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Kassam Stadium- Oxford United FC Ground Guide

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
Well...its very easy, probably because you dont go anywhere near Oxford! The ground is as out of town as it gets. As a result, very well signposted as it seems they dont want any out of towners stumbling across the city centre!

If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
Its all free. The ground shares a car park with a retail park, so its massive and free. Unfortunately, that means it gets pretty full on a Saturday afternoon, there are stewards pottering about not giving any kind of directions at all, and it as its a one road in one road out kinda place, takes an eternity to get out...lovely.

Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
New ground, good views all around.

How Were The Stewards on The Day?
No problem

If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
I was staying with family locally so didnt eat.

How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
It was very good early on, but once Oxford put in potentially the worst performance Ive ever seen from a home side at a groundhop, it turned a bit nasty and they started protesting about the manager!

How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
There's a cinema next door? A burger van and a tent in the car park. Grim.

Overall Score Out of 10?
The absolute worst of new ground hell. And its only got 3 sides.
5/10
 

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I've always thought that Oxford's ground would benefit from having much tighter corners, because as it stands they are far too open - also if they were able to build another end like the one they have, then it would be a tidy ground.
 

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A shuttle bus operates between Oxford train station and the ground on match day. You get to suffer the same issues in getting away as well though.
Another ground I don't really care to visit again (not least because Oxford Utd fans have a bit of an aggro reputation and we have an absolutely awful record against them). The fence behind the one empty end kills it as well.
I'd give it 4/10 because at least you get an unobstructed view from the away side.
 

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
Cheap train journey from London, but when it comes from getting to the station to the ground, that's when things get interesting. Aside from a bus, your best bet (and the one that we usually opt for) is a cab. This takes around 15 minutes and split between a few of you is cheap in price. The fun part is coming back, when your cab has to get into a leisure complex car-park filled with football traffic to pick you up. If you're banking on a quick getaway, think again.

If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
Retail park - parking spaces galore.

Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
We're always given a corner of the stand opposite the mainstand, and views are always excellent. The only problem with an excellent view in a stadium like this, is that you're looking at two stands that are an exact replica of the stand you're in. There's no originality and as someone who loves old football grounds, grandstands et al, it's horrific. But yeah, an excellent view of proceedings.

How Were The Stewards on The Day?
Stewards were good and up for a laugh, someone nicked one of the guys hats when we scored and he was pretty happy and jokey about it. Stewards on the way in were also pleasant when checking bags and things.

If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
Food is pretty good from memory, although probably overpriced like all stadiums.

How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
You get a roar every so often from the stand behind the goal (Which stand behind the goal you ask? Well, the only one), but other than that it's pretty quiet. I can't recall any chants or anything like that, although the home fans located to the side of us were a decent bunch and some #banter was exchanged.

How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
Out of town leisure complex - the worst kind of away ground. There's a bar in the bowling alley which admits away fans and shows Sky/BT which is ok, but it's not exactly a great away day experience. You're more likely to knock back ten pins than ten pints. Otherwise your best bet is to stay in the town beforehand, although even there, with it being Oxford, alcohol does not come cheap and as a result is not much fun.

Overall Score Out of 10?
Oxford, only behind Northampton as one of the worst away days.

4/10.
 

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