Community Stadium: Brentford

166 Lionel Rd N, London, Brentford TW8 9QT

The Bees called Griffin Park their home since 1904, sharing it with the London Broncos and Chelsea Football Club at various times. Given the age of the stadium, it was inevitable that Brentford would need to either upgrade the facilities of Griffin Park or else move elsewhere, with the club eventually opting to do the latter. The club originally submitted a plan to move to a new ground in 1973, though that never transpired.

It was in 2002 that confirmation was given that Brentford would eventually be moving, though it took another eighteen years for that to actually happen. The idea was to move to a community stadium that could be used by more than just the football club. One such group that are using it alongside the Bees is London Irish rugby union side, who confirmed that they’d be using it in August of 2016.

Stats

Community Stadium Stats
Year Opened2020
Capacity17,250
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
OwnerBrentford Football Club
Clubs HostedBrentford F.C. & London Irish
First FixtureSeptember 2020
Brentford Stats
Year Founded1889
NicknameThe Bees, The Reds
Club MascotBuzz Bee
RivalsFulham and Queens Park Rangers
Previous StadiumsClifden House Ground, Benn's Field, Shotter's Field, Cross Roads Ground, Boston Park Cricket Ground, Griffin Park
KitRed & White Stripes (Home) / Green (Away)
Training GroundBrentford F.C. Training Ground
Shirt SponsorEcoWorld
Team OwnerMatthew Benham
Record GoalscorerJim Towers (163)
Record AppearancesKen Coote (559)

Community Stadium Photos

Community Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

Brenford FC

The stadium has a capacity of 17,250. Those seats are laid out in a bowl style, though in a smaller manner to some of the more impressive metropolitan stadiums on the continent.

Brentford Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for Brentford games are easy enough to understand. They put their matches into three different grades (A, B and Family) and within each grade they charge more or less depending on where in the ground you want to sit. You’ll also pay a different amount if you’re an adult, a junior or a senior citizen.

Brentford Members get priority access to home games as well as a £5 discount on ticket prices. Here are the cheapest and most expensive tickets for adults and concessions in each of the three grades:

  • Grade A: £25 - £30 / £19 - £24
  • Grade B: £23 - £28 / £17 - £22
  • Family Grade: £20 / £15

How To Get Brentford Tickets

You can buy tickets online, in person from the box office or over the phone.

Where to Buy

Getting To Community Stadium

Train - The stadiums is to be found about 100 metres from Kew Bridge Station, which is on the Hounslow Loop Line. It’s also about a mile away from Brentford Station, Gunnersbury Stadium and Kew Gardens Station. On top of that, it’s situated not far from Acton Town, Gunnersbury and Chiswick Park stations on the London Underground system.

Bus - Given the proximity to some major London sights, not least of which is Heathrow Airport, it’s fair to say that Brentford Community Stadium is served by a number of different bus routes.

Car - If you’re looking to drive to Brentford Community Stadium then either the M1 or the M40 will get you pretty close if you’re heading from the north. If you’re coming from further south then look out for the A4.

By Air - Heathrow Airport is located just eight miles away from Brentford Community Stadium, so it’s unquestionably the best airport to head to if you’re flying in from out of the country to watch a match there. That being said, London is served by a number of airports and all of them will be find if you don’t mind travelling across the city.

Taxi - Taxis aren’t cheap in London, not least of all because of the heavy traffic that sees the meter keep ticking around whilst you’re going nowhere. As an example, it will cost you in the region of £50 to do the short eight mile trip from London Heathrow.

Parking Near Community Stadium

As with the rest of London, parking is limited. Your best bet will be to use an official car park rather than trying to park up on the street.

Useful Resources

Community Stadium Hotels

Holiday Inn Brentford Lock - £60+

Commerce Road, Brentford, TW8 8GA
The stadium’s location so close to central London means that you’ve got a huge list of choices when it comes to the hotels that you stay in. There will be one available for virtually any budget, so we’ve chosen to stick with chain hotels because you know what you’re getting. The Holiday Inn at Brentford Lock has more then 130 rooms, is located close to the beach and has a fitness centre plus a restaurant. More details.

Novotel London Brentford - £80+

Great West Road, Brentford, TW8 0GP
Novotel isn’t one of the most luxurious hotel chains out there, but the one in Brentford offers plenty of luxury. You can chill out in the indoor pool, for example, or look to improve your fitness in the fitness centre. There’s a terrace for you to enjoy if the weather’s pleasant enough, whilst the fact that it’s near to the beach will undoubtedly please some. A 24-hour business centre is available, plus there’s a restaurant and a bar on-site. More details.

