner and Sonny Bradley kept Oxford at bay. Right on half time Carey whipped in a corner and there was Bradley to head in as he did many times last season. Half time Oxford 0 Argyle 1. 
 
Second half and Oxford applied lots of pressure but were lacking composure in the final third. Argyle's Carey created another chance for Ryan Taylor against his former club but he shot over the bar. Argyle defended deeper the longer the second half went on and survived a few scares including a sustained period of pressure around ten minutes from the end. This was not Argyle's best recent performance but they managed to get ball three points. Credit to the Oxford United fans for really getting behind their team. Just to add that the toilet facilities were poor, not what you expect from a relatively modern stadium.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I spent ten minutes or so after the game in a queue for the 3A bus back to the city centre. All of us just about squeezed onto it but it was 5.45pm before we got back to the High Street. I then went to the nearby St Aldgate's Tavern to celebrate. The food and beer choices here were excellent. Then it was off to the Turf Tavern a small pub down an alleyway off Holywell Street where I had hoped to visit before the game. This old pub is well worth a visit but is rather small and gets busy so expect to wait for a drink.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good battling result for the travelling Green army and the Oxford fans I spoke to on the day were friendly and welcoming. Pity the Kassam Stadium is so far "out of town" and awkward to get to. At least it wasn't a Tuesday night game with no buses running!

Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle
League One
Saturday 17th February 2018, 3pm
Bryan & Karen Davis (Plymouth Argyle fans)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?
 
We hadn’t been to the Kassam Stadium before, so it was a new ground to us and also relatively close.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was an easy drive across country from Herefordshire via the A417, A40 and A34. We arrived at 11:15am so, as you would expect, there was no issue getting a parking space although there were already several cars there, some football supporters and some for the bowling/cinema. We parked in the car park at the open/missing end of the ground, there is no charge for parking.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We walked to the Kings Arms pub which is by the Thames River for some lunch, although note they don’t open until 12 noon. This is a popular place; all the tables in the restaurant area were booked, but there was space in the bar and also tables outside.  It’s a nice spot by Sanford Lock to while away a couple of hours. We then headed back to the ground, it’s an easy 30-minute walk, arriving at about 1:45pm. By this time there was a lot of traffic and a queue to get into the car park.
There were lots of fans from both teams about and it seemed to be a friendly place. The turnstiles opened at 2pm and there were quite long queues for us to get in, it didn’t take long though, about 10 minutes I think.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?
 
The Kassam Stadium is three quarters of quite an impressive ground. It is really rather odd to arrive in the car park and to be able to see into the ground with only a wooden fence in the way.  The three sides that are there are nominally the same design although the Main (South) Stand is two tiered and has the offices, hospitality, changing rooms, shop etc.  The views are good, the seats comfortable enough and there are no supporting pillars to get in the way. The away end is at the North side of the ground with the away fans housed on the right-hand side as you view the pitch.  Although the stand is covered it is quite exposed. The stands are quite steeply banked and reasonably close to the touch/bye lines. There is an electronic scoreboard in the South West corner.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
 
Argyle were on a good run, but good runs have to end sometime…..Oxford United meanwhile were manager-less and on a dip in form.  So, any ones guess then!
Argyle didn’t start that well and seemed to struggle to match the attacking flair of the previous Tuesday night, passes were going astray. Oxford were definitely up for it, their (on loan from Man City) No32 - Isaac Buckley-Ricketts was a handful. Both teams had chances in the first half but neither keeper was particularly troubled.  Until time added on at the end of the half - the Graham Carey / Sonny Bradley combination from a corner struck and Argyle went 1 up, cue 1,802 Argyle supporters going nuts!
 
The second half saw a couple of great chances for Argyle go begging and a goal disallowed for offside for Oxford. The Referee blew for full time and the reaction from the Green Army was brilliant.  The atmosphere was great from the Argyle fans throughout the game and the Oxford fans could be heard at times too, although there were only about 6,500 of them. The stewards were fine, but they did seem a bit nervous towards the end of the game.
 
I can’t comment on the food as we didn’t have any, tea was £1.80.  The refreshment facilities were quite good, service was cheerful and quick, but it was a bit cramped with such a big away crowd.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
As we had arrived early we were in a good spot to get away after the game, coupled with being in the front row of the stand we got away easily even though we had waited until the players had left the pitch and we hadn’t rushed out.  If you were further into the car park I would expect it to be a bit slow getting out but it’s not far to the A34.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out at the Kassam Stadium and another three points.

Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers
League One
Tuesday 21st November 2017, 7.45pm
Christian Lyth (Blackburn Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?
 
