The New Saints

Park Hall Stadium

Capacity: 2,000 (Seats 1,000)
Address: Burma Road, Oswestry, SY11 4AS
Telephone: 01691 684 840
Fax: 01691 659553
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Saints
Year Ground Opened: 1993
Home Kit: Green and White Hoops

East End
East End
Venue Side
Venue Side
Looking Towards The Car Park End
Looking Towards The Car Park End
North Side
North Side
Car Park End
Car Park End

Park Hall is situated around one and half miles north east of the English town of Oswestry, and a similar distance south of the small town of Gobowen. To be honest, if feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. 

Park Hall, was the former home of Oswestry Town and was until a few years ago an athletics circuit with a small stand on the south side. This stand has now been replaced by a sprawling 2 level complex called The Venue, which consists of a large car park, a bowling alley, and a fitness centre on the top floor, and the football club offices, dressing rooms on the lower floor leading out to pitchside. The former athletics circuit has been removed and replaced by an artificial playing surface and modern corner floodlights which can be adjusted to community use on non matchdays. Two sides of the ground look out onto a countryside setting, sheltered by a row of trees that once surrounding the oval shape of the athletics circuit. The ground itself does have a perimeter fence, but not of the type you would normally associate at a football ground, as the whole pitch is visible from the football traffic car park at the Burma Road end.

The North and West sides of Park Hall are essentially the same, a narrow strip of flat standing tarmac surrounds the pitch with the remains of the athletics circuit now outside the borders of the ground. This leads all eyes to focus on the facilities on the south side or The Venue side of the ground. The structures from the outside rather give the impression that Park Hall is a well developed stadium, but this is not the case. There is a temporary seating structure on the South side. A narrow all seated stand with a canvas roof, with a capacity of just under 300 sits towards the East End. For bigger games then additional temporary seating can be brought in to sit directly in front of the bare wall of the Venue. Above this area is a viewing balcony which is accessed by a metal staircase at the side of the players entrance.

However the stadium has been improved with the opening in 2012 of a new semi-permanent structure at the East End. This covered all seated stand has a capacity of 500. Currently it only runs for half the width of the pitch ending just behind the goal, but it is hoped that at some point it can be doubled in size to fill the whole end and have corporate hospitality boxes incorporated at the back of it.

There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to 3,000 by further extending the East End Stand, so that it runs the full width of the pitch and installing more temporary seats on the Venue side.

As far as we are aware away supporters are allocated the Burma Road end of the ground, which is a narrow open flat standing area behind the goal. This side of the ground currently lacks covered accommodation, with away supporters able to use the toilets and refreshment facilities of The Venue side of the stadium.

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There is a bar at the ground, however due to its rather rural setting there are no pubs, bars or eating places in the surrounding area of the ground. There is plenty of choice in Oswestry town centre. However this is a 30 minute walk from Park Hall Stadium.

If arriving by train at Gobowen, then very close to the railway station is the Cross Foxes pub.

From The North
Follow the A5 towards Shrewsbury. Just before you reach Oswestry there is a roundabout which is the junction of the A495. Take the first exit at the roundabout onto the A495 towards Whitchurch. Then take the second left hand turn onto Burma Road. You will reach the ground on the right hand side.

From The South
Follow the A5 Oswestry bypass towards Gobowen, turn right at the roundabout into the A495 and head towards Ellesmere. Turn left into Burma Road. You will reach the ground on the right hand side.

From The East
Take the A495 from Ellesmere, through the village of Whittington. Once over the railway line turn right into Burma Road. You will reach the ground on the right hand side.

From The West
Take the A495 from Oswestry town centre, travel north along the B5069 Gobowen Road then turn right into the B4580 Whitington Road.At the A5 roundabout continue along the A495 road towards Ellesmere, turn left into Burma Road. You will reach the ground on the right hand side.

Car Parking
There are car parks at the ground situated by the venue and behind the West End of the stadium. For bigger games then sometimes (if the ground is relatively dry) additional parking is  made available in an adjacent field, just off the entrance road to Park Hall.

