Prenton Park is an association football stadium in Birkenhead, England. It is the home ground of Tranmere Rovers, as well as Liverpool's women and reserves teams. The ground has had several rebuilds, with the most recent occurring in 1995 in response to the requirement of the Taylor Report to become all-seater. Today's stadium holds 15,573 in four stands: the Kop, the Johnny King Stand, the Main Stand and the Cowshed (for away supporters).
Attendances at the ground have fluctuated over its hundred-year history. Its largest-ever crowd was 24,424 for a 1972 FA Cup match between Tranmere and Stoke City. In 2010, an average of 5,000 fans attended each home game.
Prenton Park is an old-school ground, with four sides that run alongside the pitch. Here’s a brief look at each of the different stands that makeup the stadium:
Main Stand - The oldest part of Prenton Park was opened in December of 1968. It’s split into two sections, with the lower part of the stand being made up of the Bebington End and Town End Paddocks.The Upper section contains the VIP area and the Directors Box
The Bebington Kop Stand - Better know as the Bebington Kop or simply just the Kop, this is a smaller version of the same sort of stand that exists at Anfield over the water. It is a single bank of seating that is used entirely by the home supporters
The Cowshed Stand - With a capacity of 2,500, the Cowshed is used to house the away supporters. It was redeveloped in 1995 and takes its name from what it looked like before then
Johnny King Stand by Hays Travel - The stand on the Borough Road side of the ground was also built in 1995. It was renamed in 2002 to honour one of the club’s former managers
Visiting supporters are situated in the cowshed behind one of the goals. Seats here are generally in good condition and the views of the pitch are good. As few teams bring enough away support to fill the Cowshed, you can normally pick the best seats available. There are toilets and refreshment facilities on the concourse which are in better condition than those in other stands and a licensed bar so you can get a pint or two before the game.
There are a number of decent pubs close to the ground. The Sportsmans Arms and the Mersey Clipper are both popular with home and away fans. The Mersey Clipper is more fan-friendly for away supporters and has recently added a new outdoor terrace which is nice in the summer!
There are several fast-food outlets along Borough Road, including Sayers bakers, Captain Tony's Pizza Emporium, Ruby's chip shop, Eastern Delight Chinese and a couple of cafes and plenty of newsagents, off licenses and general stores.
Parking is available at the stadium if you arrive early enough. If you don't, there is street parking available although you'll need to be aware of the permit holders parking areas.
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