Oakwell

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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Stadium Overview

Team: Barnsley

Address: Grove Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1ET

Capacity: 23,009

Opened: 1887

Oakwell is a multi-purpose sports venue located in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley, North England. Dating as far back as 1887, today’s 23,009 capacity ground bears little resemblance to the original set of facilities with Barnsley F.C’s home ground undergoing numerous renovations between 1992-1999.

Stadium Guide

History

The land on which Oakwell Stadium sits on today was first used to host the football matches of Barnsley FC back in 1888. Founded as Barnsley St. Peters the previous year by clergyman Tiverton Preedy, fans often refer to the ground as just Oakwell however the name technically refers to the entirety of the club facilities at the site rather than just the stadium itself.

As a stadium which dates back to the early 19th century naturally a lot has changed over the years, although Oakwell does in fact retain some of its original features. The main stand constructed on the western side of the pitch which dates back to the start of the early 1900s still exists to this day, and some sections of the stand even contain the use of wooden seats.

Historically Barnsley have spent more seasons in the second tier of English football than any other club, and not withstanding the solitary season in the Premier League during the 1997-1998 season, this has also been very much true of the modern era.

It wasn’t the publication of the Taylor Report in 1990 which introduced more stringent stadium safety legalisation that Barnsley, like the majority of clubs in England, began to redevelop their stadium. With terracing essentially banned for top-flight clubs, Barnsley had to convert Oakwell to all-seating, and found that it would make more sense to simply rebuild most stands from scratch.

The ageing East stand was the first to be replaced in 1993, followed by construction of a new Pontefract Road End in 1995. The historic West Stand which houses the changing rooms was preserved, albeit fully converted to all-seating and  most recently the north stand which houses away fans was redeveloped. In the summer of 1998, the club added a new Corner Stand between the east and south stands to increase the range of corporate hospitality options available on matchdays.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium:

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Stands

Oakwell Stadium is made up of the following four stands: The North Stand (large single-tier behind the goal), The East Stand (two-tiered all seating), The Ck Beckett Stand (South) and the West Stand which is the oldest part of the stadium.

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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

The away fans normally watch the game from the newly constructed North stand which has a typical allocation of 2,000 tickets although this could theoretically be extended to around 6,000 if all of the seats were used.  Views throughout the stand are flawless with unobtrusive roof coverage, and the structure roughly divided into two approximate tiers.

Best Pubs

For those coming from Barnsley railway station there is an abundance of choice within the nearby town centre with the Court House and the Joseph Bramah (Weatherpoons) being two reliable choices. Slightly off the beaten track, five minutes south of Oakwell there is the Dove Inn which is a highly recommended CAMRA listed pub.

At the stadium there is the Barnsley run “Reds Bar” which is located next to the main reception within the C.K Beckett Stand. Inside a wide selection of real ale, other beverages and snacks but it looks like the club may reserve some space solely for Season Ticket Holders.

Food

With the exception of Oakwell Sandwich Shop there aren’t loads of food options immediately around the vicinity of Barnsley’s stadium, with fans who come from the centre of town or the railway station much better placed to grab some grub.

From the Alhambra Roundabout where there is an Iceland Supermarket, you can exit onto Sheffield Road you can reach some cheap and cheerful takeaways including Pizza Roma, the Grill House and Barnsley Kebab & Pizza House.

Club Shop

The Tykes operate a shop at the stadium in addition to their own online store known as the Red Club Shop. The opening hours for the Oakwell shop are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Saturday: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
  • Weekday Matchday: 9.00 am – kick off
  • Saturday Matchday: 9.00 am – kick off and then for 30 minutes after final whistle
  • Sunday: Closed

Stadium Tours

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

Ticket Prices

Advanced Prices for the Championship season are as follows, although expect a slight reduction for seasons in League one:

East/West Upper

  • Adult: £25.00
  • Senior Citizen (65+): £18.00
  • Young Adult (17-21): £18.00
  • Juvenile 12-16: £10.00
  • Juvenile Under 12: £10.00

East/West Lower

  • Adult: £24.00
  • Senior Citizen (65+): £17.00
  • Young Adult (17-21): £17.00
  • Juvenile 12-16: £10.00
  • Juvenile Under 12: £5.00

CK Beckett

  • Adult: £23.00
  • Senior Citizen (65+): £16.00
  • Young Adult (17-21): £16.00
  • Juvenile 12-16: £10.00
  • Juvenile Under 12: £5.00

Family Area

  • Adult: £20.00
  • Senior Citizen (65+): £15.00
  • Young Adult (17-21): £15.00
  • Juvenile 12-16: £10.00
  • Juvenile Under 12: £5.00

Tickets to see Barnsley play can be purchased via the usual methods such as telephone (+44 (0)871 2266777), email (boxoffice@barnsleyfc.co.uk),  in person at the club’s ticket office/shop and most popularly on the internet at Barnsley’s e-ticketing site.

Matchday Travel

Oakwell Stadium is located quite centrally with the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley, approximately 0.6 miles south east of the city centre.  The site of the stadium is also shared with Barnsley FC’s training ground complex.

Sign at the stadium saying "Welcome to Oakwell"

Sign at the stadium saying “Welcome to Oakwell”

Train

Barnsley railway station is located exactly half a mile West of Oakwell which is around 5-10 minutes on foot depending on your walking speed. Managed by Northern Rail the station has frequent services running to both Sheffield and Leeds.

Walking Instructions:

  1. Exit the station and turn right towards the set of traffic lights.
  2. Turn left and then walk towards the flyover.
  3. Proceed under the bridge and turn left onto Grove Street.
  4. Follow this road down, Oakwell Stadium is at the bottom of the hill.

Bus

Currently no bus information, sorry.

Driving

Oakwell stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Grove St, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S71 1EZ
Come on You Barnsley! Come on You Barnsley!

Come on You Barnsley! Come on You Barnsley!

Car Parks

Although there isn’t a club run car park there are two car parks close enough to the ground that Barnsley recommend to fans: The Metrodome Leisure Centre near to the club’s training ground towards the north of the stadium and Queens Ground.

Hotels

There aren’t loads of hotels in Barnsley with your choice essentially boiling down to either the city centre or The out of town area between the M1 and the A628. In town there is the Premier Inn Barnsley and the Marlborough Hotel and out of town close to the motorway is the Ramada Encore and Holiday Inn.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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