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Hull City FC
KC Stadium

Capacity: 25,404 (all seated)
Address:
The Circle, Walton St, Hull, HU3 6HU
Main Telephone No: 01482 504 600
Fax No: 01482 304 882
Ticket Office: 01482 505 600
Ticket Office Fax: 01482 304 923
Team Nickname: The Tigers
Year Stadium Opened: 2002
Pitch Size: 114 x 78 yards
Shirt Sponsors: 12 Bet
Home Kit Colours: Amber & Black
Away Kit Colours: Black With Amber Trim
3rd Kit Colours: Sky Blue & White
Kit Manufacturers: Umbro
Official Web Site: www.hullcityafc.net
Unofficial Web Sites:
Amber Nectar
Hull City Online
Southern Supporters
Vital Hull (Vital Football Network)


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Contents
What's The KC Stadium Like?
Future Ground Developments
KC Stadium
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

MKM South & Cranswick plc (West) Stands
(photo)
Where To Drink?
North and Neil Hudgell Solicitors (East) Stands (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
Looking Towards The MKM South Stand
(photo)
By Train
Local Rivals

Cranswick plc (West) Stand
(photo)
Admission Prices

Fixtures 2014-2015
Ground Layout

Programme Price
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Boothferry Park
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Away Section (video)
KC Stadium Location Map


What's The KC Stadium Like?
The Club moved to the KC Stadium in December 2002 after leaving their former Boothferry Park home where they had been resident for 56 years. It cost almost £44m to build, by Birse Construction and is home to both Hull Football & Rugby League Clubs. I'm not a fan of most of the bland new grounds, but the KC Stadium is an exception to this rule. Built in a parkland setting, the stadium can be seen for some distance around and has won a number of awards for its impressive design.

The stadium is totally enclosed, with the West Stand being around twice the size of the other three sides. The roof rises up and curves around the West Stand, giving the stadium an interesting look. Inside the curves continue as each of the stands slightly bow around the playing area, drawing the eye to sweep panoramically around them. Apart from the West Stand, each of the other three stands is single tiered. The West Stand also benefits from having a row of executive boxes running across its middle. There is a large video screen at the North End of the stadium, where the Police Control Box is also situated. The P.A system within the stadium is also excellent.  

Future Ground Developments
Craig Harper informs me; 'The Club have plans to add an additional tier to both the East & South Stands, which will increase the capacity of the KC Stadium to around 34,000'. However, no firm timescales have been announced as to when this may take place.

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KC Stadium


KC Stadium - External view photo

Special thanks to Colin Pay for supplying the above photo.

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located in the North Stand End of the ground, where up to 4,000 supporters can be housed, although the normal allocation is half that number. The facilities available are good, plus there is not a bad view of the playing action to be found anywhere (although you are a little set back from the pitch). On the concourse alcohol is available, plus burgers, Hollands pies etc.. I found the atmosphere to be good within the stadium, but unfortunately there is an element of Hull support that feel the need to berate away supporters throughout the game, which was somewhat unsavoury.

Dave Winsor a visiting Nottingham Forest fan adds; 'Our seats were roomy and comfortable with a raised behind the goal view. Plenty of leg room and helpful stewards along with a nice fat matchday programme and a really good selection of food and drink from the concourse all contributed to the favourable impression. An interesting ground with much more to it than the usual depressing flat pack stadium of some other designs'. Phil a visiting West Ham United fan tells me; 'The stadium is great with good facilities on the concourse. I was located right at the back of the away section and the view was very good with no obstructions'.

Please note that the stadium has been designated a no standing area, which on the face of it seems a little ridiculous. This has led to some unpleasant confrontations between away fans and stewards, so you have been warned. Craig Waites a visiting Bradford City fan adds; 'On my last visit I felt the Policing was over the top. It was like going back to the 1980's'. Owen Robson a visiting West Ham United fan informs me;
'The West Ham fans stood up throughout the entire game, without any hassle from stewards or Police. I presume this was because of the huge away support on that day.'

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MKM South & Cranswick plc (West) Stands


Cranswick plc West & MKM South Stands

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Where To Drink?

Tim Jones a visiting Aston Villa supporter informs me; 'The Brickmakers pub virtually opposite the stadium car park entrance allows in away fans. It has a good atmosphere and the Hull fans there were friendly. It also has a big screen showing Sky Sports and a burger van outside'. Whilst fellow Villa fan Neil Tate adds; 'There is also the nearby Walton Street Social Club that also admits away supporters. Although it costs £1 to go in, it has good cheap beer, is of a good size and offers a separate area for sale of food such as burgers and chips etc.. There were plenty of fellow Villa fans in there during our recent visit. Turn right out of the main car park entrance and it is down the road on the left hand side.' 

