Home Park: Plymouth Argyle

Home Park, Plymouth, Devon, England, PL2 3DQ
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Known to the fans as the Theatre of Greens, Home Park has welcomed Plymouth Argyle supporters through its gates since the club made it its permanent residence in 1901. It was heavily bombed during the Second World War and was largely rebuilt in order to be able to host games on the resumption of Football League games in 1945.

Originally used as a rugby ground for the no longer in existence Devonport Albion, Home Park has enjoyed numerous uses over the years. The lease for the land was obtained by Argyle Athletics Club in 1901 and they staged several athletics events there that year. They also allowed some trial matches featuring Argyle Football Club to be played on the space, and when they proved to be more popular than the athletics meetings a decision was made to concentrate on football moving forward.

Stats

Home Park Stats
Year Opened1893
Capacity16,388
Average Attendance9,652
Record Attendance43,596 (Plymouth v Aston Villa (1936))
Pitch Size105 x 72 (7560)
NicknameTheatre of Greens
OwnerPlymouth City Council
Clubs HostedPlymouth Argyle
First FixturePlymouth Argyle v Northampton Town (05/09/1903)
Plymouth Argyle Stats
Year Founded1886
NicknameThe Pilgrims, Argyle, The Green Army
Club MascotPilgrim Pete
RivalsExeter City, Torquay United, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth
KitGreen, White & Black (Home) / White & Green (Away)
Training GroundHarpers Park
Shirt SponsorGinsters
Team OwnerJames Brent
Record GoalscorerSammy Black (184)
Record AppearancesKevin Hodges (620)

Home Park Photos

Home Park Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Achangeisasgoodasa at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Home Park has four distinct stands, with each offering a different insight into life as an Argyle supporter. The Lyndhurst Stand runs along the side of the pitch and is where the majority of season ticket holders sit. The Devonport End is where the more vocal supporters go, whilst The Barn Park End stands opposite to it and is where the away supporters go. The Mayflower Grandstand is the oldest part of the ground, both literally and in terms of the supporters who sit in it. There are supporting pillars to this section of the stadium, so some views are restricted because of them.

Plymouth Argyle Ticket Prices

Prices for Plymouth Argyle matches are nice and easy to understand, with no change in cost brought in for sitting in different parts of the ground. The only things that affect the cost are when you buy your ticket and how old you are.

Matches aren’t categorised in the traditional sense, but when The Green Army go up against one of the club’s main rivals such as Portsmouth or Bristol Rovers, all ticket prices go up by a pound to fund the cost of extra stewarding and policing for the event. Other than that, the prices for adults and concession are shown below, with the cheapest option being advance tickets:

  • Adults: £21 - £23
  • Concessions: £16 - £18
    • How To Get Plymouth Argyle Tickets

      Plymouth Argyle tickets are available online, over the telephone and from the club’s ticket office in person. They will take an extra £1.35 per ticket from you for booking online or over the phone, and if you want your ticket posting it will cost you a pound.

      Where to Buy

      Getting To Home Park

      Plymouth is on the South coast, so depending on where you live it’s either likely to be dead close to you or dead far away. Here are some of the travel options:

      Train - Plymouth Railway Station is a twenty minute walk from the ground and is served by trains from London. Expect it to take about three hours to get there from Paddington, mind.

      Bus - Buses from Plymouth city centre to Milehouse will take you to the stadium, should you not fancy the walk.

      Car - Do whatever you need to do to get yourself on the A38 (nothing dangerous though). Follow it until the exit for the A386 then come off and follow the signs for the stadium. Sounds easy when you say it like that, hey?

      By Air - Exeter Airport is about fifty miles from the ground, which will take you between an hour and an hour and a half to drive or two hours on public transport.

      Taxi - Getting a taxi from the train station to the ground will take less than ten minutes and should cost no more than £11.

      Parking Near Home Park

      There is a large car park run by the council right outside the ground that is free to use on match days. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy for some reason then there are good park and ride systems available too.

      Useful Resources

      Home Park Hotels

      Plymouth offers the usual amount of Bed & Breakfasts and hotels that you’d expect to find in a coastal town. Here are some of our favourites:

      St Rita Hotel - £50+

      76 - 78 Alma Road, Pennycomequick, Plymouth, PL3 4HD
      Less than a mile from the ground is this hotel named in honour of the patron saint of football supporters (that’s not true). It’s got just fourteen rooms so you know you’re going to get personal treatment, with free Wi-Fi and free parking available too. More details.

      Alma Lodge Guest House - £60+

      125 Alma Road, Plymouth, PL3 4HQ
      Named after the road on which it stands is this three and a half star B&B with just five guest rooms. You’ll get a full English breakfast included with the cost of your room as well as free Wi-Fi and free parking. More details.

