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Home Park is an Association Football stadium located in Plymouth, England, and is home to Plymouth Argyle, who currently play in the Football League Championship. The striker (wearing red jersey) has run past the defender (in white jersey) and is about to take a shot at the goal, while the goalkeeper positions himself to stop the ball. ... Plymouth is a city in the South West of England, or alternatively the Westcountry, and is situated within the traditional county of Devon. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my [birth]right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages English (de facto) Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked... Plymouth Argyle Football Club (commonly known as the Pilgrims) are an English football team, playing in the Championship league. ... The Football League Championship logo The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the FA Premier...

The ground is currently made up of three all-seater stands and one predominantly consisting of terracing, having undergone major development during 2001-2. The ground's capacity is now just over 20,000 and has been sold out several times since the refurbishment, most recently during the visit of West Ham United in October 2004. The West Ham United Crest West Ham United F.C are a professional English football club based in East London. ...

Home Park consists of four main stands: The Lyndhurst Stand, the Devonport Enclosure, the Barn Park End, and the Mayflower Stand. The Lyndhurst, Devonport and Barn Park stands have been substantially re-built under the Phase 1 project to redevelop both the ground and the surrounding area of Central Park, and are entirely joined together and all-seater. The Mayflower stand is, therefore, by some distance the oldest stand at Home Park and is the only one to incorporate terracing, at the front of the stand. The changing rooms and the tunnel are located in this stand, and the two dugouts are in front of the terraces - a brave move considering this is traditionally where the hard-core Argyle fans tend to stand. The Barn Park End is used to accommodate away fans, and can hold up to 4,000 travelling fans depending on the game.

The ground also includes a permanent press box between the Mayflower Stand and the Barn Park End.

There are plans to complete the redevelopment of Home Park by demolishing the Mayflower Stand and rebuilding it to look very similar to the Lyndhurst Stand, but when this will be completed is anyone's guess. The board are understandably keen not to reduce the capacity of the ground when attendances are relatively high - around 14,000 in 2004/5, the highest they have been for many years.

The stadium is unrecognisable from the old windswept Home Park of ten years ago, with only the Mayflower Stand, built in the late 40's, still in existence from this period.

For more information visit the club website at [1]

For more ground information visit [2]


Notable games

Apart from the games of Plymouth Argyle, Home Park has staged a number of notable games

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How to get to the ground

The ground is located at the north of Central Park, approximately half a mile from the main Plymouth railway station, and about a mile from the coach station. Plymouths Central Park is a large centralised park situated to the north of the Plymouth city centre, stretching north from the train station to Pounds House, Peverell and west from Ford Park Cemetary to the A386 (Outland Road and Alma Road). ...

Arriving by train

By bus

Turn immediately right out of the station, and cross the main road by footbridge. Any bus bound for Milehouse will drop you within 100 yards of the ground.


Turn immediately right out of the station, and right again under the pedestrian footbridge and railway bridge. You will arrive at a roundabout: in front of you will be a pub, the Pennycomequick. From here you can either walk up Alma Road to the top and turn right at the Britannia pub (the long way) or you can cut across the park about 50 yards up Alma Road, heading right. You will come to a concreted path, follow it uphill and it will bring you past the council-run pitch and putt golf course to Home Park itself.

Arriving by road

Arriving from the east you will (probably) be on the A38 Devon Expressway. As you approach Plymouth, there is a major exit, the Marsh Mills roundabout. Do not take this exit unless you fancy wasting time driving through city-centre traffic. The next exit, the Leigham roundabout, is also sub-optimal. The third exit which will be signposted Plymouth Argyle F.C. as well as the A386 for Plymouth City Centre and Devonport is the one you want. Head in the direction of Plymouth city centre. (NB There are speed cameras along the length of this road and the police often have a mobile patrol laser-checking as well). The car-parks are well-signposted, however as Argyle have become progressively more successful, it has taken longer to leave these car-parks after the game...

Arriving by coach

Unless you are on a club coach explicitly bound for Home Park, you will be deposited at Breton Side Bus Station.

By bus

Any bus bound for Milehouse will drop you within 100 yards of the ground.


Exit the bus station through either of the staircases. If you are immediately outside the Charles Church (or what remains of it, as it was destroyed during the Blitz), then turn left and follow the signs for the railway station, and follow instructions as per arriving by rail. If you find yourself outside the Post Office, just head for the Charles Church....

See also

This is a partial list of English football stadia, ranked in descending order of capacity. ...

External links

  • Pictures pre and post 2001 redevelopment

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