A guide for first-time visitors to the Park
We know that visiting a football ground for the first time can potentially be a confusing and daunting experience. That’s why we’ve put together some information about Exeter City Football Club, for those planning to make their first trip to St James Park.
St James Park is located in the heart of Exeter, and like many traditional stadiums, is built right into the surrounding community and is situated a short walk from the city centre. The full address is: St James Park, Stadium Way, Exeter, EX4 6PX. The stadium holds a capacity of a little over 8,500 fans. For detailed information about visiting the Park, please refer to the Getting Here section of the website.
St James Park Redevelopment:
Please note: St James Park is going through a redevelopment throughout the whole 2017/18 season, meaning that there is only the IP Office Main Stand (Seated) and Thatchers' Big Bank (Standing) open.
The away end is closed, meaning that away fans are housed at the end of the IP Office Main Stand, capacity is set to 350 away fans only, so we recommend you check with your club that tickets are available before booking travel.
The IP Office Main Stand, which was opened in 2001, runs along the length of the pitch and offers a great view of the action at both ends of the ground. It is a covered all-seater stand, which from the 2015/16 season will house home fans in blocks E to K, and away fans only in blocks L and M. The Main Stand seats just over 2,100 fans, as well as offering several executive boxes for a premium match experience and an excellent view of the match.
On the opposite side of the pitch is the Stagecoach Family Stand (commonly referred to as the Old Grandstand), which runs parallel to Well Street. It is also an all-seater stand, and the right-hand portion is from 2015/16 designated as a family area. We recommend this stand for families and young children, and therefore we expect fans to be particularly mindful of their language and actions. This stand is part of the SJP Redevelopment project and will be knocked down and replaced with a new stand.
The Thatchers Big Bank has a reputation of being the loudest and most buoyant of the stands. It is a covered standing-only terrace with a maximum capacity of just under 4,000. The terrace is behind the goal, which offers an ideal view of goalmouth action at that end of the pitch.
The fourth area, behind the other goal, is the St James Road Terrace, which is for away fans only. A little over 1,000 away fans can fit in the terrace, which is standing-only and uncovered.
Both the Main Stand and the Thatchers Big Bank have disabled bays and an access ramp, and there is a designated area for disabled parking. Click here for our disability policy, and click here for more information about disability ticketing at St James Park. Please also refer to the Stadium Plan for a layout of the stadium by clicking here.
A majority of matches at St James Park are not all-ticket, meaning fans can pay on the day. Fans in standing areas are able to buy tickets on the turnstiles on their way into the stand, and tickets for seated areas can be bought from ticket booths near the entrances.
Tickets are also available to buy in advance of the match for all areas of the ground from the Reception at St James Park (entrance at the Main Stand). Very occasionally some matches, such as local derbies and cup matches, will be designated as all-ticket games. This means that fans will not be able to buy on the day, and tickets may have an increased price compare to normal. Please be sure to keep abreast of latest ticket news through the Tickets section on the website.
Tickets purchased online, or on the matchday should be collected at the Kirkham Gould ticket booth in red square.
Parking & Travel:
Because parking at the stadium is extremely limited, there is no parking for supporters on stadium premises on matchdays. There is limited residential parking in the local areas, and we ask all fans to be considerate if taking this option. There are also a number of car-parks within a ten-minute walk from the stadium.
The stadium is very well served by public transport. St James Park railway station is located just behind the Stagecoach Family Stand, and it lies on the Avocet Line (served by First Great Western trains). The line runs from Exeter St David’s (five minutes’ journey) through to Exmouth, and also first stopping at Exeter Central. Both Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central link the city to most major cities in the UK.
The E, F1 and F2 bus services stop right outside St James Park (ask the driver for Old Tiverton Road). The 1, 1B, P, T and RED services run to and from the Odeon cinema on Sidwell Street a few minutes’ walk away. Additionally, the Exeter Bus Station terminus is about ten minutes’ walk from St James Park – please refer to the Stagecoach website for the services which run to the Bus Station, as well as directions to the Park from there. For full travel information, please visit our Getting Here section.
We are always pleased to help fans and are always keen to make sure that they have a great matchday experience – win, lose or draw! If you have any queries of any nature, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing: email@example.com or ringing 01392 411243.
Things To Do In Exeter
If you’re making a weekend of it, or you’ve arrived in town with a lot of time to spare ahead of kick-off, there are many interesting ways to spend your time.
Did you know that Exeter Prison was the site of the last hanging for witchcraft in 1682?
Here are some other cultural highlights to be found around the city:
1: Exeter Cathedral
Cathedral Church of Saint Peter at Exeter is an Anglican cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Exeter. Founded in 1050, the current building was completed circa 1400. The clock that was the inspiration for the classic nursery rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock” hangs above the door to the North Tower with the Medieval cat flap; on a related note, the cathedral is the only one in the country to have had a cat on its payroll at one point in history!
2: Exeter Quay
Located just a twenty-minute walk from St James Park, Exeter Quay is the best place in town to walk on a sunny morning. Enjoy restaurants with a view or take part in one of the Quayside Red Coat Guided Tours, and even venture as far as the 2,000-year-old city walls, of which 70% still remains.
One of the most exciting developments in Exeter City centre has been the regeneration of the Princesshay shopping area, which stands on the site of the old St. John’s Hospital School, all that remains of which is the Blue Boy statue right in the heart of the area. Filled with the best of cafes, restaurants, shopping outlets and local businesses, Princesshay is the place to be seen. For a full list of restaurants and outlets at Princesshay, see here.
4: Underground Passages
Take in a tour of the underground passages and walkways that formed the core of the city’s foundations. Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument; no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain.
5: Castle and Northernhay Gardens
Incorporating a good stretch of Roman wall and the only length of Saxon town wall to be seen in England, Northernhay Gardens are of outstanding historic significance.
The site of Northernhay Gardens was quarried in Roman times for stone from which to build the adjacent city walls. During the Norman period it formed part of the defences of Rougemont Castle. In 1612, the City Chamber laid out the grounds for public recreation. The early park was destroyed in the Civil War when, in 1642 large new defensive ditches were dug outside the walls for the city's defence. Today the gardens offer a tranquil break from the bustle of the city, and were recently used as the city’s official Rugby World Cup FanZone.
6: Royal Albert Memorial Museum
The awards continue to stream in for Exeter’s RAMM museum, which was crowned 'Museum of the Year' and awarded the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for its redevelopment project. Chair of Judges, Lord Smith of Finsbury, said of the Museum at the time: “The new Royal Albert Memorial Museum is quite simply a magical place.” Located just a few doors down from Exeter Central station, the RAMM is easily accessible and is right in the middle of town.
7: Woollen Trail / Other trails
Fancy an adventure? Travel around historic Exeter by following the trail of signs located all over the area, with a number of differently-themed self-guided tours.
Take the City Wall trail, the Exeter Woollen trail, the University Sculpture trail and the Medieval trail, each with their own different take on the city. All easily walkable within an hour, these are a brilliant means of passing the time while also providing an engrossing educational benefit for the kids as well.