Taking on the 560-mile round trip to Brunton Park this weekend Exiles? Read the information below for all of the vital information as well as fun-facts you need to know about your visit!
Carlisle United have resided at Brunton Park since its inception in 1909. It is just their third permanent home since the club was officially formed in 1904, having previously spent time at Millholme Bank and Devonshire Park.
The current capacity of the stadium is 17,949 for Football League matches, although the record attendance for the stadium far exceeds that – with crowds of 27,500 being noted on two occasions in the FA Cup.
Away from football matches, Brunton Park has been used for various other events. In 1982, the stadium hosted a rugby league match between Cumbria and Australia. A crowd of 5,748 fans turned up on that occasion, although the Wallabies convincingly won that contest 41-2.
On matchday, Exiles fans will be located in the northern end of the East 'Pioneer Foods Stand', which runs adjacent to one side of the pitch. Around 2,000 fans could theoretically be housed within this stand.
The main home stand is called the Warwick Road End (see picture above) and can hold 3,500 supporters. The noisiest home fans situate themselves in this stand, so this is something for every travelling Exile to remember!
The Paddock West Stand can house up to 6,000 home supporters, with both terrace and seats available. The dugouts are also located in front of this stand.
The last stand is the Waterworks End, a section of the ground that normally goes unused. Only ever used for exceptionally large away followings. The big screen and scoreboard can also be found at this end of the stadium.
306 supporters made the long trip during the last campaign, a nail biting match where Mickey Demetriou’s powerful header had given the Exiles a half-time lead in a game that, had the Exiles won, they would have secured their Football League safety before the unforgettable match a week later at Rodney Parade.
In 1953 the original wooden grandstand which sat where the Main Stand now sits was burned to the ground in a fire cause by an electrical fault. The sale of local player Geoff Twentyman to Liverpool for £12,500 enabled the club to rebuild the stadium into what is the West Stand today.
Supporters can call the the Carlisle Ticket Office on 0844 371 1921 until 5pm this evening to take full advantage of the £3 reduction of on the day sales. The same ticket line will be open from 10am to 5pm tomorrow.
There are 4 wheelchair spaces with seats for carers at the north-east corner of the Petteril End of the stadium adjacent to the away fans. Please ask a steward for assistance if required. Currently this is an uncovered area although there are plans for this to be covered during the 2017/2018 season
Any supporters needing assistance will find our “Meeters and Greeters” dotted outside the stadium wearing orange bibs.
Any fans wanting to take advantage of our pre-match hospitality in our Foxy’s Restaurant should contact Katie Mitchell in our Commercial Department – her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Brunton Park (postcode CA1 1LL) is served by the nearby M6 motorway and for fans travelling by car/coach to the game please leave at junction 43 (A69) and head west – the main supporter’s car park is situated on the right hand side and is on the East Side of the ground. The entrance to this is at the third set of traffic lights having left the motorway, opposite the Foreways shop. Parking charges are £3.00 for cars, £10 for mini buses and £15 for coaches. Coach drivers wanting to watch the match must purchase a ticket for the game.
For those arriving at Carlisle Railway Station the ground is roughly a 20 minute walk – please leave the station and walk straight ahead to the crescent, follow this round to the left and when you reach Nando’s turn right and then you are on Warwick Road that leads to the ground which you will see on the left hand side with the club shop situated at the main entrance. The entrance for all away fans seating/wheelchair is at the next entrance on the left. For those who do not want to walk from the station taxis though are available across the road to the left as you leave the station.