Plainmoor stadium is different from many others in that the directors box is tucked in behind one of the goals in the Yelverton Properties Family Stand. It's a very small and basic stadium but does the job a fourth tier side needs it to do. The popular terrace runs along side the pitch and is similar to the away end. Opposite this is the main stand. It runs only half the length of the field and although seated towards the back, it does have a small amount of standing at the front.
Visiting supporters are allocated 1,200 standing tickets in the Sparkworld terrace end. The Stand is covered and offers good views of the pitch. When there is a large away following, fans are allowed to stand in the open area between the Sparkworld End and Grandstand. This area has no roof, and as it is a predominately level area, the view can be restricted. It is also in the open area between the two stands that the catering and toilet facilities are located. These are shared between the two stands so queues can be lengthy.
Plainmoor seating plan:
The Club has its own pub and restaurant called Boots and Laces (Boots is the pub and Laces the bistro restaurant). This is housed under the Family Stand at the end of the ground where the reception and club shop is. Boots serves food and drink and away fans are generally welcomed. Laces is a bistro restaurant above the pub and the quality of meals here are very good.
Within the vicinity of the Plainmoor ground there are a number of public houses that accept football fans. These are mainly located on St Marychurch Road and in the Babbacombe area. Most visiting fans go to the George Inn on Babbacombe Road about 5-10 minutes from the ground.
There is no parking at the actual ground itself although much like many other grounds at this level, it's built into a residential housing area and therefore offers plenty of street parking in the surrounding streets. Arrive early for the best spots allowing a quick escape after the game. Although, you'll rarely struggle to find a space.
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The nearest / closest train station to Torquay United's Plainmoor Stadium is Torquay rail which is approximately 2 miles and around 45 minutes walk away from the ground. Torquay station is not on the National Rail mainline service surprisingly and it is usually inevitable that it will be necessary to change trains at Newton Abbot and catch a local train service.
Torquay is built on seven hills and by the time you have reached Plainmoor stadium you will feel as though you have walked up most (if not all) of them. It is a very picturesque walk from the station but in my opinion, a taxi from the rank outside is probably the best option. It also allows more time for a couple of extra drinks in one of the pubs at the stadium.
Rivals - Exeter, Plymouth
Travel: I took the train and walked from the station.
Refreshments: Pub closest to the ground (forgot the name) was decent, but I'd do some research on others because wasn't the best! I had a cheese burger at the ground which was lovely.
Impressions: You can't tell it's a stadium until you are inside but I'm used to that being an Exeter fan! Plainmoor would have a lot better atmosphere if the home standing terrace was opisite the away fans and not next to them! It's brilliant for away fans to generate an atmosphere and we proves that by singing non stop and very loud, so much so that we only heard Torquay sing a few times. Was quote impressed with there stadium in all.
Facilities: Food and drink was excellent but quote expensive at 4 quid a burger. Toilets could be better but was disgustingly bad like our ones at sjp away end.
Exit: Seeing as we were close to a sell out it took a while to get out but as soon as your out the gates it's fine, but there's no signs to and from the stadium to the station so took us and a few hundred other city fans a while to find the train station.
Enjoy: I enjoyed it but that's because it was a derby, Torquay don't have a very good atmosphere for a derby so i wouldn't like to see it when it wernt! Only go here If you're expecting over 400 fans I'd say!