Boundary Park has an all-seated capacity of 13,500 since the completion of the North stand opposite the main stand. When the stadium was originally opened it could accommodate nearly 50,000 fans although the highest crowd ever recorded here is 47,671. The Chadderton Road and Rochdale Road end stands behind either goal are quite new builds and as such are very good places to view the action from. The Main Stand has a couple of supporting pillars toward the back and is slightly lacking in leg room. The North Stand is a very smart build with good leg room, unrestricted views and excellent facilities.
Visiting supporters are situated in the ZenOffice Stand behind one of the goals. A maximum of 1,600 fans can be catered for in this stand. Facilities are ok and the food is generally very good and also very well priced.
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There's numerous pubs within a close proximity and the general 'away fans pub' is the BlueBell, a small friendly little place which welcomes children and has a play area for them. It's just out of the Car Park and right and across the road. Also there is a few other pubs at the top of Sheepfoot Lane (The big road the opposite side of the big car park), if you walk up that hill and turn right you'll see the Old Grey Mare.
Parking is available in the large car park situated at the stadium. It comes at a cost of £5 per car which is very reasonable but I'd advise a quick escape after the game to ensure being able to leave the car park without serious delays. Street parking is very limited on match days as the area is generally coned off by police. There is street parking available if you're willing to walk 10-15 minutes into the ground but with the sizeable amount of spaces at Boundary Park, you don't need to.
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The nearest / closest train station to Oldham Athletic's SportsDirect.com Park Stadium is Oldham Werneth. The Railway station is around a 15 minute walk away from the ground.
Turn left right when you come out of the station and walk until you come to a Tesco's then left at the Dual Carriage way where you will see SportsDirect.com Park on your right.
Rivals - Man Utd, Man City, Stockport
Travel: We drove the sixty miles in about 75 minutes as the M60 traffic around Manchester had eased off. We were advised to park the car in part of Oldham Hospital's car park, which charged £3 for football matches and is about 400 yards from the ground.
Refreshments: We arrived outside the away end at 6.30pm to find the gates shut and a massive queue. It was 7pm before the club opened 3 turnstiles for the two and half thousand Tranmere fans. We got into the ground at about 7.25pm, just in time to get some hot food. The crowd and the stewards were all cheerful and friendly. We spoke with a few home fans who were disappointed with their season.
Impressions: Since my last visit, the away end has moved from the opposite end with its adjoining car park. The views are less good as the terracing here is less steep and there are pillars in the way. I had to stand for the whole match. The new Joe Royal Stand to our left looks great, although the suites on the top tier seemed unoccupied.
Atmosphere: Tranmere lost the game and a ended a winning streak through two defensive blunders; however, despite exercising a lot of pressure on the Oldham defence, Tranmere failed to break through. The Tranmere support was outstanding and sang for all the 90 minutes, in particular, "Super Army, Super Army, Tequila!
Exit: We strolled back to the car park and were soon on the M60, and back home at 11.20pm.
Enjoy: A good evening out but a disappointing result. The Oldham owners need to up their game for away supporters. They knew two weeks earlier that Tranmere had sold its allocation of 1700 tickets, and that there would also be a cash turnstile on the night. Opening 3 turnstiles for 2,500 fans 45 minutes before kick off on a cold night was inviting trouble, and denied some fans the chance to buy hot food.
Ground Name: SportsDirect.Com Stadium
Capacity: 13,500 (all seated)
Address: Boundary Park, Oldham, OL1 2PA
Main Tel No.: 0871 226 2235
Team Nickname: The Latics
Year Ground Opened: 1906
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