Huish Park

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 12, 2015

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Stadium Overview

Team: Yeovil Town

Address: Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF

Capacity: 9,565

Opened: 1990

Huish Park Stadium is the home ground of current League one side Yeovil Town Football Club. Located in the south-west region of Somerset in England, Yeovil’s ground has a total capacity of 9,565 which includes 5,212 seats, and two large terraces behind both of the goals.

Stadium Guide

History

Huish Park first opened on the 4th August 1990 with the inaugural match held against Newcastle United. Ending in a 2-1 defeat, the first competitive league went much better for the club, with The Glovers defeating Colchester United 2-0 in the Football Conference.

Attracting an average attendance of 2,639 in its maiden season, a number which represented an 17.6% increase in supporters, the ground instantly proved to be a success story. Consisting of two all-seater stands and two goal-end terraces, Huish Park has seen the Glovers rise from Conference level football to League One, the third highest tier in English Football in under 20 years.

Yeovil almost had the chance to make it to the Championship in 2008 when they played Leeds United in a play-off semi-final. Attracting a record crowd of 9,527 spectators, the home side narrowly lost 1 nil and ultimately failed to reach the final at Wembley.

Inheriting its name from the old Huish Athletic Ground, Huish Park is located within the Houndstone area of Yeovil on the site of a former Army Base. Famous for having an 8 foot slope to the side, the site of the old ground is now a Tesco Hypermarket after the club sold it to property developers for £2.8 million which was almost double the original figure quoted in 1985.

The money raised through the sale covered a significant portion of Huish Park’s £3.5 million cost, and after the club had secured the remaining funding, planning permission was granted on the 21st March 1989. Since opening, the only notable renovation to date has been the addition of a roof over the home terrace in 2001 which is perhaps testament to the design of the new ground.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Yeovil Town’s Huish Park Stadium:

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Stands

The four stands at Huish Park are as follows: Radio Cabs Stand (North) for away fans, Screwfix Community Stand (East), Thatchers Gold Stand (South) and AgustaWestland Community Stand (West) which is where the club’s facilities are located.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

Away Fans

Visiting supporters by default are housed in the Copse Road stand behind the northernmost goal-end. As this is a terrace section, Yeovil also allocate a small number of seats (Blocks P and PP) within the nearby Screwfix Stand which can be accessed via Gate A.

The default allocation for the terrace is estimated at around 1,500 and typically 600 seats or so are reserved for home supporters who either can’t stand or simply don’t want to. For many away fans, sitting may be more preferable as the Copse Road terrace is uncovered and in getting wet in the winter months is certainly no fun but priority is given to families, seniors and the disabled.

Best Pubs

The two most popular pubs for fans visiting Huish Park are The Airfield Tavern and The Arrow, although I wouldn’t say that they are particularly close to the stadium at approximately 15-20 minutes away. The Airfield Tavern is located southwards on Buntford Lane off of Western Ave which runs confusingly to the East of the stadium. The Arrow is located next to Preston Primary School.

Within the immediate vicinity of the stadium Yeovil FC have often been know to erect a large marque for certain matches, allowing fans to shelter slightly from the elements and purchase a drink from a limited range of beer. Inside the concourses of the ground fans can also enjoy the expected range of bevvies.

Food

There are snack kiosks located in each of the concourses within the stands where fans can purchase the usual range of matchday treats such as burgers, pies and warm drinks. Excluding this, dining options around the ground are extremely limited with those passing through Yeovil town centre from the train station much better placed to pick something up on the way.

Club Shop

Yeovil Town FC operate a club shop at Huish Park located in the main stand in addition to their own official online site,  The YTFC Shop. The opening times for the store at the ground are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Matchdays: Always open.
The inside of Yeovil club shop. Very nice!

The inside of Yeovil club shop. Very nice!

For more information, to confirm opening times or to check availability feel free to send an email to shop@ytfc.net or phone the store on 01935 847877.

Stadium Tour

It doesn’t appear as if Yeovil FC currently offer fans the chance to undertake a stadium tour of Huish Park. If this changes, we’ll be sure to update this section.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see The Glovers pay at home can either be purchased in person at the stadium ticket office (Open Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm), via telephone (01935 847888) or on the internet from Yeovil’s Online Box Office.

Whilst Yeovil do not operate a tiered pricing system based on the opposition and levels of demand, they do categorise tickets based on how you purchased them. The cheapest way to get a ticket is always online followed by the box office (in person or phone) with the most expensive option being “matchday” i.e purchasing on the day of kick off.

Tamburino Stand – Centre

  • Adults – £23.00
  • Senior/Disabled – £20.00
  • Young Person (16 – 21) – £13.00
  • Juniors (under 16) – £9.00
  • Junior Glovers – £6.00
  • Family Child Ticket – N/A

Tamburino Stand – Wing

  • Adults – £21.00
  • Senior/Disabled – £18.00
  • Young Person (16 – 21) – £13.00
  • Juniors (under 16) – £8.00
  • Junior Glovers – £6.00
  • Family Child Ticket – £6.00

Srewfix Stand – Centre

  • Adults – £22.00
  • Senior/Disabled – £18.00
  • Young Person (16 – 21) – £13.00
  • Juniors (under 16) – £9.00
  • Junior Glovers – £6.00
  • Family Child Ticket – N/A

Screwfix Stand – Wing

  • Adults – £20.00
  • Senior/Disabled – £16.00
  • Young Person (16 – 21) – £13.00
  • Juniors (under 16) – £8.00
  • Junior Glovers – £6.00
  • Family Child Ticket – £6.00

Thatchers Gold Terrace

  • Adults – £20.00
  • Senior/Disabled – £15.00
  • Young Person (16 – 21) – £13.00
  • Juniors (under 16) – £8.00
  • Junior Glovers – £6.00
  • Family Child Ticket – £6.00

Matchday Travel

The Glovers ground is located within the area of Lufton and its trading estate, approximately 2.8 miles west of Yeovil town centre, Somerset, South West England.

A terribly cropped picture of Yeovil Town's entrance sign.

A terribly cropped picture of Yeovil Town’s entrance sign.

Train

Yeovil Town is served by two railway stations, Yeovil Pen Mill which has services to Bristol and Birmingham, and Yeovil Junction which is connected to London Waterloo and Exeter. Both train stations are located in completely the opposite side of town from Huish Park at distances of 3.6 miles and 4.5 miles respectively making walking off the cards for most reasonably people.

Bus

The First Group operate a bus service to the stadium on Saturdays with the route going from the town centre to Asda and then to Abbey Manor Park. For exact times and more information please visit their website, as Yeovil Town unfortunately haven’t provided us with in depth information.

Driving

For a comprehensive array of Directions please visit Yeovil Town’s How to Find Us Page – it’s not practical for us to list all possible routes, and besides I suspect most people have Satnav’s nowadays.

Yeovil’s Stadium address for satnav:

  • Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8YF.

A couple of Yeovil fans holding up their scarfs to show their support.

Car Park

There are several areas allocated for parking around Huish Park with this hastily put together map a decent indicator of where you can and cannot park.

Hotels

The Premier Inn Yeovil Airfield hotel is the closest reliable looking option to the Huish Park but even this isn’t exactly that close at a distance of around 1.2 miles. Back towards Yeovil City centre there is the Manor Hotel, Green Room and Citylodge Yeovil with the usual suspects notable by their absence.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 12, 2015

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