Information for travelling supporters heading to the Crown Oil Arena tomorrow…
A first time visitor?
What is the ground like?
The Crown Oil Arena (Spotland Stadium) has benefited greatly with the construction of three new stands during the 1990’s and year 2000.
It is quite picturesque, with a number of trees being visible behind the stands.
The last of these new stands to be opened was the smart looking Willbutts Lane Stand at one side of the pitch, which was opened in 2000.
This single tiered stand replaced a former terrace and has a capacity of 4,000.
On the other side is another single tier, the all seated Main Stand.
At one end the Pearl Street Stand is the third of the new stands.
The Sandy Lane End is the only terraced area remaining.
Away supporters are housed on one side of the Willbutts Lane Stand, where around 1,500 fans can be housed. If demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be given to visiting fans increasing the allocation to 3,650.
The stand is normally shared with home supporters with away fans being seated towards the Sandy Lane End.
At the ground itself, there are two bars to choose from, Studds & the Ratcliffe Arms. Studds is located underneath the Pearl Street Stand, which offers pies and pastries at £2.50 (which are also available inside the ground). There are no real ales sold in here.
The Ratcliffe Arms is located at the car park entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. This pub has SKY TV, real ale, hot food and is family friendly.
If you arrive early, the Cemetery Hotel, located at the bottom of Sandy Lane and on the corner with Bury Road, is also worth a visit. This comfortable historic pub has a range of real ales on offer and again friendly clientele.
Please note that alcohol is not made available to away fans inside the ground.
Travelling by road
Exit the M62 at Junction 20 and take the A627(M) towards Rochdale. At the end of the A627(M) you should be in the left hand lane to turn left at the traffic lights. Now follow the road and with Tesco on your left, go straight through the next set of lights (approach in the middle lane) into Roch Valley Way. At the next crossroads (where the Cemetery pub is on the corner) go straight onto Sandy Lane, where the ground can be found on the right after approx 3/4 mile.
Post Code for SAT NAV: OL11 5DR
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: OulderhillCommunitySchool, Greave Avenue, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EF.
Please note that Rochdale FC do not take any responsibility for vehicles left on the street, or at OulderhillSchool.
Travelling by train
Rochdale Railway Station is located just under two miles away from the Crown Oil Arena, which is served by direct trains from Manchester Victoria, Halifax, Bradford Interchange and Leeds.
Rochdale station is around a 35-40-minute walk from the ground, so best jump in a taxi, rather than walking. Alternatively, you can shorten the walking journey a bit by catching a Metrolink tram from outside the station into Rochdale town centre. If you have time on your hands however and decide to walk from the station, then here's how:
On leaving the main entrance proceed straight on at the roundabout in front into Maclure Road. Follow this street (passing a fire station on your right) to the end and turn left at the T-junction onto Drake Street (A640). Follow this right to the end until you reach Manchester Road (A58) which is a dual carriageway. Turn right and walk along the right hand side of the road. At the major junction, which has traffic lights turn left (crossing Manchester Road) into Dane Street (A6060). Just after passing ASDA on the right, bear right onto Mellor Street (still the A6060 - here Dane Street bears left). Follow this road right to the end and bear left onto Spotland Road which soon becomes Edenfield Road (A680), bearing round to the left. Take the second left onto Willbutts Lane for the ground.
Official Programme: £3
(via football ground guide)