Capacity: 10,673 (all seated)
Address: Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2SJ
Telephone: 01738 459 090
Fax: 01738 625 771
Ticket Office: 01738 455 000
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Saints
Year Ground Opened: 1989
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Binn Group
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: Yellow and Blue
The ground was built in 1989, and replaced the former home of Muirton Park. The ground consists of four single tiered stands, that are covered and all seated. Three of the stands are of the same height, with the Main Stand at one side of the ground, being a little taller. Overall the ground has a tidy compact feel to it. There is an electric scoreboard situated in one corner of the ground.
Plans for a new road to be constructed that will link the centre of Perth with the A9, may mean that the North Stand at one end of the ground will need to be demolished to make way for it. If the new road plans come to fruition, then it is believed that the Club would build a smaller replacement stand.
Away fans are primarily housed in the North Stand will be allocated where up to 2,000 fans can be accommodated. The facilities and view of the playing action are good in this area. For those games where the away side has a large travelling support then the Ormond Stand can also be allocated as well as part of the West (Main) Stand towards the North Stand.
For a number of games the Ormond Stand serves as a 'mixed' family stand which is open to both home and away supporters with young families. On occassions when the Ormond Stand is not available to away fans, then Family Tickets can be purchased for the relevant away stand.
There is a bar behind the Main Stand which welcomes visiting supporters. Apart from being handily located it also has the benefit of showing SKY television and does food too. Otherwise there is not much else in the way of pubs close byto McDiarmid Park.
From The South:
Follow the A9 towards Perth and then on reaching Perth continue on the A9 towards Inverness. You will see the ground on your right and at the next roundabout you need to turn back on yourself and then take the slip road to the ground. The ground is well signposted around the local area.
There is a good sized car park at the ground which charges £5 per car. However it can be quite time consuming after the end of the match to exit.
Perth Railway Station is nearly three miles away from McDiarmid Park, which is really too far to walk. Best bet is to grab a taxi. Or alternatively, you can catch the Stagecoach No 2 bus to the ground from the city centre up to the ground from Mill Street (Stop B). If you turn left out of the station into Leonard Street with the Queen's Hotel on your right, proceed along Leonard Street as it bears right and becomes Hospital Street. At the end of Hospital Street bear left and go straight across the main crossroads, onto South Methven Street. Then on reaching the traffic lights with a Ladbrokes on one corner turn right onto Mills Street. The Bus Stop is a short distance along on the right.
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West (Main) Stand: Adults £24, Over 65's £15, Under 16's £14, Under 12's Free*
East Stand: Adults £23, Over 65's £13, Under 18's £12, Under 16's £9, Under 12's Free*
Ormond Family Stand**: 1 Adult + 2 Under 12's £16, Under 16's £9, Additional Adult £16.
North Stand: Adults £23, Over 65's £13, Under 18's £12, Under 16's £9, Under 12's Free*
* Must be accompanied by an adult and maximum of two Under 12's per Adult.
** Unaccompanied adults or children will not be admitted into this stand.
Official Programme £2.
Dundee and Dundee United.
For home supporters there are 10 wheelchair spaces available in the Main Stand plus another 10 in the East Stand. Away fans also have 10 places available on a newly constructed viewing area in the Main (West) Stand, with an accessible toilet facility nearby. Places should be booked with the Club in advance of the game. Disabled supporters are admitted at a cost of £10, whilst the carer is admitted free.
In addition the club has 20 places for those with a visual impairment. An induction loop is available providing match commentary.
At McDiarmid Park
10,721 v Rangers, February 26th 1990.
At Muirton Park
29,972 v Dundee, Scottish Cup, February 1951.
2019-2020: 4,091 (Premier League)
2018-2019: 4,087 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 3,809 (Premier League)
Special thanks to Stephan Hoogerwaard for providing the McDiarmid Park photos. More photos from Stephan's footballing travels can be found in his online photo album.
St Johnstone v Motherwell
Scottish Premier League
Saturday 11th May 2019, 3pm
Tony Smith (Doing the 134)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting McDiarmid Park?
The four lower Scottish League teams I have yet to visit are not involved in the play-offs. Fortunately, St Johnstone are in the top flight, my only other remaining were playing their last home fixture. The chance to cement a “top of the bottom six” finish at the expense (£60K) of opponents Motherwell perhaps an incentive for it not to be an ‘already on the beach’ boring game?
