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Selhurst Park

Selhurst Park is an association football stadium located in the London suburb of Selhurst in the Borough of Croydon. It is the home ground of Crystal Palace Football Club playing in the Premier League.

The stadium was designed by architect Archibald Leitch and opened in 1924. The stadium has hosted one international football match as well as games for the 1948 Summer Olympics. Part of the stadium incorporates a branch of Sainsbury's. The stadium was shared by Charlton Athletic F.C. from 1985 until 1991 and then by Wimbledon F.C. from 1991 until 2003.

Club Factfile

  • NAME: Crystal Palace
  • NICKNAME: The Eagles, The Glaziers
  • FOUNDED: 10th September 1905
  • TRADITIONAL COLOURS: Red and blue stripes
  • LOCAL RIVALRY: Brighton & Hove Albion

Ground Factfile

  • CAPACITY: 26,074
  • RECORD ATTENDANCE: 51,801 (v Burnley, 1979)
  • ADDRESS: Selhurst London, SE25 England
  • YEAR OPENED: August 1924
  • PITCH SIZE: 110 x 74 yards


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Ground Information

Selhurst Park has a present capacity of 26,309 and is an excellent example of a traditional English football stadium. It was also the home of the first ever ground sharing scheme when Charlton Athletic moved in temporarily in 1985 whilst the Valley was redeveloped.

The stadium itself has a real football feel to it. The atmosphere is regularly very good, and the noise created by home fans on cup games is rarely beaten at this level. Given the choice, sit behind either goal for the best views and to avoid structural pillars.

Away fans

Visiting supporters are now situated in one side of the Arthur Wait Stand at the end closest to the Whitehorse Lane End. Over 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated here but there are many bad seats that need to be avoided if possible.

Seats toward the rear of the stand are wooden with little leg room and hindered views from an overhanging roof and a supporting pillar.

Away pubs

Wetherspoons Pub and there are also plenty of Kebab and Chip shops available on the route to the ground.

Away fans are best off heading towards Flora Sands which is a Wetherspoons pub, opposite Thornton Heath railway station. Alternatively, the Prince George is a small family run Pub that welcomes home and away fans.

Car Parks & Public transport

There is plenty of street parking in the local area, but a lot of it has been converted to residents only on match days or pay and display with a four hour limit. Make sure you allow yourself some extra time to make the journey as it's a very busy area especially on Saturdays.

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