3,000 (Seats 504)
Address: Castle Street, Bala, LL23 7UY
Telephone: 01678 520348
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Lakesiders
Year Ground Opened: 1950
Home Kit: Black and White Stripes
Maes Tigid has to be one of the most pleasant settings to watch a game of football in the UK, yet the ground is only three minutes walk from the busy Bala town centre. Approaching the ground from a narrow lane to the north of the town the grounds profile is low and unassuming.
A large car park leads towards the single storey social club and changing room building (which also doubles up for the adjacent cricket ground). At the Town End there is a small and narrow shelter behind the goal, called the Tyfos Stand, providing shelter for around 50 people. On either side there is a flat expanse of grass and gravel, with a tarmac path surrounding the pitch perimeter fence.
Looking to the right of the Town End, to the Castle Street side of the ground, there is currently a wedge shape area of land, mainly grassed, with a boundary formed by a hedge. This side houses the home and away dug outs as well as a television and commentary gantry on the pitch centre line. The West End of the ground also consists of a wedge shape of grass, which slopes up towards Castle Street. The border is formed by bushes and trees of a private dwelling. This leaves all the facilities on the remaining side of the ground. Looking back from the entrance turnstiles there is a swiss style tea hut, a large brick build plaque and an array of five separate lightweight prefabricated stands, each with four rows of blue plastic seats given the grounds combined seating capacity of around 500. Behind these stands is a farmers field of roaming sheep, giving the ground a distinctly rural feel. Maes Tegid is completed with a set of eight floodlight pylons, four of which run down each side of the ground. In 2016 the Club installed an artificial 3G playing surface.
The Club are hoping to install a new 3G pitch, hopefully in time for the start of next season.
Very rarely are fans segregated at Maes Tegid. If segregation needs to be put in place then visiting fans are housed in some of the seated stands on one side of the pitch. Food is provided via a burger van, which as the name suggests serves the normal fayre of burgers, hot dogs and chips, but alas no pies. A visit to Bala Town is normally a relaxed one, and unless it is pouring rain, you can’t help but enjoy its lovely setting.
Oddly the Club doesn’t have a clubhouse bar. So if you want a beer then you need to wander into Bala Town Centre, where there are a number of pubs to be found. The High Street (Heol Yr Orsaf) is only a five minute walk away from the ground. Located on the High Street is the Olde Bull’s Head which has been previously listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
From The East
Follow the A5 from Llangollen then take the A494 from Corwen towards Bala. Continue into Bala Town centre and take a right turn into the narrow Cambrian Terrace. Take the next road immediately to the left, Castle Street for the ground down on the left.
From The West
Follow the A494 from Barmouth and Dolgellau. Continue into Bala town centre, and take a left turn into the narrow Cambrian Terrace. Take the next road immediately to the left, Castle Street, for the ground down on the left.
There is a car park at the ground which holds around 100 cars and is free to use.
OAP’s/Under 18’s £3
Official Matchday Programme £2.
Bala does not have a railway station, the nearest stations being Betws-y-coed, Barmouth and Ruobon, all of which are at least 15 miles away. The best option is to catch the X94 Wrexham Bus Station to Barmouth bus service, this service is hourly and stops in Bala town centre.
The nearest bus stops are on the main A434 road which passes through the centre of the town. The ground is five minutes walk north of the town centre. Once at the southbound or northbound bus stops look for the town hall building with the clock on its roof. Take the narrow lane Cambrian Terrace directly opposite, then at the next junction take the next road immediately to the left, Castle Street, the ground is on the left hand side.
Porthmadog and Caersws are the nearest local rivals, with Bangor City and Newtown, being the nearest Welsh Premier League rivals.
938 v Bangor City
Welsh Premier League, 14th August 2009
2017-2018: 239 (Welsh Premier League)
2016-2017: 242 (Welsh Premier League)
2015-2016: 281 (Welsh Premier League)
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Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the information about the Maes Tegid ground in Bala Town.