St Mirren

Simple Digital Arena

Capacity: 8,006 (all seated)
Address: Greenhill Road, Paisley, PA3 1RU
Telephone: 0141 889 2558
Fax: 0141 848 6444
Ticket Office: 0141 840 6130
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Buddies
Year Ground Opened: 2009
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: SkyView Capital
Home Kit: Black and White Stripes

External View
External View
West Stand
West Stand
East Stand
East Stand
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand

After spending 115 years at Love Street, the club moved half a mile to this purpose built stadium in 2009. The 'new' St Mirren Park, as it is known was built by Barr Construction at a cost of around £8m. The ground is comprised of four separate stands and although it probably won't win many design awards, it is at least modern and functional. The stands on three sides are all single tiered, have large windshields to each side and are of the same height. The East Stand on the remaining side, is taller than the others, but contains a smaller amount of seating, with a large paneled area behind that rises up to the roof. This stand also has the team dugouts in front of it. Although this is the Main Stand at the ground, the television cameras are located opposite.

The was called St Mirren Park but in 2018 it was renamed the Simple Digital Arena in a sponsorship deal.

Away fans are located at one end of the stadium in the North Stand, where just over 1,600 supporters can be accommodated. It is expected that for Old Firm games, that sections of the West Stand will also be made available. As you would expect from a new stadium, the facilities and playing action are good. However, one slight drawback is that that the fans are set quite back from the playing action, as there is a large perimeter area surrounding the pitch. Also the St Mirren Park's proximity to Glasgow Airport means that airplanes can be frequently be seen overhead taking off and coming into land.

Colin Weir informs me; 'There are very few pubs near the ground at all, with the ground being  in between a residential and industrial area. Away coaches are still parking on Clark Street where they did for Love Street so it is likely that away fans will continue to drink in the pubs off Greenock Road. Other than that St Mirren fans are likely to continue to drink in the existing pubs around Love Street and the Town Centre simply remembering to leave for the match 10 minutes earlier than they used to!'

There are a couple of pubs near to the old ground, although with the lack of pubs close to the new stadium many may drink in the town centre before heading to the game. The Wee Barrel on Love Street itself is a smallish two roomed pub, which gets very busy before games, but on my visit there was a good mix of home and away support and the service was good. George Clarke adds; 'The Cottage Arms next to a Chinese takeaway just off Greenock Road has long been a popular haunt for away fans, as the away coaches park up near there on Clark Street and it is only a few minutes walk away from the ground'. Near Paisley Gilmour Street station is the Tile Bar on Smithhills Street.

In the town centre, which is around 3/4's of a mile away. Peter Balmforth, recommends; 'Just outside the station entrance, is a Wetherspoons outlet called the 'Last Post'. However please note that fans are not admitted wearing colours, so remember to roll up your scarf and stick it in your pocket'. Rene a visiting Celtic supporter informs me: 'I found the Wallace Bar on Causeyside Street in the town centre, to be a friendly enough place to enjoy a beer'.

The ground is particularly easy to get to due to its proximity to the M8.  

From the West

Exit the M8 at J29 St James Interchange signed A737/Glasgow Airport/Paisley. At the roundabout both lanes of the slip road lead around to the A726 Greenock Road towards Paisley and East Kilbride which is the 3rd exit. Directions are then as M8 East below. 

From the East 

Exit the M8 at J29 St James Interchange. It is best to be in the 2nd lane on the viaduct, as the inside lane leaves at J28a just before the junction 29. Turn left at the traffic lights on the roundabout onto the A726 Greenock Road (signed Paisley and East Kilbride). At the second set of traffic lights from here, turn right onto McFarlane Street which double backs on itself. After 300m the road has a sharp left bend onto Greenhill Road and the Ground is a further 300m away. The ground it usually signed from the St James Interchange. 

From the South 

Fans travelling along the A737 from Ayrshire, can also exit at St James Interchange, however leaving and joining the road at Linwood may help beat the traffic. Exit at Linwood, and turn right on the roundabout towards Paisley. After passing the Asda, at the 3rd roundabout turn left onto Barskiven Road. Follow this road for about a mile going straight across two roundabouts. After the second you will be on Ferguslie Park Avenue, the road then turns to the right and the ground is about 400 yards away on your right. 

Car Parking

There is a car park at the stadium, but this is for permit holders. So it is a case of finding some street parking.

Thanks to Colin Weir for providing the directions.

The nearest railway station is Paisley St James, which is situated almost just across the road from the Paisley 2021 Stadium. It is a 17 minute journey from Glasgow Central Station. 

Colin Weir adds; 'If you are coming to the ground by train Paisley St James has a half hourly service on the Glasgow-Gourock line and is located on Greenhill Road directly behind the away stand. Come out of the station onto Greenhill Road and the stadium is directly on the left. A campaign by fans of the club hopes to persuade Transport Scotland to rename the station Paisley St Mirren, however for the near future Paisley St James is where you should alight.

Paisley Gilmour Street is one stop away from St James and around 15 minute walk from the ground, but has a much more frequent service with trains every 10 minutes. 

At the bottom of the stairs from the platforms turn right to take the back entrance to Old Sneddon Street and then turn left. Once you are at the traffic lights at the Court and Love Street, continue along St James Street and onto Underwood Road, where you pass under the railway. 400m further along you pass a pedestrian crossing and the Royal Mail Centre on your right at the corner of Greenhill Road. Head down Greenhill Road and the ground is 200m on your left. 

Most service buses to Paisley also stop next Paisley Gilmour Street station and directions are the same for them. It is possible to catch a number 64 Arriva bus to Ferguslie Park from Gauze Street in the Town Centre which takes around 5 minutes and passes very close by to the ground'. 

