Blundell Park is the lowest football stadium in the United Kingdom, standing at only 2 feet above sea level. The ground is unfortunately very poor. The main stand barely stretches half the length of the field and when the wind whips in off the coast it removes any possibility of an atmosphere being created. There are a large number of supporting pillars throughout the stadium and one of the only safe places to guarantee a good view is in the lower tier of the Findus Stand.
Visiting supporters are situated in the Osmond stand behind one of the goals. There is space for up to 2,100 fans but a lot of seats are restricted view with the numerous amounts of supporting pillars. Facilities are ok and leg room is rather cosy. However, the atmosphere is generally very good.
Blundell Park seating plan:
The Imperial Is the nearest pub to the ground but can be quite rowdy on match days and is best avoided by most visitors. It is though a huge pub and a real meeting point for Town fans. Further along Grimsby Road towards Cleethorpes is The Leaking Boot which has a history of being very welcoming to visiting supporters. Cleethorpes town centre and seafront has a number of varied pubs with The Nottingham and Willys probably the pick.
There are a couple of chippies near the ground which are OK but if you feel you want the very best then you need to go a little further. Poplar Road Fisheries is on Grimsby Road at the bottom of Isaacs Hill and is a very good takeaway, as is Ernie Becketts in Cleethorpes market place.
Parking is freely available in the surrounding streets although it will get busier the closer to kick-off you arrive. If you drive along the A180 towards Cleethorpes, once you pass the stadium any of the roads and possible and fair game. The earlier you arrive, the better space you'll get.
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The nearest / closest train station to Grimsby Town's Blundell Park Stadium is Cleethorpes, a twenty minute walk. You've got a choice of routes to the ground from here, either right out of the station, up the ramp, turn left until you come to a roundabout with an O'Neils pub on the Left and Bar Racuda on the right.
Here you bear right and stay on the road down Isaac's Hill (only just a hill!) until you come to another roundabout, at this point you go effectively straight on down Grimsby Road for about half a mile until you reach the ground on the R/Hand side.
Rivals - Scunthorpe, Hull, Lincoln
Travel: I used this site and was able to park on the A180 Grimsby Road five minutes from the ground. There are some side streets too but be careful many are now one way before the ground and if you park after the ground even on the left-hand side it's matchday traffic so you’d be delayed getting away.
Refreshments: Pre-match I visited the away end bar, which was good if a little cosy. There is plenty of room outside if the sun is shining. Be aware that there are no fish and chips for sale in the ground! I got mine at the top of the road by the away end and they tasted like any other fish and chips I've had so I was more than a little disappointed.
Impressions: When I first saw the ground I wondered how close it was to the sea. I found out when using a bridge over the railway line to the beach, which took two minutes walk max. If you take kids they could build sandcastles before going in or walk down to Cleethorpes Pier which is around 15 minutes away. Blundell Park is a nice ground, with a big old Main Stand. Along the side and behind the goal looked clean and tidy. The away end was too. Only a small number of Carlisle fans so we were in the corner.
Atmosphere: Not a lot to say really, a dull 1-0 win to Grimsby. A lacklustre effort from all involved! A Grimsby attack opened up the defence with a great cross, which led to the goal.
Exit: Not a problem. A bit of traffic but moving, with no long delays and away straight to the motorway.
Enjoy: Box ticked. With a hopeful return to Blundell Park again in the future.
Ground Name: Blundell Park
Capacity: 9,546 (all seated)
Address: Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, DN35 7PY
Main Tel No.: 01472 605 050
Team Nickname: The Mariners
Year Ground Opened: 1899