Crown Oil Arena (capacity 10,249)
Rochdale have played at Spotland since 1920, and the club hold the record for playing the most seasons in the English Football League without either reaching the top two tiers or being relegated to the National League. They also reached a League Cup Final in 1962, which was the first time a club from the bottom league division had reached a final.
During the 1990’s and 2000’s, three new stands have been built which have transformed the stadium. These are all single tiered stands, the last of which to be built was the Willbutts Lane Stand. The Sandy Lane End is the only remaining terrace, but it is now covered.
Away fans visiting Spotland (known as the Crown Oil Arena) are located on one side of the Willbutts Lane Stand, with a typical allocation of around 1,500. However, if demand requires, the whole stand of 3,650 can be allocated.
Parking at the stadium itself is restricted to permit holders, and residents only parking schemes are also in operation in the streets nearby. There are, however, a few private matchday car parks within a 10-15 minute walk of the stadium, which is the recommended option for away fans. Alternatively, if you’re willing to walk a bit further, there is some street parking available.
We’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near to the Crown Oil Arena for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|Oulder Hill Community School Matchday Car Park||OL11 5EF||£4||0.7km||The local community school offers matchday parking for just £4. However, it is an uphill walk to the stadium of about 10 minutes, but a lot easier coming downhill on the way back to the car after the match.|
|Willbutts Lane (street parking)||OL11 5AY||Free||0.2km||There is some street parking available on Wilbutts Lane, along the main A680 (Edenfield Road) and this is just opposite the stadium. Please check the parking restrictions before you decide to park here, and cars are left here at your own risk.|
Rochdale Railway Station is the nearest station to the stadium, and is located just under 2 miles away. The station is served by trains from Manchester Victoria, Leeds, Bradford, and Halifax. Some fans will choose to take a taxi, and there is also a matchday bus which goes direct to the stadium. There is also the option of taking the Metrolink into the town centre which will take you a bit closer to the stadium.
If you choose to walk, head up Maclure Road before turning left on to Drake Street (A640). Continue along Drake Street until the end and take a right on to Manchester Road. Follow this up until you reach the junction where you should turn left on to Dane Street, which leads into Mellor Street. Follow this until this bears left into Spotland Road and then becomes Edenfield Road. Follow this up for 100m and then turn left into Willbutts Lane where you will see the stadium in front of you.
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There are a number of away friendly pubs near the Crown Oil Arena, all of which cater to different needs. Please note, however, that some bars require club colours to be covered and some do not allow children.
However, rather than take our word for it, we want to give you the view from other away fans who have visited the Crown Oil Arena.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to Rochdale, and you’ll be able to find them here.
In the meantime, we’ve included a map below with all the best away pubs highlighted for you.
See what other away fans think of Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena in our ‘Away Day Reviews’.
If you’ve already been, then you can share your experience with us by writing your own review.
See how Rochdale perform in our away day rankings, where away fans rate the pie, pint, cuppa and away day overall.
Check out our photo gallery where you can view other away fans’ photos. You can also share your own experience by uploading your own!