12:32 15 February 2012
By Tony Symonds
Welcome to Cheltenham Town FC, we hope you enjoy your brief visit to our ground.
Postcode for your SatNav: GL52 5NA
Stadium Capacity: 7,200
Address: Abbey Business Stadium, Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 5NA
Telephone: 01242 573558
Home Colours: Ruby, white and black
Visiting supporters to the stadium will be allocated an area of covered seating dependant upon the number of fans they expect to bring to the game game. The initial allocation of tickets will be for all of the Hazlewoods Stand and then part of the In2Print Stand. The maximum number of seats allocated to any visiting club is approximately 1,800.
The In2Print Stand is located on the side of the pitch with the Hazlewoods Stand behind the Whaddon Road goalmouth.
Away Ticket Procedures
Match tickets will be available through the turnstiles on matchdays unless we anticipate a large away following attending the game. If this is the case tickets will be sent to your own ticket office for sale in advance of the game.
Ticket prices can be found on the 'Ticket Prices' section of the website. Click here to head straight there.
Visiting disabled supporters
A number of tickets for wheelchair users will be also available on the day of the game. Should you require any further additional information please telephone us on (01242) 573558 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Disabled facilities are located in both the In2Print and Hazlewoods Stands both of which feature wheelchair places and designated seats for the ambulant disabled, plus disabled toilets.
Cheltenham Town FC operate a strictly no refund policy on all match tickets.
Unfortunately there is limited car parking available to the general public at The Abbey Business Stadium on match days. Street parking in the immediate vicinity is also restricted. The club does, however, operate a FREE Matchday Park and Ride Shuttle Service from the nearby Cheltenham Racecourse (details further down this page).
Stadium social facilities
Matchday social facilties include the stadium bar, which is open to everyone and has a widescreen TV with hot food served on Saturdays between midday and 2.45pm with light snacks from 5pm to 10.30pm. Within the ground you can purchase non-alcoholic beverages, burgers, pies and chips.
Offsite social facilities
The stadium is only 15 minutes walk away from the town centre where there are numerous pubs/restaurants/cafes. The closest public houses to the ground are; The Fox and Hounds (Prestbury Road), The Sudley Arms (Prestbury Road), The Conservatory (Winchcombe Street) and The Kemble Brewery Inn (CAMRA) (Fairview St). There is a fish and chip shop in Whaddon Road, just 150 yards past the Stadium and another near the Sudley Arms. Many more fast food outlets can be found when heading to and from the town centre.
In Wymans Road (behind the Stadium's In2Print Stand) is the Parklands Social Club, where there is also very limited amount of car parking (£4). The social club will make a minimal charge for temporary membership and inside the club are two bars where snacks are available.
From the North (M5): Leave M5 at junction 10 - follow road (A4019 towards Cheltenham. Keep straight on through Traffic Lights, until you come to large roundabout (PC World on right & McDonalds on left), turn left. About 500 yards up this road, you will come to double mini roundabout, go straight over. Keep going about 300 yards, then turn right into Swindon Lane, follow this road over level crossing and two mini roundabouts until you come to larger roundabout. Go straight over (signposted Prestbury) and the FREE Park and Ride service is situated on the left at Cheltenham Racecourse. For the ground, continue past racecourse and turn right (Albert Road), follow this to the end and at a roundabout turn left into Prestbury Road. After 200 yards turn right into Whaddon Road and The Abbey Business Stadium and car park are 300 yards on left.
From the South (M5): Exit M5 at junction 11, follow signs to Cheltenham, you will then be on A40. Continue over first roundabout then at next roundabout bear right, following signs for Oxford A40. After half a mile continue over a set of traffic lights then after another half a mile continue over some more lights, bearing left slightly and continuing to follow signs for Oxford A40. Go straight over next roundabout (still following Oxford A40). At next traffic lights turn right then immediately left into Sandford Road. Continue to a mini roundabout and turn left (still signposted Oxford A40). At next traffic lights continue straight over onto B4075 (signposted Prestbury). After half a mile bear right, staying on B4075 as it becomes Priors Road. Take the next left into Whaddon Road, continue over a mini roundabout and The Abbey Business Stadium is on the right-hand side. For the free park and ride service, continue along Priors Road then turn right into Bouncers Lane. Continue to a double mini roundabout. Turn left at the first one then take the second exit at the second one onto B4348 Tatchley Lane, signposted Evesham A435. Follow this road to another roundabout, continue straight over and the Cheltenham Racecourse park and ride is on the right-hand side.
From London/Oxford A40: Follow road into and through Charlton Kings, you will come to some lights where the Cirencester Road joins from left. Go straight on, but at next set of lights turn right into Hales Road. This is the B4075 (signposted Prestbury). After half a mile bear right, staying on B4075 as it becomes Priors Road. Take the next left into Whaddon Road, continue over a mini roundabout and The Abbey Business Stadium is on the right-hand side. For the free park and ride service, continue along Priors Road then turn right into Bouncers Lane. Continue to a double mini roundabout. Turn left at the first one then take the second exit at the second one onto B4348 Tatchley Lane, signposted Evesham A435. Follow this road to another roundabout, continue straight over and the Cheltenham Racecourse park and ride is on the right-hand side.
From London/Swindon A417: As the A417 continues downhill towards Cheltenham, passing the Air Balloon public house on the left, you will reach a roundabout. Take the first exit signposted Gloucester A417. Continue to junction with M5 motorway then head north on M5 (signposted Worcester). Stay on M5 for one junction then leave at Junction 11 and head towards Cheltenham. Follow directions as above from M5 South.
Cheltenham Spa railway station is approximately 2½ miles and a good 40 minutes walk from the ground. Take the D bus (every 10 mins during the day/20 mins during the evening) from the station to the town centre then either walk (15 mins) or take the A bus to The Abbey Business Stadium, Whaddon Road. Alternatively, a taxi could cost about £10.
Park and Ride
There is a FREE matchday shuttle bus (unless advised otherwise) which runs between the Cheltenham Racecourse Park & Ride facility and to and from the Off Licence located near the junction of Whaddon Road and Prestbury Road (250 metres from The Abbey Business Stadium).
Park and Ride times for afternoon matches (ko 3.00pm):- Every 20 minutes from 1.00pm until the last bus leaves the Racecourse at 2.40pm. After the game departures are at, 5.00pm, 5.20pm and 5.40pm.
Park and Ride times for evening matches (ko 7.45pm):- Every 20 minutes from 6.00pm until 7.20pm. Following the match, 9.45pm, 10.05pm and 10.25pm.
Cheltenham Town Football Club welcomes well behaved visiting supporters onto our Park & Ride shuttle bus facility.
Please Note: Any visiting supporters found within sections of the ground exclusively reserved for home supporters will be ejected with no refund given. Ticket allocations and sales policies can vary depending on the opposition and should different arrangements be made for your teams visit, such information will be made available to and via your own club prior to the game.