The Kassam Stadium is a new ground for me so I was looking forward to seeing this one as I missed out when we played them in the cup last year.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was a long drive with the usual pain on the M6 roadworks but once passed that it was easy as anything to get to. I was staying in the hotel next door to the Kassam Stadium so parked for free there.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Had a few beers in the hotel waiting for a mate who sadly was delayed so Frankie & Benny's was rammed by the time we got there, so had a couple of drinks and made do with a burger in the ground. There's a Fish & Chips place next door that seemed decent but was rammed too.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?
 
The Kassam Stadium looks very much like many new builds apart from the bizarre sight of one end missing. Just looks very odd to say the least.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was great for us we were 3-0 up after 20 mins so the atmosphere was as good as you'd expect. We went a bit sloppy after that but won 4-2 in the end. Staff were decent and friendly serving which makes a change as an away fan and the range of food and drink was good as well.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Just a five minute walk for me back to the hotel and then had a few beers with friends and a couple of Oxford fans who were friendly.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Had a good trip overall to the Kassam Stadium and ticked another ground off. Its in a nice location though if was coming via train can imagine it's a pain.

Oxford United v Northampton Town
League One
Saturday 11th November 2017, 3pm
Alex Compton (Northampton Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?
 
It's a bit of a local derby and we have more than a decent record against Oxford United.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was great until we got about two miles from the Kassam Stadium and then you will crawl all the way to the ground. That last two miles took over 30 minutes to travel. There is loads of car parking available at the stadium and it is free but be prepared for a long wait getting out of the car park after the match.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As it took a while to get to the ground we went straight into the stadium. All the home fans seemed friendly enough with no sign of any trouble.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?
 
Its a bizarre looking ground due to it only having three sides, the end behind one goal is nothing but wooden perimeter boards which is very odd. The away section on one side is good with plenty of room and a good view with no supporting pillars in the way.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
From a Northampton Town point of view the game was great, we battled and played our way to a 2-1 victory (told you we had a good record against them) The stewards were very helpful, even helping my son put his flag up but they do insist you sit in the seat that is on the ticket which is very annoying. There is enough seats for everyone so why make people sit away from there mates etc is beyond me. It does is make people agitated which can cause problems. This is a problem at a lot of clubs not just Oxford by the way.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was awful. I suggest for a while you go for a drink, watch a movie or go for a meal, as it took about 45 minutes to get out of the car park, as there is only one way in and one way out. How the Oxford fans put up with that each home game is beyond me as I wouldn't want to do it.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A really good day finished off with another positive result against Oxford United.

Oxford United v Bradford City
Football League One
Tuesday 12th September 2017, 7.45pm
Mathew (Bradford City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?
 
After a good start to the season, the Bantams were in good form. Oxford United are always tough to beat at their place so this would be a real test.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Our journey on the coach with East Bierley Bantams was pretty straightforward with little traffic so we arrived in good time, there is a huge car park next to the stadium so we're straight into the stadium from the coach.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went straight into the stadium after leaving the coach, the Oxford fans were very friendly and had good banter.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?
 
Overall the Kassam Stadium is very nice considering there are only three stands with one end behind the goal missing. In the away section at one side of the pitch, we were at the top of the stand next to the car park, however, the view of the pitch was superb.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself nearly gave me a heart attack with both sides going all out for the win. The home side were on top throughout the first half, however, Bradford took a 1-0 lead into half time through a superb strike by Omari - Patrick. Oxford came out fighting in thé second half and we're once again on top, their dominance showed with two goals in the 74th and 87th minute to send the home fans wild, deep into added on time with literally the last touch of the game Vincelot headed to equalise for the bantams earning a good point. The atmosphere was superb from both sets of fans, the home end behind the goal was particularly loud at times. The stewards were very friendly as we're the staff, facilities were ok as we're the pies.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground took some time, however, this was due to an accident nearby.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was an excellent day out at the Kassam Stadium, one which I would recommend to anyone.

Oxford United v Port Vale
Football League One
Monday 17th April 2017,3pm
Alex Thomson (Port Vale fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

I like visiting new grounds and the Kassam Stadium Oxford was to be my 49th ground visited. Plus Port Vale need all the support it can muster at the moment as we are fourth from bottom in the League.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We travelled on the train direct from Stoke to Oxford on the Cross Country which was okay. But the Kassam Stadium is situated quite away from the station. In fact I can't think of another ground that is so far from the town centre/railway station.It is certainly not walkable and even the bus from Oxford City Centre to near the Kassam Stadium took half an hour! I would drive to the game next time, although from the bus you can see what a lovely city Oxford is.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We ate at a Wetherspoons pub called the Four Candles that was near Oxford station. No other fans were in the pub.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end the n other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The Kassam Stadium is a very nice and purposeful ground. The acoustics of the stadium are good and ever gone was friendly inside and out.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

This was Vale's best performance for a few weeks though. Although we lost 2-0 due to a keeper error and then being caught by a quick breakaway by Oxford who look a decent side. The home fans didn't sing much until the last quarter of the game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Again back on the bus caught from the nearby estate. Everyone was in a orderly queue and the bus came soon after for the long haul to the station. There was quite a big Police presence at the ground which seemed very over the top.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was an okay day out. Oxford is a lovely city and it was a decent game, although a rubbish result for us and another ground ticked off. After having to stand on the way back from Oxford to Birmingham New Street, then I will definitely drive next time. Well whenever that will be as it looks like we are going to get relegated to League 2.

