The County Ground has a current capacity of 15,728, all-seated. The Don Rogers stand runs alongside the pitch and is the newest and smartest of all four stands offering an unobstructed view of the action. The Arkells stand opposite partially houses away fans and does have two large pillars which can impede your view if you're sitting towards the back. The town end behind the goal has many supporting pillars but is at least undercover where as the Adkins end is open to the elements.
Up to 1,200 visiting supporters can be accommodated and are situated in the Arkells Stand. If you sit at the back of this stand you may find a supporting pillar impairing your view of the action but other than that you'll generally be ok from here. Facilities and refreshments aren't up to much in this stand so I suggest you find somewhere to eat before or after the game. If there is a large number of supporters expected then the Stratton Bank End can be opened to house a further 2,100 fans but be aware that this end isn't under cover and therefore you'll need to remember to take a coat with a hood if visiting in winter.
County Ground seating plan:
The Merlin on Drove Road, near to the magic roundabout is a great pub for away fans offering an array of beers and cold food whilst showing the early kick off's on Sky Sports. Alternatively, situated on County Road is the cricket club. You're able to park up and leave the car here on non cricket match days and are even able to drink and eat in their bar. Not a bad bet for any home or away fan.
There is some street parking available in the surrounding roads but choose your spot carefully as car break in's are unfortunately quite a common theme in some areas, especially during evening games. There is a car park at the stadium but it's hugely over priced charging a whopping £10 per car. This is occasionally more expensive than the tickets to see the game.
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The nearest / closest train station to Swindon Town's County Ground is Swindon. The railway station is appoximately three quarters of a mile away.
Directions for walking: Leave the station and immediately opposite is wellington Street. Walk down here and take the 1st left into Haydon St. After 100 yards take the right onto Corporation St and then at the roundabout take the left turn onto Broad Street. At the end of this road you'll join onto County Road. Turn right and the ground is a few yards further on the left.
Rivals - Reading, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Oxford, Gillingham
Travel: Another town, another ground that isnt signposted until you can see the floodlights! Parking more than made up for it though, parked on Shrivenham Road for free, right behind the Stratton Bank on a recommendation. Got home in just over 2 and a half hours, so absolutely spot on!
Refreshments: Wish Id waited until I got in the ground! Went to Burger King just across the road from the ground, and there were plenty of other bars and pubs, including an away fans bar on the Arkell's Stand, a chippy with a massive queue (which I should have taken as a mark of its quality, rather than avoiding it because it had a massive queue!) and then when I got inside, there seemed to be a lot more choice and of decent quality than there is at most other grounds! Including my favourite chicken & mushroom pie. Oh well my Burger King nuggets were okay I suppose.
Impressions: Cracking little ground. Its all seater, with a big stand along either side, the little covered Town End behind one goal, and the uncovered Stratton Bank for away fans when they bring enough to justify opening it. I was in the upper tier of the Don Rogers Stand, and I think its possibly the best seat Ive ever had at a football ground. High up enough that the view was flawless, while it was also steep, so it still felt right on top of the action, and not isolated. Quality ground.
Atmosphere: Only thing that let it down, it was very disappointing. Maybe Swindon have been spoiled a bit lately (they won their two home games before this one 5-0!) or Carlisle didn't bring so many so they were forced to banter between themselves, but it was generally poor and some pretty cringeworthy stuff. Jesus, I thought 'East Stand give us a song' was bad. We are the Town End, we'll sing when we want, you are the South Stand, you'll sing when you're told' was a bit of a new low in cringey chants. That and goal music lets them down badly!
Enjoy: Fantastic ground, as above, only really let down by the lack of atmosphere, everything else about the place is excellent.
Ground Name: County Ground
Capacity: 15,728 (all seated)
Address: County Road, Swindon, SN1 2ED
Main Tel No.: 0871 423 6433
Team Nickname: The Robins
Year Ground Opened: 1896