The County Ground (currently known as The Energy Check County Ground for sponsorship purposes) is a stadium located near the town centre of Swindon, Wiltshire, England, and has been home to Swindon Town Football Club since 1896.
The current capacity of 15,728, all-seated, has been at that level since the mid-1990s. North of the football stadium is Swindon Cricket Club, with their pitch is also named The County Ground which was used for the football club from 1893 till 1896.
The Arkell’s Stand dates back to 1971 and is a single-tier structure that runs along the side of the pitch. It is considered to be the main stand at the ground as it houses the changing rooms and the tunnel. The Stratton Bank is technically a single-tier that is split into two. There is no roof, with the scoreboard standing proudly at the back of the stand. The Don Rodgers Stand is opposite The Arkell’s Stand and was named after the club’s former inside left player. Finally, The Town End is home to Swindon’s most vocal fans.
The County Ground has a current capacity of 15,728, all-seated. The Don Rogers stand runs alongside the pitch and is the newest and smartest of all four stands offering an unobstructed view of the action. The Arkells stand opposite partially houses away fans and does have two large pillars which can impede your view if you're sitting towards the back. The town end behind the goal has many supporting pillars but is at least undercover whereas the Adkins end is open to the elements.
Up to 1,200 visiting supporters can be accommodated and are situated in the Arkells Stand. If you sit at the back of this stand you may find a supporting pillar impairing your view of the action but other than that you'll generally be ok from here.
Facilities and refreshments aren't up to much in this stand so I suggest you find somewhere to eat before or after the game. If there is a large number of supporters expected then the Stratton Bank End can be opened to house a further 2,100 fans but be aware that this end isn't under cover.
The Merlin on Drove Road, near to the magic roundabout is a great pub for away fans offering an array of beers and cold food whilst showing the early kick off's on Sky Sports. Alternatively, situated on County Road is the cricket club. You're able to park up and leave the car here on non-cricket match days and are even able to drink and eat in their bar. Not a bad bet for any home or away fan.
There is some street parking available in the surrounding roads but choose your spot carefully as car break ins are unfortunately quite a common theme in some areas, especially during evening games. You can park at the stadium for £10 or at nearby St. Joseph’s School for £5.
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