Information for Blues fans travelling to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday 8 October...What is the ground like?
The Crown Oil Arena, formally known as Spotland Stadium has a capacity of 10,247
Away supporters are seated on one side of the Willbutts Lane Stand.
Where to park?
The Crown Oil Arena has a small car park which can accommodate guests and staff only. Street parking is available around the stadium, however please be aware that parking restrictions are in place in the yellow coned areas – these are monitored by traffic control.
Parking is also available at a local high school, which is around half a mile from the ground: Oulderhill Community School, Greave Avenue, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EF.
Please note that Rochdale AFC do not take any responsibility for vehicles left on the street, or at Oulderhill School.
Rochdale Railway Station is located just under two miles away from the ground, which is served by direct trains from Manchester Victoria, Halifax, Bradford Interchange and Leeds.
Rochdale station is around a 35-40-minute walk from Spotland, so it is recommended to get a taxi rather than walking. There is also the option of catching a Metrolink tram from outside the station into Rochdale town centre.
Pubs for Away Supporters:
The Ratcliffe Bar, situated at the Crown Oil Arena is open to both home and away supporters with turnstiles opening an hour before kick-off.
The Bar is open from 12noon on Saturday showing Sky Sports.
Dale’s matchday programme, The Voice of Spotland, is priced at £3 and is available to purchase around the ground or within the club shop. Programme sellers will be identifiable once at the Crown Oil Arena. The programme is made up of 76 pages and contains a host of features, including eight pages of coverage of Southend United.