Tranmere Rovers – Prenton Park

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prenton park tranmerePrenton Park, home to Tranmere Rovers is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 16,587.

During 1994 and 1995, 3 sides of the ground were redeveloped with 3 entirely new all-seater stands created; the Borough Road Stand (now the John King Stand), the Cowshed and the new Kop.

Only the Main Stand, dating back to 1968, was left intact. This is a two-tiered, covered stand, with some supporting pillars. The Kop Stand, which replaced a former open terrace, dominates the ground. Formerly housing both home and away fans, it is now for the sole use of the home supporters.

At the opposite end, away fans are housed in a relatively new, covered, single-tier stand, known affectionately as the Cowshed. It looks a little strange as one side of it has more rows than the other, giving a sloping effect.

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How to get to Prenton Park

By Road:
prenton park directionsThe Prenton Park ground is located in Prenton Road West, Birkenhead CH42 9PY.

Drivers arriving from all routes should join the M53 from the M6 / M56. Exit at junction 4 and take the 4th exit at the roundabout onto Mount Road (B5151). The ground is signposted from this roundabout onwards. After about 2½ miles, turn right into Prenton Road West and the ground will be visible on the right hand side. Some visitors have recommended leaving the M53 at junction 3, following the A552 Woodchurch Road towards Birkenhead. Turn right at the traffic lights near the Halfway House pub onto Mount Road (B5151) and take the first left for the ground.


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By Rail:
tranmere railway stationRock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, served by Liverpool Lime Street, are the nearest railway stations. However, both are a 20-minute walk from the ground. Several fans have recommended alighting at Hamilton Square station. A “football special” bus runs from outside the station every 15 minutes and is free of charge to rail ticket holders.

Otherwise, from Rock Ferry station, turn right and walk up the road as far as the roundabout. Turn right and follow the road as far as the Sportsman’s Arms pub. Turn left down Everest Road and walk down to the bottom, which comes out opposite the away turnstiles. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon, at a distance of 9 miles. Regular bus services operate from the airport to Liverpool Lime Street station. Click here to check the current flight times

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

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Where to Park?

prenton park parkingThere is a large car park at the ground. A local residents’ parking scheme operates in the streets around the ground, so those relying on street parking may face a lengthy walk to and from the stadium. Early arrival is definitely advised.

Away Friendly Pubs near Prenton Park

pubs near prenton parkThe Prenton Park Hotel, situated virtually adjacent to the away turnstiles is popular with away fans. Other nearby pubs which have received favourable reports include the Sportsman’s Arms, on Prenton Road East, and the Mersey Clipper, behind the Main Stand, on Prenton Road West. The latter has a large bar area with raised seating and plenty of wide-screen TVs. Excellent food is also available. The locals are reported friendly, engaging in good-natured banter.

The Swan, on Woodchurch Road, welcomes visiting fans, but is a 20-minute walk from the ground. However, it does offer limited parking (about 100 spaces) and tickets are redeemable at the bar. Otherwise alcohol is available in the away end of the ground.

Hotels near Prenton Park

express by holiday inn albert dock liverpooljurys inn liverpoolThe Express By Holiday Inn, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD has retained many of the original red brick and cast iron features of the 19th century warehouse, while incorporating modern facilities. All rooms feature direct-dial telephones, power showers, tea / coffee making facilities and fully interactive colour TVs showing Sky TV.

Jurys Inn Liverpool, No. 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN is just a short walk from the city centre attractions. Its spacious rooms have high speed Internet access and hotel facilities include restaurant, licensed bar and a coffee bar.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans tranmereMost away fans have found Prenton Park to be an enjoyable, relaxing day out, with no problems experienced in or around the ground. The majority of visitors have been impressed by the “Cowshed” stand and while some have found it very steep, this is compensated for by excellent facilities and unhindered views of the playing action. The food offered is the usual fare of burgers, hot dogs and pies, though these are of good quality and reasonably priced.

