Brentford Community Stadium

Brentford Community Stadium


The ground's location is at the northern end of the Keys Park estate in Rossendale, approximately 11 miles (18 km) north-east of Bolton's centre. It was built by Norman Craddock, who was one of the most important football ground constructors/designers in England during the 1950s and 1960s. In October 1975, then Bolton Mayor Alderman Bamber Bridge announced plans for a new stadium for Bolton Wanderers to be constructed in the town centre on land occupied by Valley Pool (the former home of Bolton Wanderers).

By May 1977, planning permission had been received, but Bolton decided to stay at Burnden Park until it was demolished, Brentford ( At the heart of what the club is doing is not merely to set out a blueprint for smaller cities to follow, but also to prove that the model can be integrated within the existing structure of a lower league team. That would certainly be a triumph and if they do manage to pull it off, it will be one hell of an achievement.

It’s already something worth following, and if you do so without too much cynicism, there is enough here to make you feel like there is something fresh being cooked up in American soccer right now. It is safe to say that if the competition is on, then there are Orlando Calling backers all around the city of Orlando rooting for the squad. The idea of having a major league soccer team in their city seems to have captured the imagination of locals and tourists alike, who value that sports bring together communities from around the world.

The stadium was built in 1914 and originally named "Plant Field". It is situated in Tampa in a suburb called Ybor City, which used to be quite a large industrial town. It was used as a spring training venue for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1929 to 1993, at which time the new leases on the facility forced it to be abandoned. There are two press boxes, a location for broadcasting facilities, a Director's Box for club officials and VIP's, as well as luxury sky boxes.

Community Stadium Photos

Atlanta set out to create a world-class soccer facility that would serve as the hub of the community, and one that would stand proud with those established in their respective domestic markets," said Darren Eales, president of Atlanta United. "Our goal was to have something intimate, yet big enough to be part of the global game… Now, we have one of the best examples of soccer facilities that you'll see anywhere in the world. It's perfect.

". The stadium recently underwent a 3. 5 million pound renovation project, the majority of which was used to upgrade the players facilities along with seating arrangements. Similar to several other seats of it’s size in the ground, the terrace is covered, creating a climate controlled effect for spectators. The concourses are wide, and there is plenty of room to congregate prior to the match. The sightlines from any seat in the Stadium are good on most sides of the pitch.

The only exception would be stand behind the goal at each end, where views of the entire pitch can be blocked by support beams. The stadium is pleasantly decorated in a way that the local community can identify with, demonstrating the club's relationship with the city and its people. This is especially demonstrated in the form of its 'barra bravas'which sit in the lower sections of the stands. Commerzbank-Arena is a great option for Eintracht.

The surface of the pitch looks to be in good condition, and there’s a large degree of seating in close proximity to the field. That will help build a really solid atmosphere during the game. The corners of the stadium can be seen to host a number of baby changing pods. There are 12 altogether. Those appear to be installed at an equal interval around the stadium's circumference, three per sector. Capacity will be increased to 17,249 when construction on the project is complete.

Community Stadium Seating Plan & Where To Sit

The lower level of the stadium is the one that is most regularly used for matches. There are two sides to this level of seating with the East side being occupied by the Union and the West area is home to Goal Post SC. The other half of Union home games will then be played out on the upper level, which sits behind both sets of supporters in order to ensure that all fans can see exactly what's going on whatever their viewing angle might be due to limited seating space.

This upper tier consists of a total of three numbered sections, which are known as the 107, 109 and 111 areas respectively. The stadium has a capacity of 17,250 and they are laid out in a bowl style, though in a smaller manner to some of the more impressive metropolitan stadiums on the continent. It’s actually quite surprising the first time you arrive at the stadium. It doesn’t seem like it could hold so many people.

However, once inside and seated in your seat you can see how well the stadium is designed, f rom an aesthetic point of view at least. As for the actual layout, it's a worthwhile consideration to think about playing such an important match away from home. There may be times when your team is gaining momentum and you have a good team of fans behind you supporting vocally. Whilst you might not be able to hear them as well in the ground due to the size of the crowd, you will certainly get a sense of their presence.

For the most part, the stadium is one single tier of seats, though there are a few different levels in some areas. The ground level is reserved for members of the club who are guaranteed to have seats within their designated home section. There are then another two levels beneath them which form the lower section of the stand that encompasses the pitch. The home fans are located in the north end of the stadium, with a total of 4,000 seats.

