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: Alan Storrar Cars
Kit Manufacturer: Joma
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. Gerry Smith adds; 'You can also get a bus up to the stadium. Just walk straight down the road outside the railway station, for no more than 10 minutes. You will come to the Mill Street Interchange on the right, where from there you can get a number 2 bus direct to the ground for the princely sum of £3.10 return. Not only that, but the Mill Street interchange is right next to a large and welcoming pub, so it's guaranteed that the money you save on taxi fares is wisely invested!'
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West (Main) Stand: Adults £23, Over 65's £14, Under 16's £13, Under 12's Free*
East Stand: Adults £22, Over 65's £12, Under 18's £11, Under 16's £8, Under 12's Free*
Ormond Family Stand**: 1 Adult + 2 Under 12's £15, Under 16's £8.
North Stand: Adults £22, Over 65's £12, Under 18's £11, Under 12's Free*
* Must be accompanied by an 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.
2016-2017: 4,435 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 3,880 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 4,592 (Premier League)
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St Johnstone v Glasgow Rangers
Scottish Premier League
Saturday January 14th, 2012, 12.30pm
James Prentice (Glasgow Rangers fan)
Why you were looking forward to going to visiting McDiarmid Park?
McDiarmid Park was one of the first of the wave of British purpose-built stadia and I was looking forward to seeing it for myself. I had wanted to go to McDiarmid for a number of years and bit the bullet when my Rangers supporters' club decided to run a bus to a match at the Perth stadium.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I made a very early start to drive to meet the coach but once aboard the journey went fairly quickly after having a snooze and chatting to a few mates (plus having a browse through Groundtastic magazine!). The ground is on the outskirts of Perth so was easy to find, although it is not so far out of town that somebody who arrives in the city by train wouldn't be able to walk it. Our coach parked up in a designated bus park in the footprint of the stadium, just the other side of an astroturf pitch. There is space for around 100 buses and about 500 cars.
What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We headed up to the 208 Bar on Crieff Road, which offered decent beer (Tennent's, Belhaven etc) and some respite from the freezing conditions. The 208 is a bit of a sports bar with a few framed shirts on the walls. Being on the outskirts of town, there wasn't a whole lot else to choose from, with no other pubs or chippies in sight, although if I'd been feeling a little more adventurous I might have gone to try to find something else. I didn't see a lot of home fans before the game, but those I did see seemed friendly enough.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of McDiarmid Park?
McDiarmid Park, without being particularly big, is pretty functional and feels nicely balanced with all four stands of similar height and design. I was in part of the Main (West) Stand; the view was okay and unobstructed but the leg room was the best I have ever had - even six foot-plus people will be comfortably accommodated! Rangers also had fans behind both goals. I have always been fascinated by the colour scheme of the seats at McDiarmid Park - sections of in orange, blue and red! I can only think they based this on 1980s Ibrox, which had a similar design, although as with Rangers' home ground I think the ground would look better if they changed the seats to all blue.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc.
The atmosphere wasn't the most memorable, with the St Johnstone fans remaining pretty quiet apart from when they scored, although the Rangers fans tried to lift the team with a few choruses at various points in the match. I thought it was slightly bizarre that fans in the Main (West) Stand have to go to the side of the stand and down a flight of stairs before reaching the kiosks and toilets, which are situated in the bowels (sorry, rubbish pun!) of the stand. However, the pies are well worth traversing the stairs for - the Scotch pies in particular had more filling than any I can remember! The stewards were quite relaxed, which isn't always the case during away trips. The first half was a bit of a slow burner, with Rangers taking a while to get into gear and the hosts rarely threatening. Rangers opened the scoring midway through the half when Steven Davis took a quick free kick, starting Sone Aluko on a mazy run; he in turn set up Nikica Jelavic to slide in the opener. Rangers should have doubled their lead early on in the second period when Dorin Goian had a bullet header nicked off the line (not bad for a guy who broke his nose in the first half but elected to soldier on!). Rangers spurned a few other chances and were made to pay for their profligacy when Marcus Haber's header went in off Carlos Bocanegre; television replays later showed the goal shouldn't have stood as Haber was impeding a defender, although this was merely in keeping with a pretty poor refereeing decision. However, with seven minutes left, Aluko's free kick was headed on to his own bar by Murray Davidson and Jelavic was on hand to tap in the winner, allowing Rangers to take all three points back down the road to Ibrox.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We made our way out of the ground pretty sharpish, as we all had a 300-mile-plus journey home! Our bus was brilliantly positioned and was one of the first out of the car park which meant we were able to depart without a hitch.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I enjoyed my trip to McDiarmid Park. Despite being more than 20 years old, it is still in pretty good condition and the stands offer a decent view of the playing action. It would be nice if one or two more bars and chippies happen to spring up in the vicinity of the ground, because if they do it will certainly be one of the better days out in the SPL and a place I would be more than happy to return to one of these days.
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