Carrow Road was re-developed in 1990 when it was converted to being all seated as a result of the Taylor report. The stadiums capacity is 26,034 and with the exception of a supporting pillar either side of the Barclay and River ends, there are very few bad seats in the house. The Geoffrey Watling stand is the oldest in the ground but still offers excellent views coupled with good facilities and leg room.
Visiting supporters are situated in one end of the south stand where up to 2,500 fans can be housed. The view from here is excellent and unobstructed whilst the facilities also fill a gap without re-mortgaging your house. If you have time, be sure to try one of Delia's pies. The best pie I've tasted in a long time.
Carrow Road seating plan:
The main away fans pub is the Compleat Angler, directly opposite the station. It's a very welcoming pub which actually caters for both home and away fans but always has a friendly atmosphere. They serve a wide range of beers and even a small amount of food.
If you have travelled by train and fancy a bite to eat there's a KFC nearby. On exiting the station, go straight over the traffic lights, (over the bridge) into Prince of Wales Road. The Kentucky is about 150 yards down on the right.
Parking is available in the streets surrounding the stadium although it is limited and be aware of the residential areas. Private car parks are few and far between here but Norfolk County Hall has space for approximately 2000 cars and is reasonably priced at £3 per car. However, arrive early to get the best spot and to avoid spending a fair while trying to escape after the game.
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The nearest / closest train station to Norwich City's Carrow Road Stadium is Norwich rail.
The ground is approximately a five minute walk from the station but you can't really miss it as the train pulls in. If you were asleep at the time, just turn left and follow the dual carriageway past the car parks and supermarket.
Rivals - Ipswich, Colchester
Travel: We left Worthing at about 11am. A comfortable drive with a stop-off at services near Stansted Airport for lunch. There were plenty of Pompey fans in there. The journey up to Norwich itself was very smooth. The plan was to arrive early and have a look around. We parked in a car park near the train station. This was manned at £8 per car, which I thought it was quite reasonable. It was about a ten minute walk down the hill to the Carrow Road ground.
Refreshments: We had a little wander around the ground, found the players entrance, spoke to a couple of stewards and went into the club shop. All very friendly and popped over to Morrisons to buy some snacks for the match. We came back to the ground around the time the away team bus was due to arrive, there were some barriers out and my son was unable to see over the top. One of the stewards allowed him to stand over the barriers by the players entrance which was kind. He stood by the door with his programme while the Portsmouth players got off the bus the majority of them stopped to sign his programme. I engaged in conversation with a Norwich supporter who was expecting a tough game but a home win although he was cautious that the home team did not rotate too many players, I was of the opinion that even with rotated players it would be a tough day for Pompey.
Impressions: Once into the ground, the views were good, the PA system was spot on and the rotating screen I had heard about was right by us and gave good views/videos throughout the pre-match and game itself. Very impressive.
Atmosphere: I'm pretty sure I had read about the stewards being strict on standing and was expecting, for a change, to be seated throughout, however, they weren't going to get the Portsmouth fans sitting down today as the 3000+ travelling support were in fine voice. My son stood on the back of the seats in front of us so he could see and I held him up throughout. A red card for Norwich defender on 15 minutes probably evened things out in terms of quality on the pitch and it made for a really good and exciting cup tie. It could have gone either way with both goalkeepers making some very good saves and the defenders on both teams making important challenges. Norwich were caught on the counter-attack in the 95th minute, Portsmouth scored, 1-0, cue incredible scenes of jubilation!
Exit: Portsmouth fans didn't want to leave following the final whistle of what can only be described as the best way to win a game of football! When we did leave we walked back round to the players entrance where the team bus was waiting. As the players departed the ground many of them stopped for photographs with fans and engaged in brief conversation. When we did get back to the car it was a very easy and quick drive away and three-hour trip back to the south coast.
Enjoy: A fantastic football experience, not just for me but for my five-year-old as well. The Norwich City stewards and security were superb and very kind to a young fan wanting to see his idols. Winning in the way we did in the last minute - Superb!
Ground Name: Carrow Road
Capacity: 26,034 (all seated)
Address: Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE
Main Tel No.: 01603 760 760
Team Nickname: The Canaries
Year Ground Opened: 1935
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