Away Fans' Guide | Oxford United
With the dust still settling from a scintillating victory over Portsmouth at a sold-out Home Park at the weekend, Steven Schumacher's side are already travelling to their next Sky Bet League One stop - a Tuesday night encounter with Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.
The Pilgrims will once again be able to count on the backing of a packed out away end, with the Green Army mobilising another 1,500-strong contingent for the trip to Oxfordshire. Thank you for your superb support.
Joining us in Oxford? Read on for your away fans' guide.
Away fans' guide to the Kassam Stadium
Tuesday night's fixture will see the Yellows remember club legend Joey Beauchamp.
When the U’s face the Pilgrims it will have been just under a year since the passing of Joey, a moment that shocked Oxford United and the wider footballing community.
As well as being one of Oxford’s greatest-ever players, Joey was first and foremost the proud father of daughters Jessie and Bella.
Both the club and his family are raising money in Joey's memory which will be used to support the future and well-being of his girls and also to leave a true legacy for future years by also contributing to the club‘s charity Oxford in the Community to be used specifically for a Joey Beauchamp foundation in support of mental health.
£1 of every ticket sold for the game including Season Tickets and 50% of the matchday 50/50 draw prize pot will be donated to Joey’s daughters and the Joey Beauchamp foundation.
The U's are planning a display of Yellow to signify Beauchamp's affinity with Oxford.
Oxford United FC
The stadium is signposted on all major approach roads to Oxford with the brown “attraction” signs and a football icon. For GPS purposes, use postcode OX4 4XP. Away supporters should head for Car Park B1, opposite the VUE cinema.
Away coaches and minibuses should head to Car Park B1 via the main entrance, where they be directed to park in a designated area, please follow stewards directions. They will be escorted out of the ground after the game, usually shortly after the final whistle.
The nearest station is Oxford (OXF). If you arrive at Oxford Parkway (OXP) we suggest you take a connecting train to Oxford. Oxford Station is approximately five miles from the stadium.
From Oxford City Centre, the 3A runs every half hour from bus stop E1 near the new Westgate shopping centre. It stops at Grenoble Road on the south side of the stadium. For Tuesday night matches note that the last bus back to the city centre is currently at 9:50pm. Click here for more information.
From Oxford Station both the City5 and Stagecoach1 bus services run every five minutes to Sandy Lane West. The journey takes around 40 minutes and then it is a 15 minute walk to the stadium. Click here for more information.
These services are not operated by the football club and are subject to change: please check this link for up to date information before setting off.
Taxis will take around 20 minutes to get to the ground from Oxford station and will usually cost around £15-£20.
The stadium has unreserved spaces for around 2,000 cars at each game. Parking is free of charge and on a first come, first served basis. Away supporters should head for west car park B1 or B2. If these are full you will be directed to the overflow carpark which is past the VUE cinema and club shop.
Note that after most matches there is a security gate in place behind the North Stand which prevents direct access from the away end to the East car parks.
There is some street parking near the ground, with spaces between the stadium and the Watlington Road roundabout. Supporters should respect the residents’ only schemes that operate in the nearby streets, as well as the double yellow lines on approach roads. The restrictions apply to the wide grass verges as well as the roads.
Arrive as early as possible to get a parking space – there is only one road into the site, so the queues can become lengthy as kick-off approaches. Oxford United shares the car park with other facilities on the complex, including a cinema and bowling alley, and there can be a wait to exit the car park after the match. Be very careful with road parking and do not park on the grass verges – you will be very likely to get a parking ticket.
Sold out, all ticket fixture. Ticket collections are from the away ticket office in the North Stand (open from 6.45pm).
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Coaches depart at 12.45pm outside the Devonport End.
There are thirteen wheelchair bays on a raised platform in the away section, all with excellent views of the pitch. The away concourse has an accessible toilet (stewards have RADAR keys), and low level counters serving hot and cold food and drink.
There are several marked blue badge bays near to each stand, provided on a first come, first served basis. The most convenient for away supporters is in the north-west corner, accessed through car park B1.
