Preston North End – Deepdale

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deepdaleDeepdale is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 24,500. It is the home ground of Preston North End.

Much of the ground has been rebuilt in recent years. The North, East and West sides of the ground have large, covered single tier stands, named after former players Tom Finney, Bill Shankly and Alan Kelly.

The Invincibles stand, completely filling the Southern side of the ground, was completed in 2008, with a build cost of around £10 million. Though similar to the other stands, it has a smaller seating area, with executive boxes above. Away fans are housed in the Bill Shankly Stand. Outside the stadium, near the National Football Museum, is a statue of former Preston legend Tom Finney.

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How to get to Deepdale

By Road:
deepdale stadium directionsThe Deepdale stadium is located on Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston PR1 6RU.

From the North, drivers should follow the M6 as far as junction 32, exiting onto the A6 to Preston. Take the 1st exit at the roundabout, continuing on the A6 towards Preston. After about ¾ of a mile, turn left onto the A5085 and right onto the A6063. Sir Tom Finney Way is on the left.

From the South, visitors can exit the M6 at junction 31, taking the A59 exited towards Blackburn and Preston. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit, continuing on the A59 towards Preston. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Blackpool Road (A5085) after which directions are as above.


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By Rail:
preston train stationPreston station is around a mile and a half from the ground and takes around twenty five minutes to walk, so a taxi is recommended for all but the most energetic. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Blackpool is the nearest airport, just over 14 miles from the ground, with regular public transport links to Preston. Click here to check the current flight times

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

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Where to Park?

deepdale stadium parkingVisiting fans should avoid the temptation of parking on grass verges near the ground, as many away fans report picking up parking tickets for this offence. Several fans have recommended Moorfields School as a suitable place to park. It is manned by volunteers from the school and reasonably priced, with proceeds going straight into school funds.

Away Friendly Pubs near Deepdale

Sumners Pub PrestonVisiting fans advise avoiding pubs in the town centre as they are very partisan and refuse to serve away supporters. There are several pubs off the High Street which have been recommended by visiting supporters, notably the Old Black Bull and the Academy.

Closer to Deepdale, the Sumners, on Sir Tom Finney Way, provides a friendly atmosphere with an amiable mix of home and away support. It offers a good range of beers and the food is reported as excellent. Parking is also available for patrons. Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground.

Hotels near Deepdale

holiday inn prestonThe Holiday Inn Preston (pictured, left), The Ringway PR1 3AU is within a mile of the Deepdale stadium. This modern, 3-star hotel offers high quality, competitively priced accommodation in the heart of Preston. Free on-site parking is available.
marriott preston
A little further afield, The Marriott Preston (pictured, right), 418 Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston PR3 5JB occupies a tranquil woodland setting, yet is within one minute of junction 32 of the M6. All rooms are air-conditioned and the hotel offers a comprehensive leisure club and spa, complete with an indoor heated pool and gym. Complimentary parking is available.

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

away fans prestonThe majority of visiting fans have enjoyed the “Deepdale experience,” noting the friendliness of the home fans, stewards and police, which contributes to an excellent atmosphere inside the ground.

The Bill Shankly stand is steep, keeping fans close to the action and providing excellent views of play. There is a wide range of high quality food available. Many fans were pleased by the fact that the bars remain open during the game and nearby TVs ensure that none of the action is missed.

Your comments about Preston North End – Deepdale


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  1. John

    I visited Deepdale before the fourth and final stand was completed, meaning it all looked a bit unfinished (well, it was!) – we’d caught a lift in with a friend, who managed to park around half a mile from the ground quite comfortably (and free!). We then headed to The Sumners as above, where we enjoyed lunch, a few ales, the lunchtime Sky game and a bit of banter with the home fans. A quick walk, and we were at the ground itself.

    A strange quirk – we had to queue up at a portacabin to buy tickets for the away end, then queue up again at the turnstiles to get in! I’ve tried to blot out the game from my memory (we lost 3-0), but I remember it being absolutely bloomin freezing (it was December), thankfully we were warmed by the beer at half time, as the queues were very reasonable.

    I can’t praise the club’s stewards and local police enough – They were all extremely helpful and personable. There was a group of lads on a stag weekend who had clearly been on the lash all day long (if not all weekend long!) and were out for trouble. How the stewards and police dealt with them so calmly and professionally, I’ll never know.

    Our mate left to drive home ten minutes before the end (part time supporter – we were staying for the comeback that would see us snatch a 4-3 win), so we had to get a train back to Manchester. We spoke to one of the stewards, who gave us the number of a local cab company, and let us shelter from the cold while our taxi arrived. As in the review above – it’s a bloomin long walk to the train station (even longer if you’re freezing your nads off and you’ve just seen your team go down 3-0), so you’re better off getting a cab.

    I’d love to go back to the new complete Deepdale, but please can it be in August this time?


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  3. Chrissy

    I found safe and secure parking at Deepdale Junior School situated on St Stephens Road, just behind the ground. Its reasonably priced and run by friendly helpful staff. Also all proceeds go to the school which is great.


