Sixfields Stadium: Northampton Town

Edgar Mobbs Way, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, NN5 5QA
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From the team’s formation in 1897 until 1994, Northampton Town played their home games at the County Ground, a stadium they shared with the town’s cricket club. It was decided in the mid-1990s that they needed their own space, so a purpose built ground was constructed in the Sixfields area of Northampton.

The Cobblers have enjoyed a mixed history. Their major claim to fame is that they hold the record for the shortest amount of time needed to be promoted from the bottom tier of English football to the top tier and then back down again. It was a feat they achieved in just nine years, but doubtless a record they would prefer not to hold.

Stats

Sixfields Stadium Stats
Year Opened1994
Capacity7,798
Average Attendance5,676
Record Attendance7,664 (Northampton v Luton (2016))
Pitch Size106 x 65 (6890
OwnerNorthampton Town F.C.
Clubs HostedNorthampton Town, Coventry City
First FixtureNorthampton Town v Barnet (15/10/1994)
Northampton Town Stats
Year Founded1897
NicknameThe Cobblers
Club MascotClarence the Dragon
RivalsPeterborough United, Milton Keynes Dons, Barnet
Previous StadiumsCounty Ground
KitMaroon & White (Home) / Black & White (Away) / Orange & Purple Stripes (Third)
Training GroundMoulton College
Shirt SponsorUniversity of Northampton
Team OwnerKelvin Thomas
Record GoalscorerJack English (143)
Record AppearancesTommy Fowler (552)

Sixfields Stadium Photos

Sixfields Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Matt Churchill (Northampton - SixfieldsUploaded by Kafuffle) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Dave Bowen Stand is behind one of the goals, while The Alwyn Hargrave Stand is the family section and is named after a local councilor who helped make the stadium a reality. The Moulton College South Stand is where the away fans are housed and The West Stand is the largest section of the stadium and houses the club offices and supporters bar.

Northampton Town Ticket Prices

It's all nice and simple at Sixfields, with one price for every seat in the stadium. The only thing that will affect the cost is your age and whether or not you book in advance. If you do it will save you £2.00. Prices are as follow:

  • Adults: £22.00 - £24.00
  • Concessions: £18.00 - £20.00

How To Get Northampton Town Tickets

Tickets are available via the club’s official website, over the phone, from the ticket office at the ground and from the club shop.

Where to Buy

Getting To Sixfields Stadium

Train - Northampton Town Train Station is about two miles from the ground.

Bus - Numerous buses run from Northampton town centre to near to the ground and should only take about 20 minutes.

Car - From the South leave the M1 at Junction 15A and get on the A43 until you see the ground. From the North leave it at Junction 16 and take the A45 until you see it.

By Air - London Luton Airport is about 34 miles away from Northampton and Birmingham International is just under 40 miles away.

Taxi - Getting a cab from the train station to the ground will take just under ten minutes and cost about £8.

Parking Near Sixfields Stadium

There are two car parks at the ground that you can use for about £4.

Useful Resources

Sixfields Stadium Hotels

Need somewhere to lay your head before the match? Try one of these:

ibis Northampton Centre - £50+

Sol Central Marefair, Northampton, NN1 1SR
The ibis is just over a mile from the ground and has a restaurant, a bar, a snack bar and self-parking. There’s also breakfast available. More details.

Northampton Marriott Hotel - £60+

Eagle Drive, Northampton, NN4 7HW
The Marriott is two and a half miles from the stadium and offers free parking, free Wi-Fi in the reception area, a health club with an indoor pool and a restaurant. There’s also a business centre and a bar. More details.

Hilton Northampton - £80+

100 Watering Lane, Collingtree, Northampton, NN4 0XW
The Hilton is three and a half miles from Sixfields. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a health club with an indoor pool, a garden, a conference space, free parking and free Wi-Fi in the reception. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Sixfields Stadium

It's slim pickings close to the ground, but Northampton itself has some cracking little pubs. Take your pick from the below:

T.G.I. Friday's

Sixfields Leisure Park, Nene Park, Northampton, NN5 4EG (0344 692 0291)
The stadium itself is basically on a leisure park, so there aren’t exactly loads of places to head to near to the ground. TGI Friday’s isn’t a bad place, with good food and a pretty standard drinks selection within walking distance of the stadium.

Tenpin Northampton

Sixfields Leisure Park, Weedon Road, Northampton, NN5 5QL (0871 222 3675)
Nothing says sports like an actual sporting venue. The Tenpin Bowling Alley in Northampton serve standard drinks, snack food and has a number of TVs around for live sport.

The Malt Shovel Tavern

121 Bridge Street, Northampton, NN1 1QF (01604 234 212)
This pub is located in Northampton’s famous medieval part of town. It serves plenty of real ales, tasty daily food specials and also offers blues nights every now and then.

Hospitality

Club Shop at Sixfields Stadium - Steve Daniels [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1897 Suite offers a decent dining experience as well as the opportunity to watch the man of the match presentation. There will also be a match day host to keep you entertained and seats from which to enjoy the game in the West stand.

Private Hire

The 1897 Suite is also available for event hire, with corporate days commonly held there.

About Northampton Town

The County Ground, Abington Avenue, Former home of Northampton Town FC - Steve Daniels [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Formed in 1897 when a meeting between the town’s schoolteachers and a solicitor resulted in the decision that it needed a football club, Northampton Town has had a long-term rivalry with nearby Peterborough United and, more recently, both Rushden & Diamonds and Oxford United.

The Cobblers, so named because of Northampton’s shoe-making industry, have played only one season of top-flight football, which occurred in 1965-1966. George Best once scored a double hat-trick against the team when they played Manchester United in the FA Cup in 1970.

Sixfields Stadium History

By Matt Churchill (Northampton Town - SixfieldsUploaded by Kafuffle) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sixfields is actually a sports venue, rather than just a football ground. Next to the stadium is an athletics area that regularly holds athletic meets. It was originally scheduled to open for the start of the 1994-1995 season but numerous delays meant that it wasn’t opened until October of that year, meaning The Cobblers had to play their opening games at their old stadium, the County Ground.

There have been numerous attempts to expand the stadium, including a 2003 proposal to double the capacity to around 15,000. It didn’t work out because of complications over the application. The East Stand started undergoing redevelopment in 2014, but financial problems stopped them from continuing until new owners bought the club in 2016. At the time of writing it is still only half finished.

Future Developments

ncomplete East Stand at Sixfields Oct 2015 - By Cj1340 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The continued development of The East Stand is the most likely thing to occur in the near future.

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