Information for supporters travelling to Hartlepool United this evening.
Post Code for Sat Nav: TS24 8BZ
Victoria Park is situated on Clarence Road, just north of the centre of Hartlepool.
From the North (A19)
Exit the A19 at signpost Hartlepool A179 and turn left onto the A179. Follow signs to Hartlepool for 1.3 miles over two roundabouts. At third roundabout, turn right (s/p Town Centre, Docks A179) onto Easington Road. Follow Town Centre A179 signs for 1.5 miles over two roundabouts.
At third roundabout (easily recognised by the big balls!) turn right onto Marina Way. At the next roundabout there are two choices – straight on and left to the parking at Jackson’s Wharf in the marina area, or right and then left at the lights into Clarence Road to the ground.
From the South (A19)
Exit the A19 at signpost Hartlepool A689, Motorway A1(M). At roundabout turn right (s/p Hartlepool A689) and continue on the A689 for 4.3 miles, through the village of Newton Bewley, to the roundabout by the Owton Lodge pub. Go straight on (s/p Town Centre A689) and follow Town Centre signs for 2.8 miles, over two roundabouts. At the traffic lights just past the Blacksmiths Arms on your left, go straight on. At the next traffic lights go straight on again over the bridge into the new marina complex and straight on again at the roundabout into Marina Way. This is the area for the Jackson’s Wharf parking. To get to the ground itself continue to the next roundabout and turn left (s/p The North A179, A1048). Turn left at the lights into Clarence Road to the ground. Should the A689 be closed – carry on along A19 until the A179 (see From the North).
From the Railway Station (Hartlepool)
It is about half a mile by foot to the ground. Walk out of the station to the main road (Church Street) and turn right. Follow the road and the floodlights come into view. Cross the main A179 and bear right into Clarence Road to the ground.
The official club car park at Victoria Park does have the occasional spaces available for sale on a matchday. Limited spaces may be available at £5 by calling Emma Wilkinson at the club in advance on 01429 272 584 (option 9).
There is parking available in the Millhouse Car Park, which is situated behind the Niramax Stand on Rium Terrace, off Raby Road. Spaces are charged at £3 each and, again, this is on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you are planning an overnight stay for your visit to Hartlepool, you can receive discount at The Melbourne Hotel by quoting Hartlepool United FC. Contact Mark on 01429 277776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic Commissioners guidelines - are followed as a matter of course.
The Traffic Commissioners’ Guidelines, together with the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985, as amended by the Public Order Act 1986, prohibits alcohol on a vehicle which :-
is either a public service vehicle or a vehicle adapted to carry more than 8 passengers (i.e., mini – bus) and ;
is being used for the principal purpose of carrying passengers for the whole or part of a journey to or from a designated sporting event.
Coach Operators are reminded to keep to the following new guidelines when carrying supporters to and from football matches :-
1. Coaches are not to stop within 10 miles of the venue either on route to or from the event unless prior agreement is obtained from the local Police Liaison Officer.
2. Unless directed otherwise by a Police Officer, coaches may not stop at premises where intoxicating liquor is sold unless it is sold as ancillary to a substantial meal.
3. Coaches are to arrive at the venue no earlier than two hours before and not later than one hour before kick-off.
4. Coaches are not to set down or uplift passengers at any unauthorised locations without prior permission of the police.
5. Coaches must leave the venue within one hour of the finish of the event.
The Commissioner has powers to attach conditions to Operators’ Licences in relation to journeys to and from football matches, but prefers to rely on co-operation between Operators and Police.
The Police have been asked to notify the Commissioner of any incidents where the guidelines have not been followed so that he may consider whether any conditions should be imposed.
Away fans information
The Smith & Graham Stand
Away supporters are situated in the Smith & Graham Stand (also known as the Rink End). This is an all-seated stand which has a maximum capacity of 1,035. There is no terraced area available for away supporters. There is space for 14 wheelchair users within the Smith & Graham Stand.
Away tickets are priced at £18 for adults and £9 for concessions (Over 60s, Under 19s, Students, Armed Forces – all with valid ID). Under 16s are just £5.
Ambulant /wheelchair disabled fans pay their relevant age category and are entitled to a free carer if in receipt of enhanced rate PIP/high rate DLA.
The Club Ticket Office is open from 10am to kick-off on a matchday. Turnstiles 1 & 2 on Clarence Road open approximately one hour prior to kick off and away fans can pay cash or card on the turnstiles.
You can contact Kate in the Ticket Office on 01429 272584 (option 2) or email email@example.com.
Food & Drink
There is a catering outlet inside the away end at Victoria Park that serves a selection of hot and cold snacks – including the famous foot-long hotdogs.
They also have a bar facility in the away stand. Please note, this will not be open when the expected away following is less than 150. However, there will then be alcohol on sale from the catering outlet in the away stand.
Also, away fans are welcome to enjoy a pre-match drink in the Centenary Bar, which is situated on Clarence Road. The Centenary Bar provides a friendly atmosphere for home and away supporters, where you can enjoy a pre-match pint while watching live football on TV (subject to availability).
The Blue Print is a popular and award-winning matchday programme and it is available for sale on the day of a game priced at £3.
Away fans waterholes
There is the Centenary Bar near the entrance to the away end, which allows visiting fans. At the same end but at the opposite corner, is the 'Corner Flag Supporters Bar' which also welcomes away fans. The entrance fee is 50p, but this basic bar has a good friendly pre-match atmosphere and televised sports, however, it does not serve any food. There is also a small bar located behind the Cyrill Knowles Stand. A little further beyond the Miramax Stand on Raby Road is the Millhouse Inn. It too shows football on television and also offers food. Popular with away fans is the Jackson's Wharf Pub near the ground. It has good food and real ale on tap. This pub is over the road from the ASDA store, to the left of the old sailing ship. Ronnie Chambers adds; 'The Engineers Social Club five minutes from the ground opposite the police station, just off the town centre is okay, as is the Raglan Club just behind the visitors end. Usual club rules apply regarding entry for these.'
Otherwise, the ground is not far from the town centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found. These include; beside the Camerons Brewery on Vicarage Gardens, the Causeway pub. Whilst next to the Brewery itself is the Brewery Tap.' Also on South Road is a Wetherspoons outlet called the King John's Tavern. The Causeway, Brewery Tap and King John's Tavern are all listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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