Colchester United FC - Weston Homes Stadium

Weston Homes Community Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

The Weston Homes Community Stadium was opened in time for the start of the 2008-09 season. The stadium has an all seated capacity of 10,000 with all 4 stands of similar height and size all offering unobstructed views of the game. The stadium complex includes sporting, leisure and business facilities, including hospitality suites helping the club to earn every day of the week.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are now situated at the northern end of the Jobserve East Stand. However, if the away following exceeds 1,000 they can be moved to the North Stand, which can accommodate up to 2,000 supporters. Neither area have a single seat with a bad or obstructed view. The stands are quite steep, meaning that fans are kept close to the pitch allowing them to generate a good atmosphere. Facilities are as good as you'd expect them to be from such a new ground whilst the food ranges from sausage rolls and pies to burgers and chips.

Stadium Layout

Weston Homes Community Stadium seating plan:

Weston Homes Community Stadium seating plan

Where To Drink

There are very few establishments within easy walking distance of the ground at present. The best bet for home and away supporters is to grab a drink and something to eat from the town centre before getting the bus over to the stadium. There are plenty of places to go including the Fox and Fiddler which serves a number of real ales. Also on St John's Street and almost next door is the Playhouse, which is a Wetherspoons outlet. This former theatre is a spectacular setting for a bar, as the original dress circle and stage of the theatre have been preserved and is well worth a visit.

Parking

There are 600 parking spaces on site and at present, there is plenty of parking available on the industrial estate. Once the area is built on it may be slightly more difficult to find a space away from the ground itself. Being as close to the a12 as it is, there are few surrounding streets.


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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium is Colchester North. The station is just under two miles away from the ground. Fortunately there is a free shuttle bus service that will take you direct to the Stadium. The trip takes a total of approximately 10 minutes.

The buses run from around about 2 hours before kick off, with the last bus back leaving around an hour after the full time whistle.

The Games To See

Rivals - Southend, Ipswich, Norwich

Fans Reviews

  • Travel: I drove and was extremely disappointed to find that I had no option but to pay the £6 parking fee for a match day. Everywhere around the stadium the side roads have signs prohibiting off street parking, which is enforced by stewards. I felt like I had been the victim of a protection racket.

    Refreshments: I opted to buy a chicken Balti pie within the stadium and it was excellent

    Exit: Bearing in mind that the stadium was built on a large area of waste land, I was even more disappointed at the exit strategy for traffic from the stadium, having to wait 30 minutes before I could leave. There seemed to be no clear markings, even though there were literally acres of land which could be used. I cannot imagine how home fans put up with this uncaring, bullying attitude every home game. I will not be returning.

    Enjoy: If I had been able to park for free (as can be done beside Wigan's DW Stadium) I would have accepted the parking situation. Having had no option but to pay £6 I was appalled at the lack of organisation and the ripping off of spectators.

  • Travel: I was warned that parking is awful, pre paid permits only at the ground for a nice £6, or their own overspill for £8! A couple of estates nearby with strictly no football parking, and then absolutely nothing as the ground is in the middle of nowhere! So I took the advice of a Col U fan and parked at the train station in town for £2.10 all day and then walked round the corner and used a shuttle bus to the ground for £2. To be fair, the buses were very efficient and I was back in my car and driving by 5.15.

    Refreshments: If you do the train station option, eat near there as there is nothing at the ground. Seriously, I know they keep building these grounds on the outskirts in the middle of retail parks but …they haven't even got that! They've got a tiny cafe at the ground, their version of a bar was putting picnic tables outside the South Stand, and opening the big fire exit doors so people were going into the stand, buying a pint from the bars, then coming back out! Had a pie in the ground, was very nice, but it was tiny and cost £2.80, I was starving again an hour later!

    Impressions: Another new build, near enough identical on four sides, bar the pattern in the seats.

    Atmosphere: Really poor. A few Col U fans at the back corner of the South Stand seemed to be their more vocal bunch and gave it a bit after United’'s early goal, but other than that, poor. Walsall understandably didn't have many there, and the North Stand was actually empty with the Walsall fans put in a section of the East Stand instead.

    Anything Else: Two absolutely fantastic goals in this one, Freddie Sears scoring from the edge of the box early on, then Walsall equalising with one of the latest goals Ive ever seen, a Leighton Baines-esque free kick from Andy Taylor in the 7th minute of stoppage time!

    Enjoy: Really poor. The future of football. Functional, get in, get out, go home and don't infect our town with football!

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Name: Weston Homes Community Stadium
Capacity: 10,000 (all seated)
Address: United Way, Colchester, CO4 5UP
Main Tel No.: 01206 755 100
Team Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 2008
Site: www.cu-fc.com

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