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Jonny-Rocks Stadium

Whaddon Road, known as the Jonny-Rocks Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in Cheltenham, England. It is the home ground of Cheltenham Town F.C. It has a total capacity of 7,066, with a mixture of seating and terracing.

The ground's official name was the Victory Sports Ground until April 2009 when it was renamed the Abbey Business Stadium through a sponsorship deal. It was announced on 13 July 2015 that the club had agreed a three-year deal to rename the stadium The World of Smile Stadium, however the deal ended after only one year and the stadium was renamed LCI Rail Stadium in 2016–17 before taking its current name in 2018–19.

Club Factfile

  • NAME: Cheltenham Town
  • NICKNAME: The Robins
  • FOUNDED: 1887
  • TRADITIONAL COLOURS: Red and white
  • LOCAL RIVALRY: Gloucester City and Forest Green Rovers

Ground Factfile

  • CAPACITY: 7,066
  • RECORD ATTENDANCE: 8,326 (Cheltenham v Reading (1956))
  • ADDRESS: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, GL52 5NA
  • YEAR OPENED: 1927
  • PITCH SIZE: 101 x 65 yards


Ground Information

With a capacity of just over 7,000, the Jonny-Rocks Stadium was the smallest in league one in 2009. Having had some recent re-developments the view from most areas of the ground is generally very good. The Stagecoach main stand is a mixture of seating at the back and standing at the front, although it's strange because it doesn't stretch the length of the pitch and doesn't reach either corner flag.

The Hazelwoods Stand opened in 2005 and is behind the goal at the Whaddon Road end of the stadium. It’s also where the away fans tend to be housed during matches. The Colin Farmer Stand, known to most simply as The Wymans Road but changed to honour the club legend Colin Farmer, runs along the side of the pitch and is where the more vocal fans tend to sit. The Liberty Mutual Insurance Stand is behind the opposite goal to The Hazelwoods Stand and is a terraced area of the stadium. Finally, The Jelf Stand has a terraced area at the front and a seated section at the back. This is the main part of the ground as it contains the dressing rooms and so on as well as a family section. 

Away fans

Up to 1,100 visiting supporters can be accommodated here and they are situated at one end of the ground in the Hazlewoods Stand. The view of the playing surface is excellent and unrestricted, whilst the leg room and facilities available inside are excellent. The refreshments bar is very good as you'd expect from a new stand and it offers a large range of all the usual football food fare.

Away pubs

There are a number of pubs in the local vicinity but if you arrive early enough, a visit to the club bar at the ground is well worth it. It's called the Robins Nest. Selection of hot and cold drinks and a small range of food is available.

Car Parks & Public transport

Parking is limited in nearby roads but the club operates a free park and ride service from the Cheltenham racecourse. If you want to get away quickly after the game then you'll need to arrive early to find a space nearby. There is very limited parking at the ground itself and on-street parking is also tricky. Your best bet might be a public car park in Cheltenham centre and a walk out to the ground.

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