The front row is all singles and the majority of those seats come with back support. The next 21 rows are split with singles being alternated with doubles on both sides. That means there’s only one row of doubles at the very top of that section. While it does not have the atmosphere or same facilities as some of its bigger contemporaries in the UK, you still get a fantastic view of the pitch, something that is possibly more important than the overall look of a stadium.

Brentford Ticket Prices

Brentford fans will tell you that this system is very fair. But when I saw the prices on offer for my new club (2012/13 season) Im afraid I thought theyd gone completely mad. Obviously, everything is relative, and Ive got used to paying a different amount for almost every single thing I do, from mobile phones to electricity in my house, but Im still sure the ticket prices I have to pay are way off the scale.

And what angers me most is how Brentford justify their pricing structure. In their matchday guide theyre keen to point out that you can get discounted tickets if youre unemployed or a student under 25 years of age. Thats fantastic, butthats nothing new it happens across. If youre going to a Brentford game, youll want to know what ticket prices are. You might think this is straightforward enough because theres only three ticket prices and providing youre sat somewhere in that general area where it says these prices are, then its no big deal really.

However, it seems as though there are plenty of people who are still asking questions about the pricing structure at Griffin Park. We have prepared some information which answers a few common questions about ticket prices for Brentford tickets. For those who want to follow the link above, its even has some ways to save money on your next matchday experience. Brentford FC have 26 different categories of match, so it can get a bit confusing.

 Firstly, lets start with the cheapest you'll pay to attend any match. The cheapest seated ticket will cost you £15 without a concession/discount dependency for the home supporters or £14 if you purchase the ticket less than seven days before kick-off. The cheapest terraced ticket costs £12 for the home fans or £11 if purchased less than seven days ahead of a match. You will need to be a member to purchase a terraced ticket.

While this all seems to make sense, its not obvious what each grade represents. Adults and children seem fairly obvious but what about juniors? And senior citizens? Handily there is a chart that tells you exactly what each of the Brentford ticket price grades mean. Brentford tickets are obviously for Brentford games so this guide doesnt include prices for cup competitions or play-offs. The prices are typical of what youll pay at most other clubs though so theres nothing to worry about there.

Getting To Community Stadium

What's more, if you don't want to drive, you could walk from Kew Bridge station in 10 minutes and acton town station in 20. There are obviously several parking areas around the stadium: in Gunnersbury Park itself, on the nearby streets and at Kew Bridge Tram Stop. These are much less expensive than those in central London and though the walk can be a little long from those, it's a nice way to arrive. Train services are run by Great Western Railway (GWR) and London Overground, which connect their services at Southall.

When making the train journey to The Community Stadium, it is much more worth your while taking advantage of GWR's Half Fare Tuesday promotion. This will let you save a substantial amount of money on tickets on any Tuesday journey that falls within 14 days of purchase. Getting To Community Stadium. Train The stadiums is to be found about 100 metres from Kew Bridge Station, which is on the Hounslow Loop Line.

Its also about a mile away from Brentford Station, Gunnersbury Stadium and Kew Gardens Station. On top of that, its situated not far from Acton Town, Gunnersbury and Chiswick Park stations on the London Underground system. Get to the stadium by bus, the 197 bus from West Brompton station goes to Brentford, stopping close by the stadium. The X26 comes to Brentford from central London, and also drops you off close to the football grounds.

The number 77 bus is a service that runs from Hammersmith to Acton, whilst the number 19 stops at Chiswick High Road and Kew Green. An excellent way of traveling to the stadium is by street. This can be done by driving using the M4 and turning onto the A312. Also, make sure you enter the Brentford Football Club and Community Stadium Limited in your sat nav because it will show you a more direct path to the stadium.

Getting to the stadium is actually very easy. If you live in North London then your best bet is to travel by train, as it is only a five minute walk from Kew Bridge Station. I dont think it ranks as one of the most heinous crimes committed by a club against their supporters, but its still enough of a particular sore point to have inspired a Facebook page all about Brentford ticket prices – here.


The hospitality facilities at the stadium are the sort of thing that people only dream of when they go to matches, but which this guide will make the reality. There are many different types of business that can benefit from using these services, and each business type will have its own requirement for the different areas of the stadium proposed. The reality is that most businesses in the locality will want to consider this new stadium as a means to an end how can they turn it into something thats valuable for them?.

