Away days – Carrow Road, Norwich

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Aston Villa has sold out their full allocation of 2,000 for their trip to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City on Saturday in the live Sky Sports game in the Championship.

Carrow Road has been the home of Norwich City since 1935 when the stadium was built in just 82 days when their own ground, The Nest, was deemed inadequate for the size of the crowds it was attracting at the time.

The stadium has steadily been redeveloped slowly since the 1970’s which all four sides of the ground having new stands. Carrow Road currently boasts an all-seater capacity of 27,220.

THE AWAY SUPPORTERS 

Away supporters are situated on one side of the South Stand and as with most modern day stadiums, the views of the playing action are decent.

Up to 2,500 fans can be housed here depending on police and club advise. For some reason, Villa was only allowed 2,000 this year compared to the full allocation last season.

Your usual food is on offers like Pukka Pies (£3), Sausage Rolls (£2) and Hot Dogs (£3.50).

Alcohol is available inside Carrow Road in the form of Carling (£4), Stowford Press (£4.50), Worthington’s (£4) and wine (£5).

ANY CHANCE OF A BEER?

Norwich is considered to the real ale capital of the U.K. There is a fantastic choice of quality, unique, characterful pubs within walking distance of the ground. There is no longer a designated ‘away’ boozer around Carrow Road, so it’s all about blending in with the locals and taking in the atmosphere.

By train, the nearest is the Coach and Horses on Thorpe Road which brews its own ale – The Chalk Hill brewery. Along the Riverside complex, there are several branded eateries including a massive ‘Spoons called The Queen of Iceni. Strictly no away fans, so no colours if you want to enter. The City Centre has plenty of pubs to chose from, the Pig and Whistle, Murderers, Woolpack and the Bell stand out all of which is the ground side of the City.

If you are up the hill from the ground, the Hall Road/City Road area offers the King’s Head, the Rose and the Freemasons.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Carrow Road is very well signposted from both the A11 and A47. From the Southern bypass take the A146 towards the City Centre. Turn right at the traffic lights, following the signs towards the City on the A1054.

At the next roundabout stick to the left and continue towards the City Centre along the A147. Turn right into King Street at the next set of traffic light and follow the road until you come to Carrow Road.

A train from Birmingham New Street to Norwich Station will take around 4 hours. Carrow Road is then a 10-minute walk away.



PARKING

A car park typically used by away fans is Norfolk County Hall, which is well signposted on the left of the A146, as you follow signs towards the ground from the Southern Bypass (A47). It is currently £8 and can hold about 2000 cars, and does usually fill up by 2 pm for games where the away team bring loads of fans.

It’s advisable to get to the car park before 1 pm if you want a decent spot, otherwise, you may get stuck in spaces at the back, and it can then take ages at the end of the game to exit. The Hall Road pubs are nearest this Car park.

There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Carrow Road. There are a number of charity car parks open on Yarmouth Road and Clarence Road which is near the Coach & Horses.

After the game has ended some roads are closed to allow the crowd to disperse quickly and safely. 

EXTRA INFORMATION

If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.

Discuss your visit to Carrow Road here.

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