Oxford United v Sheffield United
Football League One
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 7.45pm
Andrew Kennedy (Sheffield United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

Living in the south of England and supporting the Blades means that I mainly get to see only away games, and with Oxford being only an hour away it was an ideal opportunity to take advantage of a re-arranged fixture. I'd been to Oxford (both the Kassam Stadium and the old Manor Ground) several times before , and we normally win more than we lose, so a no-brainer.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

A nightmare. I should have realised when I saw the half mile queue to get off the A34 northbound onto the Southern Ring Road, but a journey that would normally take just under an hour took nearly three! Mixing commuter travel and football travel doesn't work, and the approach roads to the Kassam Stadium, are single carriageway so congestion especially at night games must be a norm. It wasn't as if it was a large crowd, particularly, just under 9,000 (although this may be large for Oxford) with 1,700 Blades in attendance. There was just about sufficient car parking, and the advantage is that it is free, but latecomers do have to park behind the Vue Leisure Complex on land that is muddy, unlit and unlined, which I imagine could cause some trouble finding your car after a night game.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

With kick off fast approaching I ran from the car park to the ground! Fortunately I only missed the opening few minutes of the game.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

I have been to the Kassam Stadium several times, and find no issues with it being three sided (especially since my early memories of Bramall Lane include a cricket ground along one side of the football pitch - or was it a football pitch alongside one side of the cricket square?). I saw an earlier post commenting on the good seating legroom in the stands, which may be true if you can sit, but if the away following all watch standing up, good legroom is rather pointless. The ground seems a bit smaller than it actually is, which all adds to the atmosphere that even a relatively small crowd engendered; but as mentioned elsewhere the fact that the corners are open also adds to the atmosphere - cold wind, that is.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Well, we came, we didn't play too well, but we did win; so the away fans were buzzing. I thought the stewarding was excellent, not at all heavy handed; and when there was a problem it was dealt with tactfully but firmly, so well done that team. Never got to see any of the facilities this time due to arriving late, but my recollection from previous visits is that they are nothing special but equally not as bad as in some older grounds.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

To stagger departures, Oxford do suggest you stay on after the game to enjoy the facilities; but the away end facilities were all closed down and if you are a car driver the availability of bars is a non-issue. So I sat in my car from 21:50 to 22:40 waiting for the cars in the car park to start moving, then I joined the queues but it took another half hour before I even got out of the car park. I'm not sure I would have found my way out of Oxford at night without the satnav, the dual carriageway suddenly becoming a single carriageway road doubling back on itself, but maybe that is Oxford road planning for you.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Nightmare getting to the Kassam Stadium, good once there, nightmare getting away. Would I go again? Yes, I would think so as its the nearest League One ground to where I live; but (whisper it quietly) hopefully we won't be in League One next year!

Oxford United v Bristol Rovers
Football League One
Saturday 4th March 2017, 3pm
Yaz Shah (Bristol Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

Both teams are in similar league positions. A key game for us as it would be an indicator if we had a chance of making the play-offs after six successive draws versus the top teams in League One, i.e. Bolton Wanderers 1-1, Scunthorpe United 1-1, Bradford City 0-0, Sheffield United 0-0, etc. Oxford United were in fine form and had just qualified for the Wembley Checkatrade Final.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Very easy. I left North West London at 11:30am and headed straight up the M40 and arrived at the Kassam Stadium just before 12:30pm. Parking was free and plenty of spaces behind the open end at ground i.e. to the right of the away fans as advised by one of your reviewers. In fact, no balls kicked out of the ground during the game so all cars were safe.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I wandered around the outside of the Kassam Stadium and had a cup of tea from a burger stand. I spoke to an Oxford fan about the departure of Matty Taylor and their performance against Luton a few days before. Nice guy.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The Kassam Stadium is a nice ground. The Rovers area was sold out. I was lucky in that I had a seat with a very good view of the ground in one of the lower rows. The pitch looked good also.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a great "derby-like" atmosphere created by the Gas fans. We could have sold even more tickets for this game. The serving areas were very busy so I was glad that I got a cup of tea just before the game started. The stewards were okay but a few fans did get very noisy and standing on steps. We completely dominated the game going 2-0 up by half time. Oxford looked flat and we looked full of energy. With a decent striker we could have scored more (midfielders scored for us). Game finished 2-0. Match officials, for a change, were very good, with linesmen actually helping the referee by making decisions! Some of the best officials I have seen all season although it seemed a bit harsh to book two of our players for time wasting?

