Capacity: 7,100 (Seated 2,136)
Address: High St, Aldershot, GU11 1TW
Telephone: 01252 320 211
Fax: 01252 324 347
Pitch Size: 117 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Shots
Year Ground Opened: 1926
Home Kit: Red and Blue
The Recreation Ground as it is better known is set in a pleasant setting with plenty of trees visible around its perimeter. On one side is the North Stand. This was built in 1932 and this covered stand runs the full length of the pitch. It has a central section of seating with covered terracing to either side. There is a Players Tunnel located right in its centre with the team dugouts located out front to either side. Behind the stand there is quite a large office block that overshadows it.
Opposite is the South Stand. Although opened in 1929 it looks quite tidy and if you did not know, you probably wouldn't realise that it was that old. This covered seated stand runs around half the length of the pitch and sits astride the halfway line. It does have some supporting pillars running across its middle, which could affect your view towards the back of the stand. There are portions of open terrace located on either side of this stand.
At one end is the East Bank covered terrace. This stand has a classic looking barrel-shaped roof and has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. Opposite is the High Street End. Until 2013 this area was unused for spectators having just a narrow path and some advertising hoardings. However to help the Club comply with League rules stipulating the number of seats that a ground must have, then a small prefabricated covered area was erected on one side of this end (towards the Main Stand). Called the Community Stand it comprises just four rows of seats and only runs from the corner flag to the goal area. It has a total seating capacity of 250. On the other side of this end is a two storey green portakabin that serves as a Police Control Box, otherwise, this end is unused for spectators. The ground benefits from an impressive set of floodlights.
In August 2015 the ground was renamed the EBB Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal.
The Club have submitted proposals to the local council to build a new stadium on the existing site of the present Recreation Ground. As the ground is owned by Rushmoor Borough Council then this will need to be a joint venture and judging by other Clubs who have been in a similar position, then a lengthy process too.
Away fans are housed in the South East corner of the ground. This comprises 212 covered seated places which are available in the South Stand and space for a further 1,320 standing supporters in the East Bank Terrace and a portion of open terrace extending around to the South Stand. The East Bank is shared with home supporters and there are a number of supporting pillars, which could obstruct your view. Although the East Bank is showing its age, at least it does allow a good atmosphere to be created and it does have that interesting barrel-shaped roof. Despite the club having done significant work to improve facilities for away supporters, they remain pretty basic. Refreshments are provided via a mobile catering unit, selling the usual fayre of Cheeseburgers (£4), Jumbo Hot Dogs (£3.50) and Chips (£2).
Please note that the away turnstiles are located at the opposite end of the ground to the High Street. They are accessed from Redlan Road and are a good ten minute walk uphill from the High Street. As you go past the La Fontaine pub on your right then further up on the left is a pathway (look for the Away Supporters Sign) leading through a small park and then down to the visiting fans entrance. The only access to away supporters permitted via the front entrance is for disabled supporters who now have two dedicated wheelchair bays in the away seats. Please enquire with the club for more information'.
Unfortunately, the La Fontaine Pub which was popular with away fans has now closed and the Clubhouse at the ground is for home supporters only. However just around the corner from where the La Fontaine pub was and not far from the away supporters entrance path to the ground, is a Fullers pub called the Royal Staff on Mount Pleasant Road. Elaine Taylor a visiting AFC Wimbledon fan adds; 'The Royal Staff was lovely. Not a huge pub, but good beer and a real fire. It is reasonably close to the away end and had a very friendly landlord'. Otherwise, other pubs are located along the High Street down the hill from the away entrance.
For fans coming in by train, or those walking down into the town from the away entrance, then the Crimea Inn is only a short walk away from the stadium (on the corner of the High Street and Crimea Road) and is popular with the away support, as well as the Beehive on the same road. Further down the High Street is the Queen Hotel, which is a Wetherspoon outlet. Otherwise, the ground is just a short walk away from Aldershot Town Centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found.
If driving into Aldershot along the A323 and you have a bit of time on your hands, then located nearby is the White Lion pub in Lower Farnham Road. This pub has up to six hand pulled ales (including beers from the Triple fff Brewery) and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It is around a 15-20 minute walk away from the football ground.
Leave the M3 at Junction 4 and take the A331 towards Farnborough/Aldershot. Continue towards Aldershot passing the North Camp turn off. At the next junction (Aldershot South) turn right at the roundabout towards Aldershot Town Centre (A323). Keep straight on this road and after going under a railway bridge, the ground is visible on your right.
There is little parking available at the ground itself. But if using the directions above then if you pass the ground on your right and then turn right at the next roundabout there is a small pay and display car park immediately on your right, which costs £2 for four hours. There is street parking available on roads off Redan Road, which is handy for the away entrance. Otherwise, most fans tend to park in one of the many Pay & Display car parks, located around the town centre.
Post Code for SatNav: GU11 1TW
Aldershot Railway Station is less than a ten minute walk away from the ground. Upon leaving the train station, go down the station approach and turn right into Windsor Way. Continue down Windsor Way passing the Holy Trinity Church on your left. The road bends to the left and leads into Victoria Road. Turn right along Victoria Road and at the bottom of the road you will see floodlights of the Recreation Ground in front of you.
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Adults £20, Concessions £16, Under 19's £7, Under 11's Free**
Adults £18, Concessions £14, Under 19's £5, Under 11's Free**
Concessions apply to; Over 60's, Members Of The Armed Forces, Students and Under 22's. Proof of concessionary status needs to be provided.
* A 10% discount is offered on these ticket prices if booked online (by midnight Wednesday for a Saturday match and or by midnight Sunday for a Tuesday match).
* *When accompanied by a paying adult. Maximum of two free Under 11' s per adult.
Official Programme £3
Woking and Farnborough, whilst there has been an historical rivalry with Reading.
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.
For Aldershot Town
7,500 v Brighton
FA Cup 1st Round, 18th November 2000
19,138 v Carlisle United
FA Cup 4th Round Replay, 28th January 1970
2018-2019: 1,744 (National League)
2017-2018: 2,429 (National League)
2016-2017: 2,296 (National League)
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Special thanks to Chris Hartford for providing the photos of the EBB Stadium Aldershot Town.