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  5. tom andrews

    deepdale was a nice staduim but did lack atmosphere for a over 20,000 staduim there was a mere 9,000 attendance but the game i went pompey vs preston the musuem was closed so that was a bit of a shame but there are a lot of chavy kids hanging outside the staduim a it was a hell of a long journey form portsmouth from the coach 7 hours there 5 hours back would of been different if we didnt play terrible worst performance ive ever seen but yer apart from the atmosphere its a nice staduim and i like the way they had the faces and names of preston legends to 3 of the stands but ill probably not go back but still a nice staduim to visit.


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  7. Jacob

    I went to the PNE-Barnsley game in November and it was cracking. We arrived at deepdale at 7 for a 7.45 kick off so we went and found a pub, it was all good banter and a laugh. The ground itself was nice, but there was barley any atmosphere from the home fans which was disappointing seen as only 9,000 were there. There were 500 Barnsley fans there and we made more noise all match. When we scored the winner in the 89th minute it really made the night complete. After the game, 2 minutes after the coach set off home it got bricked and a window smashed, the journey home was cold but quite funny baring in mind they were about 13.

    A nice modern ground, a good away atmosphere and a good awayday fullstop.


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  9. MICK DAWSON

    Fulwood Conservative Club is 15 minutes walk from Deepdale stadium on the corner of Blackpool Road and Garstang Road .
    Away fans are more than welcome with ample parking at £2.50 a car and can even accomodate an away coach with prior arrangement .


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  11. Stu

    Visited on new years day 2011 and was nursing a sore head on arrival haha. We parked in one of the official car parks buying our ticket from the ticket office. Wandered off up the road just before lunchtime, we found the sumners but appeared not open so we went across the road to a pub called the royal garrison I think it was called. Looked a bit dodgy on arrival but found them quite welcoming and as time went buy a few more rams fans drifted in and watched the west brom v united game before walking a few minutes to the ground. National football museum is closed and has moved to Manchester. Found it quite a decent ground but really quiet atmosphere from the home fans. Decent away day and the super rams coming out 2-1 winners.


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  13. Eddie Cooney

    I went to Preston last week with Tranmere Rovers. Tickets were just a tenner and the stadium was nearly full. The view of the pitch is flawless. There was a good atmosphere but the Tranmere fans were the noisier. Maybe that had something to do with us being the better team and being robbed by a dodgy penalty decision.

    I had a very ordinary pie in the stadium before the game but I’ve had worse. The area around the refreshments was small and cramped and it took ages to get served. There are TVs showing Sky Sports and a lot of people were hanging around drinking and making the area even more crowded. I wasn’t drinking but bottled lager is served throughout the whole game and there are beer and pie specials. Some fans are tempted to take their alcohol to their seats but the stewards are hot on this and will take your beer of you if you do.

    There are numerous possibilities for free parking around the ground but the Moorfields School along the side of the park opposite the ground is just £3 and you get to feel good for contributing to school funds. There is also a manned car park for £4 directly opposite the ground. Getting away after the game was tedious and slow.

    I walked around in my colours before and after the game and into the club shop without any problems. Everybody was friendly. All in all it was a great afternoon. I’ve been in the Old Black Bull in Preston centre in away colours before now without any problems and had a good chat with a Preston fan. No hostility whatsoever. The Old Black Bull has a good selection of real ales and outside seating. No point in going anywhere else in the town centre.


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  15. Craig Chadwick

    I visited this ground towards the end of last season for a night match, so had little time to check out the local pubs etc. the ground has now been fully completed since my last visit. Although the last stand to the left of the away end is less impressive than the other sides, which are all similar one tier in construction.
    With a 5,000 way following out of a total 15,000 crowd & a 2.1 win to the away side, the atmosphere was one sided in Leeds’s favour but I put that down to the fact Preston looked doomed for the drop at the time.
    The drive to the ground & parking were ok & getting out was not too much of a struggle, All in all a nice looking stadium, with average facilities.


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  17. josh hartley-conway

    i visited deepdale for the first ever time on tuesday 22nd october 2013 for a tuesday night league 1 match between preston and my team bradford city,with city looking to reclaim 4th spot in the league.
    for me and many others,it was 4th vs 5th and to some people it was the league 1 version of “the battle of the roses” which ended in a 2-2 draw,the atmosphere was really crap,the preston fans didnt really sing at all,if any,it was the 2,910 city fans that did all the singing,there was empty seats everywhere u looked in the 3 other stands,however,the stadium from the outside was absolutely huge and the inside looked even more bigger,the legroom is pretty decent but i must warn you that the steps to the top of the away stand are steep and when u get to the top,you will be exhausted so if you are a type of person that likes to sit down and watch the game rather than doing all the chanting,i would recommend siting at the bottom of the stand,i didnt get chance to look around for nearby pubs as i didnt arrive at deepdale until 7:15 pm,it was a good night out with my freinds

    and before i forget,
    all fans traveling to deepdale by supporters coaches,if you are being escorted by police to the ground,you will have an additional 20-25 minutes travel time if you are coming from the M6 as the police like to use the M55 junction 1 – garstang road(A6) – blackpool road route
    however this could change

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