Griffin Park has a capacity of just over 12,500 and is a fantastic example of a traditional old style football ground. The Ealing Rd terrace behind one of the goals is the only stand without any supporting pillars although the upper tier of the Brook Rd stand behind the opposite goal is also pillar free. Certainly worth remember this when booking your tickets. Interestingly, the roofs of the stadium are used as a large advertising space as the stadium sits below the flightpath of London's Heathrow Airport.
Visiting supporters are housed in the Brook Road stand, which comprises a shallow terrace with 2 rather annoying pillars designed purely to impede your view in the lower tier and seats in the upper tier. The upper tier offers excellent views of the playing area although the stand itself looks very tired now.
Griffin Park seating plan:
Not only is it famously the only club with a pub on each corner it also holds the record for having most pubs within a square mile. The Princess Royal on the Ealing Road corner of Braemar Road, is a pub recently taken over by the club and is your best bet for drinking and snacking. It's friendly, laid back and reasonably priced. Bacon sarnies are highly recommended too! The Griffin (on the Brook road corner of Braemar Road) has less positive reviews, although offering a wide selection of real ales, it is very cramped and for that reason is not recommended for taking children in. On the New Road corner of Brook Road is the Royal Oak, a quieter more laid back pub that's very small and friendly, although the size again means it can get quite crowded. To complete the pubs on every corner, the New Inn, for away fans is a cosy pub/inn. If you're hungry, McDonalds is only down the road!
There is street parking all around the stadium although on match days it does get busy so arrive early to avoid walking from a distance. Alternatively, the nearest tube station is Gunnersbury. It's approximately 1.3 miles from the ground but may be a better bet if you're looking for a quick get away after the game. Many fans choose this option but you'll rarely find big queues at the station after the game so it is a viable choice.
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The nearest / closest train station to Brentford's Griffin Park Stadium is Brentford. The station is on the Reading to Waterloo line and is within walking distance of the stadium. To walk to Griffin Park just head up the main road and turn left into Windmill Road. Take the first right (signposted Methodist Church) into Clifden Road and you can't miss the stadium from there.
An alternative is to use Kew Bridge station which is on the same line as Brentford. Use the main exit and turn right, then right again into Ealing Road when you reach McDonalds.
Rivals - QPR, Fulham
Travel: After picking my mate up from Bognor we made the journey up to Brentford. The traffic behaved itself meaning we arrived at the ground just after 5pm. As explained in this guide you can't park at the ground or in any of the side streets, however, we found a parking space in a car park by a parade of shops just off Wilkes Road. You get the first half hour free and then its £1.80 per hour, but as it was an evening match it meant my parking was free!
Refreshments: As we arrived early we headed to the club shop to pick up my pin badge, we then headed to the Griffin Pub to get a pre-match drink. After taking some pictures around the ground we headed into the club bar which is very spacious and well worth a visit.
Impressions: My first thoughts were that it is an old fashioned ground. Griffin Park has a lot of character with terracing behind one of the goals and old fashioned floodlights.
Atmosphere: Brentford did what they should have done in the first game and put the game to bed early on. Barnet were never in the game at any point with two first half goals settling any nerves Brentford may have had. The second half was more interesting with Barnet trying to get back into the game, a third goal midway in the second half meant it was game over, although Barnet did score an impressive consolation goal.
Exit: Getting away from the ground was easy, no problems what so ever which is always a bonus.
Enjoy: Getting a ticket for this game was the hardest experience I have had of trying to get to a game. The tickets were on "restricted" sale meaning that unless you had a previous purchasing history with the club, you weren't able to buy a ticket, and you could only get away tickets direct from Barnet FC at their ground. Thankfully someone came to my rescue at 12.30pm on the day of the match with 2 free tickets! Apart from the ticket issue the visit was a good one and if you like old school grounds then Griffin Park is a must visit.
Ground Name: Griffin Park
Address: Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT
Main Tel No.: 0845 3456 442
Team Nickname: The Bees
Year Ground Opened: 1904
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