Spotland Stadium, known as the Crown Oil Arena for sponsorship reasons, in the Spotland area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, is home to Rochdale A.F.C. and Rochdale Hornets R.F.L.C. and has a capacity of 10,249.
Over the past 10 years, Spotland has been re-developed. The only remaining stand pre this period in the Sandy Lane end and is also the only terraced stand left in the ground. The more vocal home supporters stand here. Opposite this stand is a single tiered all seated stand with two supporting pillars which can block your view of the action. The main stand has a number of pillars and also houses the executive boxes.
Spotland Stadium has four individual stands on each side of the pitch in the typically ‘English Style’. The Westrose Leisure/Willbutts Lane Stand runs along one side and has a covered single-tier, with away fans taking up a portion of the seats.
The T.D.S Pearl Stand is behind one of the goals and contains a family section, whilst The Thwaites Beers Stand (or Sandy Lane as it’s affectionately known) is behind the other goal and is a terraced section. This is where the more vocal Rochdale fans tend to congregate. Finally, The Co-Operative Main Stand houses the dressing rooms, the dugouts and the hospitality suites.
Up to 3,600 visiting supporters can be accommodated and will be situated in the Wilbutts Lane stand running alongside the pitch. Views are unobstructed and very good whilst leg room, facilities and refreshments are all more than reasonable.
Studds, is the name of the Rochdale social club situated under the Pearl Street Stand. It serves food, has two TVs, and opens at midday on Saturdays, and from 6 pm for midweek matches. They do allow a few away fans in but you're probably best-off keeping club colours covered. The same goes for 2 other pubs situated at the stadium - The Ratcliffe Arms and The Church Inn. All of which are very nice and reasonably priced establishments.
There is a small chippy on Wilbutts Lane which serves a fantastic portion of fish and chips for just £3. Well worth a visit and don't let the queues put you off. Alternatively, within 1 mile you'll find a McDonalds and a Pizza Hut.
There is only permit holders parking at the stadium itself and street parking is very limited due to the residents only schemes. There are a few private car parks with the most recommended of which being Oulder Hill School. The school is located on the way up to the ground, on the left-hand side, along Sandy Lane. Be aware that the walk to the stadium is uphill and approximately 10 minutes away.
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