St James' Park stadium has a capacity of little over 9,000. The Flybe stand is all seated and is the newest of the four stands running alongside the pitch. The Grandstand is opposite and is a very strange build stretching only about half the length of the playing surface. At either end are terraced stands with the Big Bank incorporating a big red and white heart into it's design and hosting home to the more vocal fans. Behind the opposite goal is the St James' Terrace and this is open to the elements.
Visiting supporters are situated across two areas. A limited number of seats are made available in the Stagecoach Grandstand but you'll need to arrive early to snap these up. Space for a further 1,250 is available on the St James terrace behind the goal. This is open to the elements and really makes it very difficult for visiting fans to generate any kind of atmosphere. Views are ok but as you're at ground level on the terrace it's dog eat dog for the best positions. An early arrival is a must.
St James' Park seating plan:
There is a decent sized social club at the stadium itself which admits home and away supporters if you arrive early enough. They serve a decent range of beers and even offer a limited amount of food. Alternatively, the town centre is easily within walking distance and you'll find plenty of pubs and fast food establishments here.
Parking at the ground is difficult to come by. The club operate a park and ride scheme which may be the best option as all streets surrounding the ground are residents only. If you're willing to walk you will be able to find spaces but be prepared for a long walk back to the car if you've lost.
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The nearest / closest train station to Exeter City's St James' Park Stadium is Exeter St David's which is about a half-hour walk from the ground (mostly uphill!). However, there is a train station directly adjacent to the ground, aptly named St James' Park on the Waterloo Line, served by services from the main Exeter St. David's. This service runs hourly with the journey taking around 13 minutes and costing £0.90p. From this station, the ground is only a couple of minutes away.
If you do fancy walking from the mainline station to the ground, exit at the eastern end of the station platform and follow through the town centre. The ground is to the North East of the station.
Rivals - Torquay, Plymouth
Travel: I went down to Exeter on the club coach and the traffic was kind to us, with no hold ups.
Refreshments: We stopped off at a lovely pub in Ilminster called the Eagle Tavern. It is located in-between Yeovil and Exeter so no real engagement with any Exeter fans there.
Impressions: The ground is well hidden among the local streets. St James Park is currently having work done and a new stand being built, so we were seated in the Main Stand, instead of standing on a small terrace behind the goal. As we only bought 61 fans then this was fine. Not a great stadium, however, I was impressed with Big Bank Terrace.
Atmosphere: It was a great game to watch in glorious sunshine. The atmosphere was okay although it hard for us to make some real noise with only 61 away fans in attendance! The stewards were okay, but the facilities were very poor, but I guess they are temporary only. The game was entertaining ending in a 2-2 draw.
Exit: After the game, it was straight back onto the coach parked outside. The traffic was a bit slow up until the main road out of Exeter and then we had a clear run back to Sussex.
Enjoy: I enjoyed especially as we didn't lose. I am looking forward to seeing the end product of the stadium when the work is completed.
Ground Name: St James' Park
Capacity: 9,036 (3,806 Seated)
Address: Stadium Way, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6PX
Main Tel No.: 01392 411 243
Team Nickname: The Grecians
Year Ground Opened: 1904