Gresty Road has a capacity of just over 10,000 although the Main Stand holds half of this amount on it's own and quite simply dwarfs the other 3 stands. However with all the regeneration work that has taken place since the early 90's, the stadium is now a very pleasant one to visit and there are very few bad seats in the house. On top of this, the club now boast some of the best disabled facilities in the football league.
Visiting supporters are situated in the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand running along one side of the pitch. The television cameras are also locate in here meaning you're unlikely to see yourselves on tv. Up to 1,700 fans can be catered for and if the allocation is sold out, try to avoid being at the back. There are two supporting pillars that affect the view of a small number of seats in the top few rows.
Gresty Road seating plan:
Most public houses welcome away fans, though the fact that nearly all have security on the door can be slightly off-putting for many visiting fans. Away fans are welcome in Clancy's Bar, The Bank, Last Orders Inn and The Office all within a couple of minutes walk of the ground. Not all the pubs allow children in, it's really a case of asking the security on the door. Most have the usual facilities and show Sky Sports so you can watch the early kick off's and catch up on the final scores from around the grounds.
There are many fast food, sandwich and pie outlets situated on Gresty Road and in the surrounding area. Possibly the best choice, so near to a football ground, in England. Gresty Road Chop Shop opposite the ground has the best pie and chips I've ever had before a game. Worth a visit.
There is space for 400 cars in behind the Railtrack stand and if this is full when you arrive, street parking is freely available in the surrounding areas within a 10 minute walk of the stadium. Alternatively buses run regularly to and from the stadium so access is very easy. There are queues for the buses after the full time whistle but with the small crowds generally found inside Gresty Rd these days it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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The nearest / closest train station to Crewe Alexandra's Gresty Road Stadium is Crewe. The railway station is situated on the West Coast mainline and is well served by regular train services from all over the country, including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Chester, Derby, Wales to the west, Scotland to the north and London and Bournemouth to the south.
If you want to walk from the station to the ground, exit the station and turn left. Then take the first left into Gresty Road. The whole journey should only take around 5 minutes.
Rivals -Port Vale, Stoke
Travel: Very easy, I got on the train from Shrewsbury, which took about half an hour. Once I got to the station I just took two left turns and the ground was within sight in a couple of minutes.
Refreshments: I walked from the railway station and it really is only a five minute walk to the stadium, I then paid a visit to the excellent fish and chip shop just across the road from the Main Stand (gorgeous).
Impressions: The Main Stand is very big and impressive, the other three stands are very small in comparison but tidy enough, we were housed in the away end which is opposite the Main Stand and nice and close to the pitch.
Atmosphere: The game was quite dull, but for a few clear-cut Crewe chances, which they did an excellent job of wasting, and a couple of superb Exeter goals, after which the visitors saw the game out without much difficulty. The only atmosphere came from the thousand-odd travelling Exeter fans, the only noise the Crewe fans made were periodic moaning and booing, which about reflected their team's performance. But in fairness to the Exeter fans, they were singing for nearly an hour before kick off and didn't stop. All the staff I spoke to were extremely friendly and helpful, some of the best I've encountered.
Exit: I left with about a minute of injury time remaining (not something I make a habit of, but the game was over as a contest and I wanted to get on the earlier train) so didn't encounter much foot traffic on my way out, and got on my train without any issues.
Enjoy: A very enjoyable day helped by the result of course but also had a new ground feel about it as Gresty Road was virtually rebuilt and unrecognisable since my previous visit.
Ground Name: Gresty Road
Capacity: 10,066 (all seated)
Address: Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6EB
Main Tel No.: 01270 213 014
Team Nickname: The Railwaymen
Year Ground Opened: 1898