Barnsley – Oakwell

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oakwell barnsleyBarnsley’s Oakwell Stadium is an all-seater venue, with a capacity of 23,000.

Much of the ground was updated in the 1990s. The two-tier East Stand, running along the side of the playing surface, was opened in 1993. Parts of the West Stand date back to 1904. Though former terraces have been replaced with seats, the roof only covers the rear third, leaving the rest exposed to the elements.

The CK Beckett (South) Stand is a fully covered stand allocated to home supporters. The fully covered, single-tier North Stand is the most recent addition, opened in 1999, to replace open terracing.

With a capacity of some 6,000, away fans are usually allocated the Western portion of this stand, with home supporters occupying the Eastern section. However, if the away support is unusually large, the whole stand is reserved for the away fans. There is an electronic scoreboard at one corner of the North Stand. Oakwell has a purpose built stand for disabled fans. This is a three-tier structure at the corner of the East and South Stands.

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How to get to Oakwell

By Road:
oakwell stadium directionsOakwell Stadium is situated in Grove Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S71 1ET.

Drivers arriving from the North should follow the southbound A1 / A1M. After passing junction 45 (A64 Leeds / York), follow signage for the M1. Join the M1 at junction 48, exiting at junction 37. Turn left onto the A628, following signage for Barnsley FC. The ground is visible after about 2 miles.

Away fans driving from the South are advised to exit the M1 at junction 36, onto the A61. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit, continuing on the A61 towards Barnsley (South). At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit, continuing on the A61 for a further 3 miles. A right turn into Bank End Road and a slight right at Grove Street will lead to the stadium, situated on the left.


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By Rail:
barnsley train stationBarnsley railway station is only about 500 yards from the Oakwell Stadium. On exiting the station, turn left away from the town centre. Pass under the bridge, turn left up the slip road, then first right towards the Metro Dome complex. The ground soon becomes visible. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford International, some 23 miles away. Regular connections to Barnsley (via Leeds) are available, with a total journey time of about 2 hours. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Barnsley that can take you to and from Oakwell. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

oakwell stadium parkingMany fans recommend parking in the County Way car park, near the railway station or the car park on Queen’s Road, just to the West of the ground. There is also a large away supporters’ car park at the ground and limited, unrestricted on-street parking.

Away Friendly Pubs near Oakwell

pubs near oakwell stadium Away supporters generally recommend avoiding the town centre, especially pubs near the train station. Most visitors recommend the Metro Dome, a leisure centre within a few minutes walk of the away end. Its bar has a good atmosphere, serving a selection of ales and decent food. However, it does get very crowded.

The Holleywell, on Oakwell Road, and The Outpost, on Sheffield Road both offer a friendly atmosphere, with a genial mix of home and away supporters. Inside the ground, when the whole stand is allocated to away fans, alcohol is available from a bar on the concourse.

Hotels near Oakwell

ramada encore barnsleyThe Ramada Encore Hotel, Whinby Road, Barnsley S75 3LH is ideally located within 1½ miles of the city centre. It offers bright, modern spacious accommodation, with power showers, satellite TVs and direct-dial ‘phones in all rooms. The lounge, bar and restaurant offer excellent food in modern surroundings. Ample, free on-site parking is available.

The Best Western Ardsley House, Doncaster Road, Barnsley S71 5EH is just over 2 miles from the city centre.Recent guest reviews have been favourable, noting value for money, room quality, service and food as excellent, with live music on Saturday evenings.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Oakwell?

away fans barnsleyThe majority of visiting fans found the home support friendly enough in and around the ground, though several have experienced problems in the town centre and advise keeping colours covered. Many visitors have been impressed by friendly, helpful club staff, though there have been several reports of overzealous stewarding. Most away fans have been impressed by the large North Stand, both in terms of looks and facilities, though many have reported that it is extremely cold.

