Kenilworth Road

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: April 19, 2016

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Fans inside Kenilworth Road

Stadium Overview

Team: Luton Town

Address: 1 Maple Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8AW

Capacity: 10,226

Opened: 1905

Kenilworth Road is a purpose built football stadium located in the Bedfordshire town of Luton which is 30km North of London. Home to lower league team Luton Town F.C, the 10,226 capacity ground dates as far back as 1905 which makes the facilities in spirit, over 100 years old.

Stadium Guide

History

Kenilworth Road has been home to Luton Town since 1905 when they relocated away from Dunstable Road after the land was sold by The Duke of Bedford to be used for housing development. Originally known as Ivy Road, many fans believed that a move to the new ground coincided with a period of success after Luton Town recorded a fourth place finish in the Southern League after finishing second from bottom in the previous season.

Improvements at Kenilworth Road tended to happen erratically with renovations made in the period immediately following the war and then nothing at all for the next decades until the late 1980s.  Located within a busy residential area with one turnstile even embedded within a terraced house, improving the ground requires lengthy planning and consideration of local residents.

This may explain why the club have reportedly been looking to move to a new ground as far back as in 1955.In the 1960s there were proposals to move to Milton Keynes and play as The MK Hatters which attracted vehement opposition from local fans.

The closest Luton have come to a relocating to a new ground was in 1995 when Chairman David Kohler envisioned a 20,000  stadium known as  the impressive sounding “The Kohlerdome”. Plans were sadly rejected by the Secretary of State in 1998 when they were deemed unfeasible due to the inadequate capacity of  the M1 motorway.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road Stadium: kenilworth-road-luton-town-seating-plan

Stands

Kenilworth Road stadium is comprised of four (five) stands: Kenilworth Stand (North), David Preece Stand (North-East), Main Stand (East), Oak Road End (South) and the Executive stand (West).

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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

Away Fans have a ticket allocation of approximately 1,000 which is distributed along one side of the Oak Road Stand .

Assigned as the away stand since the early 1990s, the stand which occasionally hosts home supporters for the larger matches depending on demand feels slightly antiquated but with the exception of the supporting pillar, everything else is how it should be: close views of the pitch, friendly stewarding and decent acoustics.

Visiting fans enter the ground through the slightly surreal entrance on a residential terrace of houses. After recovering from the shock of entering somebody’s house and exiting again through their garden, you will eventually enter the stand and similar to the terraced street, you will be in for an intimate ninety minutes of football.

Best Pubs

At Kenilworth Road there is the club run “Luton Bobblers Bar” which is located within the Oak Road stand between the away turnstiles and the entrance to the ground. With an entrance fee of just 50p and with an unbeatable location this is one of the most popular places to sink a few pints before the match.

Accessibility depends entirely on how busy it is, and whether or not Luton are accepting away fans.  You can forget any derby against Watford for example or any equally high profile match, however typical away fans are permitted.

Since the closure of the Bedfordshire Yeoman Pub Hatters fans have bemoaned a lack of choice of pubs near Kenilworth Road with some even having to resort to drinking at the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road.

In the centre of town there is The Wetherspoons pub on Park Street known rather fittingly as as the London Hatter.

Food

Some fans will find the selection of refreshments to be slightly limited but it’s not as if you’ll starve as the usual suspects are ever-present including burgers, pies and sausage rolls.

Club Shop

Luton FC operate a club shop at Kenilworth Road (actually located on this road FYI) in addition to their own official online website known as Hatters World.

The opening times for the store at the ground are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Matchdays: Open, times to be confirmed.
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The interior of the Hatters club shop with players showing off an at the time new home kit.

For the latest information, to confirm opening hours or to check availability of the new shirt feel free to send an email to club (info@lutontown.co.uk) or phone the store on +44 (0)1582 488864.

Stadium Tours

It doesn’t appear as if Luton Town currently offer fans the chance to undertake a stadium tour of Kenilworth Road. If this changes, we’ll be sure to update this section.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see The Hatters  can be purchased via the usual channels including telephone (01582 416976), in person at the Kenilworth Road ticket-office (Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00 pm) and on the internet by visiting Luton’s E-ticketing website.

Ticket prices

  • Adults: £20.00
  • Seniors and young adult: £15.00
  • Golden senior: £12.00
  • Youth: £8.00
  • Juniors: £5.00

Matchday Travel

Kenilworth Road is located within a residential area less than 1 mile from the historic town centre and railway station.

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The famous Oak Stand entrance embedded within a row of terraced housing. Really has to be seen to be believed!

Train

Luton Railway Station is located 1 mile east of Kenilworth Road with the distance likely to take the average person around 20 minutes to walk.

The town is served by First Capital Connect Services which depart every 10 minutes or so to London’s main terminals such as St Pancras International, London Bridge and Blackfiars. There are also services by Midland Mainline to places such as Nottingham and Birmingham.

Walking Instructions:

  1. From the station turn right onto Station Road  and follow it as it changes into Mill Street.
  2. At the junction turn left on Telford Way and then right onto Dunstable Road.
  3. At the fifth turning exit left down Oak Road
  4. Follow this for a few hundred metres until you come to Luton Town’s stadium.

Bus

If you don’t fancy walking for 20 minutes or if it is chucking it down then the number 31 Bus which departs from opposite the train station can be caught, and used to take you to the Oak/Dunstable Road. There is also the A bus to Dunstable which stops just outside the away end.

Driving

No matter where your starting point is almost everyone who drives to Luton by car does so via the M1.

Kenilworth Road Stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Kenilworth Road Stadium, 1 Maple Road East, Luton LU4 8AW
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The Hatters live up to their implied mad nature with a pumped up Mr Hoppy, orange oriential fans and what appears to be part of a car wash.

Car Parks

Luton FC regret to inform you but there is no club run car park at the ground due to limited space although the club have helpfully recommended three other car parks to park: Dallow Road Primary School Car Park – LU1 1LZ Beech Hill Primary School Car Park (Dunstable Road) – LU4 8AR Hazelbury Crescent Car Park – LU1 1DS.

Hotels

The nearest hotel appears to be the dubiously named “Quality Hotel Luton” north-west of the stadium on Dunstable Road with more choices to be found nearer the centre of town. Within the Mall there is a Best Western, south of this there is a Premier Inn Luton and next to the station is a easyJet owned, no-frills, easyHotel.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: April 19, 2016

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