Loftus Road Stadium is a football stadium in Shepherd's Bush, London, which is home to Queens Park Rangers. In 1981, the ground became the first stadium in British professional football to have an artificial pitch of Omniturf installed, which remained until 1988.
Rugby union team London Wasps shared the ground with QPR between 1996 and 2002 and Premier League football club Fulham shared it from 2002 to 2004 while Craven Cottage was closed for reconstruction.
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Loftus Road has been home to QPR since 1963. All except the Ellerslie Road Stand are double decker. The South Africa Road Stand on one side of the ground, has a larger upper tier, compared to the lower tier, with a row of executive boxes running across the middle.
There are a couple of supporting pillars in this stand. The other side, the Ellerslie Road Stand, is single tiered, with a television gantry suspended below its roof. Both ends are similar looking two-tiered stands. In the lower tiers you'll rarely find a bad view.
Up to 1,279 visiting supporters can be catered for and are situated in the upper tier of the School End behind one of the goals. If demand is high then the lower tier can also be given over, increasing allocations to around 2,500. If the lower tier allocation is all that's taken up, then the upper tier is allocated to home supporters.
It used to be a case of 'sit right at the front of the tier, or you can't see all the goal at the near end or even the last few yards of the pitch'. However, the club has shortened the pitch, so this shouldn't be a problem any longer.
Parking is very limited in the streets surrounding the stadium due to the residential permit holder zones. Private car parks are the best bet with spaces opposite the BBC television centre recommended.
It is located at the end of Silver Road (near the Royal Mail unit) and costs £6 per vehicle. There are 75 spaces available, so it is best to get there early. Alternatively, you can do as a lot of others do and park on the outskirts of London or the immediate area and get the tube.
There is 'The Green' in Shepherds Bush. Exiting Shepherds Bush Underground Station, turn left and The Green is a short way down on the left. The pub sits across from Shepherds Bush Green where there are other pubs to be found nearby, such as O'Neills.
I have been to Loftus Road once as a Southampton fan. Below was the result:
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