All the things you need to know before travelling to Oxford
Ground: The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP
Telephone: 01865 337 533
Club Colours: Yellow and Blue
Nickname: The U’s
Official Club Website: www.oufc.premiumtv.co.uk
Brief Directions By Road
This is one of the most signposted grounds in the country and clear directions from every angle are on offer. For simplicity take the M40 until its junction eight, where the road splits onto the A40 signposted Cheltenham and Oxford (A40). After approx seven miles at the Headington roundabout turn left onto the A4142 where you will be directed to the ground which is situated on the Oxford Science Park.
Car parking for 1,600 cars at the ground for no charge! This seems an awful lot but the park fills up extremely quickly. An additional 400 car parking spaces are now available at the Ozone cinema and bowling alley complex adjacent to the stadium, which are also free to use.
Directions By Train
The station is a serious walk away (over two miles) and the only options open to you are taxi or the 601 bus service which takes half an hour from the station to the ground. Return ticket is about £3.00 and buses run every ten minutes before and after the game. A taxi will cost about a tenner – made for sharing!
The coach will leave the Pavilion at 4.45pm and the ticket price is £20. The Pav will open at approx 3.15pm for pre journey refreshments. Discounts on travel are available for season ticket holders and club members. Bookings for coach travel for all this season’s away games can be purchased online or by calling 020 8449 6325.
Eating And Drinking Locally
There is a bar available for away fans on the concourse under the stand and ground catering is normal football offerings. The Blackbird in Blackbird Leys is fairly close to the ground but gets very busy. It is a brisk 10 minute walk from the stadium. The Priory can be found behind the car park and is a popular haunt of away fans – good bar food available here.
The best bet is to find a pub on route - The Catherine Wheel in Sandford On Thames (A4074 Henley Road) looks good, serving meals from 12.00. Reckless Recommendation, saving the best to last! The Mole Inn in the village of Toot Baldon OX44 ONG. It is a quite beautiful pub/restaurant for those of you like me with a bit of style.
Admission Prices & Programme
Oxford have the same arrangement as at Northampton where supporters are directed to purchase a ticket form the ticket office as no cash is accepted at the turnstiles. FREE! Booking in advance and paying by credit or debit card will save you a couple of quid on the price but you will have to order at least 3 days in advance of the game to guarantee delivery. (Might be an issue with the game coming up on Tuesday)Telephone: 01865 337 533 Collecting prepaid tickets on the day is also an option but be prepared for a long queue!
For over eight centuries there have been thousands of celebrities to spot in the City as it is a British centre of learning. Those born here include Prof Steven Hawkins, Hugh Laurie and Mark “Oliver!” Lester. Ronnie Barker lived here as a child as did Lawrence Of Arabia or TE as his mates knew him. J R R Tolkien was also a resident when writing Lord of the Rings. Radiohead used to rehearse in the old manor Ground social club in the 1980s. These days you are more likely to bump into Rowan Atkinson. Sir Richard Branson, Tim Henman and Sir Roger Bannister if you can catch him!