The Cherry Red Records Stadium has two terraced stands with the Paul Strank Main Stand and the John Green Stand being all seated. The gradient on the Your Golf Travel and Chemflow terraces allow for good views of the action and there are no supporting pillars throughout the ground. All stands are covered and the Kingston Road End roof has been extended to cover more than 90% of the stand whilst the steps have been raised to improve the view.
Visiting fans are situated at the north end of the Your Golf Travel Terrace. Up to 700 fans can be accommodated here although a very small amount of seats can be made available for elderly or partially disabled in the John Green Stand. The views from this section are very good. There are two bars in the ground and unless the game is all ticket, away fans are welcome to purchase tickets on the day of the game.
Kingsmeadow seating plan:
There are a number of pubs in the surrounding areas. A lot of visiting fans tend to drink in Kingston town centre and get the bus to the ground. In the immediate vicinity you may want to try The Peel. It's situated on Kingston Road and does allow away fans in. The Cambridge Fish Bar also on Kingston Road and a 2 minute stroll from the ground, is definately worth a visit. Alternatively, the club now sell fresh hot pizza within the stadium.
There is a relatively short supply of parking spaces, as the immediate area surrounding the ground is all residential. To guarantee getting a good spot you'll need to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the game. In my experience the best streets to look down are around Waters Road and Rosebury Road just to the north of the stadium.
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The nearest / closest train station to AFC Wimbledon's Cherry Red Records stadium, is Norbiton and is less than a mile away. Trains run from Waterloo every 15 minutes via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon (terminating at Shepperton or Strawberry Hill). Leave the station via the back exit, and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. Turn right at the end onto Gloucester Road, and walk down to Kingston Road, turn left, and Kingsmeadow is 400 yards on the right. Alternatively, the number 131 bus stops right outside the ground.
Rivals - Crawley Town, and historically, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Spurs
Travel: I went down from Doncaster to Kings Cross on Grand Central. Non-stop, 1 hour and 23 minutes journey. Victoria line tube from Kings Cross to Vauxhall and then South West Trains from Vauxhall railway station to Norbiton. The directions in the guide are easy to follow and it took me 12 minutes to walk to the ground.
Refreshments: I knew that it would be almost impossible for my Romford based friend, who hasn't got a season ticket, to get a match ticket, so we booked hospitality well in advance. £60 each for a three course meal, seat in the John Green stand, programme, team sheet etc. Wally Downes came in to announce his team and Dave Bassett was on the next table. We sat on a table with other Barnsley fans. The food and service was good and there were no problems with me arriving a bit late. Wimbledon Brewery real ale was good at £3.70 a pint.
Impressions: There is no access from hospitality to the ground. We had to go outside and walk around two sides of the ground to reach our seat. The ground looks like a non-league ground. It's neat and tidy. We sat in the corner of the John Green stand, separated from home fans by an aisle and a couple of miserable unfriendly stewards who kept obstructing our view. It seemed strange seeing the Barnsley fans squashed into the small standing terrace to our left.
Atmosphere: Barnsley dominated early and scored through Woodrow. Wimbledon equalised with a header from a great free kick and then missed an absolute sitter. 1-1 at half time. Barnsley dominated the second half and ran out 4-1 winners. Wimbledon fans started leaving with 15 minutes left as the Reds fans resorted to "It's just like watching Brazil". They even hoisted the Barnsley Kes flag up the flagpole. The Wimbledon fans were generally friendly but seemed resigned to relegation.
Exit: We had to rush off after the match to catch the fast train from Norbiton at 17.20. There is only a fast train every hour, which takes 21 minutes, otherwise, it's a 43 minute journey. We made the train quite easily. It was very busy with standing room only.
Enjoy: A really good day. A new ground visited and a great result. I would rather have been standing on the terrace, but the hospitality package was good.
Ground Name: Kingsmeadow
Capacity: 4,850 (2,265 seated)
Address: Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Surrey, KT1 3PB
Main Tel No: 020 8547 3528
Team Nickname: The Dons or Wombles
Year Ground Opened: 1989