Glanford Park, currently known as The Sands Venue Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, and is the current home of Scunthorpe United. Opened in 1988 at a construction cost of £2.5 million, it was the first new purpose-built Football League stadium to be built in England for 33 years, since Southend United moved to Roots Hall in 1955.
The stadium is Scunthorpe's second ground, with the Iron having previously played at the Old Show Ground from 1899 to 1988. On 30 July 2019, the club signed a stadium naming-rights deal, and the stadium was renamed ‘The Sands Venue Stadium’ for the 2019/20 League Two season.
Scunthorpe United moved to Glanford Park in 1988 making it the first new football league ground to be built since the Second World War. The more vociferous home fans tend to stand behind the goal opposite the away fans and this stand is the only terracing in the stadium. Both stands running alongside the pitch offer good views of the action and are all seated but all have many supporting pillars which can and probably will obstruct your view. All 4 corners are filled which helps generate atmosphere.
Glanford Park is built in a typically ‘English Style’, with four distinct stands on each edge of the pitch. The AMS Stand is a single-tier stand that is reserved for away fans, whilst The Lincs Lifts Stand is considered to be the main stand at the ground as it features the changing rooms, the dug outs and match day hospitality suites. The Britcon Stand is commonly referred to as The Doncaster Road End and houses the more vocal Scunthorpe fans in an unreserved terracing section. Finally, The East Stand is an all-seating section of the stadium with a security box behind the central column.
Visiting supporters are situated in the south stand behind one of the goals where up to 1,650 fans can be accommodated. There are a few supporting pillars in here that can obstruct your view but if you avoid those it's generally a very good little ground that generates a good atmosphere to be part of. Facilities are ok and refreshments are very reasonably priced.
Near the ground, the Berkeley is open to visiting fans. In the run up to kick off you'll get a good amount of banter between home and away fans. To find it, follow the main road towards Scunthorpe past the stadium and the pub is on the left as you reach the first roundabout.
The Old Farmhouse is another option and is situated on the Doncaster Road just off the M181, near to the ground. It offers a choice of lagers and beers and has a decent set of facilities such as a pool table, sky TV, bar food and a restaurant. Away fans are also welcome.
Warren Lodge - A great place for food, real ale, and large groups is the Warren Lodge, a short walk from the stadium. Perfect for families too, this Greene King pub serves large portions and humongous desserts, as well as showing sport, offering a pool table and dart board, and providing lots of outdoor space. A real winner.
Ironstone Wharf - A little out of town but only up the road from the stadium is this homely pub full of interesting nooks and crannies, and more importantly serving great drinks and showing live sport. There's a pool table too, and all of the urinals and sinks are made from old beer barrels - which is mental but fun. It's basically on an industrial estate but definitely worth a visit.
The stadium is built in the middle of a residential area and although there is plenty of street parking if you arrive early, there is a large car park at the stadium itself.
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