Hilton London Syon Park - £185+

Park Road, Brentford, TW8 8JF
When it comes to luxury, you can do worse than to stay in a Hilton hotel. The one in London Syon Park has both a spa and an indoor pool, which sit alongside the health club. A restaurant and bar on-site mean that you barely need to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. It’s close to the beach and has more than 130 rooms on offer, with breakfast available. Parking and WiFi are included in the cost of your stay, too. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Community Stadium

The Griffin

Brook Road, Brentford, TW8 0NP (020 8127 1203)
Let’s be honest, Brentford Community Stadium’s proximity to London means that you’re hardly going to be short of somewhere to go for a drink if you fancy one. If you want to go somewhere close to the stadium then you can’t go wrong with The Griffin, which is one of the four pubs that were to be found on each of the corners of Griffin Park. It’s a Fuller’s Brewery offering, so you’ll get great drink options and a decent menu of pub grub.

One Over The Ait

8 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, TW8 0FJ (0203 581 5700 )
Another Fuller’s Brewery offering, One Over The Ait is something of a local landmark. It’s located on the riverside, making use of its location thanks to balconies and other outdoor drinking areas. It’s not somewhere you’ll be heading to if you want to watch some live sport, but it’s big and airy and has a lovely atmosphere on offer for all who enter. It’s often buzzing with activity, being somewhere that both locals and tourists will head to for a drink and a rest before exploring what the local area has to offer.

Express Tavern

56 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, TW8 0EW (020 8560 8484)
Describing itself as an ‘ale and cider house’, the Express Tavern is located on Kew Bridge and promises plenty of decent drinking options. There’s also a good menu available for those of you that want to get a bite to eat. Cask and keg beer is the order of the day, though, so it’s definitely a place for people who like to sample different beers. There’s a good wine list too, should you wish to explore your sommelier side. It would be untrue to say that this is somewhere for sports fans to head to catch up on events before the match, but they’ll be welcome regardless.

Facilities

Brentford Community Stadium has excellent facilities and all of the mod-cons that you’d want to find in a brand new football ground.

Hospitality

Brentford FC

As one of the newest stadiums in the United Kingdom, the Community Stadium has the sort of hospitality features that you’d expect. There are lovely new suites and boxes for people to use, all of which have access to the outside for excellent views of the pitch.

Private Hire

Again, the community nature of the stadium means that private hire of its various facilities will be wast enough to make use of.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Given it’s a community stadium, it’s fair to say that tours will be on the list at some point. We can’t give you any information about them at this stage, though we’ll update this section when we can. It doesn’t look like there will be a museum at any point, however.

About Brentford

Brentford v Crewe - Paul Wilkinson / Flikr.com

Founded in 1889 and taking up home at Griffin Park in 1904, Brentford Football Club enjoyed most of its success in the 1930s. During that period it managed consecutive top six finishes in the top-flight, as well as winning the Second Division title in 1935. Despite having spent most of its post-war existence in the third and fourth tiers of English football they have managed to make the FA Cup quarter-final on four separate occasions, most recently in 1989.

The Bees have a long-standing rivalry with two of their London counterparts: Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. The hatred of QPR stems back to 1967 when the club attempted a takeover of Brentford that would have seen Rangers move into Griffin Park and The Bees cease to operate as a football club.

Brenford left their old home, Griffin Park, in 2020 where they had been resident for no less than 116 years. They left in style too beating Swansea in their last home game to reach the 2020 Championship play off final.

Community Stadium History

Brentford Community Stadium under construction - AndyScott / CC BY-SA

Given that Brentford Community Stadium only opened in 2020, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that the venue’s history is yet to be written. That being said, Brentford had been trying to get a new ground to play their games in since the 1970s, so there’s still a story to tell as far as this one is concerned. With hopes of moving first mooted in 1973, it took until 2007 for the likelihood of it happening to actually come into focus. That’s when the club was handed an option to buy some ground about a mile away from Griffin Park, with hopes boosted further when the economic downturn meant that Barretts Homes had to pull out of a plan to build houses in the area in 2012.

The London Borough of Hounslow gave outline planning permission for the site at Lionel Road in December of 2013, with final approval coming in March 2014 when the then-Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government, Eric Pickles, signed off on it. Preparation for construction began in March 2017, with the actual building getting underway around a year later. The deal to ground share with London Irish was signed up to in December of 2018 and it was hoped that the building work would be completed in April of 2020, allowing both clubs to use it for their respective 2020-2021 seasons. Work was delayed because of the Coronavirus outbreak, but it was still completed in 2020.

Future Developments

Brentford Community Stadium under construction - AndyScott / CC BY-SA

Given it’s not been open for long, there’s not much to tell you about the future plans around Brentford Community Stadium. Obviously we’ll update this section if it looks like there’s anything to report, though.

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