Waterford Regional Sports Centre
5,500 (Seats 3,100)
Address: Cork Road, Waterford
Telephone: 353 51 377995
Pitch Size: 105 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1993
Home Kit: Blue With White Trim
Primarily the Waterford Regional Sports Centre is a local authority owned athletics stadium, which has also been home to Waterford FC since it was opened in 1993, after they vacated their old Kilcohan Park ground. At that time the Regional Sports Centre Stadium had only one Main Stand on the Cork Road side of the stadium. In 2009 a second stand was built on the opposite Tramore Road side.
The Main Cork Road Stand is an all seated covered stand, that has a capacity of just under 1,300. It runs for around a third of the length of the pitch and sits astride the half way line. It has an interesting tall sloping roof and glass windshields to either side. Apart from at the very back of the stand, it is free of supporting pillars that could hinder your view. Due to the presence of an eight land running track, plus long jump run and sand pit, it is set well back from the grass playing area. A couple of dugouts are positioned at the front of this stand at the side of the pitch.
Opposite the Tramore Road side which has a capacity of 1,760 seats. It is longer in length than the Main Stand but is not as tall. This also has windshields to either side and is free of supporting pillars. Both ends do not have any real provision for spectators and just have a surrounding fence and are unused for football matches. The stadium has an unusual array of eight tall floodlights, which are grouped in four pairs, two of which are located on either side of the two stands. In 2017 the pitch was voted the best in the League of Ireland, the second time that it has received that accolade in two years.
Away fans are housed on one side of the Tramore Road Stand, where around 800 fans can be housed. This stand is shared with home supporters, which can make for a good atmosphere. The facilities within the stand are fine, however, the main drawback is that due to the athletics track fans are set well back from the pitch. Still normally a friendly and relaxed day out. Catering inside the ground are primarily in the form of some mobile catering units serving the obligatory, burgers, hot dogs and chips. On the nearby Retail Park there are a number of other eating outlets including, a McDonalds and Rockin' Joes Diner, both located on Cork Road.
There isn't a club house bar at the Stadium, nor any other pubs close by. There is the Norris Bar on Slievekeale Road about 15 minutes walk north of the stadium, but this is the main pub used by home fans. So either grab beer en route to the ground or else Waterford City Centre is about a 15 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs and bars to be found.
From Dublin and the North
At the end of the M9, take the first exit onto the N9 towards Waterford. Continue along the N9 and the R448 and on reaching Waterford Railway Station on your left, take the second exit at the roundabout to cross the river towards the City Centre. Keep straight on this passing a Texaco Garage on your left and on reaching a junction with 'Kebab Palace' on your right bear left (second exit) onto Morrison's Road. At the end of Morrison's Road, you will reach a T-junction (Blue Jade is on the right) where you turn right onto Cannon Street. Take the first exit at the roundabout. Continue down the hill at the second set of traffic lights turn left and at the next roundabout take the third exit onto the R680 Cork Road and the entrance to the RSC is just down on the left.
From the South and Cork
Follow the N25 towards Waterford. On reaching the roundabout that is the junction with the R680, take the third exit onto the R680 towards Kilmeaden. Go straight across two roundabouts heading towards Waterford City Centre. On reaching a Maxol Petrol Station and Aldi Store on your left, the entrance to the RSC is opposite Aldi on the right.
From Limerick and the West
Follow the N24 and then the R680 towards Waterford. On reaching the outskirts of Waterford continue along the R680, towards Waterford City Centre. On reaching a Maxol Petrol Station and Aldi Store on your left, the entrance to the RSC is opposite Aldi on the right.
From Wexford and the East
Follow the N25 and then R711 into Cork. On reaching the roundabout just before Waterford Railway Station on your right (the tall white office block on your right), take the first exit at the roundabout to cross the river towards the City Centre. Keep straight on this passing a Texaco Garage on your left and on reaching a junction with 'Kebab Palace' on your right bear left (second exit) onto Morrison's Road. At the end of Morrison's Road, you will reach a T-junction (Blue Jade is on the right) where you turn right onto Cannon Street. Take the first exit at the roundabout. Continue down the hill at the second set of traffic lights turn left and at the next roundabout take the third exit onto the R680 Cork Road and the entrance to the RSC is just down on the left.
The car park at the ground is for season ticket holders only. There is some street parking available along Cork Road and some side streets off it. Whilst some local businesses also provide matchday parking for which they charge.
Waterford Railway Station is located on the North side of the River Suir and is around 7km away from the Waterford Regional Sports Centre which is located in the south of the city. It is really too far to walk, so either take a taxi or bus. If you walk across the nearby Rice Bridge across the river and once across, you will see the open air Bus Station. From here you can take Bus No 360 (destination Tramore). The bus runs every 30 minutes and takes around ten minutes to reach Tramore Road which runs beside the stadium. View the 360 Bus Timetable (PDF file). Waterford Railway Station is served by trains from Dublin Heuston and Limerick Junction.
Under 14's €5
Official Programme €4
8,500 v Shelbourne
FAI Cup Semi-final, 4th April 1997
2019: 1,597 (Premier Division)
2018: 2,314 (Premier Division)
2017: 1.550 (First Division)
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Special thanks to Trevor Fox and Owen Pavey for providing photos of the Regional Sports Centre Waterford and information for this page.