CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road): Harrogate Town

59 Wetherby Road, Harrogate, West Yorkshire, England, HG2 7SG

Harrogate Town Association Football Club was established in 1914, with the Sulphurites playing their football matches at The CNG Stadium since 1920. At the time, of course, it was known as Wetherby Road, with the current moniker being put in place because of sponsorship. The club itself was called Harrogate AFC, adding the ‘town’ to its title five years after its formation.

Harrogate itself boasts famous sulphur springs, which is where the nickname ‘the Sulphurites’ comes from. They are also often referred to simply as ‘Town’ and the club plays in black and yellow. When Harrogate were promoted to League Two for the 2020-2021 season they played their opening home games at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster as The CNG Stadium underwent a number of changes.

Stats

CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road) Stats
Year Opened1920
Capacity3,800
Average Attendance1,333
Record Attendance3,048 (Harrogate Town v Portsmouth (11/10/2019))
Pitch Size100 x 66 (6600)
NicknameWetherby
Former NameWetherby Road
OwnerHarrogate Town
SponsorCNG
Clubs HostedHarrogate Town
First FixtureHarrogate Town v York YMCA (28/08/1920)
Harrogate Town Stats
Year Founded1914
NicknameTown, The Sulphurites
RivalsYork City
Previous StadiumsStarbeck Lane Ground
KitYellow & Black (Home) / Sky Blue (Away)
Shirt SponsorStrata
Team OwnerIrving Weaver
Record GoalscorerJim Hague (135)
Record AppearancesPaul Williamson (435)

CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road) Photos

CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road) Seating Plan & Where to Sit

Betty Longbottom / Harrogate Town Football Club - Wetherby Road

The CNG Stadium can welcome more than 5,000 spectators through its doors, with a new Main Stand opening recently. The overall look of the ground is best described as ‘basic’, with the stands single tier and most of the perimeter of the football pitch simply being a hoarding to stop fans from encroaching.

Harrogate Town Ticket Prices

The price of an adult ticket bought at the turnstile on the day of the match is £16 if you don’t mind standing up and £17 if you want to sit down. Those that get a concession will pay £13 for a seated ticket and £12 for a standing one.

How To Get Harrogate Town Tickets

The best way to get tickets for Harrogate Town’s matches is online, if for no other reason than you’ll save £2 on the price of tickets on the turnstile. Both are perfectly valid options, though, so don’t be worried if you’re not a big fan of buying things over the internet.

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Getting To CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road)

Train - The CNG Stadium is not far from Harrogate’s main train station, so that’s obviously the best place to head if you’re wanting to get a train to the area. In terms of more local routes, both Starbeck and Hornbeam Park are in walking distance.

Bus - Both the 7 and the X70 buses stop right outside the ground, so they’re definitely the best buses to get if you want to use public transport to head to the stadium.

Car - The CNG Stadium is found close to the centre of Harrogate, with the A661, the Harrogate Road, passing straight by.

By Air - Leeds - Bradford International Airport is around twelve miles away from the ground, so that’s the best place to head if you’re flying in for a Town match. In terms of other options, Durham Tees Valley Airport and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield are both about fifty to sixty miles away. Manchester Airport is more than seventy miles away, but it’s probably the biggest airport that is relatively close.

Taxi - Harrogate isn’t exactly the busiest town in the United Kingdom, though it does get a bit busier on a match day. Even so, a trip from the train station to the ground shouldn’t take long and will cost £8 if the roads are busy.

Parking Near CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road)

Parking is relatively easy close to the ground, though you do need to be aware of the traffic restrictions put in place if you’re straying too close to the town centre.

Useful Resources

CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road) Hotels

Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate - £80+

Park Parade, off Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, HG1 5AH
Harrogate isn’t a cheap place to stay, but the Cedar Court Hotel is a lovely boutique venue with more than one hundred guest rooms. It’s located close to the town’s Convention Centre and offers a restaurant and a bar. There’s a business centre for people who need to make it a working trip, plus there’s a garden if they weather’s nice. You can get Wi-Fi and it’s not too far from the stadium when it’s time to head to the match. More details.

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa - £100+

Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2HU
Sometimes it’s good to use a trip away as a chance to pamper oneself, which is exactly what the Doubletree by Hilton in Harrogate allows you to do. It’s located close to the town’s Turkish baths, but the health club and swimming pool on-site should more than suffice. With more than 180 rooms there’s plenty of space, plus a restaurant and bar to chill out in. There’s a conference space, a full-service spa and a terrace area leading onto the garden. As you’d expect, there’s free Wi-Fi. More details.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Harrogate - £125+

Prospect Place, Harrogate, HG1 1LB
In terms of an indulgent place to stay, you’ll struggle to do much better than the Hotel du Vin & Bistro. If you’re a wine drinker then you’re in for a treat, with the hotel being part of a larger wine bar. It’s big enough to offer wedding services, with a conference space also available. There’s a full-service spa if you need to unwind, whilst breakfast is available. Obviously the restaurant and bar on-site is one of the key selling points, but there’s Wi-Fi if you’d rather just get online and busy yourself. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road)

Christies Bar

20 Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5JW (01423 638495)
Christies Bar is something of a curious mix. On the one hand, it looks like quite a classy establishment and appeals to a certain type of crowd. On the other, it encourages punters to come in for a pie and a pint and there are big screens handily located to appeal to a sports crowd. Operating in the heart of Harrogate for decades, the venue promises real ales, lagers and soft drinks, as well as delicious food. There’s also a pizza kitchen, should you fancy something quick and easy.

