The Emirates FA Cup 3rd Round – Oxford United – Sunday, 10th January 2016 at 12:00
Address: Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP
Telephone No: 01865 337500
Web Site: www.oufc.co.uk
What’s it like
Away fans are in the North stand of the three sided stadium; the stand is shared with home supporters, or if demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be given to over 5,000 fans. The facilities in the ground are excellent, as well as the view of the pitch, there’s plenty of leg-room. Alcohol is served along with burgers, hot dogs and pies
There is quite a bit to do in and around Oxford and it is well worth making a weekend of it. Oxford has loads of hotels including the Holiday Inn Express, Mercure, Malmaison, Travelodge and many, many independent hotels.
Blenheim Palace (OX20 1PP) is set within 2000 acres of beautiful parkland in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and is a great day out. Scenes from Harry Potter, Inspector Morse, Lewis, The Riot Club, Testament of Youth, The Golden Compass and more were filmed in Oxford.
The Covered Market (OX1 3DZ) opened in 1774 and has many different stalls including fresh fruit, coffee and bakeries as well as clothing and to a feast of sights and sounds.
Oxford Castle Unlocked (OX1 1AY) is a former gaol, where costumed characters bring the past to life. Climb the mound and see Oxford from another point of view. Tickets are £10.25, £8.75 for students & over 60’s, £6.95 for children, under 5’s and carers have free access, family tickets are £32.95.
Pubs and Grub
There aren’t many pubs or eateries around the ground; there’s a Holiday Inn Express on the corner behind the Oxford Mail and South Stand and has a big bar, is welcoming to football fans and has Sky TV; expect beer to be expensive.
Next to the stadium, ‘The Ozone’ is a cinema/ bowling complex with ‘Oxy Oriental’, an Oriental buffet restaurant. A small pub, ‘The George Inn’ (OX4 4PU) is a 10 minute walk away in Littlemore. It has Sky TV and serves pies and sausage rolls. You should be able to leave your car in the car park and walk to the stadium.
Another traditional pub, a 15-20 minutes walk from the stadium in Sandford-on-Thames is the ‘Catherine Wheel’ (OX4 4YP). It offers local real ales and cider, plus hot food snacks on matchdays. Alternatively head into the town centre, or stop en-route.
The stadium is well sign-posted from the main routes into Oxford, look for brown football signs. There are 1,600 free car parking spaces at the stadium, get there two hours before the game as there’s no street parking around the stadium.
At the stadium, ignore the first car park entrance and go up to the second entrance as the first will have you parking at the open end (danger of smashed windscreens from escaping ball). There is a roundabout by the second entrance, which will take you back to the first entrance if the top half is full. Expect delays getting out of the car park after the game. 400 more, free car park spaces are available at the Ozone complex.
Oxford railway station is 4 miles from the ground. Bus number 5 runs Oxford station (bus stop R2) to the ground. Journey time can be over 45 minutes so allow plenty of time. Buses run the return trip after the final whistle. Taxis will be about £15.
No train from Swansea will get you to Oxford before midday; coming back, trains take 3.5 hours leaving at 15:05, 16:05, 17:05, 18:05, 19:05 and 20:05
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!