The Hive, also known as the Barnet FC stadium, is a new stadium in Canons Park in North London on the former site of Prince Edward playing fields in the London Borough of Harrow. The stadium is the home fixture of teams like Tottenham hotspur women’s football team, London Bees FC, and Barnet FC
Trevor Brooking and then English manager Fabio Capello opened a new training ground and competition centre for Barnet in 2009. The club officially announced their intention to leave Underhill in December 2011 and confirmed that the 2012-13 season would be their last.
The Hive opened in July 2013 and is in a pleasant setting, in a large park/playing field that also has a London Underground line behind one side of the site on a raised embankment. The stadium’s official total capacity is 6,500 – more than enough to house fans looking to watch home matches.
How to Get to the Hive
From the North (M1)
Exit at Junction 4 of the M1 onto the A41 towards Harrow/Edgware. Then, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Spur Road/A410, then left to the A5 on the next roundabout. After 300 metres turn right at the traffic lights on to Camrose Avenue. Continue going straight along Camrose Avenue and The Hive should be on your right just after the width restriction.
From the West (M40)
If you’re on the M40, you can continue on to Western Avenue / A40. Then, at the Hanger Lane roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A406. Afterwards, take the 1st exit on the left at Staples Corner roundabout onto the A5 / Edgware Road and follow the A5 straight for 3 miles. Turn left onto Camrose Avenue and continue going straight along Camrose Avenue. The Hive will be on your right just after the width restriction.
From the South (A5)
Drive straight all the way to Burnt Oak and turn left onto Camrose Avenue. Then continue going straight along Camrose Avenue and The Hive should be on your right just after the width restriction.
The closest London Underground station is Canons Park, on the Jubilee Line. It’s about a ten-minute walk from the other end of the Hive or about 15 minutes to the main grandstand seats. When you exit the train station, turn left and cross to the other side of the street at a suitable point. You will come to some metal railings that have an entrance to some playing fields through which you can go down to the ground. This also brings you to the north end of the stadium, which is reserved for visiting fans.
Though, if you’re travelling on the Jubilee line from central London, after exiting Queensbury station you will have a very good view of the Hive, which will pass on your right.
If you prefer taking public transportation like the bus, you can take the 340, 186 and 79 since these run from Edgware Station to Canons Park. You can also take 288 and 688 from Edgware Station to Camrose Avenue. If you are coming from west of The Hive, you can take 114 and get off at Turner Road. Then it’s just a short walk to Camrose Avenue.
Where to Park
There’s a large car park with over 500 spaces at the stadium which costs £5 per car. However, since there is only one exit available, expect some delays in leaving the parking lot after the game.
Otherwise, street parking, although no parking is available on Camrose Avenue. There are also 150 parking spaces at Canons Park Tube Station, which costs £2 for an entire day on Saturdays. There is also the option of renting a nearby private driveway via this link here.
Away Friendly Pubs Near the Hive
Visiting fans can look forward to their own bar in the stadium, which is located behind the north stand. This spacious bar has a large screen showing Sky Sports, and it’s open throughout the game and for a short period after the final whistle.
There is also the Hive Bar in the stadium, but this is for local fans only.
The closest pub is Moranos on Station Road, just a short walk from Canons Park tube station. This Irish-style wine bar is very comfortable and has a series of large screens showing the early start of BT Sport. Very close to Kingsbury tube station is a Wetherspoons pub called JJ Moons. If you’re travelling on the Jubilee Line from central London, Kingsbury is just two stops from Canons Park.
Hotels Near the Hive
To the east of the site is Madonna Halley’s Hotel on Whitechurch Lane and along Edgware High Street is a Premier Inn. You can also use Airbnb if these hotels don’t suit your needs.
What Have Other Away Fans Said About Their Trip to the Hive?
Guest fans are accommodated at one end of the modern booth `66, which has space for over 1,922 fans.
The service is generally relaxed and friendly and the stadium itself is pretty great, albeit a little difficult to access or exit since there’s only one parking exit and access to the site is via electronic turnstiles. This means you have to insert your ticket into a barcode reader in order to enter.
A good redeeming factor is the accommodations around the area and the pubs which are good for neutral fans or those who are looking to stay in the area longer.
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Stadium Key Facts
- Capacity – 6,500 (5,356 seats)
- Address – Camrose Avenue, Edgware, HA8 6AG
- Telephone – 020 8381 3800
- Email – [email protected]
- Pitch Size – 112 x 71.5 yards
- Pitch Type – Grass
- Year Ground Opened – 2013
- Record Attendance – 6,215 v Brentford
- Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/TheHiveLondon/
- Construction Cost – £60 million
- Coordinates – 51.602599°N 0.291785°W
Other Women’s Super League League Grounds
- Arsenal Women’s – Meadow Park Stadium
- Aston Villa Women – The Bescot
- Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies – The Broadfield Stadium
- Chelsea Ladies – Kingmeadow (Cherry Red Records Stadium)
- Everton Women – Walton Hall Park
- Leicester City Women – Farley Way
- Liverpool Ladies – Prenton Park
- Manchester City Women – Manchester City Academy Stadium
- Manchester United Women – Leigh Sports Village
- Reading Women – the Madejski Stadium
- Tottenham Hotspur Women – The Hive Stadium
- West Ham United Women – Victoria Road (Chigwell Construction Stadium)
- Women’s Super League Grounds