By Scunthorpe United FC MATCHDAYS AT GLANFORD PARKGlanford Park Stadium is a great place to watch football, and there are four different stands in which to enjoy the action.East stand: The single-tier east stand is the largest and most popular seating area at Glanford Park, running along one side of the pitch, this stand offers excellent catering and toilet facilities and is a great place for families to watch the game. The stand is a smoke free zone including the concourse catering areas. Concourse bars and TVs are available. North stand: With a very vocal section of fans located at the back of the stand, the atmosphere is vibrant. The north stand is behind the goal and is the only standing area remaining at the ground. Catering is available at both corners of the stands with the toilets located at the north west corner. West stand: Our main stand (above) is the most expensive area of the ground also houses the executive area. The stand has fewer supporting pillars to restrict views. Catering and toilets are located at either end of the stands. Concourse bars and TVs are available too. South stand: This stand is reserved for away supporters, except on occasions when the stand is opened for Iron fans, most often for events such as kid-for-a-quid games. There is also a bar now present in the stand for supporters who want to have a drink. TVs are available too. STADIUM STATISTICS - Pitch Size: 112 metres x 72 yards - Ground Capacity: 9,088 - 1,678 normal away allocation. - Coach Parking: On site. - Railway Station: Scunthorpe - Club Shop: Glanford Park - Store - Opening Times: 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday | Matchdays 10.00am-5:00pm Home supporters: West Stand: Main stand, includes hospitality entrances, restaurant, conference centre, community, administration, store, main ticket office, players entrance, seating areas, entry at turnstile gates 1A, B & C and 8 A & B. North Stand: Standing behind the goal, includes Iron Bar, plus tickets and turnstile gates 2 A, B & C and 3 A & B East Stand: Features concourse bar and catering, plus ickets and turnstile gates 4 A, B, C and 5 A, B Away supporters: South Stand: Capacity up to 1,678, plus tickets and Turnstile Gates 6 A, B, & C and 7 A & B. STADIUM HISTORY The stadium opened its doors on Sunday, August 14, 1988 and brought gasps of disbelief from supporters, for generally speaking everyone was impressed with the product. It was given Royal approval by the Princess Alexandra and her husband Angus Ogilvy as a United side including Kevin Keegan took on a star-studded Football League XI. Scunthorpe United had to wait until Saturday, August 27, 1988 to introduce the new ground to league action as they played host to Hereford United. At 2:55pm Scunthorpe United filed out of the tunnel at Glanford Park, hoping to get off to a winning start in the new £2.5-million stadium. United played cautiously in the first half, making the fans wait until the second, for the first ever league goal at Glanford Park - Dave Cowling firing home on 47 minutes in crowded penalty area. The game finished 3-1 to the Iron, starting a new era in the perfect way, with victory and three points. Floodlights were used for the first time on the following Tuesday evening as the Iron played host to Huddersfield in the League Cup, in a another memorable game, the Iron twice come from behind to win 3-2. At the current time Glanford Park has three sides seating and one side standing, which is used to house the majority of the home support. Away supporters are housed in the south stand which has a seating capacity of 1,678, although extra seats can be made available in the in the south corner of the west stand. The club shop, ticket office and players entrance are located behind the west stand. This is also where you gain access to the various hospitality facilities. The Iron Bar, located behind the north stand, is the supporters' club, is open on a matchday, with no access to visiting supporters. STADIUM DIRECTIONS Address: Glanford Park, Jack Brownsword Way, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD Telephone: 0871 221 1899 Fax: 01724 857986 Directions: By car: From all Routes, M180: The ground has got be one of the easiest to find in the Football League. It is situated on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, very close to the motorway. Leave the M180 at Junction 3 and take the M181 for Scunthorpe. At the end of this motorway, you will see the ground on your right. Turn right at the first roundabout onto the A18 and right again into the large car park at the ground. From railway station: Scunthorpe: The station is over two miles away from the stadium. Therefore a taxi is probably the easiest way to get to the ground. Car parking: Car parking at the ground is available for 600 cars, priced at very reasonable £3. Limited street parking available. A GUIDE TO SCUNTHORPE - THE TOWN The town is home to one of the country's 'big four' (now three) major steelworks belonging to Corus (formerly British Steel), with the whole town growing up with the development of the steelworks around the biggest iron-ore field in Europe - although use of this local ore was discontinued totally in the 1980's. Scunthorpe, originally five rural villages, the discovery of iron ore in 1860 changed the landscape, creating the industrial town we see today. The town has many parks and gardens as well as facilities for sport and leisure, with cinemas, a theatre, art gallery and museum. Two interesting churches, St Lawrence's church, 12th century, and St John's Church built from local ironstone. Museum, heritage trail. Tourist Information Centre in the Central Library. BY CAR: Leave the M180 at Junction 3 and take the M181 for Scunthorpe. At the end of this motorway, you will see the ground on your right. Turn right at the first roundabout onto the A18 and right again into the large car park at the ground. BY TRAIN: The station is over two miles away from the ground. Turn left out of the station and head towards the crossroads (facing a church) and turn right into Oswald Road, going past a set of traffic lights and the Honest Lawyer and Blue Bell pubs. At the next traffic lights turn left into Doncaster Road (where there a number of fast food outlets). Then just go straight down this road and you will eventually reach Glanford Park on your left. BY BUS: You can get buses from town, visit http://www.stagecoachbus.com/ for information. THE STADIUM: United completed the move to Glanford Park from the Old Show Ground in 1988. The home end is terracing, while the other three sides of the ground are all seated. FOR AWAY FANS: Away fans are housed in the AMS Stand (aka the South Stand) at one end. This is all seated and can house 1,650 supporters. If demand requires it, then extra seats can be made available in the south corner of the West Stand. There is also a bar in the stand now. PROGRAMME: £3.00. 88 pages. FOOD AND DRINK: We offer a vast choice of food at our refeshment points, which lie in the corner of each stand, and there are also some underneath the Grove Wharf Stand. THE IRON BAR: Only open for home supporters. THE OLD FARMHOUSE (Right at the entrance of the ground): This pub welcomes all fans but no colours are allowed. THE BERKELEY (Around the corner from the ground): A popular haunt for away supporters. Here is a description provided courtesy of the Internet Football Fans Ground Guide: To find this pub go past the ground (or park there first) and follow the main road towards Scunthorpe and it is on the left hand corner of the first roundabout you reach. On my last visit this 1930's/40's art deco pub/hotel had a pleasant mixture of home and away supporters and served good beer in a comfortable atmosphere. The only draw back was that it seemed that you could only park in their car park if you were staying at the hotel, as there was an automated barrier across its entrance. THE HONEST LAWYER (Oswald Road): If coming in by train, this pub on Oswald Road may suit you. THE BLUE BELL (also on Oswald Road): A Weatherspoon's outlet. PIZZA HUT, KFC, McDONALDS, FRANKIE AND BENNY'S and TESCO's CAFÉ: All within walking distance of the football ground and clearly visible. SAFETY FACTOR: No problems. We take the safety of home and away supporters as a big priority.