Cheltenham Town FC - LCI Rail Stadium

LCI Rail Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

With a capacity of just over 7,000, the LCI Rail Stadium was the smallest in league one in 2009. Having had some recent re-developments the view from most areas of the ground is generally very good. The Stagecoach main stand is a mixture of seating at the back and standing at the front, although it's strange because it doesn't stretch the length of the pitch and doesn't reach either corner flag.

Away Fans

Up to 1,100 visiting supporters can be accommodated here and they are situated at one end of the ground in the Hazlewoods Stand. The view of the playing surface is excellent and unrestricted, whilst the leg room and facilities available inside are excellent. The refreshments bar is very good as you'd expect from a new stand and it offers a large range of all the usual football food fare.

Stadium Layout

LCI Rail Stadium seating plan:

LCI Rail Stadium Seating Plan

Where To Drink

There are a number of pubs in the local vicinity but if you arrive early enough, a visit to the club bar at the ground is well worth it. It's called the Robins Nest and in similar terms to Dagenham, allows away fans in for £1 each. Selection of hot and cold drinks and a small range of food is available.

Parking

Parking is limited in nearby roads but the club operates a free park and ride service from the Cheltenham racecourse. If you want to get away quickly after the game then you'll need to arrive early to find a space nearby.


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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Cheltenham Town's LCI Rail Stadium is Cheltenham Spa. The railway station may be the closest but is still over two miles and 40 minutes walk away. I'd recommend getting one of the taxi's from the rank outside but if you're feeling fit and looking to take a wander here's how: Exit the station and take a right along Gloucester Rd. Follow the road along for about half a mile and then take a right onto St Georges St. After another half mile follow the road round to the left onto Clarence Parade. Take the next right onto Clarence St, then right again onto Fairview Rd. Turn left onto Winchcombe St and continue along here for a few minutes until you reach Whaddon Rd on the right.

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Fans Reviews

  • Travel: I was given a good parking tip, given that there are a lot of parking restrictions around the ground on match days with it being almost completely hemmed in by houses. A little road called Pittville Lawn just off Wellington Road, which intersects Prestbury Road where the ground is, and it's all free street parking. Also, by leaving at junction 9 of the M5 instead of 10, you manage to miss out the town centre.

    Refreshments: The ground's immediate location is pretty poor really. I got to the ground very early having planned for traffic problems with it being for a Monday night game, and went off in search of food. The least you expect is the odd chippy or takeaway or burger van, but there was nothing. Found a pub on Prestbury Road called the Fox and Hounds which was empty, and a petrol station and corner shop, that was it really, nowhere selling any kind of hot food. Which forced me to eat inside the ground …which is always bad news, and the pretty rank burger I ended up with met every reason why I very rarely touch food inside a ground unless it's something I know and trust! On my second visit, did a bit more research, and the other direction down Prestbury Road at least offers slightly more in the way of civilisation, including a pretty tasty pizza place, so I at least wasn't forced to eat in the ground! Good thing too really, as after they opened the turnstiles to let us in, they waited another half hour before opening the food kiosk!

    Impressions: Despite being a League club for 13 years now, Whaddon Road still has a big non league vibe. I don't think I've ever been in any ground where the stands are so close to the pitch. It has been redeveloped on two sides, with the In2Print and Hazlewood Stands now being all seated with flawless views, the Prestbury Road Terrace was renovated during Cheltenham’'s League history, and the old Main Stand is the old in the ground.

    Atmosphere: To be fair, it was excellent for most of the game. The game had a huge amount riding on it with the winners of the tie facing a home game with my own lot next round, plus it being a fairly local game, so Hereford sold out their allocation of around 1,300. And in the terrace from the home fans, the atmosphere was pretty incessant until late in the game, when the Cheltenham fans seemed to get a bit restless and impatient at their side’s failures. Ironically, it was poorer for the Everton game, with the bigger crowd, even before we led.

    Enjoy: Not a whole amount going for it other than a really good atmosphere. Nothing personal, but Id have been happier visiting Hereford after the replay rather than here again!

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Ground Name: The LCI Rail Stadium
Capacity: 7,066 (3,912 seated)
Address: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, GL52 5NA
Main Tel No.: 01242 573 558
Team Nickname: The Robins
Year Ground Opened: 1932
Site: www.ctfc.com

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