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A decent stadium for the Championship
Carrow Road (Norwich City FC)
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Carrow Road (Norwich City FC)
Advantages: Good atmosphere good food and reasonable capacity
Disadvantages: Will need expansion if they get back to the Premier League
Carrow Road is the home football ground of Norwich City Football Club. They currently play their football in the Coca Cola League One, but have already secured automatic promotion back to the Championship. There are many teams in League One which are big clubs and should be playing in the higher divisions, Leeds, Southampton, Millwall and Charlton to name a few and Norwich are definitely one of these sides; it wasn't too long ago that they were in the Premier Division! The people in charge of the club clearly believe they can make it back to the Premiership and have plans in place for expansion of the stadium should they return. The capacity of Carrow Road is currently 26,018, this is fine for League One and the Championship, but if they were to make it to the Premiership with a ground of this size they would surely lose out on revenue from gate receipts as they should be able to draw larger crowds with the lure of top flight football.
The stadium itself is approximately ten minutes walk from Norwich British Rail Station in the city centre. The city centre also has a number of car parks, so unlike many modern day stadiums in the middle of nowhere the transport links are pretty good.
The ground has been updated many times since it was officially opened in 1935. Since 1990 the ground has become all seated, following the Taylor Report and all views of the pitch are clear and unobstructed (meaning there are no pillars like you get at some of the older football grounds like Selhurst Park and Hillsborough). Essentially the ground is made up of four stands:
- The Norwich and Peterborough Stand
Situated behind one of the goals this stand was developed in 1979 at a cost of £1,700,000 and is very similar in design to the stands at Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park just on a slightly smaller scale.
- The Barclay
This stand was rebuilt in 1992 and was named after a former vice president of the club. Today it is the most atmospheric stand in the ground as it is where the more hardcore Norwich City supporters sit. Most of the chants and noise on match days tend to come form this direction.
- Geoffrey Watling City Stand
Developed in 1986 at a cost of £1,700,000 and of single tiered design, this stand is the smallest of the four. There are however plans to increase the capacity of this stand by removing the roof and building another tier on top should the club make it back to the Premier League.
- The Jarrold Stand
This is the most recently developed stand as it was reconstructed in 2006. It is a large single tiered cantilever structure and can hold around 8,000 supporters.
I like the fact that Carrow Road has been redeveloped in stages because this doesn't tend to happen much these days. Clubs are going through a trend of just moving stadium and I feel when this happens, a lot of the character and atmosphere attached with a stadium is lost. Carrow Road isn't like this and therefore has character and atmosphere in abundance.
Unlike many other football grounds the catering at Carrow Road is top knotch because lifelong fan and television chef runs the catering.
Although the stadium is owned by Norwich City and is predominantly used for their home games, the stadium has been used for many under 21 internationals and several concerts, including Status Quo and Elton John!
Overall, I think Carrow Road is a decent ground and I'm sure if Norwich can make it back to the Premier League then they will fulfil their promise in terms of further expansion. With the team now promoted back to the Championship, watch this space!
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Summary: Well worth a visit