Dont worry the seats themselves offer a superb view too, in fact the sightlines are so good that it gets our Silver Award for Views. In terms of comfort, theyre also pretty good. Theres decent legroom, a pillow and blanket for colder nights and a bizarre pair of lucky scissors, which you can use to cut your match ticket. All in all, the view is fantastic and the staff are polite and efficient these two factors combined give the stadium our Fan Experience Gold award.

Hospitality is a huge part of the sports industry, and its large role isnt going to diminish any time soon. After all, the more diverse a stadium can be the better they can accommodate their customers with exactly what they need. The Community Stadium features a range of business facilities and great hospitality suites for customers of both Wakefield Trinity Wildcats matches and those of rugby league games that take place there. The stadium has a number of hospitality packages available, with prices ranging from a comfortable £50 per person to an extravagant £400 per person.

What kind of meals and drinks come with these? Well, the cheapest eats are ploughman's food for £6 per person, while more expensive options include caviar and champagne for £25 per person. But you'll need to hurry up and get them because these prices aren't going to last very long. The new Community Stadium has six private boxes and five hospitality suites that are available for people to book. From watching a match in the new square VIP box, to enjoying food in the executive suite or simply just relaxing in the family room; there is something here for everyone.

The club itself has been carefully designed so that all areas of the stadium have fantastic views of the action on the pitch. My pitch is to let you know about a new feature that has been added to the English Football League. It is a system which is known as the Pitch Permit Scheme, and this is an easy means of introducing on-site guest facilities into the ground at certain venues. Its name came from Anglo-Saxon brettan and referred to either the Brythonic tribe today called Welsh or the local dialect.

Stadium Tours & Museum

There is no information available on stadium tours, though we would imagine that in general they will be possible. We have located a box marked 'PRs'coming from the stadium which suggests there will be a press room. We have yet to find a box marked 'Museum', however it seems unlikely at this stage. If you want to find out more about your community stadium, then head over to the main  Stadium Guide  where we've got an in-depth guide and article category on it.

Or if you've got any questions at all about the stadium, stadium tours, or anything else, just ask below. Update: Museum coming to Anfield in early 2016. You wont be able to see the trophy cabinet, but the press release claimed that it would include a "tribute" to LFCs European triumphs, which we can only assume will include a replica of the2005 Champions League trophy. Where are your favourite places to go in Brentford?.

About Brentford

They later finished as runners-up in the FA Cup, won the Football League War Cup and achieved a Football League record of 59 home games unbeaten. It took some time for Brentford to have another successful period. The club attempted to reach the First Division but was never able to make such an impact. Brentford’s most recent major accolade was the League One title in 2014, which saw it play Premier League football for the next season.

Community Stadium History

The full story of Brentford FCs hunt for a new home has to be split into at least 2 distinct parts – the first being their search for a larger stadium to entertain more people than their traditional home of Griffin Park and then deciding on a location, design and development costs and where to actually build it. The second part being the construction itself, which could have been an interesting tale if the stadium was still being built now in 2018 but will never be told as construction was completed in 2016 when the C1 building contractors had just completed putting all the finishing touches to the North Stand.

It all started in the mid 1970s. The club were still playing at the old ground in south west London, known as the Brentford Lower Ground. It was not really up to scratch though, as there had been no significant improvements since it was built during the second world war. Soon, Chairman Ron Blindell was growing frustrated with the small stadium and made it his mission to build a new one for Brentford, which culminated in them being on the move once again, 27 years later in 2003.

At the end of 2013, Brentford FC finally had a plan to build a new stadium in the borough of Hounslow but it was rejected as the club hadnt made sufficient plans for transport links.   But they didnt give up. After many debates and opposition from locals, they were granted permission to demolish their current stadium at Griffin Park, Widdrington Road, Brentford in 2020. I am right in thinking that this whole subject deserves a blog post? Feel free to leave me a comment below.

Future Developments

As with many other aspects of the venue, Fulham FC will have a list of criteria for any potential improvements to the stadium, and as a result, improvements to the Brentford Community Stadium really are likely to mirror the kind of developments that might take place in Craven Cottage (the clubs home ground) over time. The primary goal is for the club to be able to generate more income from its facilities nowadays, and this is on top of improving matchday revenues and general match-day entertainment.

