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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The Greenhous Meadow is the home of English football club Shrewsbury Town, a team that is in the third-tier (League One) as of 2013–14. The stadium was opened in 2007, when it replaced the club's historic town centre Gay Meadow stadium. Consisting of four separate stands, the Greenhous Meadow has an all-seated capacity of 9,875 and is a UEFA category 4 stadium. The venue has already hosted many England Women’s and Under 20 internationals. The Roland Wycherley Stand contains the club's offices, hospitality areas, and a restaurant. Like the other stands, the seats are painted in the club colours of blue and amber. The stadium's record attendance was set as recently as 21 September 2013, when 9,510 watched the League One fixture with local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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The stadium has food kiosks in all stands, and the offerings represent good value for money. Supplied by a local food provider, burgers, hot dogs, pies, and pasties are all of good quality and reasonably priced. Beer and lager are also available, in addition to hot and soft drinks. Living locally, I can personally attest the restaurant also has a good reputation for non-match day meals and events.
The Greenhous Meadow offers the club revenue avenues that they could not have dreamt of at their previous home. Although the stadium's atmosphere is on par with other new stadiums of a similar build, it will never replace the thrill of going to the Gay Meadow in my opinion. However, average attendances have doubled and more children now attend matches, which add to the atmosphere.
I try not to write with bias as Shrewsbury is my home County Town, but a visit to the area is highly recommended. The historical town centre is located on the River Seven, which is notorious for flooding. Located on the Welsh Border, it has many listed buildings, including the town's abbey and other medieval buildings. It also has a number of historical bridges.
The shopping area contains all of the High Street brands and some specialist shops. The Lion, Prince Rupert, and Lord Hill hotels are all recommended if staying over. Loch Fyne and Bistro Jacques are but just two town centre restaurants that are worth trying. The Meole Brace Retail Park is next to the Greenhous Meadow, and here you will find Pizza Hut and McDonald's, and a Sainsbury Supermarket. The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge, is also a nearby town well worth visiting.
Town supporters yearn a return to the early-80s, when the club was riding high in what is now the English Championship, where they also achieved some high profile scalps in the FA Cup. The club can now boast a hardcore support of three to four thousand fans, which is good for the third-tier of the game. The club's catchment area stretches into mid-Wales, and the town's supporters are well respected wherever they travel.
The stadium is located on the outskirts of the town, just off the A5 with the intersection of the A49. The M54 motorway runs to the edge of Shrewsbury, connecting it with the rest of the Midlands. The stadium has a large car park adjacent in addition to street parking. Beware if parking on the retail park, as restrictions apply; however, the Sainsbury's Superstore car park is not a problem. Shrewsbury Railway Station is a fifteen-minute bus journey away and has connections to Birmingham, Manchester, and Cardiff. Nearest airports are Manchester and Birmingham, both about an hour and a half away.
Admission prices for games are between £19 and £22 ($30.50 and $35.25), with reductions for children and OAP's. Further reductions are available if purchased in advance or online at the club's website. All stands offer excellent viewing and prices represent good value.
There is a small club shop by the main entrance to the stadium selling a range of replica strips and souvenirs. Betting outlets are available within the stadium, and the concourses also provide televisions. A match day programme is available for £3 ($4.80) and is a good read.
Member Review by pryce11 on Mar 24, 2014
Dont go much and i really should go more as they are my local team.
Food and drink is reasonably priced and of decent quality.
the atmosphere isnt as good as the old ground but can get loud at times. The fans are great though and get a good following to the majority of home games. Access is quite difficult if visting but a bit of planning and its easily figured out nothing in the surrounding area though.
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