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Vicarage Road

Vicarage Road, a stadium in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, is the home of the football club Watford of the EFL Championship.

An all-seater stadium, its current capacity is 23,700 following the completion of the new Sir Elton John Stand in 2014, and expansion work in 2015 and again throughout 2016 and 2017; this included expansion of the football pitch.

Club Factfile

  • NAME: Watford
  • NICKNAME: The Hornets, The Golden Boys, Yellow Army, The Oms
  • FOUNDED: 1881
  • TRADITIONAL COLOURS: Yellow and black
  • LOCAL RIVALRY: Luton Town

Ground Factfile

  • CAPACITY: 21,577
  • RECORD ATTENDANCE: 34,099 (v Manchester United, 3rd February 1969)
  • ADDRESS: Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER
  • YEAR OPENED: 30 August 1922
  • PITCH SIZE: 120 x 80 yards


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Ground Information

For the majority of the 20,877 capacity, views of the Vicarage Road pitch are good with no obstructions. Away fans are housed in the Vicarage Road stand behind one of the goals. Both this build, and the Rookery stand opposite are single tiered and have fantastic views of the action. The rookery is where the most vociferous fans tend to sit along with a very loud drummer.

The Graham Taylor stand is two tiered and runs parallel to the Sir Elton John stand which opened late 2014 and is a single tiered, all seated affair. The Graham Taylor stand has very impressive views and like the other 3 stands, is pillar free.

Away fans

Visiting supporters are situated in the Vicarage Road end of the ground and in the left-hand side of the stand. The cantilever stand means there's no supporting pillars and as such the view of the pitch from here is good.

Away pubs

There is a great selection of eating places around town, have a look around the High Street or the food court at the Harlequin Centre, only five minutes on foot from the ground. Up by the ground, there is a chip shop and café to be found in Vicarage Road, about a two-minute walk from the turnstiles.

There are several pubs in the town centre, which can be used by visiting fans. The Hogs Head on the high street has plenty of space and offers reasonably-priced beer and The Moon Under Water (a Wetherspoons pub).

Car Parks & Public transport

There are also some private match day car parks available at some industrial units near the ground, as well as the Vicarage Road Girls School (WD18 0AE), which is close to the stadium and charges £10 per car and £15 per minibus.

As Vicarage Road is situated near Watford town centre, then visiting fans can use a number of town centre car parks which are within reasonable walking distance.

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