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took me about 20 minutes to get to the A34 roundabout which was gridlocked ao I decided to take the A4074(?) as I was going to Reading. It was an easy drive.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day for us. Team were great and fans were great. Sat next to a guy from Barnet so had a nice chat with him throughout game. The cheerios to the away fans leaving with 20 minutes to go and visible behind the empty non-stand area was quite funny.

Oxford United v Bristol Rovers
Football League One
Saturday 4th March 2017, 3pm
Terry Morton (Bristol Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

Not been to the Kassam Stadium before, so I was interested to see what their modern football ground was like.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

After a clear run round the M25 from Sussex, I arrived earlier than planned at around 12.45. I found the ground easily via satnav and parked in the free car park at the Kassam Stadium itself.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After parking I walked towards the stadium to ask a steward about bars/gathering spots. He looked baffled and told me there was nothing outside the turnstiles. Instead he directed me to the nearby bowling alley. This was okay but the bar staff were swamped by 1.30pm and people were queuing for thirty minutes to get a drink. Strangely, there were bouncers on one set of doors but not the other set further down the building which gave access to the same bar. Home fans were friendly but heavily outnumbered by Rovers fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

Souless and incomplete, springs to mind. Away fans are put at one end of a side stand next to the open end, which never saw a fourth stand constructed. Behind this area is the large stadium car park. The view is fine. A disadvantage for the home fans is that if they leave early (as they did when losing 2-0), they are in clear view of the away fans as they cross the car park, meaning they have to endure a good ribbing from the visiting supporters!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Obviously, by Rovers winning 2-0, I enjoyed the game, but despite the efforts of the Rovers fans, it was like watching football in a cathedral. The stewards were indifferent rather than friendly. Most of them looked like they'd come from an agency and would rather be somewhere else.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Pretty awful. A 2,000 space car park with only one exit meant that nothing moved for 40 minutes. Next time, I'll park 15 minutes walk away and get away 45 minutes faster.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The Kassam Stadium should be used as a lesson for all stadium planners as how NOT to do it. Have Oxford United and the stadium owners never heard of 'revenue streams'? Why give thousands of pounds to a bowling alley at every home game? At the Memorial Stadium in Bristol, by 1pm the place is bopping - multiple bars, all pints £3 before 1.30pm, multiple food outlets, friends and families gathering, face painting, kids activities, etc.. Oxford United should take note.

Oxford United v MK Dons
Football League One
Saturday 11th February 2017, 3pm
Connor Lawson (MK Dons fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

Oxford is fairly close to Milton Keynes. But as MK Dons had never played there and I had never been before, it was a chance to tick off the Kassam Stadium as another ground visited. I had also heard good things about the Kassam Stadium.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove from Milton Keynes and the journey took us a little over an hour, a fairly straightforward journey with not much traffic either. We parked in the free club car park right next to the ground, but if we arrived later than we did I don't think we would've got a space.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We arrived quite early, so we headed into the Hollywood Bowl bar where they were screening the Arsenal game. It was a nice little bar and there were quite a lot of home fans in there but they were all very welcoming

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The Kassam Stadium looked quite nice from the outside. Fairly modernised and a decent size for the level. The three stands at Oxford are often ridiculed but I don't think it took anything away from the atmosphere both fans can generate inside the ground. I had a fantastic view from the top of the away section and the ample height between rows ensured no ones head was in my way.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was okay. Oxford dominated the first half but MK Dons had a few good chances of their own. MK Dons fans held some hostility to Oxford player Rob Hall, who was at the club on loan and vowed to stay with us after we paid for his injury treatment, but then left. It was very amusing for the away contingent when he slipped over the ball in front of us. I had a pie which was very nice and had quite a lot of filling which made a change. Second half wasn't great, but Oxford scored late on then missed a penalty soon after and it finished 1-0 to the home side. Another highlight was a bunch of children standing outside the ground in the car park "giving it out" to the away fans, probably the most entertaining part of the game! 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The car park was a bit of a pain to get out of, and we were queuing for around 15 minutes but the journey home after that was fine.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The Kassam Stadium is quite nice, it would, of course, look better with four stands but it was a good day out for us despite the result,. Our fans and theirs were very good all game. I would definitely re-visit the Kassam when, inevitably, we play them next season!