Oswestry is the nearest town to Park Hall Stadium, however it sadly no longer has a railway station. The nearest railway station is Gobowen, which is situated around two miles away from Park Hall Stadium. Gobowen Station is located on the Shrewsbury-Wrexham-Chester line. The line has a regular hourly service on a weekend and weekday evening.

Directions from Gobowen Railway Station Walk along the railway station platform and exit next to the level crossing. At the junction ahead of you turn right into Old Whittington Road, going past the fish and chip shop of your right hand side. Follow this road for 20 minutes then once you have passed the entrance of Derwen College on the right hand side, turn right into a country lane, this will take you back over the railway line and towards a hospital complex. Once opposite the hospital building turn left into North Drive. The ground entrance is 10 minutes walk on the left hand side. In total is around a 35 to 40 minute walk. 

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Oswestry town centre can be reached by buses from Shrewsbury and Wrexham. Either take a taxi up to the stadium or you can embark on a 30 minute walk:

Directions from Oswestry Bus Station
When you come out of the bus station look for the old railway station building. Follow Oswald Road away from the town centre towards Gobowen.At the junction continue into Gobowen Road then after 5 minutes walk take a left turn into Whittington Road to lead you onto the A5. At the A5 roundabout continue walking along the A495 and after another and minutes take a left turn into Burma Road. The ground is 5-10 minutes walk from this point, on the right hand side. 

Adults £8
Over 65's £4
Under 16's £1

Official Matchday Programme £2.50

Airbus UK Broughton, Bala Town, Newtown and Cefn Druids.

The New Saints FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance
At Park Hall Stadium
1,468 v Bangor City Welsh Premier League
21st April 2012

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 261 (Welsh Premier League)
2015-2016: 375 (Welsh Premier League)
2014-2015: 367 (Welsh Premier 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 Owen Pavey for providing the information for this page, plus the layout plan of Park Hall Stadium.

Cefn Druids v FK Trakai
Europa League Preliminary Round
Thursday 28th June 2018, 7pm
John Hague (Cefn Druids fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Park Hall Ground?
 
After a long (two week) lay-off I was itching to see some football and get my 2018/19 Season underway. I was hoping to visit The Rock but UEFA don't deem it suitable for this tie so Park Hall, the home on The New Saints it was. A new ground all the same so I will have to keep a date for a visit to Cefn Mawr.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Colin and I had a good idea where the ground was but weren't quite expecting it to be so rural and having to park in a field
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Colin had ordered tickets from Cefn Druids so we collected them and visited the Druids 'pop up' club shop for pin badges. We were surprised that alcohol was on sale in the ground (thanks to UEFA finally seeing sense on their alcohol ban) so I enjoyed the chance of a pint as I wasn't driving tonight.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Park Hall Stadium?
 
My first thoughts... oh dear. Whatever Park Hall is a football ground doesn't really spring to mind. I can only be honest and say it has to be one of the worst grounds I've been to. I know UEFA dictate all-seater grounds for games but it really is another law they need to change. Two small seated stands, one temporary with supporting pillars and both leaving us looking into the blazing sun. Surely someone had access to SunCalc when they designed the ground. Even with sunglasses on, we spent the whole game squinting and it wasn't a pleasant experience.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Even Russ Abbott wouldn't have got a novelty hit out the atmosphere here. The ground just isn't conducive towards atmosphere. The only Cefn Druid Ultra was more an annoyance than an amusement and we were pleased he moved stands at halftime. The food was equally as poor. A preheated burger in a bun in a bag is not appropriate. No onions, no sauces... nothing. Pies were promised but didn't make it for kick off. There were some at halftime but it was too late by then. I certainly had the hump.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems as the crowd wasn't that big, we never actually got a figure. From there we were soon back on the A5 and heading for home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
We saw some football... just into a blazing sun but nothing else impressed me. I feel for anyone supporting The New Saints who has to put up with that ground but even more I feel for the casual away fan. If I were you, I'd give the away trips a miss. Sorry New Saints but your ground isn't good at all. I won't be rushing back.

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Updated 17th August 2018

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