Peterhead

Balmoor Stadium

Capacity: 4,000 (seated 998)
Address: Balmoor Terrace, Peterhead, AB42 1EQ
Telephone: 01779 478 256
Fax: 01779 490 682
Pitch Size: 105 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blue Toon
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
East Stand
East Stand

Balmoor Stadium has two virtually identical stands that run down each side of the ground. Both these all seated stands are roughly of the same height and are covered. The seating areas are raised above pitch level, which means that supporters need to climb a small set of stairs at the front of the stand to access them. The West Stand has windshields at either side of it. Both ends of the ground are open and don't have any formal terracing.

Peterhead, joined the Scottish Football League at the beginning of the 2000/2001 season. One of the reasons why they were invited to join the league, was certainly their move to the Balmoor Stadium, which was opened in 1997. Previously the Club played at Recreation Park, which was sold for re-development to a supermarket chain.

David Gray informs me; 'The Balmoor Stadium is a friendly place where away fans are always made welcome. There is normally no segregation, so opposing fans are always able to mix with each other'. Fred McIntosh a visiting Forfar fan adds; 'On my last visit there was a form of segregation in force, as Forfar fans were directed to far side of one stand but it was not very strictly enforced. Food now includes a fish pie at £2, which was very good!'. However, remember to wrap up well, as the ground itself is quite exposed and there is normally a cold biting wind coming off the North Sea.

There is a Social Club located in the rear of the Main Stand, which welcomes away supporters. Otherwise there are plenty of bars to be found in the centre of town, which is around a 15minute walk away. These include a Wetherspoons Pub called the Cross Keys on Back Street. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

The ground is located just out of town on the A982 Peterhead to Fraserburgh Road. 

From The South From the A90 you can take the first exit for Peterhead (the A982). This will take you to the town centre where you continue following the A982 towards Fraserburgh. You will go past a swimming pool and will reach the ground on your left. There are around 200 car parking spaces at the ground which are free.

The nearest railway station is in Aberdeen, which is some 32 miles away! Therefore this ground has the record of being furthest from a station than any other Professional League team in Britain.

Iain Badger adds; 'Bus services 260/261/263 and the X60 all run to Peterhead Interchange from Aberdeen Union Square around every 30 minutes on Saturdays. Journey times vary from around 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 26 minutes depending on time of day and which number bus you catch as some stop more frequently than others along the route. It is then a walk of just under a mile from Peterhead bus station to the ground and is fairly straight forward:   On leaving the Bus station head along Windmill Street, in the direction going away from the Harbour. Turn left onto King Street and then right onto the A982 (Queen Street). Continue along this road which becomes Balmoor Terrace and you will reach the stadium on the left hand side.' Visit the Stagecoach website for bus timetables.

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Adults £12
Over 65's, Students, Under 16's £6

Official Programme £2.50

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Peterhead FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance

At Recreation Park:
8,643 v Raith Rovers, 1987

At Balmoor Stadium:
4,505* v Glasgow Celtic
Scottish Cup, 4th Round, 8th January 2012.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 641 (League Two)
2016-2017: 505 (League One)
2015-2016: 637 (League One)

* Please note that additional temporary terracing was brought in for this fixture, hence the figure being higher than the normal stadium capacity.

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Peterhead v Berwick Rangers
Scottish League 2
Saturday 22nd September 2018, 3pm
Andrew Wood (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Balmoor Stadium?
 
I'm trying to do all Scottish league grounds, having done all 92 English league clubs. Peterhead is the most difficult due to the length of the journey involved and it's 32 miles from the nearest train station. I was never going to risk going in winter, so had to find a home game when I wasn't working in the summer/autumn months. So, with a hotel in Aberdeen booked, and here we go!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It's a long old journey from the South coast of England to Northeast Scotland, and my train from London to Aberdeen on the Friday ran over an hour late, due to the aftermath of a recent storm. Thankfully, by the time I reached Aberdeen, all was calm. On the Saturday the weather was good. There are regular buses from Aberdeen to Peterhead (£13.50 for a day return) and it's a pleasant, scenic journey, with lots of cows, sheep and horses knocking about (in fields, not on the bus itself I might add). The ground is approx. 20 minutes walk from the town centre in a fairly straight line, so very easy to find, although not signposted from the direction I came from.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I arrived in Peterhead at 11am and went for breakfast at the Morrison's café near the ground, before popping back to the town centre for a couple of pints in a Wetherspoon's pub. There's an excellent clubhouse at the ground, all welcome, so had another pint there.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Balmoor Stadium?
 
Balmoor Stadium is quite modern, without suffering from the characterlessness so many new grounds seem to. That said, it was fairly bog standard, with two open ends (not terracing though) behind each goal, and two nice looking stands along each side of the pitch. It was £12 to stand, and £14 to sit. Not sure if you can transfer to the stand in the event of bad weather? I wouldn't fancy being stuck in the open ends if it started tipping it down!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was dreadful. Berwick Rangers, even at this early stage of the season appeared to come for a point. Nothing of note happened in the first half, and Peterhead won it 1-0 thanks to a scrappy late goal. The only atmosphere generated was by a handful of children in one of the stands, repeatedly singing 'Peterhead', which was slightly embarrassing, I felt.that the catering at Balmoor was okay, if somewhat limited. Burgers, chips, chips and cheese, and that was it, apart from the most important item at any Scottish footy ground: The pie! There must have been a law passed years ago, that all Scottish grounds do better pies than English clubs, and Peterhead does not disappoint, with a mince pie at £2.30 that was ace. I had three! The programme was an oddity, in so far as for £2.50 it was a large format, covering the first three games. This would have been the third in the sequence, so obviously there was no information about the first two games. In fact, there was next to no info at all, but a look back at previous games with each of their opponents, and a bit of history about the club. Most of the programme was given over to advertising, but fair play to Peterhead for at least producing a programme when others aren't doing so. Team sheets were available from the pleasant folk in the club hut in the home end and there was also a posh, but tiny club shop next to the reception area. There were loos in three of the four areas of the ground, and all were in decent nick, plus you could pop out at half time and revisit the excellent clubhouse.so supporters here are well looked after.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Extremely easy, 20 minute walk back to the bus station, regular buses back to Aberdeen, job done!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
So glad to have got this one out of the way, and pleased that I enjoyed the day, although the game itself was poor. If the ground, the pies, and the beer are good, then it's a decent day out. Peterhead ticks most of the right boxes.