The only notable downside is the apparent lack of atmosphere inside the ground, though this appears to be manly due to small crowds in a large stadium.

Your comments about Tranmere Rovers – Prenton Park


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  1. Sean Kingston

    Prenton park is a great ground for a league 1 side.
    The atmosphere at prenton park was eletric.
    I really recomend the pleasent people siting in The Johhny King Stand they helped me alot I.e. what turnstille to go in and where there are friendly pubs.
    Overall i loved the day out
    10 Out of 10


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  3. JOHN MADDISON

    I think the ground is high quality for a league one side but the atmosphere was awful. I would warn all away fans to steer clear of the sportsmans bar. we had to leave due to abuse from home fans and threats which really ruined the day. My car was also damaged during the game by local thugs. DO NOT PARK IN THE LOCAL STREETS. please put this comment up for advise to other away supporters.


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  5. Neil jones

    totally agree with john’s comments. The local boozers seem full of scousers looking for a fight. There is a strange atmosphere in the ground (we had more fans there from them). The only time there was any atmosphere in the ground was when the announcer said Everton where getting beat. The food in the ground was excellent and decent prices. All in all not a good experiance we where always watching are backs.


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  7. lee o'brian

    horrible horrible little place. It was a horrible day from start to finish. We where thretened by tranmere fans the second we got out of our car. Dont drink in the local pubs full of nasty scousers. The best bet is to have a few pints in Liverpool city centre only a 10 minute bus ride away. I would never go to tranmere again


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  9. Brian

    went there on tuesday night for a leauge 1 game. There was only 4000 at the game but it did not stop us being abused before, during and after the game. We had stones through at the coach and got asked for a fight 3 times. Why? i dont know but horrible little scouse place. I can see a lot of people have had the same experiance as me looking at the comments here


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  11. Paul

    Go there every other week. Ian Goodison is a Jamaican God. We aren’t scousers. We’re very hospitable, and the “local thugs” the above visitors have experienced will be Liverpool or Everton fans annoyed that they have to wait until 4pm Sunday or Monday night to watch their faceless franchise play on Sky TV.

    Regards


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    • Keith Beswick

      It was noticable that cars being attacked whilst fans are in the game have been mentioned. You can hardly blame Tranmere fans for that because we are all at the match. As for the Sportsman Pub that is a well known hang out for the so called local “hard men” as was the now closed down Carlton pub on Borough Road so it is best avoided whereas the Clipper and Prenton Park are extremely friendly pubs with no record of trouble in them for years. Unfortunately Birkenhead has more than it`s share of chavs and a number of them do tend to gang up after games, especially outside the Prenton Park and in other places on Borough Road when certain clubs come to town but these are not Tranmere fans, I have seen them many times and many actually wear LFC/EFC shirts under their jackets or whatever. They have nothing to do with Tranmere and are just local yobs. I`m sorry that some of you have had a bad experience of visiting Prenton but these are very much isolated incidents and the vast majority of visiting fans find us to be friendly hosts.


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  13. Nicholas Slack

    Tranmere was neither good or bad in my experience. The only reason we went was due to tickets being priced at £5. Tranmere v Yeovil. This was a cheap way of ticking off Prenton Park on my 92′ tour. We parked behind the cowshed in the official Tranmere car park at a cost of £3. We drank in the Prenton Park hotel pub. Yes it was full of scousers but the Yeovil fans were mixing with the tranmere lot enjoying a drink. I didn’t see any trouble throughout the entire day. (The pint was around the £2 mark too), not bad! The atmosphere was pretty poor. This was due to a very low crowd, amazing considering the cheap ticket on offer! the standard of football was terrible but I enjoyed the day out. Very easy to get away from the ground (probably due to such a low crowd). I would’nt go as far to say “I would never visit Tranmere again” !


