Brunton Park has a capacity in excess of 18,000 and has undergone some major redevelopment in recent time. Lots of terracing remains and it's partly due to this that the atmosphere is generally as good as it is. When the economic financial situation clears itself up, I'm told that building work will start again.
Visiting supporters are generally housed in the north end of the East Stand with additional spaces if necessary in the uncovered Petteril End. If the game is not all-ticket, tickets are available from the turnstiles or the ticket office, but they are £1 more expensive than those bought in advance. Views aren't the best if you're stuck at pitch-level at the corner with the Petteril End Stand.
Brunton Park seating plan:
The Beehive pub on Warwick road is one of the friendliest and most popular pubs in Carlisle and it is an ideal location for United fans, being just 2 minutes walk from the ground. On a downside though, it doesn't allow away supporters in on match days. A better spot for away fans would be Carlisle RUFC, the Rugby club is right next to the football ground and is in very easy reach for any supporter going to the game. It's a decent bar with a friendly atmosphere and has Sky Sports. There are many other bars, pubs and clubs nearer the town centre in Bothchergate, which is immediate right from the railway station, however, away fans should beware as not all are welcome in some bars.
Plenty of car parking is available behind the CBS stand. All fans are advised to park here. However, street parking is also available and possibly a better alternative if your early but need to get away quickly after the game.
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The nearest / closest train station to Carlisle United's Brunton Park Stadium is Carlisle Citadel. The station is served by the west coast rail main line, with the station situated in the middle of Carlisle, meaning relatively easy access to the city. There are regular services from the south of England including London and Penzance up to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
From the station walk straight ahead across the road and walk along the crescent until you see the entrance to Warwick road on the right, next to Bar Suede. Brunton Park is then about fifteen minute walk down Warwick road from the entrance to Bar Suede.
Rivals - Hartlepool, Darlington
Travel: A four-hour drive from Lincoln. We parked on the Lanes Shopping Centre Car Park, but our friends parked at the rugby club just down the road from Brunton Park.
Refreshments: We ate and drank in the Wetherspoons called the William Rufus. It was then about a 15 minute walk to the ground. I spoke to a few Carlisle fans who congratulated Lincoln on their promotion.
Impressions: The Lincoln fans were located in the Pioneer Stand at one side of the pitch. This is the most impressive of the stands, the other sides look very dated.
Atmosphere: It was a very warm day and the roof on the stand made it uncomfortable to sit in. Just over 2000 Lincoln fans made a good atmosphere. Lincoln went down to 10 men in the first half, with Carlisle getting a winner in the second half.
Exit: By the time we had walked back into the city centre, most of the traffic had gone.
Enjoy: A disappointing result, but s good day out anyway.