Moor Lane, currently known as the Peninsula Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football stadium in Kersal, Salford, Greater Manchester, England. The stadium has a capacity of 5,106 and is the home of Salford City Football Club.
Salford City moved to Moor Lane in 1978, but the stadium had been a venue for other sports for many years prior to that date. In October 2016, it was announced that the stadium would undergo renovation, which would see its capacity rise from 1,600 to 5,106. Planning permission was subsequently given on 15 December 2016.
Moor Lane is very much designed in the classic style of British stadiums, with four stands surrounding each side of the pitch. There’s enough room for 5,106 people, of which 2,246 can be seated.
The West Stand, at one end of the pitch, and the Neville Road South Stand, which runs along the side, are terraced areas. The remaining two stands are seated areas, with away fans housed in the East Stand.
The Moor Lane football ground has undergone a complete transformation since 2017. Four new stands have been constructed and with the corners now enclosed, it helps to generate a much better atmosphere. The last stand to be opened was the new Main Stand on the Neville Road side of the ground. This mainly all seated stand has just six rows of seats. At the back of the stand, there is a small area of standing and above there is quite a tall retaining wall.
The team dugouts are located at the front of this stand. Although this stand replaced the old Main Stand, it is the new Moor Lane Stand opposite that has more facilities, with glassed corporate areas at the rear of it. It is all-seated and is of a similar height to the Neville Road Stand. Both ends have newly covered terraces. The East Terrace is almost a replica of the West Terrace and all or part of this terrace can be allocated to away fans.
Away fans are mostly housed to one side of the East Terrace behind one of the goals. This terrace is covered and the acoustics are very good, meaning that even a small number of fans can make themselves heard. In addition, 200 seats can be made available to visiting supporters in the South Stand, at no extra cost to the entrance fee. With the stadium being erected so quickly then the facilities for fans have yet to fully catch up, with portaloos in place and a burger van to supply food and beverages to visiting supporters.
Central Manchester is obviously backed with bars and some wonderful pubs, but here are a few good options close to the ground:
Fairways Lodge - The closest place to drink at the crow flies is Fairways Lodge, which used to be called The Village and is still known as such by the locals. It’s actually a hotel and leisure centre, but there’s a public bar on site that welcomes guests and serves decent food.
The Friendship Inn - Part of the Joseph Holt chain of pubs. An excellent, friendly atmosphere awaits those that enjoy freshly cooked food and a decent cask beer selection.
A park & ride service operates on match days from the old IT Lab car park on Agecroft Industrial Estate (M27 8SJ). There are strict parking restrictions in place around The Peninsula Stadium - only residents with permits are allowed to park within these zones, which are marked at the end of the streets.
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