Scunthorpe United moved to Glanford Park in 1988 making it the first new football league ground to be built since the Second World War. The more vociferous home fans tend to stand behind the goal opposite the away fans and this stand is the only terracing in the stadium. Both stands running alongside the pitch offer good views of the action and are all seated but all have many supporting pillars which can and probably will obstruct your view. All 4 corners are filled which helps generate atmosphere.
Visiting supporters are situated in the south stand behind one of the goals where up to 1,650 fans can be accommodated. There are a few supporting pillars in here that can obstruct your view but if you avoid those it's generally a very good little ground that generates a good atmosphere to be part of. Facilities are ok and refreshments are very reasonably priced with hot dogs, burgers, bacon sandwiches and pies all under £2.20.
Glanford Park seating plan:
Near the ground, the Berkeley is open to visiting fans. In the run up to kick off you'll get a good amount of banter between home and away fans. To find it, follow the main road towards Scunthorpe past the stadium and the pub is on the left as you reach the first roundabout.
The Old Farmhouse is another option and is situated on the Doncaster Road just off the M181, near to the ground. It offers a choice of lagers and beers and has a decent set of facilities such as a pool table, sky TV, bar food and a restaurant. Away fans are also welcome.
The stadium is built in the middle of a residential area and although there is plenty of street parking if you arrive early, there is a large car park at the stadium itself charging £3 per vehicle. My advice however, is to arrive early and try and get away early. This avoids parking far away before the game and also avoids a long queue trying to escape afterwards.
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The nearest / closest train station to Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park Stadium is Scunthorpe. The railway station is around two miles away, so a taxi might be the best option to reach the ground from here.
If you do fancy a walk, here's how to get there: Exit the station and turn left onto Station Rd. After a 200 or so yards the road becomes Church Lane. Continue to walk along here for just under a mile. Once you reach the T junction at the end turn right onto Kingsway/A18 and follow the road for another mile (going straight across one roundabout) all the way up to the stadium.
Rivals - Lincoln, Hull, Grimsby, Doncaster
Travel: I drove. The positives of this football stadium is that it is easy to get too, just off the A180. Park in the pub car park for £5 and get the money back if you eat there.
Refreshments: There is a pub next to the ground which serves food. Also there is a supporters club which alows visiting supporters in. It is however quite small.
Impressions: The stadium is ‘tired looking’ and the small plastic seats in the away end are uncomfortable. Also, there is a wide walking area at the away end forcing spectators to stand. The toilets are the worst I have experienced. Can see the pitch well. Staff were very friendly and I enjoyed the game.
Atmosphere: Very little atmosphere although when there was, the accoustics were very good.
Anything Else: It took far too long to get out of the car park.
Enjoy: If you are used to seeing the shiny Premier Stadiums on television, then Glanford Park will come as a surprise. However, all in all, i'd recomment visiting Glanford Park.
Ground Name: Glanford Park
Capacity: 9,183 (all seated)
Address: Doncaster Rd, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD
Main Tel No.: 0871 221 1899
Team Nickname: The Iron
Year Ground Opened: 1988
Online Shop: store.tothe92.co.uk/scunthorpe