Colchester United

Contacts:

Address United Way, Colchester, CO4 5UP
Telephone No. 01206 755 100
Fax No. 01206 715 327
Official Website http://www.cu-fc.com
Twitter Page https://twitter.com/ColU_Official
Club Forum http://www.cu-fcchat.com/

 

Miscellaneous:

Ground Facilities Club house, club shop
Capacity 10,105 (all seated)

Home Kit

Blue shirts, White shorts, White socks

Away Kit

Orange with Black Trim Shirts, Orange with Black Trim Shorts, Orange with Black Trim Socks

 

Directions:

By Car

From The North and M11
Leave the A14 and then join the M11. Come off the M11 at J8 (Stansted Airport/A120) and follow the A120 towards Braintree & Colchester. The A120 then joins the A12 and after passing the stadium on your right, leave the A12 at Junction 28. Turn left at the first roundabout, the turn right into United Way from the second roundabout.

From the South
Leave the A12 at Junction 28. Turn right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout.


Car Parking:

There 700 car parking spaces at the stadium which cost £6. As only a certain number of them are made available to away fans it is essential that you pre-book your space by calling the Ticket Office on 0845 437 9089. In the event that the car park is full, then the club direct fans to an overspill car park located on the nearby industrial estate (about a 10-15 minute walk away from the stadium) which costs £8. There is also an extensive residents only parking scheme in operation around the stadium, so you may need to journey to over a mile away, before you can find a legitimate parking space.

Park & Ride Car Park

A new Colchester Town Centre Park and Ride service has been recently introduced, the car park to which is situated on the opposite side of the A12 to the Weston Homes Stadium (signposted just off Junction 28). This car park has 1,000 spaces and fans attending games are welcome to use the car park. It costs £3 to park there and it closes at 7.30pm for Saturday games and 10.30pm for midweek matches. From the car park it is then a relatively short walk five minute across the A12 bridge to the stadium. There is also a McDonalds restaurant located next to the Park and Ride.

Robert Charnock warns; 'Do not park in any of the side roads leading off Axial way, including the entrance to the Volkswagen garage. I and a number of others received £35 penalty tickets for parking there during a recent game. Apparently this side road and others are designated as a clearways, although there wasn't any obvious signage to that affect.'

By Train
The nearest railway station to the ground is Colchester North which is just under two miles away from the stadium. Located near to the station at Bruff Close is a free shuttle bus service that will take you to the ground. It takes around 10 minutes to reach the stadium. I have heard of some fans paying to park at Colchester North Station, where there is a fair sized car park (which costs £2.10 on Saturdays, £4.10 midweek) and then taking the shuttle bus. Apparently there is some street parking to be had on Mile End Road near to the Bricklayers pub.

Shuttle Bus to the Stadium:

A shuttle bus operates from Bruff Close, which is close to Colchester North station (at the end of the station approach turn left and take the second exit at the roundabout, the buses park behind the "Big Yellow" storage facility that you can see from the station ). For 3pm kick offs it runs from 1pm, with the last bus returning from the stadium at 6pm. For 7.45pm kick offs, the service commences at 6pm with the last bus returning from the stadium at 10.15pm. The cost of the bus is £2 return, but it is free for OAP's, who can show a senior citizen bus pass. The journey time to the stadium is around 10 minutes.

 

 

 

Ground Admission Prices 2014/15:

TICKET PRICES FOR AWAY FANS
Colchester United run a scheme whereby tickets bought well in advance of the game (4-5 weeks) are offered at an 'Early Bird' discounted price. The Club then increase the prices of the tickets in increments (every two weeks or so) in the run up to the day of the match. The different prices and how far in advance they need to be bought are shown below:

Roman Cars Stand

Adult
Early Bird (Up To Five Weeks): £16
Super Saver (5-3 Weeks): £17.50
Saver (3-1 Week): £19
Advance (1 Week): £21
Matchday: £23

Over 65's/Concessions
Early Bird (Up To Five Weeks): £11
Super Saver (5-3 Weeks): £12
Saver (3-1 Week): £13.50
Advance (1 Week): £15
Matchday: £17

Under 22's
Early Bird (Up To Five Weeks): £12
Super Saver (5-3 Weeks): £13
Saver (3-1 Week): £14.50
Advance (1 Week): £16
Matchday: £18

Under 18's
Early Bird (Up To Five Weeks): £9
Super Saver (5-3 Weeks): £10
Saver (3-1 Week): £10.50
Advance (1 Week): £12
Matchday: £14

Under 14's
Early Bird (Up To Five Weeks): £3.50
Super Saver (5-3 Weeks): £4
Saver (3-1 Week): £5
Advance (1 Week): £5.50
Matchday: £6

Under 11's*
Early Bird (Up To Five Weeks): £1
Super Saver (5-3 Weeks): £1
Saver (3-1 Week): £1.50
Advance (1 Week): £2
Matchday: £2

* Please note, under-11s are eligible for a free ticket with a paying adult, otherwise additional under-11 prices apply.

Concessions apply to Over 65's, the disabled and members of the armed forces.

PROGRAMME PRICE
Official Programme £3
 

 

General Information:

The Kassam Stadium consists of just three sides with the open west end of the ground situated behind one of the goals. The North Stand is divided for use by both home and away supporters and is the largest in the stadium with a capacity of 5,026. The East Stand is home to the more vocal home supporters and is one single tier behind the goal where as the South Stand is the main structure of the stadium, housing the Quadrangle conference centre, the Exhibition Bar, the club offices and changing rooms, and a row of 28 glass-fronted executive boxes. The South Stand is divided into two tiers, with the lower tier including the ground's Family Section.
 


Last Season: 23rd, Football League One

Average Attendance: 4,136

A Fans View:

Previously Colchester had played at Layer Road Stadium which was built way back in 1910. Originally home to Colchester Town, an amateur side, Colchester United, replaced them as the sole tenants after disbanding when the owners opted against turning the amateur club professional. The Uís essentially replaced them as the townís main football team.

Plans to replace Layer Road with a set of more modern facilities were formulated as early as the 1970s when the club worked in conjunction with Colchester Borough Council to find a new home. One early proposed site for the new ground was along the Avenue of Remembrance, although plans were scuppered when Colchester became relegated to the fourth division and only attendances began to suffer.

With the onset of high-profile stadium disasters in the 1980s such as the Bradford City Stadium fire, and Hillsborough, the wooden stands of Layer Road appeared to have had their day. Facing a bill of over £500,000 to ensure spectator safety, the groundís capacity was reduced to 4,900 but somehow the antiquated ground hung on. It wasnít until the 13th November 2006 that the club would receive full planning permission for a brand new stadium.

Situated on a piece of council owned land known as Cuckoo Farm, plans were submitted and approved by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, and construction began on the site in June 2007. As an additional source of revenue Colchester sold the naming rights to Weston Homes Community Stadium for £2 million over 1 years.

The inaugural fixture at Colchester Community Stadium was held against Athletic Bilbao on the 4th August 2008, with the first competitive fixture held two weeks later against Huddersfield Town in League One. Both fixtures failed to attract a sell out crowd, and it wasnít until an Anglian Derby against Norwich on January 2010 that the new groundís 10,105 capacity was reached