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I travelled by train on the Friday but unfortunately, neither Perth, Dundee or Stirling had any evening theatre etc attractions that appealed. The ‘Ballroom & Latin dance weekend’ at my hotel was definitely to be avoided but with clientele unlikely to disturb my sleep by partying all night.
On Saturday, staff at the bus station which is just outside the railway station were singularly unhelpful but the out of town twice an hour 15/15A does stop near McDiarmid Park. However as recommended on this site I went to Mill Street and took a No. 2 (6 an hour) bus, purchasing a £4 day-rider to cover all eventualities including error. Unlike many cities, Stagecoach Perth have yet to introduce real-time electronic passenger information but friendly locals told me “where to get off”, in the nicest possible sense.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I strolled downwards through the extensive car park (£5) towards the (South/Family) Ormand Stand. At about 13:40 the Saints Club Shop in there opened and stocked a good range of merchandise. ‘No.1 Mum’ mugs were priced at only £2 compared to £8 for those without the slogan despite both featuring the club crest as were the £10 ‘Money’ mugs (no handle and slot for coins).
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of McDiarmid Park?
A stewarded gate behind the East Stand, where BBC vans were parked, prevented a walk entirely around the stadium which is built within a hole. This thus needs a high walkway to enter the Muirton Suite in the Main/West Stand which was quite full with fans eating/drinking pre-match. I did not join them but used the toilets and bought a programme (£2). At 20 pages this seemed poorish value but I did welcome the previous club info in the pen-pics.
I opted to sit in the £1 cheaper East Stand and having paid £23 was handed a free team poster and could have got another programme. The adjacent toilets were clean/functional although slanted seating support girders mean the room is not box-shaped. The food bar menu included a special offer Steak & Chorizo Pie (£2. 60) or Macaroni vegetarian option. I had a (£2.50) minced beef bridie with (£2.20) cup of tea although a soft drink in the same sized cup was much cheaper (£1.40).
After watching the end of the Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion first leg play-off on a tv screen I then took my seat fairly centrally and high up avoiding those stickered for season ticket holders. The colourful seating, including the unused North Stand behind the goal were very much visible as only just over 3,000 occupied the more than 10,500 available. The ground seems to have aged quite well, has excellent/spacious viewing but I suspect any refurbishment would dispense with the need for traditional style floodlight pylons.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Presumably, a league/contractual requirement I was bemused to see yellow footballs in use on a sunny May afternoon. Brogan (a hound?) the mascot is hardly impressive but according to fans near me they would have preferred him to officiate. Indeed, I believe it was the ref’s first match at this level and the visually accurate ‘wee boy’ was perhaps the politest I heard him called! I thought he was okay but probably missed a nailed-on penalty against the home team for handball where he instead booked the forward appealing.
After eight minutes the away fans, sited in a quarter of the Main Stand let off an orange smoke bomb, which the stewards largely seemed to ignore as the smell drifted diagonally across the pitch towards me. Other than that it was a reasonable game with a 33rd minute penalty and flowing move in the 46th giving St Johnstone a 2-0 win and league position financial bonus. In defence of referees I was pleased to see in the former incident he booked the Motherwell keeper for moving the ball from the spot in a distraction manoeuvre that almost paid dividends. Back at half time, I was back at the food bar when I realised 32 fans and 3 ex-players were being mentioned by the announcer (as listed in the programme) as part of a short “roll of remembrance”. I thought this was a nice/fitting way of honouring those now unable to attend.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I don’t think there was (unmerited) any pitch invasion or seasonal awards after the match but I had anyway made a quick (safely cordoned off) exit upwards to the bus stop. A No. 2 continuing its longer circuit to town was caught by some fans who crossed the busy road. The equally frequent No 1 arrived exactly on time at 16:55 on its faster inbound circuit and along with a contingent of away fans I arrived in town before 17:15. Whether the two bus service which each then thin out in frequency would be as well suited for a big-firm fixture is however open to debate.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I enjoyed my visit to McDiarmid Park and although one of the first purposely planned all-seater stadiums I thought it was superior to many since built/visited despite the inconvenience of the location three or so miles from the town. Having visited the Black Watch museum etc on previous trips to the area the weekend continued low culture with a look in at Wetherspoons. As a typical early Saturday evening it was so packed I eventually ate and drank back at the hotel despite there being many attractive options in town, not least in Mill Street. Incidentally, the similarly named Scottish Canadian David Wotherspoon played a reasonable game in the No. 10 home shirt but like the ref didn’t seem to be a fans’ favourite.
St Johnstone v Dundee
Saturday 20th April 2019, 3pm
Graeme Whitton (Dundee)
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