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Prenton Park

Birkenhead, England

Home of the Tranmere Rovers FC

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Prenton Park (map it)
Prenton Rd W
Birkenhead, England CH42 9PY
United Kingdom


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Year Opened: 1912

Capacity: 16,567

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The "Other" Merseyside Club

Prenton Park is home to Tranmere Rovers, a team playing in League One as of the 2013–14 season. Although near to Birkenhead, Rovers are commonly referred to as the third club in Liverpool. Prenton Park is a typical lower-level English league stadium which now has an all-seated capacity of 16,567. Built in 1912, the record attendance was set in 1972 for an FA Cup tie against Stoke City, when 24,424 crammed into the stadium. The stadium consists of four separate stands, and over the last twenty years, the stadium has been transformed from one that was run down to one that could easily adapt to increased crowds if Tranmere were to rise up the leagues.

(Note: all exchange rates are as of the time of this posting, September 2013.)

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food and drink on offer inside Prenton Park is on-par with that in the lower echelons of the English Football League. There is the normal range of pies, pasties, hot dogs, burgers, and chips. Beer is available along with other hot and cold drinks, and being located in the north, prices are reasonable.

Atmosphere    4

It has been thirty years since I first went to Prenton Park, and despite the place having changed with the addition of all-seated stands, the ground has managed to retain its atmosphere. Like many venues at this level, it's not the large crowds that make the atmosphere; it's the smell of hot dogs mingled in with the River Mersey air and the stadium being hemmed in by terraced houses that makes Prenton Park worth a visit if you are in the city to watch Liverpool or Everton.

Neighborhood    4

Liverpool is one of Britain's most visited tourist cities. Famous for its 60s pop scene, and most notably The Beatles, the city is steeped in history. There is plenty to occupy the visitor including visits to Albert Dock. The world famous Cavern Club is located on Mathew Street, and is also where you will find the hub of the city's nightlife and plenty of Beatles memorabilia for sale. You can take the Ferry across the Mersey or visit any of the High Street stores. If you fancy a visit to the Designer Outlets, then Cheshire Oaks is highly recommended and is a mere twenty-minute drive away. There is also a National Sea Life Centre here. The May Sum Chinese Buffet Restaurant is highly recommended and excellent value for money. The Prenton Park Hotel and Mersey Clipper Public House are watering holes near to the stadium if you fancy a pre-match drink or two.

Fans    3

Tranmere Rovers attract average crowds of between 5,000 and 9,000. The club has had several promotions and relegations between the Football League lower divisions and crowds fluctuate. However, they are one of the better lower level supported clubs and occasionally play on Friday evenings to avoid a clash with either of the "big two" on a Saturday.

Access    3

The stadium is reached by exiting the M53 at exit 4 and taking the B5151. Street parking is fairly easy if you arrive about one hour before kick-off, and there are also a number of car parks. The nearest Railway Stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead, which are served from Liverpool Lime Street. These, however, are a good twenty minute walk, but you will be able to catch a connecting bus on a match day.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets for home games are around £20 to £23.50 ($31.75 to $37.25) with reductions for OAP's and children. Tranmere also occasionally have special offers in an attempt to entice new support and increase attendances. Tranmere are a family club and try hard to offer value for money.

Extras    2

League One is the lower reaches of the Football League, and although worth a visit, extras are few and far between. An electronic scoreboard, Betting Kiosks, and a club shop is all you will get. A good match day programme costs £3 ($4.75).

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