After making in into the football league for the first time in the club’s history, visiting fans will be looking forward to a trip to Broadfield Stadium with great anticipation. Crawley will be looking to consolidate their position in the league over the next few years and their home stadium has been something of a fortress at the lower levels.
Broadfield Stadium is a multipurpose facility with an overall capacity of 4,996 and included within that number there are 1150 seats. It was built as recently as 1997 and as such, it still has a very new feel to it and the facilities are right up to date. The main West Stand dominates the ground and as it is slightly raised above pitch level, it is an imposing sight when full of home supporters.
The rest of the ground consists of two covered terraces, one of which houses away fans and the stadium is completed by a small open terrace. There are also some seats available for away supporters in the main West Stand.
How to get to Broadfield Stadium
Broadfield Stadium is located near the M23 which in turn links to the major M25 London Orbital Motorway. From the M25 leave at the junction that takes you onto the M23 and follow the signs to Gatwick and Brighton. As the M23 ends, join up with the A23 towards Crawley and the stadium is visible from this road.
If you’re travelling by car, the full address is Brighton Road, Crawley, West Sussex and the postcode for your SatNav is RH11 9RX
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Crawley main line station is situated about one mile from the stadium so it represents about a 15 to 20 minute walk from here. Alternatively, if you are lucky, you can get a taxi to the stadium itself. Click here to check the current train timetables
A better option would be a number 10 bus which runs every ten minutes on match days and although these can get a little crowded at times, they are plentiful and fairly reliable.
Crawley rail station itself is served by London Victoria with trains running on a regular basis.
London Gatwick Airport is just a few miles away and around 30 minutes at most by car from Broadfield Stadium. Driving into Crawley from Gatwick is very straightforward but there are also rail links from the airport which can easily take you into Crawley main line station.
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There are several taxi companies in Crawley that can take you to and from the Broadfield Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park
This is one of the better destinations for parking in the football league with a number of spaces in the stadium car park itself. As with every ground, the earlier you arrive the better your chances of getting parked but if you should fail to locate a space, there is a very large overflow car park at the adjacent Broadfield Office Park which can accommodate smaller gates.
Beyond that, there is a good network of street parking and very few permit schemes around so the restrictions are negligible. As always, the further away that you’re prepared to park, the better your chances are of finding a space.
Away Friendly Pubs near Broadfield Stadium
The Half Moon on the Brighton Road is the closest pub to the stadium and this is just a five minute walk away. This pub is the most popular with away supporters and while it happily welcomes them, it is frequented by home fans as well.
Alternatively, you can use the Downsman on Wakehurst Drive which is about ten minutes away and is similar to the Half Moon in its attitude to away fans.
Meanwhile, some away supporters have tried to make use of Redz Bar inside the stadium but this is largely frequented by home fans so it may be best avoided if you’re not supporting Crawley on the day.
Hotels near Broadfield Stadium
In Crawley itself, there is a choice of larger hotels including the Ramada which is the most modern and well equipped of the locations.
Crawley itself is quite a small town but if you’re happy to stay in Gatwick which is around four miles away, the airport location opens up a huge choice of hotels including the Holiday Inn and the Hilton.
For many supporters looking for an overnight stay, Gatwick could be the better option although it is certainly possible to find accommodation in Crawley itself. Click here to see all hotels near Broadfield Stadium
Overall, Broadfield Stadium had built a reputation as being one of the best grounds outside of the football league and now it will get its chance to show that it can be a credit to the higher level.
It is such a recent building that the modern facilities help the supporters to enjoy their experience but it certainly isn’t without character and it is a more than welcome addition to the football league schedule.