Deepdale 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.
How to get to Deepdale
The 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.
Preston 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
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
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?
Visiting 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
Visiting 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
The 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.
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.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Deepdale?
The 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.