Green Army Guide

ARGYLE visit Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two this weekend and we are getting ready for the game with this Green Army Guide to our next destination.

The Jobserve Stadium was opened in 2008 and is now the home of Colchester United after the Club left their old Layer Road ground. The capacity of the whole ground is 10,105.

The ground is made up of four stands, the Main Stand on the west side of the pitch, which towers over the other three. All four the stands are single-tiered, covered and all-seated stands, with the Main Stand consisting of a row of executive boxes and corporate hospitality areas running across the back of it.

The Weston Homes Stand, at the South end of the stadium, also has a Police Control Box incorporated into it.

Visiting supporters are usually housed in the northern part of the JobServe Stand, where around 1,000 supporters can be accommodated but Clubs with a larger travelling support then have access to the Roman Cars Stand, where up to 2,000 supporters can be seated.

Blue and white has always been the club colours for Colchester United, ever since their first kit in 1937.

Your typical food is on sale in the kiosks behind the away end - pasties, pies, burgers and sausage rolls to name a few. The Club also allows access to the bar and toilets located on the concourse area of the Weston Homes Stand, before each home game, from 12:15pm.

Drinks can be taken outside of the stadium to enjoy the pre-match entertainment, such as live bands playing in the marquee. This is available to both home and away supporters.

The Jobserve Stadium is on the outskirts of Colchester, which means that there aren’t very many pubs around, the closest one being three quarters of a mile away, but it only admits home fans. There are, however, the Dog and Pheasant and the Balkerne Gate pubs, which both allow away supporters.

There are 700 car parking spaces available at the stadium that cost from £6 to £10- depending on how close to the exit you are parked. You must pre-book your car parking space in advance via the Colchester United website, all the spaces very frequently sell out.

However, if the spaces do sell out, fans are directed to an overspill car park located on the nearby industrial estate, which costs £8.