Highbury Stadium has a capacity of 5,000, with seating for 2,500. It has been entirely reconstructed since 2007, to keep pace with the Cod Army’s spectacular achievements, resulting in 5 successful promotion campaigns in 7 seasons. The most recent addition (March 2011) is the attractive Parkside Stand, a single-tiered, all-seater affair, with a capacity of 2,000 and a build cost of some £4 million.
On the opposite side of the pitch, the small Highbury Stand, dating from 2008, offers seating for about 500 fans. At the home end, the Memorial Stand is a covered terrace with capacity for nearly 1,500 fans. The covered Percy Ronson terrace, at the opposite end of the ground, can house some 800 visiting supporters. As a relatively recent construction (2007) it is devoid of supporting pillars and offers an excellent view of play. Given sufficient demand, 300+ seats in the Parkside Stand may be given over to travelling supporters. The facilities are superior to those of the terrace, with alcoholic drinks available and large-screen TVs showing Sky Sports.
How to get to the Highbury Stadium
For satnav purposes, the postal address of the ground is Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6TX.
Away fans driving from both North and South should exit the M6 at junction 32, joining the M55 for Blackpool. Exit the M55 at junction 3, taking the A585 for Fleetwood. On the outskirts of the town, there is a roundabout with Blackpool and Fylde College on the left. Go straight across this roundabout and take the next left turn into Copse Road. Having passed the fire station (after about a mile), take a left turn into Radcliffe Road. The next right is Stanley Road, where the stadium is on the left hand side.
Fleetwood has no railway station of its own. The nearest station is Poulton-le-Fylde, about 5 miles away. However, fans may find it more convenient to travel via Blackpool North, about 7 miles away. Taxi fares may prove expensive, but bus services 1 and 14 run regularly to Fleetwood.
The nearest airport to the ground is Blackpool International Airport, at a distance of just over 20 miles.
There are several taxi companies in Fleetwood that can take you to and from the Highbury Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
The stadium has no parking facilities for away fans, but the surrounding area offers plenty of on-street parking.
Away Friendly Pubs near the Highbury Stadium
At the ground, Jim’s Sports Bar, at the rear of the Memorial Stand, offers excellent facilities for visiting fans, but becomes very crowded on match days.
Nearby away-friendly pubs include the Queen’s Hotel, on Poulton Road, roughly a 15-minute walk from the ground. Offering Sky Sports to accompany a decent pint, it can be reached by walking up Highbury Avenue, turning left at St. Nicholas’ church and continuing for about 250 yards.
Also on Poulton Road, the Strawberry Gardens pub has received good reviews from visiting fans. Owned by the local “Fuzzy Duck” brewery, it also offers a range of “guest” beers.
Reports suggest that the centre of Fleetwood, about a 10-minute walk from the ground, has ample away-friendly pubs. Perhaps the most notable of these is the CAMRA-listed, Thomas Drummond Wetherspoons outlet on London Street.
Hotels near the Highbury Stadium
The better hotels tend to be a good distance from the Highbury Stadium, with some suitable options in Blackpool. However, regular bus and tram services operate between Blackpool and Fleetwood.
The 2-star Grand Metropole Blackpool Town Centre, Princess Promenade, Blackpool FY1 1 RQ may prove ideal for air travellers, given its location near Blackpool International Airport and its proximity to the major Blackpool attractions. There is plenty of choice with regard to eating and drinking, with a café / coffee shop, lounge bar and a choice of 2 restaurants. The public areas of the hotel offer free Wi-Fi Internet access, with supplementary facilities including complimentary newspapers, a safety deposit box at reception and a games room. Guestrooms include tea and coffee-making facilities, while the bathrooms have shower / bath combinations. On-site parking is available, but costs extra.
Travelling fans with a more expansive budget may enjoy the 4-star Hilton Blackpool Hotel at North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 2JQ, again close to the many attractions of Blackpool. It offers a fitness centre, steam room, sauna and indoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available in public areas and there is a choice of catering options. There is on-site parking at additional cost. Well-appointed guestrooms offer all the expected 4-star facilities and the numerous reviews available are generally favourable.
A recent visit to the Highbury Stadium as an away fan proved to be a most enjoyable experience, especially combined with a visit to Blackpool.