Whether you regularly follow the Brentford FC news or not, I think its fair to say the plans for a new stadium have been quite prominent over the past few years. Thats set to continue throughout 2018, with the community stadium being part of West London Sport's preview of 2018 in the local press. Jan 18, 09:20 BST. The only thing yet that we know for certain is that some initial surrounding works will be carried out, so that the club can begin working on the surrounding areas of the ground, including the car parking facilities.

We will be keeping a close eye on all future developments and updating the page as we find out more. If you have any developments to report yourself, make sure you let us know in the comments section for this page. Well, I can tell you there has been a petition set up to protest the name change. It seems many of its residents don't like 'Kleenex Mansions'and would prefer it to revert back to its traditional name.

Where To Buy

The turnstiles are situated at the southern end of the stadium, which is some 50 metres away from Kew Bridge station. The closest London Underground station is Kew Bridge, with Gunnersbury Station a mile or so further. Acton Town and Chiswick Park are within easy walking distance. The stadium is located in a newish area of north-west London that contains an assortment of interesting places to eat and drink. The stadium is not far from Kew Bridge station, which is on the Hounslow Loop Line.

It's also about a mile away from Brentford station, Gunnersbury Golf Club and Kew Gardens station. On top of that, it's situated not far from Acton Town, Gunnersbury and Chiswick Park stations on the London Underground system. The journey by car takes about 10 mins from the M4. Approach it from the North (M4 motorway). At junction 3 turn right, following signs for Kew Road. Follow signs for A4/Hounslow, then at next roundabout turn left onto Kew Road.

The stadium will be on your right-hand side. By bicycle If you fancy cycling here, there is a safe and well designed cycle route into Gunnersbury Park, which takes you along the river Thames. Just make sure you have a high quality bicycle lock, to secure your bike when entering and exiting the grounds. Passengers that travel by train from Hounslow and Brentford will leave their train at Kew Bridge station. On the other hand, passengers who arrive by train at Gunnersbury, Chiswick Park and Acton Town will use Kew Gardens Station.

Parking Near Community Stadium

The easiest option is to use the Sainsbury’s car park on Stadium Way. This is served by several London Underground stations including Honor Oak Park, Burgess Park and Forest Hill. Since much of the traffic for games comes from Honor Oak Park station you will often find that all spaces are taken when you get there. But don’t worry, there is ample parking at Sainsbury’s so you will still be able to find a space.

By tube: Neither the Wembley Park nor Wembley Central stations are very near the ground. The best bet for those who wish to use the Underground is to use Wembley Stadium (it’s closer). This is on both lines and Zone 4; so it’s reasonably central. Parking is a bit of problem as there area not enough spaces and you might have to park a little bit outside the stadium. The location of the ground is great though and it's very accessible if you are coming by train.

Private Hire

Private hire of the stadium will still be sufficient for most events. Aside from the obvious spin-off effects of having a large capacity stadium in the centre of London, you must look to customer demographics to understand the size of private hire clientele that can be catered to by the site. The key immediately being that, given the local population figures and wage levels, people are more likely than not (you might want to check those stats) to be able to afford match day tickets on a regular basis.

Now let's move on to some of the more interesting bits. There we find that the grand plans are to build a hotel, and to build residential space that will rise up and overlook the pitch from all four sides. These apartments will be housing for students studying in the University of London (which is only a few minutes walk away), and will also be housing for those who want to study with King's College London (which is a slightly longer walk).

Private hire is expensive, but for those who can afford it, it is a worthwhile investment. Hiring private facilities offers exclusivity over scheduling and choice of food and drink. It also means privacy, somewhere to meet away from prying eyes and ears on match day. Private hire is also more flexible in terms of attendance capacity, meaning greater opportunity to cater to the needs of important clients, such as sponsors. The club may also look to run a number of activations at the stadium itself.

So, for example, expect an annual 'fan day'where its supporter groups are invited to celebrate and socialise with each other. There will also be a number of corporate hospitality packages and the like which could be used to fill otherwise dead time such as half-time (when most spectators will already have left the ground). The private hire offering at the Etihad Stadium will have something to suit all tastes. The stadium's suites and corporate facilities can be hired for business meetings, conferences, or events.

As well as its hospitality facilities, which will allow events such as weddings to be held in the stadium where guests will have an experience that is out of the ordinary. There is enough room for the stadium to host private hire events such as weddings, conferences or award ceremonies. As we previously mentioned, most of the available multi-storey car parks surrounding Community Stadium are managed directly by Brent Council. These are the main ones that you should consider visiting.

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