Oxford United v Northampton Town
Football League One
Monday 26th December 2016, 3pm
Andrew Watson (Northampton Town/Neutral/Doing The 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

As you can see in the team supported above, that there were a mixture of reasons for me going to this game:

1) I live in Northampton and my wife's family support the cobblers (NTFC) and so are a kind of adopted team 2) Local derby with a near sell out crowd would be a good atmosphere. 3) The Kassam Stadium is a ground I've not been to but I had been to the old "Manor Ground" 4) It was on Boxing Day and I try to get a match in as I'm not able get to many Saturday matches.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Arrived about 1:10pm and found the car park nearly full. Only space I found was very near ground. I was surprised how close I was. Later I found out the reason why on trying to exit the car park after the match. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I went to the fish and chip shop in Leisure complex. As one of it's fryers wasn't working, only chips and burgers available. Later customers had a long wait for chips but they were nice.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

I knew it was unusual to have stands on just three sides of the ground, but overall the Kassam Stadium looked quite a reasonable ground (I have been to East Fife and that has only one stand and three open sides so not that weird).

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Atmosphere was very good as local derby and 11,500 almost filled the entire ground. Cobblers scored the only goal of the game in 93rd minute (which my son aged 12) said shouldn't have counted as there was a foul on the keeper). Also found it odd that one Oxford fan was filming Northampton fans after the goal - obviously looking for people making obscene gestures - should have pointed his mobile towards his own fans who were making more obscene gestures than Northampton fans and get his own house in order first.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

How to ruin a good day out. I found out why the only spaces left free in the car park were near the ground. Those in the know would get there really early and get a space near the leisure complex. It took over 50 minutes to get out of car park.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a really good day until trying to leave, They had community police and stewards were there who could have directed traffic (as the stewards did on the way in) I definitely would not go back unless it was a low crowd expected. It was a shock as I normally go to Leicester (my first team) and get away with a crowd of over 30,000 easier than this.

Oxford United v Charlton Athletic
Football League One
Saturday 24th September 2016, 3pm
James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

Normally I would be looking forward to the trip, but not this time around. Unfortunately I had broken a rib two weeks previously, which was quite painful. But as I already had the tickets for this game, I was determined to go. That aside I always love an away day and the Kassam Stadium was a new ground for me.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We were going to drive and make a day of it with our wives. However due to my injury I went, with my normal companion, on the supporters trust coach. The journey on the whole was uneventful and we arrived in good time at 1.30pm. On arrival there was a bizarre lack of direction for the coach driver, although he did make a bit of a drama out of the whole episode, especially as we ended up parking right by the away turnstiles.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Given that we had plenty of time we did very little. We wandered into the bowling alley. This has a huge bar where home and way fans mixed quite happily watching the early match on the big screens. We were stopped by some home fans who were interested in our anti-ownership shirts that many were wearing. On hearing the story, they like most opposition fans, wished us well in getting rid of our owners.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

A three sided ground is always going to be a bit odd. The three stands also sit completely unconnected to each other. This gives the ground a rather weird appearance as if it has just been dumped in the middle of a huge car park. We were situated in the car park, well that's how it felt, to one end of the North Stand on the side of the pitch. Leg room in the stand was great and the view fantastic. I was five rows from the back right next to the home fans, not that far from the half way line. I was a little concerned about the distance between us and the exits, but I guess in an emergency you would go on the pitch, it just meant a half time comfort break was not worth the effort.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The stewarding was a little controversial at this match, many felt it was way to heavy handed. I even saw a tweet from a home fan asking "Why are there so many Stewards in the away section?" Charlton fans felt that the Stewards had confused us for our South London neighbours. However I am going to defend the stewarding of this match. We spent some time discussing this with the stewards and we got a perfectly acceptable explanation of the methods. At the previous home match, against local rivals Swindon Town, things had gone a bit pear shaped so they were determined that a sell out away crowd from London were not going to catch them out two matches running. Also as Charlton had sold out their allocation of tickets. the stewards were keen that supporters took up their allotted seats. This issue causes more aggro at Charlton away matches than any other, when people don't sit in the right seat. So no complaints from me. The Club had also got wind that around 150 tickets had gone astray. In the event the away end was over crowded so it would seem that the duplicate tickets and the original tickets had been used to admit fans. They dealt very well with the issue and only around six fans that I saw were invited to leave. This kept the lid on any tension. Finally if people did not leave it to the last second to take their seats life would be much simpler for all of us. We all knew this was a sell out and the problems this can lead to.

The catering was fine, normal fayre. Both sets of fans generated a pretty good atmosphere considering the game was a fairly dull 1-1 draw. The three sided ground did not seemed to affect the atmosphere at all. Not sure things would be quite so passionate on a Tuesday night versus a team with a small away following. We all dread these nights.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Taking the coach was helpful as we were shepherded nicely away from the ground in quite short order, but those driving I understand did not fare quite so well. Train travelers were all whinging about the 30 minute ride into town. Do your homework, take a coach to Oxford, especially if it's a fairly short journey like ours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall the Kassam Stadium is not a bad day out. Despite its poor appearance, this is a decent place to watch football in a non intimidating atmosphere. I would be happy to return.

