Home Park has been transformed over the past 10 years into an all seated stadium. Three of the stands were demolished and completely rebuilt in 2001 leaving only the grandstand as part of the original stadium. The terracing at the front of this stand was replaced in 2007 with seating although only the rear of the stand is covered. There are no bad views in this stadium and once development starts on the grandstand it could be turned into one of the best grounds in this division. The clubs current financial difficulties would appear to have put paid to any development any time soon however.
Up to a maximum of 2,000 visiting supporters can be catered for and they are situated in the Barn Park end which is all-seated and covered. The general allocation however is more likely to be approximately 1,500. As this is a relatively new stand, the facilities, refreshments outlets and views of the pitch are very good. The concourses underneath the stadium can get a little cramped at half time but no more than at many others in this division.
Home Park seating plan:
Wetherspoons pub, The Britannia, is about a 10-minute walk from the stadium but it does get busy on match days, with supporters queuing to get in. Entry is controlled by door staff.
Near to the pub is a van selling pasties and pies which are definately worth a try. Opposite the Britannia is the Embassy Club but this is best avoided by away fans whilst The Pennycomequick is on your way to the ground from the train station.
There is a large car park on site at the stadium. I advise arriving early though as the first people in are generally the first ones out. Street Parking is available but there isn't a lot in the immediate vicinity. Again, an early arrival is the best bet but you wont struggle to find a spot if you're willing to walk 10 minutes or so back too the stadium.
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The nearest / closest train station to Plymouth Argyle's Home Park Stadium is Plymouth. The railway station is about one and a half miles away from the ground and takes approximately 15 minutes by foot.
To do so: Turn immediately right out of the train station, and right again under the railway bridge. You will arrive at a roundabout. In front of you will be the Pennycomequick pub. From here, walk up Alma Road to the top and turn right at the Britannia pub. You will come to a concreted path, follow it uphill and it will bring you past the council-run pitch and putt golf course to Home Park itself.
Rivals - Exeter, Torquay
Travel: The journey along the south coast to Plymouth is not the best: mainly A roads all the way, although, once you're west of the M5, the A38 is a very good road, and makes up for the time lost negotiating the 30-odd roundabouts prior to that! We parked outside the Home Park Home Stay B+B where we had pre-booked for the night, and this is a very short way from the ground itself.
Refreshments: We spent our pre-match in the Britannia Arms, the Wetherspoons pub, a long free-kick away from the ground. Considering there were so many Pompey fans in the pub, it was nice to see they got along well with the home fans who had also ventured inside.
Impressions: The ground looks very nice from the outside, but as the Main Stand is currently in the process of being rebuilt, it's a little different inside, with three smart stands and one building site. This didn't distract from the impressively very good view from high up in the away end though.
Atmosphere: We were situated at the end of a row, alongside the netting separating us from the home fans. This became an issue some way into the first half, when some inebriated away fans decided where we were was obviously better than where they had been originally. They stood in front of us, and others on our rows and despite us politely asking them to move, they refused to do so, and then began shouting obscenities to the away fans on the other side of the netting. Appeals to the stewards standing behind us hardly helped, as they didn't really take any action, which really spoilt the whole afternoon. I was not impressed with the stewarding at all! The game itself was also frustrating with Pompey scoring a great goal but then conceding shortly afterwards, and ending up having to settle for a point when all 3 were really needed.
Exit: As mentioned before, we had booked a B+B in order to stay overnight so after the game, we took a pleasant walk through Home Park into the town centre, where we had an excellent curry in the Everest Spice restaurant. This was followed by a nightcap in The Union Rooms, a town centre Wetherspoons, and a pleasant night's sleep in the B+B, which I would heartily recommend.
Enjoy: Another enjoyable football away weekend, despite the frustration of the score and, especially the inactivity of the stewards dung the game. I reckon Home Park will be quite impressive once the stand reconstruction is finished.