Throughout your matchday, Oxford United’s approachable staff will be happy to help with any queries you may have. The U's have a team of uniformed Matchday Ambassadors to help you with your visit when you arrive. Inside the stadium, stewards will provide assistance and advice.
Away fans are seated in the North Stand along the side of the pitch. There is no standing area. Supporters may be permitted to bring musical instruments into the ground if they obtain prior permission from the Safety Officer. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stadium is a smoke-free zone: and smoking or the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted inside the stadium. There is usually a smoking pen available for use at half-time only.
For young people under 23 who need to take some time out, the U's have a specially equipped sensory area. Speak to a steward if you need to use this facility, or to find out more contact Oxford United's Disability Liaison Officer email@example.com
Oxford United Football Club operates a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour in any form and expects all supporters to treat each other with respect at Grenoble Road.
If you wish to report any incident of anti-social behaviour, either speak to the nearest steward or use the U's “Report It” line.
At the stadium there are concessions in each concourse selling hot and cold food (including burgers and excellent pies) and drinks. There are also outlets in the car park, usually located by the south-west and south-east corners of the ground. Note these operate cashless payment.
Across the road from the car park is the Ozone complex. There are several venues which welcome both home and away fans (for high-profile matches this may be reviewed, so we suggest you call ahead if in doubt) these include:
Frankie and Benny’s: bar and restaurant (pre-booking advised for meals) 01865 778309
Hollywood Bowl: bar and bar food menu, https://www.facebook.com/HWBOxford/
Refueling Bar at Gravitee Golf (1st floor): bar and pizzas, hotdogs. 10am – 11pm (01865 952646)
Vue Cinema foyer (2nd floor): soft drinks and takeaway snacks including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Fans' food tip
If you want something quick and easy, the burgers and the bacon rolls from the van in the south-west corner of the car park are freshly-made, very substantial and exceptionally good.
Home and away fans are usually welcome at the following pubs (for high-profile matches this may be reviewed, so we always suggest you give the pub a call if in doubt).
The Catherine Wheel in Sandford (OX4 4YP) serves food (Indian is their specialty) and a large selection of beers with real ale. Usually open from 12noon on match days. It’s a 20-minute walk to the stadium. Call them on 01865 580226 for reservation or further details. (https://www.facebook.com/TCWSANDFORD)
The George in Littlemore (OX4 4PU) is an old-fashioned pub with TVs and a beer garden. There is on-site car parking and it is then a 20-minute walk to the stadium (01865 779341).
The Golden Ball in Littlemore (OX4 4LQ) also serves food and has a beer garden and parking (01865 806558). It’s around a 15 minute walk to the stadium.
Express Holiday Inn and Hampton by Hilton are both located on the complex. Their restaurants and bars are closed to non-residents on matchdays.
A cash machine is located beside the VUE cinema. Please note there is a fee for using this machine.
Your trip would not be complete without a copy of the U's award-winning programme, which has excellent in-depth features on the visiting team. It costs £4 and is available from the away ticket office (cash) or the club shop (cash or card).
The club shop is located behind the VUE cinema, opposite the entrance to the overflow car park. It stocks the matchday programme plus a wide range of replica kit, leisure wear, scarves, hats and gifts. Open on matchdays from 11-3 and for an hour after the final whistle (10-19:45 for evening matches). www.oufcshop.co.uk 01865 747231
Sue and Michael run fan stalls outside the main reception doors of the South Stand. Sue stocks the current matchday programme; 50/50 (half time draw) tickets; a wide selection of souvenir badges and many other items of OUFC memorabilia. Michael has an extensive range of past programmes for home and away matches; team sheets; books and memorabilia (cash or card). Michael welcomes donations of Oxford United programmes.
For any feedback you wish to provide Oxford regarding their services and match day experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket Office: 01865 337533 email@example.com
Match day hospitality: 01865 337513
Supporter Liaison Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org