The Den

Nidderdale House, Cambridge Rd, Harrogate, HG1 1NS (01423 505151 )
The Den is every inch the sports venue, complete with pool tables and numerous spots to watch live sport. You can do so on one of the four HD televisions or courtesy of the two High Definition projectors. It’s also a live music venue, so there’s a decent chance that you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere of a local band depending on when you head there. Keg beers, IPAs and other craft offerings are high on the menu for drinkers, though there’s plenty of soft drinks for others to choose from.

The Harrogate Arms

11 Parliament St, Harrogate, HG1 2QU (01423 531735)
The Harrogate Arms is very much a ‘local’ pub, though that doesn’t mean that outsiders aren’t welcome. It’s a lovely place to head for a bite to eat and a drink, with cask ales being popular. There’s also free Wi-Fi for those that want to get onto the internet, but the fact that they show live sport means that you’ll probably be too busy watching something on the big screens around the place. There’s delicious food on offer pretty much whenever you go in to the pub, though the Sunday lunch menu is particularly well-reccommended.

Facilities

Whilst The CNG Stadium is far from being the most modern in the English Football League, it’s still a decent place to head to and the facilities are more than good enough for what most football fans will require.

Prices

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Hospitality

Harrogate Town vs Maidenhead United - Mark Anderson / Harrogate Town AFC

The club built a new Main Stand ahead of the 2020-2021 campaign in order to comply with English Football League standards. Part of that includes a new hospitality section with a lounge area and a restaurant as well as a private bar. There are different packages available for people, so it’s worth checking out.

Private Hire

The 1919 Venue is available for private functions such as weddings, conferences and other parties or meetings that you might wish to host.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing, it is not possible to do a tour of The CNG Stadium. If that changes then we’ll update this section accordingly, though you’ll never know it even existed.

About Harrogate Town

Harrogate Town v Aldershot - John Lord / Flickr.com

There had been a desire for a football club in Harrogate as early as 1907, though it took until 1914 for Harrogate Association Football Club to be formed. They entered the Northern Football League and should have played their games at the County Ground, only for the First World War to break out and all matches to be suspended. Robert Ackrill Breare organised the reformation of the club after the end of the war, with the word ‘Town’ being added to its moniker from 1919 onwards. The initial part of the club’s history saw it bounced from one league to another, which was something of a signal for what was to come in the future as it failed to settle anywhere for long.

After a brief spell as Harrogate Hotspurs in 1935, Harrogate Town played in the West Yorkshire Association Football League after the Second World War. The club was one of the founding members of the Northern Counties East Football League when it was created in 1982, but had a desire to climb the new Football League pyramid. In the decades that followed, it was a slow and steady climb for the Sulphurites. When the 2019-2020 National League season was decided by Points Per Game because of the Coronavirus epidemic, Harrogate Town ended up in the Play-Offs and defeated Notts Country to earn promotion to the Football League for the first time ever.

CNG Stadium (Wetherby Road) History

The CNG Stadium is actually a multi-purpose venue, though it is most commonly used for football matches. Previously known as Wetherby Road before it got sponsorship, the ground has room for more than 5,000 spectators. It’s located next to Harrogate District Hospital and opened its doors for the first time in 1920. Harrogate Town has played its matches there virtually since it was formed, though it did enjoy a brief spell at Starbeck Lane. Whilst the football ground has obviously seen its fair share of exciting moments during Harrogate Town’s existence, it wasn’t really until the end of the 2019-2020 season that true success was had by the club that calls it home.

Town’s promotion to the English Football League meant that numerous different changes had to be introduced at The CNG Stadium, which is why the club played the opening games of the 2020-2021 campaign at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster. The 3G pitch, which had been used for years, had to be ripped up because it’s not something that Football League clubs are allowed to use. That was replaced by a grass pitch to the bemusement of many in the area, given that 3G pitches are perfectly acceptable in the Champions League. The clubhouse is located on the south side of the ground, whilst there’s a covered standing area to the north.

Future Developments

Match Against Bradford Park Avenue at Wetherby Road - Mtaylor848 / CC BY-SA

Depending on how long Harrogate Town are able to stay in the Football League for and how high in the pyramid the club is able to climb, more changes to The CNG Stadium might well happen in the near future. That being said, the opening of the new Main Stand as well as the placement of a grass pitch should mean that it’s fairly future-proofed.

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