Broadfield Stadium: Crawley Town

Winfield Way, Crawley, West Sussex, England, RH11 9RX

Crawley Town Football Club was formed in 1896 in Crawley, West Sussex. Though not much is known about the club’s early stadium we do know they they spent 48 years calling Town Mead their home, until the land there was sold to developers. They moved to Broadfield Stadium in 1997 and have played their home games there ever since.

At the time of writing the stadium is officially called Checkatrade.com Stadium, thanks to sponsorship from the company Checkatrade. The capacity of the stadium is less than 7000, making it one of the smaller grounds in League Two. The stadium is owned by Crawley Borough Council and leased by the football club so that they can play their matches there.

Stats

Broadfield Stadium Stats
Year Opened1997
Capacity6,134
Average Attendance2,072
Record Attendance5,880 (Crawley Town v Reading 2013)
Pitch Size100 x 68 (6800)
NicknameBroadfield
Former NameBroadfield Stadium
OwnerCrawley Borough Council
SponsorCheckatrade.com
Clubs HostedCrawley Town F.C.
First FixtureCrawley Town v Port Vale (24/07/1997)
Crawley Town Stats
Year Founded1896
NicknameThe Reds, Red Devils
Club MascotReggie Red
RivalsAFC Wimbledon
Previous StadiumsTown Mead
KitRed & White (Home) / Dark Blue & Light Blue (Away)
Training GroundArdingly College
Shirt SponsorCheckatrade
Team OwnerZiya Eren
Record GoalscorerGerry Robbins (89)
Record AppearancesCliff Cant (448)

Broadfield Stadium Photos

Broadfield Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

North stand - By Andrew Skudder from UK (North stand) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The North Stand is a terraced section behind one of the goals and is virtually identical to The South Stand, with the exception that the noisiest Crawley fans stand in the latter. The East Stand runs along the side of the pitch and houses the away supporters. The West Stand is the main stand in the ground and houses most of the club’s facilities.

Crawley Town Ticket Prices

There are different ticket prices depending on where you want to watch the game from, and your age will also be a deciding factor, especially if you're a junior. Here are the prices for adults and concessions:

  • Adults: £16.00 - £22.00
  • Concessions: £10.00 - £14.00

How To Get Crawley Town Tickets

Tickets are available online, over the phone or in person for the club’s ticket office.

Where to Buy

Getting To Broadfield Stadium

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Train - Crawley Train Station, Three Bridges and Gatwick Airport are all reasonably accessible to Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Bus - Fastway services 10 and 20 serve the stadium, as do buses 271 and 273 from Brighton.

Car - Leave the M23 at Junction 11 and follow the signs.

By Air - Gatwick Airport is the closest to the ground and has good transport links.

Taxi - A journey from Crawley Train Station to the ground will take just over five minutes and cost about £8.

Parking Near Broadfield Stadium

There is limited parking at the ground that costs £5 on a first come, first served basis, as well as free parking options nearby.

Useful Resources

Broadfield Stadium Hotels

Being so close to Gatwick and London there are a lot of hotels nearby; here are a few good options for you:

Ramada Crawley Gatwick - £50+

High Street, Crawley, RH10 1BS
A mile away from checkatrade.com Stadium is this member of the Ramada group of hotels. It’s got two restaurants, a laundry service and 84 guests rooms available, as well as free parking and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Barrington Lodge - £60+

Hunter Road, Southgate, Crawley, RH10 6SY
Just over half a mile away from the ground is this 4-star mock Tudor hotel with seventeen guest rooms. There’s also free parking, breakfast available and free Wi-Fi in the reception area. More details.

Arora Hotel Gatwick - £80+

Southgate Ave, Southgate, Crawley, RH10 6LW
Exactly a mile away from the ground and technically part of Gatwick Airport is this large 4-star hotel with a health club, a restaurant, two bars and a terrace. There’s also self-parking and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Broadfield Stadium

You won't struggle for somewhere to have a quick drink before the game. Why don't you try one of these joints:

The Redz Bar

checkatrade.com Stadium, Winfield Way, Crawley, RH11 9RX (01293 410000)
You really can’t get much closer to the ground than a pub that’s actually part of it. The Redz Bar welcomes both sets of supporters, unless you support Wimbledon. There’s the usual selection of beers, pub snacks and TVs to watch any pre-match sport on.

New Moon

Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6SZ (01293 612216)
A short walk from the stadium lies this sports bar with loads of TVs, plenty of drinking options and a good menu of standard pub fare. It’s the best place to go for a pre-match pint if you want to meet with other fans and be able to watch live sport.

The Downsman

Wakehurst Drive, Crawley, RH10 6DH (01293 526 173)
The Downsman is a lovely, large pub with a cracking menu and loads of options behind the bar. It’s also got a brilliant beer garden and more than a couple of TVs, should there be anything on them that you fancy watching

Facilities

Broadfield has everything that you need and is perfectly pleasant, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 3.00
  • Cup of tea: 1.50

Hospitality

John Lord / Flickr.com

The fastsigns hospitality box is your only option at Crawley Town if you want to do something a bit secial on match day; it includes a few sausage and bacon baps, two drinks each, and tickets in the East Stand. You can also watch the man of the match presentation in the Mayo Wynn Baxter Suite after the game.

Private Hire

Redz Bar is the place to be at Crawley Town, with the 200 capacity venue available for private parties, weddings and all sorts of celebrations.

Stadium Tours & Museum

There is no museum at the club, and no information about stadium tours either. To be fair, though, there wouldn't be much to see that you can't see from your seat.

About Crawley Town

Crawley Town Vs Yeovil Town - Roger Templeman [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Crawley Town Football Club was founded in 1896 and was one of the founding members of the West Sussex Football League. They moved to the Mid-Sussex League five years later and didn’t enter the Sussex County League until 1951. The club turned semi-professional in 1962, joining the Southern League’s Division One the following year. They gradually crept up the lower leagues over the following 48 years before finally gaining promotion to the Football League in 2010.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the Red Devils, though. In August 2006 it was announced that Crawley Town would have to fold because of financial difficulties, with the Reds coming within an hour of being liquidated. They were saved, almost literally, at the last minute by a rescue package that allowed them to continue playing with a ten-point deduction. The following year the club announced it had cleared its debt, only to be deducted a further six points because of ‘financial irregularities’.

Broadfield Stadium History

Broadfield Stadium is about a mile away from Crawley Railway Station and is next to a roundabout with a large white and red football in the middle of it. It’s also relatively close to the M23 for transport purposes. It might seem odd to talk about a roundabout and a motorway in the ‘stadium history’ section of this guide, but considering it only opened in 1997 it’s fair to say not much has happened since.

The West Stand at checkatrade.com Stadium is quite interesting in that it only runs along two-thirds of the pitch length. It’s also raised slightly from the level of the pitch so you need to climb some steps to get to your seat. The North & South Stands are virtually identical and are terraced sections, whilst The East Stand is the one that opened most recently.

Future Developments

By Hassocks5489 at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

No major developments are planned for any time in the foreseeable future.

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