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Home Fans
Main Stand (Centre Padded Seats): Adults £24, Concessions £14
Main Stand (Other sections): Adults £22, Concessions £12, Under 12's £6
West Stand: Adults £22, Concessions £12, Under 12's £6.  
South (Family) Stand: Adults £22, Concessions £12 Under 18's £6, Under 12's £3

Away Fans
North Stand: Adults £22, Concessions £12, Under 12's £6.

Concessions apply to over 65's, under 18's, full-time students and the unemployed.

Official Programme £3

St Mirren FC fixture list (takes you to the official St Mirren website).

Greenock Morton.

Record Attendance

At the new St Mirren Park
7,542 v Kilmarnock
Premier League, 31st January 2009

At Love Street:
47,438 v Celtic, August 20th 1949.

Average Attendance 

2017-2018: 4,448 (Championship League)
2016-2017: 3,599 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 3,549 (Championship League)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Geoff Jackson for providing the photos of St Mirren Park and to Owen Pavey for providing the stadium layout plan. Check out Geoff's Cumbrian Groundhopper blog.

Scotland v Switzerland
Women's World Cup Qualifier
Thursday 30th August 2018, 7.35pm
Paul Donaldson (Scotland)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Simple Digital Arena?
 
It was my first visit to the new-ish St Mirren stadium, although I had been to the old ground at Love Street once when the club were still based there, several years ago. As well as being my first visit to this stadium, it was also the first time I'd ever gone to watch a women's football match, and one with Scotland still having a chance to qualify for the World Cup, a situation that our men's team have not been in for a very long time. We were looking to win this match by at least two goals, and then a win in the next match would see Scotland qualify. A win by only one goal would mean having to depend on other results going our way.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was very easy, the stadium is a 2 minute walk from Paisley St James station and the train journey was just under 20 minutes from Glasgow Central station. If only all grounds around the country were as easy to get to as this one.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the match, I had a quick pint in one of the pubs in Glasgow city centre, before getting the train out to Paisley.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Simple Digital Arena?
 
I arrived at the ground about 25 minutes before kick off. It's a nice, modern and compact stadium, which has four separate stands without the corners filled in. The seating in all four stands goes all the way down to ground level and everyone is very close to the pitch, no matter where they are sitting. I was sitting right in the very back row of the West Stand, which runs along the side of the pitch, opposite the main stand, and felt close to the action sitting there. There was a decent amount of legroom between each row of seats. As expected in a modern stadium, the roof covers the seating all the way to the front fairly well, and there are no seats with views restricted by pillars, although my view of one of the corners of the pitch was very slightly obscured because I was sitting right beside the TV gantry, this was no problem for me. Between the Main (East) stand and the North stand behind one of the goals is a large screen. As this was an international match and I was in the home end, I'm not quite sure which stand would be used for away supporters for normal St Mirren games, although for this match there were a small number of Switzerland supporters sitting in the Main Stand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A dramatic start, with Scotland scoring in the first minute and then again a couple of minutes later. Switzerland pulled a goal back just after that, so three goals in the first five minutes or so of the match. At that point it looked like either team could score at every opportunity going forward and I thought it could end up being 10-10, but that wasn't to be, it stayed 2-1 until the end. I felt a bit sorry for anyone who had not been able to get into the ground for the start, because they missed all the goals. The match was played at a very fast pace, with a lot of good passing from both teams, and it made a nice change to watch a football match without too much of the long ball being hoofed up the pitch, as we are far too often used to watching in Scotland. The crowd of just over 4,000 meant the ground was around half full for this match. Being an international women's match there was a very different atmosphere to most other games, but it was a good atmosphere and the Scotland fans made a lot of noise. Despite only being around half full the stadium size did seem well matched to the size of the crowd.
 
I'm afraid to have to mention a couple of negatives though. I did my usual of going to the catering stand about 5 mins before half time to get a pie and coffee. There was already an extremely large queue and after a few minutes in the queue, it was clear it was not moving at all, and that the catering stand was very badly understaffed, as well as not being very well organised. There was a big queue until you actually reached the area where counters were, then it seemed like a bit of a free for all, with no proper queue for any of the four counters. When I eventually got served and back to my seat after what seemed like an eternity, the clock was showing 63 minutes and I missed nearly 20 minutes of the second half, so I would guess I waited around 35 minutes to be served, which is much longer than I've ever waited at any match I'd ever been to. The catering stands are under the seating area, and there are no screens, so you are forced to miss the play while waiting to be served. The pie was good quality and reasonably priced, just a shame I had to wait so long for it. I can't say whether or not this was always the such a problem at this ground. Because of the type of match, there was a very different crowd from most other matches, and I would say that there were probably more children in the crowd than adults, giving the stewards a very different challenge to what they are normally used to. In my view, the stewards allowed far too many kids to run around uncontrolled. I can imagine there were probably quite a few people bumped into by children running around and not looking where they were going, and hot drinks being spilled as a result. The stewards are there for the safety of the crowd, and I felt they did quite a poor job and stood by watching, instead of telling the children to walk around in an orderly way and look where they were going.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground after the match was as easy as getting there. A two minute walk to the station and the train back into Glasgow Central was running on time, which is all you can ask for.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable match and a win for Scotland is always good to see, although only winning by one goal means in terms of World Cup qualification we are now depending on results elsewhere going our way in the final round of matches. Nice stadium, but the night was let down a bit by the extremely slow service at the catering stand and missing nearly 20 minutes of the second half.

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Updated 7th September 2018

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