The JobServe Community Stadium was opened in time for the start of the 2008-09 season. The stadium has an all seated capacity of 10,000 with all 4 stands of similar height and size all offering unobstructed views of the game. The stadium complex includes sporting, leisure and business facilities, including hospitality suites helping the club to earn every day of the week.
Visiting supporters are now situated at the northern end of the Jobserve East Stand. However, if the away following exceeds 1,000 they can be moved to the North Stand, which can accommodate up to 2,000 supporters. Neither area have a single seat with a bad or obstructed view. The stands are quite steep, meaning that fans are kept close to the pitch allowing them to generate a good atmosphere. Facilities are as good as you'd expect them to be from such a new ground whilst the food ranges from sausage rolls and pies to burgers and chips.
JobServe Community Stadium seating plan:
There are very few establishments within easy walking distance of the ground at present. The best bet for home and away supporters is to grab a drink and something to eat from the town centre before getting the bus over to the stadium. There are plenty of places to go including the Fox and Fiddler which serves a number of real ales. Also on St John's Street and almost next door is the Playhouse, which is a Wetherspoons outlet. This former theatre is a spectacular setting for a bar, as the original dress circle and stage of the theatre have been preserved and is well worth a visit.
There are 600 parking spaces on site and at present, there is plenty of parking available on the industrial estate. Once the area is built on it may be slightly more difficult to find a space away from the ground itself. Being as close to the a12 as it is, there are few surrounding streets.
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The nearest / closest train station to Colchester United's JobServe Community Stadium is Colchester North. The station is just under two miles away from the ground. Fortunately there is a free shuttle bus service that will take you direct to the Stadium. The trip takes a total of approximately 10 minutes.
The buses run from around about 2 hours before kick off, with the last bus back leaving around an hour after the full time whistle.
Rivals - Southend, Ipswich, Norwich
Travel: Drove down the A1/M11 with a stop off in Saffron Walden for breakfast. Nice. The satnav got us to the ground from the town itself with no issues until we got to the ground. Because we had a blue badge, the best the stewards could do was find us parking near the away entrance - but I think £7 for the privilege is extortionate.
Refreshments: Second time here. The first time I walked into town, some two miles or more and went to the Playhouse Wetherspoons which is well worth a visit but a taxi back cost £7 - is everything in Colchester a multiple of £7? So this time we drove into the town centre and parked nearby the Playhouse and displayed the blue badge but still got a parking ticket. I'd advise anybody to avoid Colchester altogether. The few home fans I saw around town kept themselves to themselves though.
Impressions: The ground looks okay but again, nothing doing inside for the hard of walking. Was directed by the stewards to the far end of the stadium but still had a struggle to get up on to the third row to get a seat. Not good.
Atmosphere: Mansfield were two down at half time but launched a second half revival to win 3-2. The game marred by one of our defenders being clattered into and sustaining a broken leg as a consequence. The stewards were, in the most, low key and a couple of them outstanding. The Sausage Rolls on sale on the concourse were good too.
Exit: Nightmare. Being parked close to the stadium we were virtually the last out. It was almost 6pm before we got going.
Enjoy: A right mixed bag. Downsides: £50 in fuel, £10 for breakfast, £30 for the senior tickets, £15 in the spoons, £35 parking fine, £7 to park at the ground and some loose change left over from £150 in the concourse at half time. Key defender side-lined for rest of season. Not a satisfactory day out by any means. Upsides: We got a free programme, a worthy victory and took all "6" points back to Notts. Summary: We'll never go back here, the town or the ground, ever again. Boudica had a valid point.
Ground Name: JobServe Community Stadium
Capacity: 10,000 (all seated)
Address: United Way, Colchester, CO4 5UP
Main Tel No.: 01206 755 100
Team Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 2008