The combination of traditional and modern styling has impressed many, along with the excellent acoustics. There is a wide range of good quality food on offer, though it is expensive, even by football ground standards. Away fans using the club car park should be aware than most visitors have experienced delays of up to 30 minutes in exiting after the match

Your comments about Barnsley – Oakwell


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  1. Rich

    I visited Oakwell as part of a large Manchester United contigency in the League cup – there was trouble at half time on the concourse which has been documented aplenty elsewherse – but apart from that it was was a cracking trip.

    Me and my mate were driving for this one so can’t comment on the local away boozers etc and suspect it would be a very different experience for a weekend league fixtue as opposed to an increased allocation on a Tuesday night anyway. That being said the pie shop at the bottom of the hill leading away from the ground offered brilliant value (sorry – can’t remember exact price). We parked in the club car park- the attendant had no qualms about us being away supporters. It was £3 although I would advise parking as far from the ground on that car park as possible as it will be easier to get away from (we were at the top near the superstore and it was 30 mins to get out).

    The Police, in fairness to them, were very helpful when we were trying to find the ground, although later on relations unfortunately worsened betwen United supporters and South Yorks finest, though I suspect this was the exception rather than the norm.


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  3. ALAN

    TRAVELLED WITH 2 TEENAGE SONS, FOUND A GOOD PUB “THE WHITE BEAR” IN THECITY CENTER~ A BIT PRICEY FOR DRINKS BUT FOOD A BARGAIN AND VIRTUALLY EMPTY. PUB ABOUT 15 MINUTES WALK TO THE GROUND.
    ALCOHOL AND SMALL SELECTION OF FOOD AND DRINK AVAILABLE IN THE GROUND AND YOU CAN SMOKE IN THE AREA BETWEEN THE TURNSTILES AND THE ACTUAL STAND.
    GROUND REALLY OLD AND NEEDS MODERNISING BUT YOU CAN SIT (OR STAND) WHERE YOU LIKE AND THE LARGE ROOF MAKES FOR EXCELLENT ACOUSTICS ~ WE SANG THE WHOLE GAME AND IT REALLY WAS A PARTY ATMOSPHERE
    GAME ENDED 2-0 TO US AND WE MADE THE SHORT WALK BACK TO BARNSLEY TRAIN STATION IN GOOD SPIRITS
    ALL IN ALL A GREAT DAY OUT AS ALWAYS WHEN LEICESTER VISIT OAKWELL
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS AN AWAY SUPPORTER


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  5. Ben Teedy

    This match is one I always look forward to, it is nearby and there is a good rivalry between the two clubs. Our away numbers were not very good this time around (probably due to how bad we are at the moment) but the home fans had a decent amount of supporters. The atmosphere was above average – the Barnsley fans were infrequent but loud. As always our following made up for it’s poor numbers with great vocal support – even when we were losing and playing terribly.

    Oakwell has a lot of character It is a traditional four sided stadia with small office buildings in two of the corners. The ground is not eye candy, but is quite interesting. I prefer places like Oakwell to grounds such as the Keepmoat as these sorts of stadiums feel more English than the bland new circular stadiums that seem to be in fashion at the minute. The catering, toilet and seating facilities are disappointing. Food is overpriced and nasty, most of the toilets were ‘out of order’ and there was very little legroom in front of the uncomfortable seats. Stewarding was very good however – it was completely relaxed with no incidents of the green-coats being heavy-handed jobsworths (I wish more stewards were like that!)

    I cannot comment on anywhere to park as I used a public bus from Sheffield. It was a quick journey from the Bus stop and the signing was adequate for a driver – but quite poor for pedestrians.

    Keep Colours covered after the match, as fans from both clubs will be walking side by side on exiting.


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  7. James

    One of the best away days in the Championship. Everybody from the programme seller to the stewards to the police are all friendly and happy to help and the Barnsley supporters are salt of the earth and are passionate about their club and their town.
    The food is overpriced in the ground and tastes quite bad. The atmosphere inside the ground is good because the home fans are passionate and you can get a brilliant atmosphere going in the away end. Even though we lost 2 – 1, was still an enjoyable day out!

