Brisbane Road: Leyton Orient

Brisbane Road, London, England, E10 5NF
By Chris Eason from London (Brisbane Road) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Known to Orient fans as Brisbane Road but officially called the Matchroom Stadium, the home of Leyton Orient opened in 1937 and has been their ground ever since. As well as hosting Leyton Orient’s games, Brisbane Road has also welcomed Tottenham Hotspur’s reserves side regularly, holding the final of the NextGen series during it’s inaugural season in 2012.

The stadium is currently known as the Matchroom Stadium thanks to sponsorship by the chairman Barry Hearn’s sports company Matchroom Sport. Before that it was officially named the Leyton Stadium and at one point it was also known as Osborne Road, but to Leyton Orient supporters it will only ever be called Brisbane Road after the street it runs alongside of.

Stats

Brisbane Road Stats
Year Opened1937
Capacity9,271
Average Attendance4,663
Record Attendance34,345 (Leyton Orient v West Ham (1964))
Pitch Size105 x 73 (7665)
NicknameBrisbane Road
Former NameBrisbane Road, Leyton Stadium
Owner Waltham Forest Council
SponsorMatchroom Sport
Clubs HostedLeyton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur Reserves
First FixtureLeyton Orient v Cardiff City (28/08/1937)
Leyton Orient Stats
Year Founded1881
NicknameThe O's, Orient
Club MascotTheo the Wyvern
RivalsSouthend United, Brentford, Dagenham & Redbridge, West Ham United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Cambridge United
Previous StadiumsGlyn Road, Whittle's Athletic Ground, Millfields Road, Lea Bridge Road
KitRed (Home) / Blue (Away)
Training GroundChigwell Training Ground
Shirt SponsorEnergyBet
Team OwnerNigel Travis
Record GoalscorerTom Johnston (121)
Record AppearancesPeter Allen (432)

Brisbane Road Photos

Brisbane Road Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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Matchroom Stadium is built in a typical ‘English Style’ with stands on each side of the pitch. The Family Stand is currently sponsored by Baskin Robbins and is located behind the Northern goal, whilst The Tommy Johnston Stand is directly opposite it and is named after the club’s record goalscorer. The East Stand houses both home an away supporters and The Main Stand has a single tier of seating beneath a large office-type section.

Leyton Orient Ticket Prices

The ticket prices at Brisbane Road range depending on your age and where you want to sit, with the Gallery being significantly more expensive. You can get the cheapest tickets by booking in advance rather than leaving it to match day. The cheapest and most expensive tickets are as follows:

  • Adults: £16.00-£30.00
  • Concessions: £14.00-£27.00

How To Get Leyton Orient Tickets

Tickets are available over the phone, online or by dropping into the O’s ticket office in person.

Where to Buy

Getting To Brisbane Road

Train - Leyton Tube Station is less than a mile away from the ground, with Leyton Midland Station the same sort of distance but available to overground trains.

Bus - Bus numbers 58, 69, 97 and 158 all run along Leyton High Road regularly.

Car - From the North you’ll exit the M25 at Junction 27 onto the M11 Southbound. Take the A406 and the A104 until getting onto Leyton High Road. From the South and South-East use the Blackwell Tunnel and the A102.

By Air - Stansted Airport is around 30 miles away, but London has plenty of airport options.

Taxi - From Leyton Station to the ground will take less than five minutes in a taxi and cost about £5.

Parking Near Brisbane Road

There is no car park & on-street restrictions are in place.

Useful Resources

Brisbane Road Hotels

You aren't going to struggle for options for somewhere to stay in London. Here are a few who will be more than happy to take your money:

ibis Styles London Leyton - £55+

543 & 586 Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 7EB
Just under a mile from the stadium is this ibis chain hotel. It’s got a bar and lounge, Wi-Fi, self-parking and a free continental breakfast available. More details.

Epsilon Hotel - £65+

27a Romford Road, Stratford, E15 4LL
Located a mile and a half away from the ground in nearby Stratford is this 3-star hotel that promises 38 guest rooms and multilingual staff. There’s also Wi-Fi available and a free continental breakfast. More details.

