OXFORD UNITED


The 12,500 all seated Kassam Stadium (Sat Nav – OX4 4XP) and is just a 43-mile journey from Le Stad MK.


The club moved to the Kassam Stadium in 2001, after leaving the Manor Ground, which had been its home for 76 years, but it has a very strange feel about it as It has only three sides, with one end as a carpark and no stand. Away fans are normally housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground.


This stand may be shared with home supporters, or if demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be allocated providing just over 5,000 seats in total. The facilities within and the views of the playing action are excellent, and there is also good leg room. There is not much around the ground in terms of pubs and eating establishments, although refreshments inside the stadium are okay, but if there is a large away support, then it can take quite a while to get served. Refreshments on offer include: Cheeseburgers (£3.80), Burgers (£3.40), Hot Dogs (£3) and a selection of Wrights Pies (£3).


There are no pubs in close vicinity to the stadium although there is a bar in the nearby Holiday Inn Express Hotel, but this no longer allows away fans. There is a cinema and bowling alley complex located adjacent to the stadium, called Ozone. Inside the bowling alley there is a bar, which also has Sky television and a fast food outlet. There is also on the complex a Chinese buffet restaurant called Oxy Oriental, as well as a fish and chip shop called the Ozone Plaice.


A traditional pub in walking distance (15-20 minutes) of the Kassam Stadium is the Catherine Wheel in Sandford-on-Thames. This pub offers local real ales and cider, plus hot food snacks on matchday.


Otherwise alcohol is also served within the ground in the form of Carlsberg (500ml Can £3.90), Brains SA Smooth (Pint £3.80), Cider (500ml Can £3.80) and Wine (miniature bottles £4).


There are 1,600 car parking spaces at the stadium itself, which are free, however, the car parks tend to fill up fast…….so get there early, failing that you can always park in the Ozone complex.


Oxford Railway Station is over 4 miles from the ground but is served by a regular bus service which takes around 30 minutes.