Watford – Vicarage Road

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watford vicarage roadVicarage Road is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of just under 20,000. It has been the home of Watford FC since 1922. The Main Stand, on the east side of the ground, is the oldest of the 4 stands and houses players’ changing rooms, directors’ box and press area. The only remaining part of the original stadium, it has been closed to spectators since 2004, due to health and safety concerns.

However, the club has plans for phased developments over a 3-year period, culminating in the redevelopment of the East Stand. The tow-tiered Rous Stand, named after former FIFA president Sir Stanley Rous, runs along the West side of the ground. This £3 million addition was built in 1986.The Vicarage Road Stand was constructed following the 1992-93 season. Previously an open terrace, the all-seater stand was built to comply with the recommendations of the Taylor Report, with a build cost of £2.3 million.

A partition was added in 2004, allowing the housing of both home and away support. The Rookery Stand, another former terrace, was constructed during the 1994-95 season, with a build cost of £1.6 million. Larger than the Vicarage Road stand, it has facilities on two levels. It also holds most of the club’s administrative areas, along with the club shop, which was moved from a site on Vicarage Road.

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How to get to Vicarage Road

By Road:
vicarage road directionsFor satnav purposes, the postcode of Vicarage Road is WD18 0ER.

Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M1 at junction 5, following the A4008 into Watford. On nearing the town centre, follow signage for Watford General Hospital and the ground will soon become visible.

Away fans driving from the South should follow the M25 as far as junction 17, exiting onto the A412 towards Rickmansworth / Maple Cross. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout (A412 / Denham Way) and continue on the A412 through one roundabout. At Ebury roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A404. Continue on the A404, taking the 3rd exit at the roundabout. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit, onto the A4145. Follow the A4145 turning left at Tolpits Lane and left again into Vicarage Road.

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By Rail:
watford train stationThe nearest overland station is Watford High Street, a 10-minute walk away from the ground. Watford tube station, on the Metropolitan Line, is under a mile from Vicarage Road. However, overland trains from London usually have a shorter journey time. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Heathrow, at a distance of about 13 miles, with frequent train and bus links to London. Click here to check the current flight times

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

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Where to Park?

watford fc parkingMost visiting fans recommend parking at one of the industrial units near the ground which offer match day parking. Reasonably priced parking is also available at the nearby Vicarage Road Girls’ School.

Away Friendly Pubs near Vicarage Road

pubs near vicarage road stadiumThe nearest pub to the ground, the Red Lion, is reported to be extremely partisan, and away fans are advised to steer well clear. Vicarage Road is within easy walking distance of the town centre, where several pubs on High Street are okay for away fans.

The Moon Under Water (a Wetherspoons) has been recommended by several fans as offering a friendly welcome. Closer to the ground, the Odd Fellows in Fearnley Street has received good reports. Just a couple of hundred yards and a few minutes walk from the ground, its beer garden barbeque has received excellent reviews. Alcohol is not available in the away section of the ground.

Hotels near Vicarage Road

The Best Western White House Hotel, 27-31 Upton Road, Watford, WD18 0JF is located close to both the M1 and M25 motorways and a 15-minute walk from Vicarage Road. jurys inn watford It offers professional and friendly service, with a fine-dining conservatory restaurant, free car parking and Wi-Fi. Guest reviews have been favourable with regard to cleanliness, comfort and service.

Jurys Inn Watford (pictured right), 31 – 35 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JA, which opened in March 2009, is conveniently located in the town centre and reportedly offers high-quality, air-conditioned rooms at great-value prices.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Vicarage Road?

away fans watfordMost visiting fans have noted that Vicarage Road has a traditional feel, but is in need of upgrading. Nearly all have pointed out the old East Stand as an eyesore. Facilities in the away section are described as adequate, though concourses are cramped.

Many have reported a poor atmosphere within the ground, with little vocal support from the home fans

Your comments about Watford – Vicarage Road

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  1. Alex Shelton

    A great atmoshere can be generated from the rookery stand – especialli a night games. However Watford being traditionally a family clubs means that the rest of the stadium is pretty quiet.
    Facilities are excellent with the ‘V bar’ inside the stand serving lots of good food and drink.

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  3. Steve Hawkins

    West Ham’s visit to Vicarage Road saw us allocated the whole of the Vicarage Road stand. The stand itself is fine giving an excellent view. The concourse area though is disappointing, very cramped, almost as if the club wouldn’t be expecting the stand to be full. Half time was a scramble for service at the kiosk as a consequence.

    Three sides of the ground are in use at the time of writing. Slightly odd with a gaping gap down one side. The home support were friendy enough but couldn’t be heard much.

    Parking – I parked at Watford Junction Station (£4.50) – a fifteen minute walk but not a problem. Parking near the ground is not really a viable option.

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  5. Tom

    i live in Watford and i support Watford, our supporter’s stand is the rookery which is the loud stand but away supporters cant hear us because its on the other side of the stadium. there is a fish and chip shop about 3 mins away from the stadium called ebbtide (best chips in Watford), there is a premier Lodge down the road from the chip shop. and inb the heart of the town there is the moon under Water which away and home fans are allowed in a friendly pub and its cheap.
    We only have a three sided ground because we dont have money to get another stand yet.

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