      Jurys Inn Plymouth - £80+

      50 Exeter Street, Plymouth, PL4 0AZ
      A mile and a half from the ground is this chain hotel that abandons any pretence of the provincial that our previous hotels offered. It’s got 247 rooms, a restaurant, a bar, self-parking, 11 meeting rooms and a conference space. There’s also free Wi-Fi, of course. More details.

      Pubs & Bars Near Home Park

      Seaside towns often have delightful seaside free houses in which to enjoy a seaside shandy. Here are some of our favourites:

      The Britannia Inn

      1 Wolseley Road, Milehouse, Plymouth, PL2 3AA (01752 607596)
      Not far from the ground is this JD Wetherspoon pub. It’s nice, in a Wetherspoon sort of way, with a swirly whirly carpet that helps you to drift off to a different world in which Argyle win every match and you are a multi-millionaire. There’s cheap food and drinks on offer too, obviously.

      The Cherry Tree Pub

      291 Ham Drive, Plymouth, PL2 3NH (01752 773 795)
      The Cherry Tree is a cracking, modern club with a good menu and friendly bar staff. There are also plenty of TV screens that promise any live sport you can wish to watch legally.

      The Hyde Park

      88 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6LG (01752 601 446)
      The Hyde Park is a natty little place with real personality. They serve tasty food and have a great drinks selection, with the walls adorned with memorabilia from the numerous breweries and drinks makers in the area. There are also a couple of TVs that you might be able to persuade the owners to put some sport on if you ask nicely.

      Facilities

      The facilities at Home Park are very good even if they’re not excellent. You’ll get all of the usual things you’d expect from a decent stadium apart from the fact that the concourses aren’t particularly large.

      Prices

      • Programme: 3.00
      • Pie: 3.00
      • Cup of tea: 2.00

      Hospitality

      By 10sheere (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

      The Tribute Legends Lounge is the main hospitality section at Home Park. You’ll enjoy a three-course meal with a pre-match host keeping you up to date with what's going on, and also get to witness club legends provide you with some entertainment. There’s also a quiz before the game with a free round of drinks for the winners. Finally, your day will be rounded off with the opportunity to watch the Man Of The Match presentation.

      Private Hire

      Plymouth Argyle weirdly refer to their events packages as ‘Non Match-Day Hospitality’, though what you get is largely the same whatever name they call it. Christenings, birthday parties, conferences, product launches and presentations have all been held at Home Park in the past with great success. They say they will make each event unique, so rather than pre-package options for you, it sounds as though they will tailor the day to fit your needs.

      Stadium Tours & Museum

      Tours are available on Wednesdays at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and need to be booked in advance. They only cost £5 per person and last up to an hour, with the guide being a representative of the Argyle Legends who will grant you access to the boardroom, dressing rooms and beyond.

      About Plymouth Argyle

      Plymouth Argyle Football Club 1903-04 Team Photo - See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

      Formed as Argyle Football Club in 1893, they became professional in 1903 and changed their name to Plymouth Argyle in the same year. The club’s nickname of ‘The Pilgrims’ comes from the fact that a group of religious people left the city for the New World back in 1620. The famous Mayflower ship that carried them all features on the club’s crest, too. Despite the fact that the club holds the record for the most third-tier titles won, Plymouth is the largest city in England that has never hosted top-flight football.

      As is the case with most clubs from a specific area of the country, Plymouth Argyle enjoy a strong rivalry with other sides from the county of Devon. Exeter City, Torquay United, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth have all felt the wrath of the Argyle supporters over the years. The Plymouth v Portsmouth match is known as the ‘Dockyard Derby’, with both cities having strong naval connections.

      Home Park History

      Visitor's end 1981 - Steve Daniels [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

      Home Park as it is today is a very different proposition to the ground that stood in its place when it opened in 1893. Aside from anything else, that original ground was almost entirely destroyed by bombs in the Second World War, as German planes made efforts to disrupt the British Navy by bombing Plymouth harbour. It was rebuilt in time for the return of football after the war.

      The stadium went through more renovation plans at the turn of the millennium. The new Devonport End opened in 2001, as did the redeveloped Barn Park End. The Lyndhurst Stand was rebuilt and reopened the following year. In 2007 they added temporary seats to The Mayflower enclosure and in 2009 the ground was selected to be one of the stadiums used should England win the right to host the World Cup. It didn’t, and the club entered into administration in 2011, at which point the council bought the ground and leased it to the club for £135,000 annually.

      Future Developments

      James Brent bought the club in 2011 and announced plans to completely redevelop The Mayflower Grandstand. The club received planning permission to do just that in 2013, with hopes of an ice-rink, cinema and hotel all being built in or near to the stadium. Those plans were later withdrawn, though the planning permission remains in place. Most recently, James Brent has said he is confident that work will start in 2018.

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