    ..apart from the traffic after the game – waited over an hour just to get out of Barnsley!


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  9. Stuart

    Visited Oakwell for the League Cup 1st round. Cannot comment on the pubs or parking as me and my mate got a lift with a freind of ours who is a Barnsley fan; she knew where they parked – we didn’t! Also, I can’t comemnt on the hotels becuase we came straight home.
    Oakwell itself is quite dated and in need of a revamp and redevelopment but it was OK – although not eye candy still a nice ground. We got in early and found the food, especially the chicken balti pie, hot and edible. It was quite nice, and although I’ve had better, a good start to the evening. Maybe the food and drink is a little overpriced but that seems the trend of all stadiums. The catering staff were polite and ready to take your order, unlike some!
    Having first feared there weren’t many of us, we soon discovered that our vocalists had arrived and we spent the whole game singing, dancing, standing up and the stewards were completley fine with it which is nice – a lot of stewards yell even if you stand up to go to the loo. The only downer was we were the only ones making noise – the stand is great for singing – but Barnsley had no vocal support whatsoever apart from a very brief half hearted “come on Barnsley” near the start. A great game, and a great result for Morecambe and the Barnsley fans were gracious in defeat – well apart from our mate!! A dull joureny home – hahaha couldn’t say much! Overall a good trip out, one to recommend if you get a chance, go.


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  11. harry johnson

    Fantastic ground, fantastic support and fantastic fans at Barnsley….23 thousand were in attendance at the game and the home fans certainly knew how to get behind there team, was rather intimidating at times but non the less a fantastic ground…would advise everyone to visit oakwell, real english ground.


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  13. Archie

    Went to barnsley on coach, easy to acces the ground. Very good atmosphere as we won the game, waited a bit long for food at half time but it was worth it. Enjoyed the game, ground needs updating. Apart from that enjoyed the trip.


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  15. Bob Jones

    Oakwell is a nice place however quite a lot of yobs so just have to be careful, great atmosphere even though we lost 5-2. The barnsley fans seemed very upbeat and always singing. However after the game they congregated at the train station to kick our heads in.

    Peace.


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  17. Ben Cairns

    I have been two oak well on two occasions now, both times with Wednesday fans and although oak well is far from perfect I would recommend it.
    I took the train from Sheffield – I would not highly recommend this as there is a level crossing at the bottom of the platform and if you bring big numbers the police will hold you on the platform and let all the Barnsley fans scurry across first, then the barriers will inevitably come down to stop you from crossing and it took me twenty minutes to even leave the station. However the ground is close by, only a ten minute walk from the station (and the main dual carriageway). For pubs, I have heard that the metrodome (which is next to the ground) is best for booze as all the real pubs nearby are fairly partisan and I would not encourage trying them.
    The ground itself is fairly modern except one truly hideous stand on the right of the away stand as you look down the field, which is in desperate need of demolishing and reminds me of the closed stand at vicarage road. The barnsley fans, fondly known as dingles in Sheffield, are generally quite vocal and are clearly proud of their team. As I was with a large and equally vocal away following I felt fine but i could imagine with a smaller contingent you could feel a little intimidated. I also got the feeling that should emotions run away with themselves trouble after the game would not be out of the realms of possibility.
    Easily my biggest criticism of oakwell would be what happens after the game. South Yorkshire police can be a little ove-zealous at times and do seem to like holding you back, but often at the wrong moments. For example the second time I went, upon exiting the ground, there was no police line outside the turnstiles as there was the first time I went, so I ended up walking up a street full of Barnsley fans, from whom I was attracting more than a few dirty looks. However upon reaching the station it is more than likely you will not be permitted to board several trains before you can finally fight your way on board. Because of this I would recommend driving, especially seeing as there are some excellent pubs in the smaller towns around Barnsley serving real ales which may be more difficult to find elsewhere.


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    • a jones

      not as bad as swillsbroro

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