4,000 (seated 998)
Address: Balmoor Terrace, Peterhead, AB42 1EQ
Telephone: 01779 478 256
Fax: 01779 490 682
Pitch Size: 105 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blue Toon
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and White
Balmoor Stadium has two virtually identical stands that run down each side of the ground. Both these all seated stands are roughly of the same height and are covered. The seating areas are raised above pitch level, which means that supporters need to climb a small set of stairs at the front of the stand to access them. The West Stand has windshields at either side of it. Both ends of the ground are open and don't have any formal terracing.
Peterhead, joined the Scottish Football League at the beginning of the 2000/2001 season. One of the reasons why they were invited to join the league, was certainly their move to the Balmoor Stadium, which was opened in 1997. Previously the Club played at Recreation Park, which was sold for re-development to a supermarket chain.
David Gray informs me; 'The Balmoor Stadium is a friendly place where away fans are always made welcome. There is normally no segregation, so opposing fans are always able to mix with each other'. Fred McIntosh a visiting Forfar fan adds; 'On my last visit there was a form of segregation in force, as Forfar fans were directed to far side of one stand but it was not very strictly enforced. Food now includes a fish pie at £2, which was very good!'. However, remember to wrap up well, as the ground itself is quite exposed and there is normally a cold biting wind coming off the North Sea.
There is a Social Club located in the rear of the Main Stand, which welcomes away supporters. Otherwise there are plenty of bars to be found in the centre of town, which is around a 15minute walk away. These include a Wetherspoons Pub called the Cross Keys on Back Street. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
The ground is located just out of town on the A982 Peterhead to Fraserburgh Road.
From The South From the A90 you can take the first exit for Peterhead (the A982). This will take you to the town centre where you continue following the A982 towards Fraserburgh. You will go past a swimming pool and will reach the ground on your left. There are around 200 car parking spaces at the ground which are free.
The nearest railway station is in Aberdeen, which is some 32 miles away! Therefore this ground has the record of being furthest from a station than any other Professional League team in Britain.
Iain Badger adds; 'Bus services 260/261/263 and the X60 all run to Peterhead Interchange from Aberdeen Union Square around every 30 minutes on Saturdays. Journey times vary from around 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 26 minutes depending on time of day and which number bus you catch as some stop more frequently than others along the route. It is then a walk of just under a mile from Peterhead bus station to the ground and is fairly straight forward: On leaving the Bus station head along Windmill Street, in the direction going away from the Harbour. Turn left onto King Street and then right onto the A982 (Queen Street). Continue along this road which becomes Balmoor Terrace and you will reach the stadium on the left hand side.' Visit the Stagecoach website for bus timetables.
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Over 65's, Students, Under 16's £6
Official Programme £2.50
Peterhead FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).
At Recreation Park:
8,643 v Raith Rovers, 1987
At Balmoor Stadium:
4,505* v Glasgow Celtic
Scottish Cup, 4th Round, 8th January 2012.
2018-2019: 668 (League Two)
2017-2018: 641 (League Two)
2016-2017: 505 (League One)
* Please note that additional temporary terracing was brought in for this fixture, hence the figure being higher than the normal stadium capacity.
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Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Scottish Football League One
Monday 26th December 2016, 3pm
Welsh Exile (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Balmoor Stadium?
We ended up at this game as the match my friend was due to referee at in Fraserburgh was called off due to very high winds. So we opted to go and see the nearby Peterhead game. Although I was a neutral I wanted Peterhead to win, as Scott Booth now playing for Stenhousemuir, scored the winner against my team Clydebank years ago in a Scottish Cup Quarter Final.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The Balmoor Stadium was easy to find as we had the sat nav. Although we arrived 20 minutes into the game, we still found parking available outside the ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
It was a last minute thing so didn't have have time to explore. The fans in the ground were friendly enough and left us to it.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Balmoor Stadium?
From what I seen then the Balmoor Stadium is a modern small compact ground. On both sides of the pitch you have almost identical looking stands, with raised seating at the back. Whilst both ends are open to the elements with only hard standing. It was a very windy day with heavy rain. Even at the back of the stand the wind was pretty strong. Being so close to the North Sea then the wind from there goes right to the bone.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was a very scrappy affair. The wind and rain made the pitch heavy and hard to play a direct style, which Stenhousemuir tried to play. Peterhead played good football considering the weather and ran out easy winners 2-0 (should have been more). There wasn't any real atmosphere within the stadium I think as everyone was froze! The food hut was outside the stand and exposed even more to the elements so I didn't attempt to get anything.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
There was a little congestion but was fairly easy to get out. Be warned though that there is no railway station in Peterhead, so it only accessible by public transport via bus and so can be hard to reach.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Cold, wet and miserable day. But I love football in that weather. Next time I plan to visit properly to enjoy the area fully.
Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Scottish League 2
Saturday 11th November 2017, 3pm
Brian Moore (Stenhousemuir fan)
Peterhead v Stirling Albion
Scottish League Cup Group Stage
Saturday 21st July 2018, 3pm
Steven Roper (Neutral fan)
Peterhead v Berwick Rangers
Scottish League 2
Saturday 22nd September 2018, 3pm
Andrew Wood (Neutral)
Peterhead v Falkirk
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 3pm
Andy Carruthers (Falkirk)
Game AttendedPeterhead v East Fife
CompetitionScottish Challenge Cup 2
Kick Off Time15:00
Team SupportedDoing the 134
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?Everything was in place for the weekend of 28 March 2020 to attend my penultimate* of the 42 Scottish grounds. Covid put a stop to that but I got refunds and remain healthy. This first chance to actually visit Peterhead was thus most welcome and with the bonus of continuing the North East Lighthouse Statues Charity Trail. (*East Fife to become the last, but I now have to add new boys Buckie Thistle and Edinburgh City back at Meadowbank).
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?I journeyed to Aberdeen on the Friday by train and added a few statues not seen on a trip three weeks earlier including at Stonehaven the home of the No1 Fish & Chip Shop Scotland 2020. On Saturday a Bluebird/Stagecoach Explorer Dayrider ticket (£14) allowed me to get to Fraserbrugh by luxury X67 coach for the Scottish Lighthouse Museum but no time for the Wetherspoons. However a decrepit 69 bus terminating Back Street Peterhead dropped me right outside the door of the one there. A quick curry, three lighthouse statues and then a walk to the ground via Queen Street – Balmoor Terrace passing a plaque outside the Community Centre noting Dr Beeching closed the railway station in the 1960’s.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?I had very little time until kick-off so after purchasing a Main (West) Stand £16 (£9 concession) ticket I looked in at the club shop for a pin badge (£3) for a friend and asked about a match programme. Apparently, they are only available on-line, but I was handed a complementary teamsheet. This also listed season stats including the line-up for the 3 – 0 away defeat at the home of the opposition in a league fixture the previous weekend (att. 379). Five players had retained their places with a further five promoted from the bench. To what extent this was reactionary/tactical I do not know nor the relative strength/changes for East Fife.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?Through the turnstile to the left I got a cuppa (£1.50) but didn’t need any chips, pies etc nor the £1 toffee from an internal ‘club shop’. The (clean) toilets under the stand and part of itself have some sort of metal sheeting. I took a seat on the back row that was unmarked with a (named) season ticket holder etc. It was disconcerting to see that the distant sea appeared to be at a higher level (not true). To the left of the opposite East Stand was a grass bank with a ‘Peterhead Prison Museum’ hoarding. (The cultural opportunities of this trip are seemingly endless.)
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..Possibly Covid protocol, the teams appeared to be using dressing rooms on opposite sides of the field at half time but I think entered together to start the game sometime after an absolutely awful Peterhead song was played. The multiple black pattered squares upon amber looking like a kind of tartan shirt for East Fife. Along with a No. 99 (voted man of the match) the home side had 3 players with surname Brown, the away just 1 who was in the first pairing of their 4 subs used. It was a generally low quality game sponsored by Men United, which the announcer assured us had nothing to do with Alex Ferguson. The pitchside advertising boards behind the north goal were noisily bashed particularly in the second half when Peterhead were chasing the game to recover from a 10th minute goal arising from a defender/keeper error. Other than that, the 358 crowd were quiet enough to hear the home coaching staff seemingly advising on every pass to be made and instructing the ref to ‘speed up the game’. I was pleased to see the latter remains sponsored by Specsavers but I’m not sure which one of his assistants was Andy Gamble and whether he lived up to his name when awarded throw-ins etc. One such was thrown directly out for a goal-kick with no players anywhere near, eliciting a team mate to remark “ that was an unacceptable school boy error”.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the gameNo electronic boards are used for substitutions or to indicate added-time but the ref did add a few 2nd half minutes so I wasn’t confident of making the 12 or so minutes rapid walk to the bus station. With a 90 minute journey ahead it also made sense to revisit the toilets too. In the event I could have caught the 5pm 61 coach (with toilet) to Aberdeen because I saw it leave 5 minutes late, which is apparently quite common as drivers know there is a lot of slack in the timetable. I don’t know if any of the estimated 40 away fans were on it but 2 joined me later. We left exactly on time at 5.45 and since the Scotland – Moldova match was not on terrestrial TV I had a quiet evening in the hotel.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day outPerhaps I expected a bit too much for this level of football but it was pleasing to be watching again in uncharted territory. Combined with other activities it was a good weekend and a place best visited before winter. Despite ScotRail continuing their sequence of complete Sunday strike action, LNER transported me on-time the remaining 440 miles or so home.