|Address||Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9HR|
|Telephone No.||0161 764 4881|
|Fax No.||0161 764 5521|
|Ground Facilities||Club house, club shop|
|Capacity||11,840 (all seated)|
White shirts , Blue shorts, Blue and White stripe Socks
Black shirts with Green Trim, Black shorts, Black Socks
DIRECTIONS AND CAR PARKING
Leave the M66 at Junction 3. Take the left hand exit at the junction and follow this road until you come to the junction with the A56 Manchester Road. At this T-junction which has traffic lights, turn right towards Bury. You will pass the Swan & Cemetery pub on your left and then some playing fields. At the end of the playing fields just before the traffic lights and a couple of pubs, turn right into Gigg Lane for the ground. However please note that Gigg Lane is normally closed on match days and the ground itself is not easily seen from the A56.
Adam Hodson provides some alternative directions from Junction 2 of the M66, from where the ground is signposted; 'Take the A58 towards Bury and at the second set of traffic Lights, turn left onto Heywood Street (B6219). Go Straight over a mini roundabout and at the next roundabout, turn right onto Wellington Road (still the B6219). Follow this road to the end, where you will come to a T-junction. Turn left onto the A56 (signposted Manchester). After passing through a set of traffic lights, turn Left into Gigg Lane for the ground'.
There is no parking available at the ground itself for visiting fans. Nearby at Phoenix House on Brierley Street (BL9 9HN) there is parking at a cost of £5. Otherwise, street parking, although beware of a residents only parking scheme in operation in the nearby streets, which operates on both matchdays end evenings, with wardens patrolling the area.
Post Code for SAT NAV: BL9 9HR
There is no railway station in Bury itself, so most fans travelling by train are likely to end up at one of the Manchester stations. Bury Metrolink is served by trams from Manchester Victoria & Piccadilly railway stations. Bury Metrolink Station is about a 10-15 minute walk from the ground.
Head up the escalator from the platform and then left proceeding through the Bus Station. On exiting the bus station turn left and go across the the traffic lights signposted (A58) onto Knowsley Street. At the end of Knowsley Street, turn left onto Manchester Road signposted A56 Manchester. On reaching set of traffic lights with the Pack Horse Hotel, then on just passing the hotel bear left onto a small narrow street called Heaton Fold. At the bottom of this street turn left onto Gigg Lane and the ground is a short distance down on the right. Thanks to Adam Hodson for supplying the directions.
Jon Hall adds; 'Alternatively bus numbers; 90, 92, 135 and 137 run every ten minutes down Manchester Road past the end of Gigg Lane'.
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The Gigg Lane football ground was completely
rebuilt in the 1990's with the Cemetery End being the last stand to be completed
in 1999. The new stands which are all covered, have vastly improved the overall
look of the ground, whilst at the same time making it an all seated one. The
only real disappointment is three of the stands contain a number of supporting
pillars. On one side is the Main Stand. This all seated stand has its spectators
area raised up above pitch level meaning that supporters have to climb a small
set of steps to enter it. Part of the front has a small box-like structure, with
a number of windows running along the front. It particularly caught my eye, as
with the windows being almost at pitch level, I wondered just how many broken
windows they get each season? Oddly the players tunnel and team dugouts are set
to one side of the halfway line, suggesting that at some point the pitch has
been moved from its original position.
Opposite is the Les Hart Stand, a single tiered affair which extends around to meet the Cemetery End, enclosing that corner of the stadium. In this corner, there is a small Police control box suspended beneath the roof plus an electronic scoreboard. The Les Hart Stand also has a small TV gantry, plus there are a number of supporting pillars running across the stand that may impede your view.
The Cemetery End itself is a fairly simple covered seated stand. At the Manchester Road End is a larger covered seated stand that is given to away fans. It is a fair size however, it does not run the full width of the pitch, with one side ending with the edge of the penalty box. There is also an electric scoreboard at this end. The stadium is completed with a set of modern looking floodlights.
During 2017 the ground was renamed 'The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane' in a corporate sponsorship deal.
Ground Admission Prices 2018/19
operate a category system (A, B & C) for matchday pricing, whereby the most
popular games (Category A) cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below
with other categories in brackets:
All areas of the ground:
Adults £22 (B 20) (C £18)
Concessions £16 (B 14) (C £12)
All match categories: Under 18's £10, Under 11's £5, Under 8's £1, Under 5's Free
Adult + 1 Under 16 £22 (B 20) (C £18)
Adult + 2 Under 16's £27 (B 25) (C £23)
2 Adults + 2 Under 16's £44 (B £40) (C £36)
Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students, Under 23's, Disabled and the Unemployed.
Programme Price: £3.
Last Season: 24th, League One
Average Attendance: 3,931
A Fans View:
This was a relatively close game for a Northern
Exile like myself and I had not been to Bury for over 15 years now. There were
also three ex-Oxford United players in Bury's squad for added interest.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Bury is not too far away from the M66 motorway and is straightforward to find. Parking is a bit of a challenge nearby. I parked up at The Swan & Cemetery pub which is a 10-minute walk away from Gigg Lane.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
The Swan & Cemetery welcomes away fans and I had a pint and sandwich. I'd recommend this pub as it has some parking and some decent real ale and food.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Gigg Lane?
I noticed that one of the stands has been modernised since my last visit. Gigg Lane is a decent enough League One affair. Away fans were on one side and apart from the supporting pillars, the view was okay. A smaller crowd of 3,000 made for a quieter atmosphere though.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
I only had tea, but the facilities were fine. The stewards were low key, but there was a low attendance mind you. Both teams had wobbled and needed a result. For 60 minutes it was an even game, but thereafter, Bury scored three goals in quick succession. It left me thinking that Oxford United are in a transition season and may be lucky to make mid-table.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
A ten minute walk back to the pub car park, on the road and onto motorway network shortly afterwards.