Oxford United v Swindon Town
Football League One
Saturday 10th September 2016, 3pm
John Smith (Swindon Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

I had never been to the Kassam Stadium and as Oxford United are our biggest rivals, I had to visit for this derby match. Swindon Town have never scored at the Kassam Stadium so I was hoping that this goalless streak would end.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went on one of the supporters coaches from Swindon. It was quite an easy trip down the A420 but near the stadium a few things were thrown at the bus, but I guess this is to be expected from a derby match.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had to go straight into the stadium under Police direction.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The Kassam Stadium is well built but still don't quite understand why there are only three stands. The ball seemed to regularly go out over the unused end leading to stoppages in the game. This wasn't helped at one point when it looked as if the home team were running out of balls!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a good atmosphere to start off with but Oxford were awarded a controversial penalty just before half time, where I am still not sure whether the player was in the box. Then in the second half Oxford capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to make it 2-0. Lloyd Jones then got sent off for a second yellow and to rub salt into the Swindon wounds. Then in injury time our goalkeeper; Lawrence Vigouroux also got himself sent off, so our right back went in goal for the remaining minute.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The Swindon fans were held back for a while. Once on the coached the Police escorted us out of Oxford onto the A420 for the short trip home back to Swindon.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It would have been a decent day out if the scoreline hadn't been so bad. Still I will comeback to watch another derby game and hopefully see us at least score a goal!

Oxford United v Leicester City
Pre Season Friendly
Tuesday 19th July 2016, 7.45pm
Colin Hall (Leicester City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium? 

This was our first game of pre-season at a venue I had not visited previously.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Okay until pulling off the Southern Ring Road - with only one road to the ground, congestion built up. It took about half an hour before we finally got to the Kassam Stadium and parked up. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We enjoyed a pre-match meal at the White House pub near Oxford City Centre washed down with several Wadworth ales (I was a passenger!). The few home fans who were in there were welcoming enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The Kassam Stadium is a pleasant enough modern venue. However it is only three-sided as one end is unused. This consists of a perimeter wall with a car park beyond. Leicester fans had around a third of the North Stand, on one side of the stadium, which was ample enough for the turnout on the evening, Both of the other stands were reasonably full and appreciated the sight of Gary Lineker (fully clothed!) and the Premier League trophy.

The Open End

Kassam Stadium Oxford United Open End

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The match was surprisingly competitive despite the sweltering conditions. Although Oxford took the lead early on (before many fans had entered the ground!) Leicester kept their composure to win 2-1 and could perhaps have won the game by a wider margin. The atmosphere was as relaxed as could be expected for a pre-season friendly. The catering and toilet facilities were better than at many Premier grounds, and the view from the stand was very good. Can't comment on the pies, burgers etc as didn't eat any, having eaten at the pub beforehand.

Not A Bad Attendance

Kassam Stadium Main Stand

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I was expecting horrendous traffic jams, but congestion was thankfully limited and we arrived back in Leicester before 11.30 pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I was happy enough with Leicester's performance, as well as the result. Oxford showed enough quality to suggest they should cope well enough with the demands of League 1. Visitors to this venue by car are advised to allow plenty of time for parking!

 

Oxford United v Luton Town
Football League Two
Saturday 16th April 2016, 3pm
David Howells (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

With my parents living pretty close by, this was always going to be one of the 'easier' of the 92 to visit and one to look forward to due to the home connections.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The ground is so well signposted on the A34 that you'd really have to go out of your way to miss the signs. There really is no excuse for not finding it by car. As is unfortunately typical, there was a nice queue for the car parking, despite being near the ground 75 minutes before kick off. There is a fair bit of parking within a two minute walk of the stadium, which is perfect but you'll have to ensure you get there in good time as it does fill up very quickly. Also be careful with the car park. The closest car park does mean quick in/out but you risk your car getting hit by a stray ball. Parking was also free, which was a very welcomed surprise. Didn't go by public transport, but initial thoughts are that it would be rather awkward. Stadium is not close to the centre, and certainly not walkable from the train station.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The stadium itself is next to a mini-retail park development, and has a bowling alley / cinema / generic-chain-restaurants, so has a strange sort of atmosphere about it. Didn't see any pubs in the retail park, so just wondered around outside of the stadium and picked up a match programme before the game. For a team sitting in second place and on the back of a Wembley trip, (and it being Oxford), I expected much much friendlier fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

As well documented, the stadium has only three stands, which is strange, but quirky and something different which I always enjoy. The South Stand on one side is by far the best, having two tiers and looks very impressive for a League Two team, and well filled. Though all three of the stands are good, they are all seated stands. Away end if half of the North Stand on the opposite, and is quite far away from the more vocal home fans, who were congregated behind the far goal.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was very good. Oxford scored within the first couple of minutes, then Luton scored twice within as many minutes just before half time. One was due to a slip by the goalkeeper, which as a neutral is always amusing. Two more goals in the second half, one each gave an entertaining and deserved 3-2 win to Luton. Game was surprisingly high quality though, with nice football being played all over. Weather conditions were perfect for football, and was very enjoyable watch.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was quite the bottle-neck in getting away from the ground. And we sat in the car waiting for at least 15 minutes before even bothering to join the non-moving queue. It was a sunny day and we were only going 30 minutes down the road, so it was no hardship whatsoever for us, but if you were in a rush or popping back to somewhere further afield then it might have been a bit less enjoyable.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A ground that I'd looked forward to going to for quite a while rather let me down. Stadium and the game itself were good, but the bland location and the home fans rather left more to be desired. Pleased I've done it and gone, but I won't be going back to the Kassam.

