The original Carrow Road football stadium took just 82 days to build. Construction began on June 11th 1935 and it was open for the Canaries’ first game against West Ham United on August 31st.
The River End stand was demolished in April 1979 and its two-tiered replacement, costing £1.7million, was completed in December 1979. Its name was changed in the 1990s following a sponsorship deal with the Norwich & Peterborough building society. The old Barclay was demolished in 1992 and a new two-tier structure, modelled on the Norwich & Peterborough Stand, was built at a cost of £2.8 million.
The stand is named after Captain Evelyn Barclay, a former vice-president of the club and houses Norwich’s most vociferous fans. The single-tiered Geoffrey Watling City Stand was built to meet the required safety standards following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The build cost was £1.7 million. The stand was renamed in honour of Norwich City president Geoffrey Watling, who died in 2004. The Jarrold Stand, sponsored by a local department store, was completed in January 2004, the final stand of the original ground to be replaced. It was further extended in 2005 extending around the Norwich and Peterborough Stand corner of the ground. This stand houses the away fans.
How to get to Carrow Road
The address of the ground is Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE. From the A47 southern bypass, take the A146 towards the city. At the traffic lights turn right and follow the outer ring road. Go left at the roundabout and right at the next lights. Follow the inner ring road round to the right and over the river. Carrow Road is on the right.
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The ground a mere 5-minute walk from Norwich train station. On exiting the station, turn left and head for the Morrisons supermarket, behind which the ground is visible. Click here to check the current train timetables
Norwich airport is within 4 miles of the Carrow Road ground, with easy access by bus or taxi. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Norwich that can take you to and from Carrow Road. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Reportedly, the best place to park is at Norfolk County Hall, which is well signposted from the southern bypass. Fans have advised early arrival as the car park is often full before 2 p.m. and those arriving later than 1 p.m. are likely to have a lengthy wait to exit the car park following the match.
Away Friendly Pubs near Carrow Road
The Compleat Angler, by the river, opposite the railway station appears to be a favourite with away fans. The Coach and Horses, on Thorpe Road, brews its own beer and is a 10-minute walk away from the ground.
The Riverside leisure complex is predominantly an area for home supporters and most of the bars there will not serve away fans. However, its Wetherspoons outlet admits visiting supporters as long as colours are covered.
Hotels near Carrow Road
The Holiday Inn Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6EP has received high marks for comfort cleanliness and service. It is 2½ miles from the city centre and less than 2 miles from Carrow Road. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, gym and complimentary on-site parking.
The Best Western George Hotel, Arlington Lane, Norwich NR2 2DA is within 1½ miles of the ground and a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Situated in a quiet conservation area, it offers all the comforts and service expected from a 3-star hotel.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Carrow Road?
Most visiting fans have reported a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere at Carrow Road, with friendly, welcoming home supporters. The majority have found the away section of the Jarrold Stand to be modern, offering an excellent view of the play, with ample legroom.
Since Delia Smith joined the board, the food available inside the ground has improved considerably. Norwich offer home-made pies, which along with the usual minced beef or steak and kidney, include a number of “match day specials” which vary from game to game. Fans have been particularly pleased with the beef in red wine gravy offering. A constant complaint from away supporters has been that stewards have been insistent on them remaining seated right through the game. Several fans have been forcibly ejected for continual standing, so it is advisable to remain seated.