|Address||Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, GL52 5NA|
|Telephone No.||01242 573 558|
|Fax No.||01242 224 675|
|Ground Facilities||Club house, function rooms|
|Capacity||7,066 (3,912 seated)|
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From The North
Leave the M5 at junction 10 and take the A4019 towards Cheltenham. Keep straight on through the traffic lights, until you come to large roundabout (there is a McDonalds on the left), at which you turn turn left. Continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Keep going for about 300 yards and then turn right into Swindon Lane. Go over the level crossing and straight over the next roundabout (signposted Prestbury) passing the race course on your left. Turn right into Albert Road (signposted Gloucestershire University) and at the bottom at the roundabout turn left into Prestbury Road, (the ground is signposted from here) and then further down Prestbury Road, turn right into Whaddon Road. The ground is down on the left.
From The South
Leave the M5 at Junction 11 turning right towards Cheltenham. Go across 1st roundabout - GCHQ is on your left. Turn left at the next roundabout, into Princess Elizabeth Way. Go straight over the next roundabout, (the exit is over at about "1 o'clock"). Keep on up this road, and you will come to a big roundabout, where you will see a McDonalds on the corner. Go straight across this roundabout and continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Then as North.
There are a limited number of spaces available in the Club car park at the ground which cost £5. The Parklands Social Club does allow some parking at £4 per car (See Where To Drink). There is little in the way of nearby street parking close to the stadium.
Cheltenham Railway Station is over two miles from the ground, so best to jump in a taxi. Phil Truscott advises; 'I caught Bus Service D from the Station Car park to the Town Centre (Clarence Street). On Saturdays Service D runs every 10 minutes. It costs £3.40 for a 'day-rider' ticket with unlimited travel in Cheltenham. From the Town centre it is a short walk to Whaddon Road down Prestbury Road. For the return journey you can catch Bus D (going in the direction of Hatherly/Warden Hill) from Pittville Street in the town centre (at the side entrance of Marks and Spencer). It stops opposite the railway station outside a Tesco Metro'. Bernard McCall a visiting Accrington Stanley fan adds; 'If you catch Bus D from the train station and do nor get off in the town centre, then it continues to the racecourse where you can get on the free Park & Ride shuttle bus to the ground'.
If you are going to embark on the 35-40 minute walk then thank Dave Lucas for the following directions; 'Turn right out of station car park and follow Queens Road for around half a mile. At end of Queens Road and turn left into Lansdown Road. At the next (Montpellier) roundabout, turn left into Montpellier Walk (which later becomes the Promenade). At the end of the Promenade, turn right into the High Street. Go along High Street for around 100 yards and then turn left into Winchcombe Street (by a branch of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society). Continue straight along Winchcombe Street and into Prestbury Road. Straight across the next roundabout and then first right into Whaddon Road. The entrance to the away end is down on the left'.
Today’s Abbey Business Stadium is located on the former site
of The Berkeley Hunt Kennels which were built by the local Cheltenham Original
Brewery in 1927. Home to Cheltenham Town since 1932, the club marked their 70th
anniversary by earning promotion to the Football League Second Division which
translates as the third tier of English Football or today’s equivalent of SkyBet
Shared with Conference North side Gloucester City A.F.C, the record attendance is set at 8,326 for a 1st round FA Cup game against Reading in 1956 17th November and with a current capacity of 7,066 it’s unlikely that this record will be beaten any time soon. Particularly as Whaddon Road is consistently the smallest capacity stadium in League One whenever the club compete in this division.
In April 2009 The Robins announced a sponsorship deal which saw Whaddon Road be known officially as The Abbey Business Stadium, not to be confused with Cambridge United’s Stadium. Previously it was known as the 1984-esque Victory Sports Ground.
Whaddon Road has a fairly contemporary feel to it with two out of four stands opening post-millennium, including the Hazlewoods Stand which opened in December 2005, and Thomsom and Bancks which was completed in 2001. Furthermore between the two new stands the corner are now filled in which although not used for seating, is still adds to the character of the ground.
2015–16 Admission Prices
For regular fixtures prices are as below. For some more popular games these prices are increased by £2.
In2Print Stand: Adults £21, Over 65's £15, Under 19's & Students £7
Jelf Main Stand: Adults £20, Over 65's £14, Under 19's & Students £7
Prestbury Road Stand & Paddock Terrace: Adults £16, Over 65's £12, Under 19's & Students £5
Hazlewoods Stand: Adults £21, Over 65's £15, Under 18's & Students £7
Please note that Juniors who become Club Members can gain free admittance.
Official Programme £3.
Last Season: 1st, Conference National League
Average Attendance: 3,006
A Fans View:
By default visiting supporters are housed within
the 1,100 capacity Hazlewoods Stand which is a covered area of seating. However
if the number of fans expected to travel is larger than the usual then, the
allocation will be increased up to 1,800, with additional space made available
in the nearby Wymans Road Stand.
Hazlewoods Stand is situated behind the Waddon Road goal and the Wymans Road Stand is located to the side with views of the bucolic Cotswold Hills easily viewable from within the ground.