Yesterday saw the release of the League One fixtures for the 22/23 season and the Grecians have been handed a trip to Lincoln City of the opening day of the season.
Here to help you plan your trip to Lincolnshire is a handy travel guide for the opening day of the season.
- Name: LNER Stadium, Sincil Bank, Lincoln, LN5 8LD
- Capacity: 10,780
- Year opened: 1895
Overlooked by Lincoln Cathedral, the Imps have at the LNER Stadium since it opened in 1895. Known colloquially as 'Sinny Bank,' the stadium is dominated by the large Co-operative Stand that holds just over 5,500 people and is home to the most vocal of the home support. Opposite is the 'main' SRP Stand which houses the benches, directors and press area, and is a unique looking stand in context of the whole ground, straddling the half way line yet only a third of the length of the pitch. Behind one goal is the Stacey-West stand. This is used as the away stand for most games. At the other end is the KryptoKloud End - a small seated stand which houses executive boxes and a supporters bar. It sometimes houses away fans, dependent on the size of the following. There is also a small 'Poachers Corner' seated stand between the KryptoKloud End and the SRP Stand which is often used by community initaives and university students.
How to get there
From Exeter, follow the M5 and M42 and A42 to the M1 before taking the A453 to Nottingham. Then follow the A52 to to the A46 Fosse Way through Newark-on-Trent and into Lincoln. The stadium is well signposted within the city.
There are several options for parking. The club recommend the Central Car Park (1,000 spaces) which offer a "Saturday Game Day" for match ticket holders. Other car parks include King Street (100), Tentercroft Street (380), Lucy Tower (420). South Common Car Park can also be booked online vua eticketing.co.uk/imps on a first come first serve basis for £5 per car (tickets for the car park must be booked in advance with no cash sales on the day).
Supporters with disabilities must contact the Ticket Office regarding parking by calling 01522 880011 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
At time of writing, a return train on Saturday 30 July from Exeter St Davids to Lincoln will set you back over £150 for a standard adult ticket via Trainline.
The 6.27 service from Exeter St Davids takes you to Birmingham New Street, where you will change to the 9.18 to Nottingham. In Nottingham, take the 10.38, arriving at Lincoln at 11.30am.
The return journey is via the same points, leaving Lincoln at 17.31, Nottingham at 18.45, and Birmingham at 20.12, arriving to Exeter at 22.44.
Grecian Travel will be running a supporters coach to this fixture. We will announce details when these have been confirmed.
Things to Do
Fancy making a weekend of it for our first League One match for ten years? With the season starting in late July, fingers crossed the weather is decent so Grecians can enjoy the delights of Lincoln - after all, we all know what it's like to LOVE a Roman City.
The Cathedral can be seen from miles around, and even from the stands at LNER Stadium. Explore what was once the tallest building in the world – a place of beauty and tranquillity.
The Castle on the hill was built by William the Conqueror to defend any future invasions of England. And it has stood strong ever since, even in the face of two Battles of Lincoln. Today it holds events, is home to a 1215 copy of Magna Carta, and you can walk the entire walls with stunning views across the city.
One of the most famous hills in England connects the busy city centre to the cobbled Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln! But fear not, there are plenty of unique shops, tea rooms, coffee houses, and historic pubs along the way to give you a rest and keep you refreshed.
The Waterfront is the perfect base for a day in Lincoln with restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, and a cinema for entertainment. You can also take a boat trip to explore more of the area or stay overnight with views from the 4th floor at one of the waterfront hotels.
International Bomber Command Centre
You will often hear echoes of Lincoln’s Royal Air Force past in the stands at LNER Stadium as air raid sirens and the Dam Busters theme are sung by home support. Discover this heritage for yourself just a 20 minute walk away past the South Common at the International Bomber Command Centre.
Find full details at visitlincoln.com/visitingfantips
Pubs for Away Fans
There is a small fan zone located outside the stadium which is for both home and away supporters. It has a number of food outlets, some with local produce and beer is available too. Close to Sincil Bank on the High Street is the Hop and Barley micropub. The Golden Eagle, which is a Castle Rock Brewery pub is also recommended. If arriving by train then not far from the station is the Marina area, which has a number of eating and drinking places, including a Wetherspoons pub called the Square Sail. When trying to find the Marina area, just look out for the large Odeon Cinema building, which is also on the same complex. Also near to Lincoln Railway Station is the Treaty of Commerce.