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Three new grounds for the Dons

6 July 2022

As AFC Wimbledon gear up for our first season in League Two since 2016, we’ve picked out the new grounds that we’ll be visiting on the road ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Of course our supporters are no strangers to the likes of Gillingham, Northampton and Crawley but the likes of Colchester United, Harrogate Town and Salford City present some altogether new challenges as we seek to bounce back to League One at the first attempt.

Here, we take you through some must-sees at their stadiums and give you the lowdown on what you can expect ahead of some long away trips for the travelling Dons.

JobServe Stadium – Colchester United

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Capacity: 10,105 (all-seated)

Address: United Way, Colchester, CO4 5UP

Telephone: 01206 755 100         

What’s it like for away fans?

Visiting supporters are housed in the JobServe Stand, which is capable of housing up to 1,000 spectators.

Food on offer includes Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Cornish Pasties, Chicken Balti Pies, Steak & Ale Pies, Cheese & Onion Pasties, Sausage Rolls and Wedges.

The stadium itself is on the outskirts of Colchester, therefore the nearest pub is a fair distance away from the ground. The Dog and Pheasant on Nayland Road has been recommend by fans of other clubs and is said to offer a good choice of beers and food.

Travel

The stadium is roughly a two hour drive from the Plough Lane, whilst you can also get there via train – this takes about an hour direct from London Liverpool Street.

EnviroVent Stadium – Harrogate Town

Capacity: 4,108 (seated 600)

Address: Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SA

Telephone: 01423 210600

What’s it like for away fans?

Away supporters are housed on the Wetherby Road side of the ground, in the EnviroVent Stand. This is a fully terraced stand and houses up to 700 fans.

The food on offer is provided by a local company called Burgers & More – they have Gourmet Burgers and Pies, but also a tasty Beef Stew and the intriguingly named Wellington Burger.

The nearest pub is the Woodlands, which is a short distance back down the A661 Wetherby Road, heading away from town. There is also the Empress, which is a 10-minute walk in the opposite direction and offers a selection of food.

Travel

It takes approximately four and a half hours drive from the Cherry Red Records Stadium, whilst by train it takes roughly three hours – including one change depending on which route you elect to take from London.

Peninsula Stadium - Salford City

Capacity: 5,106 (seated 2,240)

Address: Salford, M7 3PZ

Telephone: 0161 792 6287

What’s it like for away fans?

Visiting fans are mostly housed in the East Terrace at one end of the ground, which has a capacity of around 1,200 – it is a full covered stand. For larger followings there is also an allocation of 200 seats.

Food on offer inside the ground includes; a selection of Pies, Pies with Peas and Gravy, Double Burgers (with Cheese and/or Onions), Burgers (with Cheese and/or Onions), Plain Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sausage & Chips, Cone of Chips and Tray of Chips (with Curry Sauce or Gravy).

Despite the stadium being situated in a residential area, there aren’t any pubs close by. The Star Inn on Back Hope Street in Higher Broughton is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the ground.

Travel

It takes an estimated four hours to drive to the Peninsula Stadium from Plough Lane, whilst by train it takes around three hours from London Euston to Salford Central.

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