Capacity: 6,500 (Seats 2,950)
Address: Plainmoor, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3PS
Telephone: 01803 328 666
Fax: 01803 323 976
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Gulls
Year Ground Opened: 1921
Bristow’s Bench: Adults £15, Over 65’s/Students £11, Under 18’s £7, Under 7’s Free*
Family Stand (Seating): Adults £14, Over 65’s/Students £11, Under 18’s £7, Under 7’s Free*
2 Adults + 2 Under 18’s £40**
Thatchers Popular Cider Terrace: Adults £13, Over 65’s/Students £11, Under 18’s £7, Under 7’s Free*
Bristow’s Bench (Seating): Adults £15, Over 65’s/Students £11, Under 18’s £7, Under 7’s Free*
Riviera Rentals Stand (Terrace) Adults £13, Over 65’s/Students £11, Under 18’s £7, Under 7’s Free*
* Must be accompanied by a paying adult.
** Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Under 18’s) must be purchased prior to matchday.
21,908 v Huddersfield Town
FA Cup 4th Round, 29th January 1955
2017-2018: 1,731 (National League)
2016-2017: 1,888 (National League)
2015-2016: 1,803 (National League)
On one side is the Bristow’s Bench Stand (named after a former Director of the Club). Opened in 2012 this modern, covered, all seated stand has a capacity of 1,750. It is a fairly simple looking affair, although it has windshields to either side situated below an elevated roof. The stand is raised above pitch level meaning that spectators have to climb a small staircase to enter it. Opposite is a newish, small covered terrace, called the Thatchers Popular Cider Terrace. It looks slightly odd, having a large television gantry perched on its roof.
At one end is the Family Stand, which is a neat, attractive, covered all-seater stand that has a capacity of 1,200. Differing from other clubs, the Directors Box is situated in this stand, rather than being on one side of the pitch. The other end is a small covered terrace, built in the year 2000 to replace a former open terrace and is normally used to house away fans. To one side of this stand is Police Control Box. Outside the ground behind the home end and next to the Club shop is a programme shop which is worth a look. In one corner of the ground in-between the away terrace and Popular side, is a large video screen. The ground is completed by a set of four traditional looking floodlight pylons.
Around 1,100 away supporters can be accommodated in the Riviera Rentals Away Terrace, at one end of the ground. In addition, up to 500 seats can also be made in the new Bristow’s Bench Stand on one side of the stadium. Both of these areas are covered. The acoustics in the away terrace are particularly good, meaning that relatively few away supporters can still really make some noise from this area. The views from the Bristow’s Bench Stand are excellent and you are that high up that you can see well over the Popular Terrace opposite and to the hills in the distance. The leg room is great with plenty of space between rows. However, do bear in mind that the stand is quite steep to walk up. Home and away fans in this stand are separated by some netting placed over the seats. The facilities are also generally good with a modern toilet block.
The supporters club ‘Boots & Laces’ behind the main stand allows away supporters in and I found it quite pleasant and friendly. Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter supporter adds; ‘The George Inn on Babbacombe Road, was extremely welcoming, both before and after the game. The pub is around a ten-minute walk away from the ground’. Located handily around the corner in Princes Street is the Hanburys Fish & Chip shop which has on occasion won national awards. Further on at the bottom of Princes Street, you will find the Buccaneer Inn. Not only a good pub serving St Austell Ales but outside the front of the pub you can also enjoy some great views along the coast. (There is also plenty of street parking available in this area). Also on Babbacombe Road is the Dog & Duck which welcomes away fans and also shows matches broadcast on SKY television.
At the end of the M5 follow the A38 and then turn left onto the A380. Then at the traffic lights bear left onto the A3022 towards Torquay. On reaching a large retail park on your left (including a Currys PC World) turn left at the traffic lights towards Babbacombe/Plainmoor. Go straight across at the next roundabout. On reaching a T-Junction, turn left and then go right at the mini roundabout onto Westhill Road. Continue along this for 3/4s of a mile as it becomes Warbro Road. The ground is on the right. Plenty of street parking is available in the local area.
Post Code for SAT NAV: TQ1 3PS