Lion & Key Hotel - £100+

475-477 High Road, Leyton, E10 5EL
Matchroom Stadium is less than half a mile from this hotel that, as the name suggests, is above a pub. It’s conveniently located not only for the O’s home ground but also Stratford shopping centre and the Olympic Park. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Brisbane Road

Once again, it's London so you are spoiled for choice really. Lucky for you then we have picked out a few choice possibilities for a swift one before the game:

Coach & Horses

391 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 5NA (020 8988 0567)
The Coach & Horses is just a short walk from the ground and is a cosy, friendly pub with a welcoming atmosphere. It also hosts Blues nights on a regular basis, and what can be more fun that that?!

Leyton Technical Pub

265 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 5QN (020 8558 4759)
Located in the old town hall and just a short walk from Leyton Underground Station is this restored beauty of a pub that serves real ale and delicious food. Dogs are allowed in the bar area, too.

King William IV Bar and Hotel

816 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 6AE (020 8556 2460)
This is a classic East End pub in the best sense of the phrase. With its own brewery that serves its own real ale, this place also has a beer garden and TVs for live sport.

Facilities

Things are in pretty decent nick at Brisbane Road, and there is a good selection of food and drink on offer too.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 2.50
  • Cup of tea: 1.80

Hospitality

By Martin Belam from Walthamstow, London (New West Stand at Leyton Orient) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The O’s match day hospitality package offers a two-course meal before the game in the 1881 Suite, the opportunity to watch an interview with a player as well as Man of the Match presentation, gallery seating in The West Stand and refreshments at both half-time and full-time.

Private Hire

With a brilliant view of the Docklands and the City of London, Matchroom Stadium is an excellent place to go for your conferencing and event hire needs. There are four pitch-facing suites and a large boardroom, meaning the home of the O's is suitable for events for anywhere from five people to three hundred people. There is a dedicated events team who will tailor a package to suit your exact requirements.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Tours of Brisbane Road do happen, although they tend to be at specific times of the year rather than throughout the year; half term for example. Places for the 90 minute tour go quickly, and were most recently priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children. There is no museum to speak of, but there will doubtless be memorabilia all over the place if you go on the tour.

About Leyton Orient

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The Os were formed in 1881 by members of the Glyn Cricket Club, changing their name to Eagle Cricket Club in 1886 and then Orient Football Club in 1888. Leyton Orient boast the title of ‘second oldest league club in London’ behind Fulham.

It is believed that the ‘Orient’ part of the club’s name came about because one of the players requested it, having spent his life working for the Orient Shipping Company. They adopted the ‘Leyton’ section of their name when they moved to the Leyton area of London in 1937. They resorted back to Orient in 1966, becoming Leyton Orient permanently in 1987. In 2017 US based businessman and lifelong O's fan Nigel Travis - who also runs Baskin Robbins who sponsor one of the stands incidentally - bought the club when it had been relegated, had no manager and no money and only 9 players, the oldest of which being 19.

Brisbane Road History

East Stand in 2005 - By Martin Belam from Walthamstow, London (East Stand at Leyton Orient) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Brisbane Road became the home of Leyton Orient when they moved to the Leyton district of Essex in 1937. Before that it had hosted the games of amateur team Leyton FC. It has undergone numerous cosmetic changes over the years. The West Stand was converted into all-seating in 1978, for example, with The South Stand getting demolished in 1996 and nothing built to replace it until 1999.

As well as hosting Leyton Orient’s matches and the games of Tottenham Hotspur’s Reserve team, Brisbane Road has had several other uses over the years. In 2008, for example, the final of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup was held at the ground. It has also hosted numerous England Under 16 games and matches of the England Women’s Team.

Future Developments

Brisbane Road end - By Matt Churchill (Flickr: Brisbane Road 2) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The North Stand, Tommy Johnson Stand and West Stand have all been refurbished in recent years, meaning any future development, should it happen, is likely to be done to The East Stand.

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