There are a number of other pubs within a few minutes walk of the stadium, but these are all designated as being for home supporters only. Most Hull fans still seem to be heading for pubs situated around Boothferry Park. These are best avoided by away fans particularly the Silver Cod pub. Otherwise you can head for the nearby City Centre, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Sam Carroll suggests the 'Linnet & Lark' on Princes Avenue. As Sam says; 'It has lots of TVs showing Sky Sports, making it perfect to watch the early or late kick off games. It is a 15 minute walk away from the stadium, going across the pedestrian footbridge over the railway line. Also there are a number of other bars dotted along Princes Avenue, which should be okay for away fans to drink in. These include PAVE, which has a great selection of beers from all around the world and quality food. Look out for their "matchday special"  pint, pie, peas and mash for just £6. There is ample parking in the streets off the avenue. Closer to the stadium around a 15 minute walk up Walton Street, is the Avenues pub on Chanterlands Avenue, that welcomes both home and away supporters.'

Robert Walker adds; 'If you are walking to the stadium from the City Centre there are several pubs on Spring Bank, including the Editorial and the Tap and Spile. Or there is the Admiral of the Humber (a Wetherspoons outlet) on Anlaby Road near Hull Paragon Railway Station'. This Wetherspoons pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Andy Beill adds; 'I'd recommend The Punch Hotel pub. It is situated in the town centre next to the Princes Quay shopping centre, so not far from the train station. It does great homemade food'.

Otherwise alcohol, Carling & Marstons are served within the stadium at £3.20 per pint. However for some high profile matches, the club do not provide alcohol to away supporters.

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North and Neil Hudgell Solicitors (East) Stands


North and East Stands

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How To Get There & Where To Park

From The West:
At the end of the M62, continue onto the A63 towards Hull. Stay on the A63 and the stadium is clearly signposted (KC Stadium and a football symbol) as you approach Hull. About one mile from the centre of Hull leave the A63 (just after you pass B&Q on the opposite side of the carriageway and is sign posted Local Infirmary) and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout. Turn left at the lights and then over the flyover, right at the next lights and the ground is down on the right.

From The North:
Leave the A164 at the Humber Bridge Roundabout and take the first exit into Boothferry Road.  The stadium is 3 miles down this road on the left.

From The South:
Take the M1 to Junction 21A take the A46 exit to Braunstone Frith/ Kirby Muxloe/ B5380 then keep right at the fork, follow the signs for A46 Newark and merge onto A46 and follow it to just past Lincoln and at the roundabout take the first exit for Humber Bridge and  then at the third roundabout after about 21 mile onto the A15 take the Third Exit for the M180/ Humber Bridge and then take the M180 to Junction 5 and take the sign for Hull/ Hull Airport then at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A15 and cross the Humber Bridge (cost £2.50 for Cars £4 for Buses) then at the roundabout take the third exit (Signposted City Centre) and then turn left at the lights and then over the flyover, right at the next lights and the ground is down on the right.

Thanks to John Aitken from the Wanderers Annual for providing the 'From the South' directions.

Car Parking

Jo Johnson informs me; 'the stadium has its own massive car park right next to the stadium, with access from Walton Street. It is floodlit, with a covered surface (that is, not a mud bath) and open to home and away supporters alike. If you get there early and want to go into the City centre, there is a park and ride bus to and from the car park. The cost of parking at the stadium is £5. It's easier to park at Hull than at any ground I know of - but there is one drawback, namely, getting away again at the end of the game. It can take up to half an hour or more, if you park a long way from the exits'. Tony adds; 'There are two exits from the car park onto Walton Street after the game. The right hand exit is often the quickest to leave by. As you turn right out the car park, this leads to Spring Bank West, where you have to turn left. Follow this road onto the next roundabout and turn left into Calvert Lane. Cross one set of traffic lights into North Road then at the next set of traffic lights turn right onto Boothferry road (you'll see the old Boothferry Park floodlights just off to your left). This takes you onto the A63'.

Alternatively there is a Park & Ride facility signposted off the A63 (shared with home supporters). Many fans opt to park in one of the many town centre car parks and then walk out to the stadium. Chris Bax adds; 'It is perhaps easiest is to park at the Infirmary (clearly signposted from the A63) where parking is only £5 for 4 hours.  It's a 10-15 minute walk to the ground from there'.

Whilst Robert Walker adds; 'The most convenient car park in the city centre is the Pryme Street multi-storey car park, which is open to 7.30pm. Leave the A63 at the Myton Street exit and head North towards the city centre. You will pass Paragon station on your left. At the next traffic lights turn right into Spencer Street and then immediately left into Prospect Street and follow road round to the right into Pryme Street. Car park entrance is on right. There is also an NCP car park at the end of Pryme Street and Council surface car parks off Freetown Way. To walk to Stadium cross over Ferensway and walk along Spring Bank. Turn left onto Derringham Street by Polar Bear pub and then right onto walkway to the stadium'. Marcos Brown-Garcia tells me; 'The housing estate directly opposite the Hull Royal Infirmary offers lots of free on street parking spaces. This estate has no parking regulations.'

