Newport County FC - Rodney Parade

Rodney Parade Guide

Stadium Info

Newport only moved into Rodney Parade at the beginning of the 2012/13 season and the ground is a much smarter one than the old Newport Stadium the club moved out of. Rodney Parade has a capacity of just over 5,500 for football matches. The main stand and Bisley stands are all seated whilst there is a terrace behind the town end goal. The opposite end is a rather unusual affair with a three tiered executive unit and another unit that houses the dressing rooms Despite the South end it's a nice relatively smart stadium and is a traditional lower league English football ground with many quirks. The capacity is more double the amount allowed in for football matches which is a shame and seems like a waste.

Away Fans

Around 600 away fans can be accommodated in the Bisley Stand toward the South End of the stadium. Being a new stadium, the views and facilities in this area are fantastic. The stand is shared with home fans separated by segregation netting and there's generally a nice atmosphere created.

Stadium Layout

Rodney Parade seating plan:

Rodney Parade Seating Plan

Where To Drink

Rodney Parade has its own clubhouse which welcomes in visiting supporters and does a selection of hot and cold drinks and a small range of food. If you're after something more substantial, there is a Wetherspoons situated along Chepstow Road. Alternatively, the town centre is less that 15 minutes away and you'll find the usual fare of McDonalds, Burger King, KFC etc.

Parking

Be aware that the surrounding area is mainly residents only parking and so you'll need to allow some time to find a space. There a plenty of car parks in the town centre.


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Directions

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By Train

Newport railway station is just a quarter of a mile away from the stadium and as a result its just a short walk.

The Games To See

Rivals - Cardiff City, Hereford United.

Fans Reviews

  • Travel: The ground is mostly surrounded by residential streets, but despite a lot of double yellow lines, there is still plenty of free street parking. Alternatively, the city centre is just across the river.

    Refreshments: They don't do pies! What the hell kind of football ground don't do pies FFS? Just typical scabby football ground burgers. Vile. So you've been warned, go to one of the takeaways on Corporation Road before you go in. Couple of bars on the ground’'s property, mostly associated with the rugby club who Newport share the ground with.

    Impressions: For a start, the ground has a very odd setup, in that because its a rugby ground, and generally made for being able to walk all the way around, but since Football League regulations don't allow that, there are temporary metal fences and lack of signage all over the place. Took me until half time to realise that fans on the Town End terrace where I was were actually supposed to go down into the inside of the Bisley Stand to use the facilities. So you effectively could still walk all the way around the ground. Lets be blunt, the ground is a dump, it isn't very nice. The all seated modern Bisley Stand is the main centrepiece of the ground, and is split between home and away fans. The rest of the away fans are given the very charming uncovered temporary seats at the South end of the ground. Behind the other goal, the home fans have a very small uncovered terrace, both stands behind the goals are miles from the pitch with it being a rugby ground. Only really the old school Hazell Stand I really liked, classic old fashioned seated upper with terraced lower at the front.

    Atmosphere: Pretty poor from the home fans. Pompey had over 1,000 at the game though and it was their first win in quite a while, so they were the ones making all the noise. Spilled out a bit during the game with both sets of fans trying to get at each other early on, then after the game outside the ground.

    Enjoy: Not a good ground at all. Miles from the pitch, poor atmosphere, feels temporary all over.

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Ground Name: Rodney Parade
Capacity: 11,676 (5,511 for football games last season)
Address: Rodney Parade, Newport, South Wales, NP19 0UU
Main Tel No.: 01633 670690
Team Nickname: The Exiles or Ironsides
Year Ground Opened: 1877
Site: www.newport-county.co.uk

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