ARGYLE travel to face Forest Green at the New Lawn in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday and we had a look at a new venue for the Pilgrims.
Forest Green Rovers have been based at the New Lawn since 2006 after having moved from their original home, The Lawn Ground. The New Lawn ground is situated on top of a fairly steep hill and is rather exposed to the elements. It’s not far from the site of their old ground, which has now been redeveloped for housing.
The stadium is made up of four stands. the Main (East) Stand at one side of the pitch, with a capacity of 1,881. This is where all the executive boxes are located, as well as the dug-outs being situated at the front of it.
Opposite this is the small, open West Terrace which only goes as far as seven steps up. There is another terrace on one side of this, called the South Stand and there is also the North end of the ground, at the Nympsfield Road end of the ground, which is a covered terracing stand.
The full capacity of New Lawn totals 5,141, with 2,000 seats available.
Away fans are housed in the West Terrace, which has a capacity to hold around 1,000 fans. In summer 2018, there was also a temporary covered area that was installed towards the South Stand and increased the capacity with another 200 seats.
The club has stuck with their colours since the 2012-13 season, when they first appointed their bright green kit.
There are food and drink facilities both inside and outside the ground. The food on offer inside the ground is all vegan. Veggie burgers, Quorn-filled pies, chips, chip butties and chips in curry sauce are all available.
Alternatively, there is a marquee bar situated near to the away turnstiles, which will allow away supporters, as well as pubs nearby. For example, the George is an atmospheric pub and just a 15-minute walk from the ground. There is also the Britannia on New Market Road, which is also a 15-minute walk.
There is no parking available at the club car park unless you are a blue badge holder and you have pre-booked your space. An alternative place to park is down Nympsfield Road at Nailsworth Primary School, which offers parking at £5 per space.