Brisbane Road has an all seated capacity of just over 9,200. The new West Stand is an impressive sight for a build at this level and has taken over as the main stand housing the changing rooms, offices and underground car park. The old South Stand has two supporting pillars making it the only stand in the ground in which you may find yourself with an obstructed view. The two relatively new stands behind each goal are of similar size and as the 4 corners of the ground are filled in with flats and offices it helps keep the atmosphere in.
Visiting supporters are situated toward the south end of the Main stand where up to 1,000 fans can be accommodated. Leg room is very fair and the seats aren't overly comfortable whilst the view of the playing surface is slightly restricted by a couple of supporting pillars. However, there's generally a very good atmosphere and the corners being filled in with the flat blocks has helped to keep much of the noise in.
Matchroom Stadium seating plan:
There are a number of pubs along the high road that welcome both home and away fans. Alternatively, there's quite a choice, from the Birkbeck Tavern in Langthorne Road to the supporters club that's situated at the ground. Again both welcome visiting supporters with the supporters club charging £1 entry.
Once at the stadium, many of the surrounding streets are fair game for parking. There is no parking at the ground itself but arrive early enough and you wont struggle to find a spot. Be aware of the permit only areas though. These seem to pop up just as quickly as I write a new description.
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The nearest / closest train station to Leyton Orient's Matchroom Stadium is Leyton. From the railway station, turn right down the hill and follow the High Road to Coronation Gardens on your left. Turn down Buckingham Road after the park and the ground is in front of you.
From Leyton Midland Road, turn left towards Leyton and continue down the High Road past Leyton County Cricket Ground until you reach Windsor Road. Turn down Windsor Road and the ground is in front of you.
Rivals - West Ham, Southend
Travel: I left Cardiff at 07:45 by National Express coach to London Victoria. Then a tube changing Oxford Circus for the Central Line to Leyton. The whole journey across London including walking and waiting times took 58 minutes from stepping off the coach to reaching turnstile H. From the tube, the Brisbane Road ground was easy to find.
Refreshments: I went into a grilled chicken shop and also had a cake and a coffee in a cafe on the opposite side of the road to the tube station, but much further down.
Impressions: I thought the ground looked great. It clearly belonged to a 'Football League' club, which hopefully Orient will be again at the end of this season. I sat in the West Stand, row P, with an excellent view. The roof of the West Stand is so high, it offers little if any protection from rain on a windy day. That's the only downside to me. The away fans were located on the opposite side along the wing, in what I assume was the old Main Stand. With a Maidstone following of 400+ there were some large empty areas, but from where I sat it looked like pretty much all other sections were full, but I was surprised to see an attendance indicating a half empty stadium. It didn't look half empty!
Atmosphere: The game was a pretty standard non-league offering, and I have to say, Orient did not look like a team in the top spot with points to spare. Passing was erratic at times, and much more composure was needed when presented with a scoring opportunity. Frustrating I suppose would sum it up, since I was solidly rooting for Orient to win.....and win they did! 3-0 the final score, with a penalty being the final goal in front of the Baskin Robins Stand, with what was about 7 secs of time added-on remaining. Just enough time for Maidstone to kick off again before the referee blew the final whistle almost immediately after the restart. The atmosphere was very flat for most of the game, to the extent that I couldn't really figure out which was meant to be the Orient 'singing end'....but that's similar to Loftus Road I guess. The pies were very nice (Pukka I think) and the staff at the snack bar under the West Stand were very friendly, real 'London gals'.... TV screens showed the live match, but to be honest I wanted to take my seat early so I could experience the ground itself. There was no early announcement of team changes, and when he did read them, the announcer read the teams out way too quickly....slow down fella! The toilets were perfectly adequate, and I'd say they would be given a score of 5/6 out of 10 in my opinion.
Exit: From leaving my seat to reaching Victoria Station took 75 minutes. There was a bit of a bottleneck getting out of the ground itself, then afterwards getting into the tube station, but nothing you'd not see at any other station in London on a Saturday evening when a home game is on. No sign of any trouble amongst the fans who freely mingled on the walk back to the station.
Enjoy: An enjoyable day all in all. I liked the area of Leyton on a matchday, a bit like Shepherd's Bush. Don't know how nice it would be on a non-matchday though. This will not be my last trip 'over The Orient'.... a really enjoyable day.
Ground Name: Matchroom Stadium
Capacity: 9,271 (all seated)
Address: Brisbane Rd, Leyton, London, E10 5NF
Main Tel No.: 0871 310 1881
Team Nickname: The O's
Year Ground Opened: 1937