Oxford United v Stevenage
Football League Two
Friday 25th March 2016, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

I wasn't looking forward to this game at all given the fact we had lost our previous five league matches, were conceding goals for fun and had one of our main centre-backs suspended. Against the front two of Danny Hylton and Kemar Roofe, this had the makings of a very long afternoon, especially as we had lost this reverse fixture 5-1 back on Halloween. As well as our game, all Stevenage fans had one eye on Score Centre, Livescore or Twitter to keep ourselves updated with the goings on at Bootham Crescent, where relegation rivals York were hosting Crawley. We were 7 points clear of York pre-match but I could only see them reducing it to 4 points by 5pm.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the supporters coach so the journey was very easy. We departed the Lamex Stadum at 12 noon and amazingly were pulling up outside the Kassam Stadium just before 2pm, not bad on one of the worst days of the year for traffic!

Kassam Stadium

Kassam Stadium View From Outside Away Entrance

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I attempted to go across the road to the club shop (next to the bowling alley and gym opposite the stadium) to get a badge and programme, but took one look at the queue going around the entire shop and walked away, most likely the home fans buying their gear for their trip to Wembley next week. I decided to go straight inside the stadium after that, so I didn't have any contact with home fans. I got a programme inside the ground for £3.

It's A Good View From The Away Section

View From The Away Section

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

If you look straight ahead or to your left when you enter the stadium then you'll see a very nice ground that is certainly one of the better ones in the league, but if you look to your right then then you look out of this open end onto the car park behind. At least having three sides makes it easier to ensure your car is still in the car park, however I did count five balls hitting windscreens during the coerce of the warm-up and the game, so it did make me wonder how many cars get damaged during the season.

Nice View Of The Car Park Too!

View Of The Car Park Beyond The Open End

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Minutes Silence For BrusselsBefore the game started, a minutes silence was observed perfectly by all inside the stadium following the horrific events in Brussels. Once the match kicked off, it only took 16 minutes for there to be a major talking point as Oxfords John Lundstram saw a straight red for a very heavy tackle on Michael Tonge. Although it looked like a straight red at the time, replays did show Lundstram getting the ball, but I have no idea if that will be enough for him to win his appeal before their day at Wembley next week or not. The next talking point came in added time onto the first half. Danny Hylton was apparently wrestled to the ground by Stevenage keeper Jamie Jones. and a penalty was awarded to the home side. Although the positioning of the away fans meant we didn't see that until the highlights afterwards showed it, even though Hylton was clearly backing in to the keeper looking for a foul so a harsh penalty in our opinion. Justice done therefore when Jones saved the penalty from Liam Sercombe.

The second half continued with neither side having a major chance, and a break in play for an injury to Dean Parrett meant I decided to quickly use the facilities ahead of a potentially long journey home. However as I was starting to come out, Oxford took the lead through Liam Sercombe. However I was still able to see a goal in the game as Greg Luer and Byron Harrison combined well, with the latter calmly slotting away the equaliser, and that's how it ended. The stewards were very friendly and the faciltites were very spacious, but the food has to be on par with Accrington for some of the worst food in the league. I decided to try a hotdog as I heard nothing good about the pies, and I only needed one bite before throwing it in to a nearby bin. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy as our coach was waiting for us outside the away end, and a Police escort away from the ground meant we were on our way out in a matter of moments, and another fantastic journey meant we were arriving back in Stevenage for just after 6.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall this was a perfect Good Friday for us as we stopped the rot of losses and picked up a fantastic point away to a side challenging for automatic promotion, all the more impressive as this was only the second time we had not lost an away game since before Christmas. The news that York could only get a draw against Crawley meaning we remained seven points clear ahead of their trip to Plymouth on Easter Monday gave us even more reason to celebrate. Football League survival now looks much more likely.

