Fulham FC - Craven Cottage
Craven Cottage has been the home ground of Fulham FC since 1896 and has a capacity of 26,678. However, the highest all-seated attendance to date is just 25,700 recorded in their 1-0 defeat by Arsenal in September 2009. It is located next to Bishop's Park on the banks of the River Thames. Being an old stadium, it comes complete with many supporting pillars. The Riverside stand has 2 fairly well back and the Putney End is very similar with 3, but The Johnny Haynes Stand has many pillars across the front and the Hammersmith End has 2 pillars about half way back, right in the middle.
Away fans are allocated approximately 3,000 seats in the Putney End Stand behind one of the goals. The stand is split between home and away fans. The facilities within the stand are very good, but, there are three rather prominant pillars that can and will obstruct your view if your seat is toward the top half of the stand. The leg room is rather good and the refreshments area underneath the stadium is very spacious and not hugely over priced with a wide range of food and drink.
Craven Cottage seating plan:
Where To Drink
There are a fair amount of food outlets in the local vacinity and a number of burger vans outside the stadium provide the usual fayre of health concious food. As regards public houses, The Crabtree on Rainville Road is approximately 10 minutes from the ground and welcomes home and away supporters. To find it, head away from the away end at the cottage along Stevenage Road and turn left along an alley which runs behind the stand. When you reach the waterside turn right and walk alongside the river. The pub is approximately 500 yards along here on your right.
Parking is very difficult to find on matchdays. The surrounding areas are residents only or only allow you to stop on the pay and display meters for a maximum of 1 hour. However, it is possible in the streets on the other side of the Fulham Palace Road (A219) to Craven Cottage. It's £1.60 per hour and not limited by time. Bring change and arrive early. Alternatively, it may be cheaper and easier to travel by tube.
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Putney Bridge, which is on the District Line is the closest tube stop to Craven Cottage. It is a London Underground station on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line. It is between Parsons Green and East Putney stations and is in Zone 2. It is still a good 15-20 minute walk to the ground from here but seems like so much more after a poor performance or bad result.
The station is located adjacent to Fulham High Street and New Kings Road (A308) and is a short distance from the north end of Putney Bridge from which it takes its name.
The nearest / closest train station to Fulham's Craven Cottage Stadium is Putney. This is around a 30 minute walk from the ground. Simply exit the station, take a right onto Putney high street and follow it over Putney Bridge and round onto Fulham High street. Once you reach Bishops Park Road on the left hand side, you're free to take any left down onto Stevenage Road where you'll find the stadium.
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