Peterhead v Stirling Albion
Scottish League Cup Group Stage
Saturday 21st July 2018, 3pm
Steven Roper (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Balmoor Stadium?
 
Having visited Aberdeen the previous evening I had planned to visit Peterhead for this match as I wasn't going to be in North East Scotland again anytime soon, and Peterhead is one of the most awkward grounds to get to having no rail links.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I drove the thirty-odd miles from Aberdeen. The ground is easy to get to off the main A90, and there is a free car park at the stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Initially, I went into the town centre where there are a few bars. The Station Bar between the ground and the town centre was okay. There is a bar at the ground, accessed from the car park, which had home and away supporters inside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Balmoor Stadium?
 
The ground was much as I had expected. Two stands along each side of the ground and two open ends. The away fans are seated in one side of the east stand, though there is no segregation so most fans tend to stand wherever they like. A seat in the stand is £14 for an adult, or it is £12 to stand, though there is no cover for standing supporters.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Stirling Albion won the game 2-0 though Peterhead had most of the possession, it wasn't a bad game for the neutral. The stewards were friendly enough but don't have a lot to do. There is one food bar, which sells fairly cheap food and drinks eg chips £1.50, burgers £2.25. And unlike most grounds, the food bar stayed open during the second half. There is a small club shop inside the ground.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was easy and I was back on the A90 back to Aberdeen within a few minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Peterhead provides a nice easy going day of football. It seems very much family orientated with quite a few young supporters. There's little or no bad language from supporters. All in all it was a pleasant day's football.

Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Scottish League 2
Saturday 11th November 2017, 3pm
Brian Moore (Stenhousemuir fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Balmoor Stadium?
 
The Balmoor Stadium is the furthest ground away from a railway station in the Leagues, so a challenge getting there in itself, but I always try to get a couple of Stenhousemuir games in every year. The international break gave me the chance.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Ironically I didn’t even get to Aberdeen by train as the flight from Birmingham was significantly cheaper. Then an easy 727 bus from the Airport into Aberdeen and then onto a Peterhead bound coach just a few steps away from where you get dropped off by the airport bus.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There is a Wetherspoons opposite the Peterhead Travelodge (both recommended). Also there us a new microbrewery cafe locates next to bus station. I had an hour or so in the Peterhead FC Social Club which was also very good. The home fans were fine!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Balmoor Stadium?
 
The Balmoor Stadium is a decent ground for this level and has a superb playing surface. You must purchase a ticket from the office first and away seating is opposite the Main Stand at £14. All 12 of us had plenty of room!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Excellent game 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2 and then a late penalty giving Stenhousemuir a deserved away win and only my second in over 40 years! The stewards were relaxed, the pies fine, tea as weak as the rain that fell most of the time!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was an easy walk back into town but car park cleared easily as I left. I stopped to celebrate at the Station Bar on way back into Town (named somewhat ironic as it 30 odd miles from the closest Train Station in Aberdeen).
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a brilliant weekend, easy travel, good room, decent beers. The hotel even had a 15% discount deal with the curry house around the corner!

Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Scottish Football League One
Monday 26th December 2016, 3pm
Welsh Exile (Neutral fan)

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

We ended up at this game as the match my friend was due to referee at in Fraserburgh was called off due to very high winds. So we opted to go and see the nearby Peterhead game. Although I was a neutral I wanted Peterhead to win, as Scott Booth now playing for Stenhousemuir, scored the winner against my team Clydebank years ago in a Scottish Cup Quarter Final.

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

The Balmoor Stadium was easy to find as we had the sat nav. Although we arrived 20 minutes into the game, we still found parking available outside the ground.

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

It was a last minute thing so didn't have have time to explore. The fans in the ground were friendly enough and left us to it.

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

From what I seen then the Balmoor Stadium is a modern small compact ground. On both sides of the pitch you have almost identical looking stands, with raised seating at the back. Whilst both ends are open to the elements with only hard standing. It was a very windy day with heavy rain. Even at the back of the stand the wind was pretty strong. Being so close to the North Sea then the wind from there goes right to the bone.

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

The game was a very scrappy affair. The wind and rain made the pitch heavy and hard to play a direct style, which Stenhousemuir tried to play. Peterhead played good football considering the weather and ran out easy winners 2-0 (should have been more). There wasn't any real atmosphere within the stadium I think as everyone was froze! The food hut was outside the stand and exposed even more to the elements so I didn't attempt to get anything.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was a little congestion but was fairly easy to get out. Be warned though that there is no railway station in Peterhead, so it only accessible by public transport via bus and so can be hard to reach.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Cold, wet and miserable day. But I love football in that weather. Next time I plan to visit properly to enjoy the area fully.

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Updated 26th September 2018

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