St James Park is a football stadium in Exeter and is the home of Exeter City FC. The stadium is served by the St James Park railway station, which is right next to the ground (the line runs behind the grandstand). It has been adopted by the club who contribute to its upkeep, under the community rail scheme, and its railings have been painted in the red and white of Exeter's strip.
The new capacity of St James Park following completion of a £3.4 million redevelopment project is 8,696. The record attendance is 20,984, who watched Exeter lose 4–2 to Sunderland in an FA Cup Sixth Round Replay in 1931.
The The Cliff Bastin Big Bank Stand is a large single-tier terrace that houses the noisiest fans, The Stagecoach Family Stand runs along the side of the pitch and is an all-seater area and The IP Office Stand is where the club’s main facilities are housed as well as some away fans. St. James Road Terrace also houses the away supporters.
The Flybe stand is all seated and is the newest of the four stands running alongside the pitch. The Grandstand is opposite and is a very strange build stretching only about half the length of the playing surface. At either end are terraced stands with the Big Bank incorporating a big red and white heart into it's design and hosting home to the more vocal fans. Behind the opposite goal is the St James' Terrace and this is open to the elements.
Visiting supporters are situated across two areas. A limited number of seats are made available in the Stagecoach Grandstand but you'll need to arrive early to snap these up. Space for a further 1,250 is available on the St James terrace behind the goal. This is open to the elements and really makes it very difficult for visiting fans to generate any kind of atmosphere. Views are ok but as you're at ground level on the terrace its dog eat dog for the best positions. An early arrival is a must.
There is a decent sized social club at the stadium itself which admits home and away supporters if you arrive early enough. They serve a decent range of beers and even offer a limited amount of food. Alternatively, the town centre is easily within walking distance and you'll find plenty of pubs and fast-food establishments here.
Parking at the ground is difficult to come by. The club operate a park and ride scheme which may be the best option as all streets surrounding the ground are residents only. If you're willing to walk you will be able to find spaces.
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