Please note that some residential areas near to the stadium have been made residents only parking zones, so don't park there as you may well end up with a parking fine. John Womersley adds; 'There is some street parking less than five minutes walk away. Leave the A63 at the Humber Bridge Roundabout and take the first exit into Boothferry Road. Pass Boothferry Park and forward onto Anlaby Road towards the Hull Royal Infirmary, You will pass the KC stadium on your left. Go over the flyover, and turn right at "The Eagle" pub into Coltman St then take the 2nd right into Cholmley St then 4th right into the Boulevard. There are many side streets without parking restrictions. To get to the ground simply walk to the top of the Boulevard and go up the pedestrian walkway to the stadium. To Get home simply go the other way down the Boulevard, then left into Hessle Rd, after 1/4 mile you'll come to a roundabout which takes you onto the A63 (Clive Sullivan Way) and M62.

Map showing the location of the KC Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
HU3 6HU

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Looking Towards The MKM South Stand


Looking Towards The MKM South Stand photo

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By Train
The Stadium is around a 20 minute walk away from Hull Paragon station. Turn left at the end of the railway station platform and then left into the bus station (without going outside the station). Exit the bus station at the far end. Walk past Tesco on your right, cross over Park Street at the traffic lights. Following blue pedestrian signs to KC Stadium go along Londisborough Street (where there is a handy fish and chip shop). Cross Argyle Street and onto pedestrian walkway and bridges over railway lines to stadium. For away end turn right at the bottom of steps. Thanks to Brian Scott a visiting Ipswich Town supporter for the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Local Rivals
Leeds United, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.

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Cranswick plc (West) Stand


Cranswick plc (West) Stand photo

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Admission Prices
Like a number of Clubs Hull City operate a category system (A,B & C) whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B & C prices in brackets:

All areas of the stadium:
Adults £35 (B £30) (C £22)
Over 65's/Under 23's £22 (B £18) (C £15)
Under 16's £15 (B £10) (C £5)
Under 11's £8 (B £5) (C £3)

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Hull City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Ground Layout


KC Stadium layout

For a stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
Then visit the KC Stadium website.

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Programme
Official Programme: £3.

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Disabled Facilities
Paul Robinson informs me; 'The disabled facilities are state of the art. Every stand in the stadium has a purpose built Disabled user platform, easily accessible from the wide concourse that circumnavigates the inside of the whole stadium. Stewards patrol every Disabled access area on the outside of the stadium, and if assistance is required itís there on hand. Once through the entrance and up the lifts, the concourse awaits with its bars, food kiosks and betting shops. Throughout the concourse are TVís showing Sky Sports as well as highlights of Hull City games. Once through the entrance into the arena, (curiously titled ĎVomitoriesí) the Disabled platform awaits with plenty of space for wheelchairs, and seats for their companions. The St Johns ambulance are stationed at the platforms which is also a good idea, as they are immediately on hand.

The platforms themselves have a great position in each of the stands. Each stand has two platforms, and there is easy access seating and space for a wheelchair at pitch side. The Kingston Communications Stadium has arguably the top facilities in the country for disabled supporters and provides 304 spaces for wheelchair users and their helpers. There are also a further 300 spaces for the ambulant disabled. Wireless audio commentary is also available. Admission is free for wheelchair users while the carer pays the admission price for the relevant area of the stadium. Wheelchairs can also be hired if required to assist from their car to the seating area. Proof of ID, car registration number, and a refundable £5 deposit are required. Half time refreshments can be pre-ordered and delivered to the disabled areas. For home fans who are in receipt of DLA a parking space immediately outside the stadium is available, and visiting fans who wish to book a space should contact the club.' Admission prices for wheelchair and helper are £16 in the West Stand and £14 for other areas.

For further details of the disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

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Record & Average Attendance

At The Kingston Communications Stadium:
25,030 v Liverpool
Premier League, May 10th 2010.

At Boothferry Park:
55,019 v Manchester United,
FA Cup 6th Round, February 26th, 1949.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 24,117 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 17,369 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 18,790
(Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of The KC Stadium
Steve Ridgley (Southampton) 11/2/14
Philip Pegram (West Ham United) 29/9/13
Joshua Biggs (Crawley Town) 28/1/12

Josh Brennan (Portsmouth) 23/10/10

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Boothferry Park
To see photos of Hull's former Boothferry Park ground then visit the Old Grounds and Stands Section of the Guide.

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Hull Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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View From The Away Section



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.

Map showing the location of the KC Stadium, Railway Station and Listed pubs

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Last Updated: 26 August 2014