Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium is an all-seater venue, with a capacity of 23,000.
Much of the ground was updated in the 1990s. The two-tier East Stand, running along the side of the playing surface, was opened in 1993. Parts of the West Stand date back to 1904. Though former terraces have been replaced with seats, the roof only covers the rear third, leaving the rest exposed to the elements.
The CK Beckett (South) Stand is a fully covered stand allocated to home supporters. The fully covered, single-tier North Stand is the most recent addition, opened in 1999, to replace open terracing.
With a capacity of some 6,000, away fans are usually allocated the Western portion of this stand, with home supporters occupying the Eastern section. However, if the away support is unusually large, the whole stand is reserved for the away fans. There is an electronic scoreboard at one corner of the North Stand. Oakwell has a purpose built stand for disabled fans. This is a three-tier structure at the corner of the East and South Stands.
How to get to Oakwell
Oakwell Stadium is situated in Grove Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S71 1ET.
Drivers arriving from the North should follow the southbound A1 / A1M. After passing junction 45 (A64 Leeds / York), follow signage for the M1. Join the M1 at junction 48, exiting at junction 37. Turn left onto the A628, following signage for Barnsley FC. The ground is visible after about 2 miles.
Away fans driving from the South are advised to exit the M1 at junction 36, onto the A61. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit, continuing on the A61 towards Barnsley (South). At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit, continuing on the A61 for a further 3 miles. A right turn into Bank End Road and a slight right at Grove Street will lead to the stadium, situated on the left.
Barnsley railway station is only about 500 yards from the Oakwell Stadium. On exiting the station, turn left away from the town centre. Pass under the bridge, turn left up the slip road, then first right towards the Metro Dome complex. The ground soon becomes visible. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford International, some 23 miles away. Regular connections to Barnsley (via Leeds) are available, with a total journey time of about 2 hours. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Barnsley that can take you to and from Oakwell. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Many fans recommend parking in the County Way car park, near the railway station or the car park on Queen’s Road, just to the West of the ground. There is also a large away supporters’ car park at the ground and limited, unrestricted on-street parking.
Away Friendly Pubs near Oakwell
Away supporters generally recommend avoiding the town centre, especially pubs near the train station. Most visitors recommend the Metro Dome, a leisure centre within a few minutes walk of the away end. Its bar has a good atmosphere, serving a selection of ales and decent food. However, it does get very crowded.
The Holleywell, on Oakwell Road, and The Outpost, on Sheffield Road both offer a friendly atmosphere, with a genial mix of home and away supporters. Inside the ground, when the whole stand is allocated to away fans, alcohol is available from a bar on the concourse.
Hotels near Oakwell
The Ramada Encore Hotel, Whinby Road, Barnsley S75 3LH is ideally located within 1½ miles of the city centre. It offers bright, modern spacious accommodation, with power showers, satellite TVs and direct-dial ‘phones in all rooms. The lounge, bar and restaurant offer excellent food in modern surroundings. Ample, free on-site parking is available.
The Best Western Ardsley House, Doncaster Road, Barnsley S71 5EH is just over 2 miles from the city centre.Recent guest reviews have been favourable, noting value for money, room quality, service and food as excellent, with live music on Saturday evenings.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Oakwell?
The majority of visiting fans found the home support friendly enough in and around the ground, though several have experienced problems in the town centre and advise keeping colours covered. Many visitors have been impressed by friendly, helpful club staff, though there have been several reports of overzealous stewarding. Most away fans have been impressed by the large North Stand, both in terms of looks and facilities, though many have reported that it is extremely cold.
The combination of traditional and modern styling has impressed many, along with the excellent acoustics. There is a wide range of good quality food on offer, though it is expensive, even by football ground standards. Away fans using the club car park should be aware than most visitors have experienced delays of up to 30 minutes in exiting after the match