GROUND NAME: SportsDirect.com Park
CAPACITY: 13,513 (all seated)
ADDRESS: Boundary Park, Oldham, OL1 2PA
TEL NO: 0161 624 4972
NICKNAME: The Latics
PITCH SIZE: 106x72 yds.
COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:
Departure time: 12:00 pm
SATNAV – OL1 2PA
DISTANCE – 53 miles
TRAVEL TIME – 1 hr 15 mins
Take the M6 (N) to J21A and join the M62 and follow the directions for Leeds joining the M60 and continuing until J20 and take the A627M to the junction with theA664. Take the first exit at the roundabout onto Broadway then the first right into Hilbre Avenue which leads to the ground.
WHERE TO PARK:
There is a large car park at the ground, but it is for permit holders only. Street parking or park at the hospital, which charges £3.
Opened in 1906 the ground had 4 separate stands. The stand which was demolished in 2008 has at last been replaced with the Joe Royle stand having corporate, conference and office facilities. The George Hill main stand is opposite. This stand houses the dugouts, along with the executive boxes. The seats of the main stand don’t run the full length of the pitch, and foundations of former standing areas can still be seen. At one end is the Jimmy Frizzell Stand, which is named after their former manager. This all seater covered stand with an electric scoreboard on its roof. Additional seating was installed in this stand to fill the gap that had used to separate home and away sections.
WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED:
Over 3,600 fans can now be seated in the Zen Office Stand which is at the opposite end to where we have normally sat in the past. Its age is shown by the number of supporting pillars. Again fans enter the ground from the back of the stand
When coming off the A627 heading to the ground, there is a retail park with MacDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken - so plenty of choice. Alternatively try the stadium food – they have provided chips in the past and recent visitors have rated their cottage, steak and pepper and cheese and potato pies.
There are many pubs around the ground, with the Clayton Arms right next Boundary Park. There is also the Greyhound pub, which is across Broadway down Holden Fold Lane. By passing behind the away end, turning left into Shepford Road, turning left again into Oldham road the Old Grey Mare can be found; further up the street is the White Hart – giving Vale fans enough choice.