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    • Keith Beswick

      That “low crowd” as you call it was over 8 eight which is 3000 more than average. The atmosphere at Prenton is shocking, a great deal of that being due to the heavy handed treatment of the home fans by the stewards many of whom are on what can only be described as a “power trip” resulting in many of the more vocal fans either complaining to the club without prevail or in some extreme cases deserting the club in protest. And yeah you were right that game was particularly awful in all honesty.


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  15. Kevin Booth

    Went there last season would not go again. We got off our train at Lime street station in Liverpool and where verbally and my mate physically attacked by a bunch of Everton fans boarding a train to there away match (cant remember were they were going).

    The 5 minute underground train journey to Birkenhead was a nightmare. I thought i was back in the 80’s the amount of tracksuits i saw lol. We made the mistake of wearing our HT tops and was given grief literally every 20 seconds.

    We thought better of walking through the town centre so got a taxi (£8 for a 4 minute journey). The local boozers full of chavs. Beer was good though and food at ground ok. Still the result was good. We decided to get a taxi direct to lime street which was £16 and later heard a town fan was hospitilised after the game.

    I will never go there again and i hope all 3 merseyside clubs get relegated to sunday football in the next few years.


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  17. Tony Chapman

    Have been to Prenton Park twice and on both occasions found it to be a pleasant place to watch the game. View from the away end is good, no pillars, decent seating, decent legroom all of the stand was occupied by our fans so no crowd trouble. Had a beer in the Prenton Park Hotel right across from our turnstiles to get in – pub was good, bit of banter but all in good fun really, beer OK and not pricey. Been by car and on the coach, car park is behind the opposite end of the ground from away end but you walk along the main road to get to the away end so it’s safe enough. Coaches drop you right behind away stand next to turnstiles so no long walks past mobs of home fans, pick up from same spot so again little chance of trouble. Didn’t see any trouble or hear of any either so would def go again. Atmosphere was great but I always say that as our fans are good and noisy at away games lol!


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  19. dave jones

    prenton parks a wgreat ground, with great fans, I had no trouble there, these ”thugs” is a load of rubbish


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  21. Liam Doyle

    I was at the Tranmere v Morecambe game. (30/8/14)
    Didn’t use any facilities around the ground so cannot comment but getting to the ground by car was easy enough.
    I parked in the Club Car Park for £5 which is reasonable and meant i didn’t have to park a distance away and walk.
    Paid £18 for a ticket in the main stand with the Tranmere fans …I am a proper scouser so no problem with the accent.
    To be fair, people from The Wirral (Birkenhead etc) are not real scousers but ‘plastic’ scousers as we like to call them.
    The game lacked a little atmosphere due the 4,600 crowd in a 12,000 seater stadium but it wasn’t as bad as people have made out. The 350+ Morecambe fans made most of the noise.
    I did have a Coffee (£1.50) and a Meat & Potato pie (£3.00) just before half time (and missed the Morecambe goal).
    The coffee was just a normal instant coffee to which you could add your own milk and sugar …maybe £1.50 is a bit overpriced or maybe I’m just spoiled at Morecambe to pay £1.60 for a proper ‘Douwe Egberts’ coffee.
    The pie at £3.00 was very overpriced in my opinion. It was hot and the filling was nice and spicy but the pastry crust was hard and dry …. and not palatable. Again, maybe I’m spoiled at Morecambe where I can get an award winning pie (Chicken, Ham & Leek) with Peas and Gravy for just £3.00.
    Do have to note though that I witnessed a few Tranmere fans goading the Morecambe bench and then confront a couple of Morecambe substitutes sitting to the left of the dugout. Unfortunately the stewarding was non existing in this incident. When it did arrive they felt the need to aggravate the players rather than deal with the small numbers of ‘out of order’ fans. Tranmere Rovers FC really need to get a grip of their stewards.
    All-in-all, a decent day out (forgetting the result) and I would have no problem going again.
    I must point out that I have been to Prenton Park a few times previously to watch Tranmere Rovers and Under 16’s finals.

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