Deepdale is a football stadium in the Deepdale area of Preston, England, the home of Preston North End F.C. Deepdale is "widely recognised as being the oldest 'continuously used' football stadium in the world. But like most coveted historic accolades, it is fiercely contested".
The land on which the stadium stands was originally Deepdale Farm. It was leased on 21 January 1875 by the town's North End sports club and originally used for cricket and rugby. It hosted its first association football match on 5 October 1878.
Four new stands have been built at Deepdale in recent years. The new stands offer uninterrupted views of the pitch from all seats. The stands all have players images built in to the seating which makes a nice change to the usual club initials.
Whilst it doesn't follow the generic modern bowl-shape design, by having open corners, it manages to maintain the traditional appearance which is perhaps better suited to a club with Preston's history, whilst still incorporating all the features of a new ground with added leg room and easy access in and out.
Visiting supporters are situated in the Bill Shankly Kop stand behind one of the goals. This stand is usually shared with the home fans but when a larger following is expected the whole stand can be given over to visitors. A maximum allocation of 6,000 is available but generally this is kept to 3,000.
In the town centre you'll find the customary Wetherspoons and many other pubs but the closest to the ground that allows away fans in is There is the Deepdale Labour Club, behind the Town End stand.
There are fast food cabins situated around the perimeter of the ground and a McDonalds and Pizza Hut close by on the Deepdale Retail Park, just off Blackpool Road which tend to get really crowded on a match day.
Parking is available in the streets surrounding the stadium if you arrive early enough. Alternatively, at Moorfields Special School parking for cars is available for £5 a vehicle. The car park is manned by volunteers from the school and all proceeds go into school funds. The school is situated just past the stadium and is signposted.
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