Half Time Score: Oxford United 0-0 Stevenage
Full Time Result: Oxford United 1-1 Stevenage
Attendance: 7,980 (262 away supporters)

Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers
FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 30th January 2016, 3pm
Daniel Ainsworth (Blackburn Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

It was an unlikely team that we were drawn with no one expected this, so  it was a chance to tick off a new ground and have a great day out, I went. We had sold our allocation of 1,500 tickets very quickly and I was hopeful of a good atmosphere.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I journeyed down by supporters coach. Once we left the A34 at 2pm it took us 20 minutes to reach the Kassam Stadium, simply due to the weight of traffic. Once at the stadium we were directed to a parking spot.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As time was getting on and there are no pubs close to the stadium, we went straight inside. The home fans were very good and no problems can be mentioned.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?

The ground looked above my expectation, however it was let down with no stand at the one end. From the away section next to this end, we had a fine view of the car park behind it! The PA announcer on the pitch attempted to get the crowd going before kick off, but  when he addressed the Blackburn fans he was met by a chorus of boos!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We started brightly which was expected and we took the lead in the 40th minute and then doubled it four minutes later meaning it was 2-0 at half time. We stayed in control and added a third from a well taken free kick to seal off a very good day. Most of the chants and singing were were from the away section, but I guess the home fans didn't have much to sing about! The stewards were fine but the concourses were unbelievably packed that we couldn't move for five minutes at half time.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We was away in 10 minutes after boarding the coach and the Police escorted us to the motorway, then we was left to make our own way home. It was very well planned.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The day was great with a sound 3-0 win. Who doesn't love the FA Cup?

Oxford United v Braintree Town
FA Cup First Round Replay
Tuesday 17th November 2015, 7:45pm
Daniel Turner (Braintree Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kassam Stadium?

It was my first ever trip to a Football League ground with my team Braintree Town. It was also the 'romance of the cup' with a chance to see Braintree reach the FA Cup Second Round for the first time in our history.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went on a supporters coach from Braintree. On arrival at the Kassam the coach was directed to park up in the large car park behind the open end.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

It was extremely windy that night and with kick off approaching I just went straight into the ground to get out of the elements.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kassam Stadium?    

The Kassam Stadium is okay. Although it only has three sides, meaning that wen the weather is bad, as it was on this evening you are pretty exposed to it. However there were good views of the pitch with no obstructions.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game saw Braintree go 1-0 up and send our fans ecstatic  During the half time interval I was chosen to participate in a fans crossbar challenge. Although I hit it twice out of four shots, I didn't win a prize. In the end Oxford went on to win the game 3-1, but I was proud of our efforts.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out was no problem, straight on to the coach and on our way.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great night out giving high flying League Two Oxford United a run for their money. Even better I hit the crossbar twice at half time!

Oxford United v Exeter City
League Two
Tuesday, October 22nd 2013, 7.45pm
Gary Parker (Doing the 92)

I have been trying to tick this one off the 92 for several years and despite living in Swindon which isn’t that far away, I have never quite managed to get there to watch my 2nd team (Exeter City) so at last a midweek game that I was able to get to and get it ticked of the list

The Kassam is very easy to get to and is signed from the M40, As it was a midweek game the Oxford ring road was a bit busy but not too bad, so we arrived earlier than we thought we would. We took the advice of other reviews and swerved the car parks, but as you go past the ground there is street parking all down one side of the main road for about a mile, so we parked up and wandered back towards the stadium.

Opposite the open end there is a bowling complex and Sports bar, so we popped in there for a few pints, both sets of fans were welcomed and shirts were no bother, there was also a fast food outlet of sorts in there which seemed burgers, and southern fried chicken in a box, but we passed that one up as it wasn’t long before kick off.

The first impressions of the Kassam are poor. It has only has three sides and one side and the home end are identical in style with only the Main Stand having an upper tier. As its still a fairly new ground its typically bland with no character. The away fans are placed in the side stand at the open end and it can be a bit open to the elements. The access is good and the viewing of the game is good with no obstructions in the way.

The game its self was very good with Exeter in 3rd place and Oxford in 4th it was an evenly fought contest and both teams were “at it” and trying to win the game but it ended in a 0-0 draw which was fair, although Exeter were denied a stonewall penalty that the ref just somehow missed it.  He was poor throughout though and baffled both sets of fans and players with some awful decisions.  But it was still one of the best 0-0 games I have watched in a long long time. The food was very average in choices and prices, BUT the steak and Ale pie was worth every penny of the £3 and I would highly recommend it.

There were only just over 5,000 at the game and although it was slow going on the main road past the ground, once we were moving we were soon back on the M40 and got home in an hour and 10 minutes so cant complain at that

Overall it was a decent evenings entertainment, it was a good point for Exeter especially as most around us dropped points. The pie was very good the ground isn’t one I will bother visiting again but its another one ticked off and I only have 27 to go now. So far I have managed all 65 grounds watching either Tottenham or Exeter, and taken my time, I have now decided to finish the 92 in the next two years so have abandoned that plan and will be taking in some neutral games, starting at Brighton in 3 weeks time.

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Updated 19th July 2018

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