Meadow Lane has a capacity of 20,300, but at present is restricted to 13,725 due to safety requirements. The more vociferous home fans tend to gather in the Kop End behind the goal whilst the other two stands Derek Pavis (side) and Family (behind the goal) are very similar in terms of being single tiered. The family stand has an added pillar situated right in the middle of the stand which is something worth remembering when purchasing your tickets.
Visiting supporters are situated at the Kop end of the Jimmy Sirrel stand where 1,400 seats are made available. More can be catered for on cup nights. The stand has excellent acoustics and boasts 2 Refreshment Bars serving the usual array of football stadium food at very decent prices.
Meadow Lane seating plan:
The Meadow Lane Stadium is situated only 15 minutes walk from Nottingham's busy city centre which is inundated with eating and drinking establishments to suit all tastes and budgets. It is reputed that there are 1,000 licensed premises (Bars, Restaurants and Hotels etc.) within 1 square mile. Famous historical pubs such as Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem (dating from AD 1189), The Old Salutation and the Bell Inn, all close to Nottingham Castle are worth a visit. There are a host of young trendy bars in the Hockley and Lace Market areas.
Nottingham has more international cuisine restaurants than any city outside London so every taste is catered for. It could be Noodle Bars, Mexican or Portuguese at the Cornerhouse or Brazilian, Cantonese or Italian in the Chapel Quarter. The list is endless.
Street parking at the ground is freely available but if you'd prefer a secure car park or arrive late and don't have time to search for a space you have 2 main choices. You can park at the Cattle Market which is opposite the away end for £2 pre car or in the official club car park in Meadow Lane for £2.50.
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The nearest / closest train station to Notts County's Meadow Lane Stadium is Nottingham rail which is well served by Central and Midland Mainline trains from London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Liverpool, amongst others. It's a short 10 minute stroll to the stadium. To walk to the ground follow these instructions:
As you come out of the main station entrance, turn left and left again as you leave the station. Follow the road down to London Road and then turn right. The stadium is about a quarter of a mile way on the opposite side of the dual carriageway.
Rivals - Nottingham Forest, Chesterfield, Derby
Travel: We always go by train for this fixture. The journey on the Robin Hood line takes 35 minutes, so leaving Mansfield shortly after 8am we arrived into Nottingham shortly after 8.30am. Nottingham is close by to us so we are frequent visitors, trams are in operation offering a park and ride event ticket for £2, visiting fans can park in the fish market to the rear of the away end or towards Nottingham Forest FC & Trent Bridge where you’ll find various industrial units to park in.
Refreshments: We visited the pubs along the canal, we are always allocated the Waterfront. There are a good number of pubs along there, traditional outlets like Wetherspoons and then you have the more local feel pubs.
Impressions: Despite our rivalry, Meadow Lane is a smart stadium. We used to be housed in The ‘Kop’ at one end which was excellent and you could really make a racket. However we were now in the Jimmy Sirrell Stand along one side and our following of just shy of 4,300 populated this stand. The 4,300 allocation was limited at that due to “safety concerns”.
Atmosphere: Mansfield were shocking, the worst I’ve seen in a long long time, a lack of effort throughout the team led to huge disappointment from the away end. Granted Notts County made us pay and took advantage, winning 1-0. If they play like that week in week out they’ll comfortably stay up. The stewards were a bit fussy but we share the same stewards between us, Notts County and Forest so I was not surprised.
Exit: Getting out the ground was easy enough, road closures around the stadium made it easy. We headed back to the station and hopped back to Mansfield, no post-match beers this year!
Enjoy: Despite the result and enjoyable day out, we were going to lose at some point. Do it right and your visit to Meadow Lane will be the best in League 2, go by train if you can and enjoy the various public houses within ten minutes of the stadium, including Hooters, the last remaining one in England!
Ground Name: Meadow Lane
Capacity: 20,300 (all seated)
Address: Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ
Main Tel No.: 0115 952 9000
Team Nickname: The Magpies
Year Ground Opened: 1910