Oxford United FC - Kassam Stadium

Kassam Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

The Kassam Stadium consists of just three sides with the open west end of the ground situated behind one of the goals. The North Stand is divided for use by both home and away supporters and is the largest in the stadium with a capacity of 5,026. The East Stand is home to the more vocal home supporters and is one single tier behind the goal where as the South Stand is the main structure of the stadium, housing the Quadrangle conference centre, the Exhibition Bar, the club offices and changing rooms, and a row of 28 glass-fronted executive boxes. The South Stand is divided into two tiers, with the lower tier including the ground's Family Section.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are situated towards the open end of the North stand. Views are very good and unobstructed as you'd expect from a ground built in the 21st century, whilst facilities and refreshment bars are very good too.

Stadium Layout

Kassam Stadium seating plan:

Kassam Stadium Seating Plan

Where To Drink

Bob tells me: For sensible away fans the nearest pub is the Catherine Wheel in Sandford-On-Thames (http://whatpub.com/pubs/OXF/AS-35/catherine-wheel-sandford-on-thames) which is approx 10-15 minutes walk. Few pubs in town would be an issue for away fans, though the most likely for groups are the large bars on George Street - for ale drinkers there are a fair few decent pubs in the centre (http://oxford.camra.org.uk/oxford-city-centre-pubs-map/) including The Bear which dates from 1242. There are however, many places in the vicinity to grab a bite to eat before or after the game.

Parking

Parking is available at the stadium if you arrive early enough and what's more, it's free. There are 2,000 spaces available and well worth taking advantage of. There is hardly any street parking. You're warned to be very careful when parking anywhere else, especially on verges, as the wardens are very busy around the ground. As one Oxford fan has warned: "Do not rely on what other cars have done, stick to marked parking bays on roads and do not think that because your car is completely off the road on a verge causing no obstruction to anyone that it means any double yellow restrictions do not apply - they do, and you will get a nice parking fine to take home with you!


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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Oxford United's Kassam Stadium is Oxford. The railway station is situated in Oxford city centre which is approximately 4 miles from the stadium. You can then either take a taxi to the stadium which will cost approximately £8.00, or one of the many buses that go past the ground.

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Fans Reviews

  • Travel: Easy access from the A34, also multiple busses running from the city centre and other villages so access is pretty easy. There is ample on site parking but you need to arrive in good time to get a space with a quick exit. You can also park in surrounding housing estates.

    Refreshments: On site is a TGI Friday and a few other food outlets, the stadium itself has a restaurant and bar. A few burger vans are on site too so there is plenty to choose from. Local pub is the Catherine wheel located a few minutes from the ground.

    Impressions: Nice clean ground, great view from any seat as there are no supporting pillars to obscure view. All covered too so only the front few rows get wet on a rainy day. Atmosphere is always good, East stand has the loudest fans that sing all game long and since an upturn in fortunes the crowds are always of a good size for a league one team which means it always has a good atmosphere. Oxford are renowned for having great support, away fans will second that.

    Facilities: Plenty of toilets, leg room is great, although as an away fan you'd be standing anyway so wouldn't make much difference! Food in the stadium is basic, much like any football ground. It's not like a gourmet restaurant.

    Exit: Be sure to get a good parking space as it can take a while to leave if you parked on site.

    Enjoy: Always enjoy a trip to Oxford! Swindon fans might disagree!

  • Travel: I was staying with family in Reading, and it must be said, it's a lovely drive from there! All A roads, through little back in time villages like Henley and Wargrave and Nettlebed! Sadly, it disappoints once you reach Oxford …or rather as you don't, as the ground is so on the outskirts, you don't even see Oxford. Just industrial estates, a science park, and the retail park…. Oh and half a stadium. Parking at the ground is all free, but that's where the good news ends. Disorganised, blokes standing around in luminous jackets but never giving you any indication of where to go, so its every man for himself on a car park that doubles up for the retail park so on a nice day like this, was full of kids going to the cinema or the party place, and with just one road in and out, it took an eternity just to move. New ground hell.

    Refreshments: I didn't get anything to eat as Id eaten before I left, but it didn't look any better than the usual at most grounds. Couple of burger vans, and a tent set up on the car park was about it. Did I already say new ground hell?

    Impressions: It's got three sides. What is that about? Okay, not the first three sided ground I've ever been to, but its kind of acceptable in cases like Aldershot (ex non league, and the open end of the ground at least looks like something, plus they've now actually put a stand there) and Oldham (who got a bit ahead of themselves knocking down a stand before they decided to replace it!) but to build a brand new modern stadium with three sides seriously? It kills the place. You sit behind the goal in the East Stand and look out at the cinema. It… just means the rest of the place is an utter waste.

    Atmosphere: It was really good in the first 10 minutes or so, there were a lot of Oxford fans standing at the back of the East Stand and really giving it some, but once Wycombe led, and Oxford put in one of the worst displays I think I've ever seen in a ground hop, they weren't so sprightly, and in fact turned on the manager at the end, and started chanting for him to be sacked! In other words, seems like there's potential there, but this was a very bad day for them. Wycombe had good numbers for a fairly local game and a big win in the end with them fighting relegation, so they were understandably pretty noisy.

    Enjoy: Not somewhere I'd want to go again. Everything I don't like. Retail park city, you don't touch the city, and its got three bloody sides!

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Ground Name: Kassam Stadium
Capacity: 12,500 (all seated)
Address: Grenoble Rd, Oxford, OX4 4XP
Main Tel No.: 01865 337 500
Team Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 2001
Site: www.oufc.co.uk

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