Rodney Parade: Newport County AFC

Rodney Road, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, NP19 0UU

Rodney Parade is the second oldest ground in the Football League, beaten only by Preston North End’s Deepdale. Officially opened in 1877, it is not only the home of Newport County Association Football Club but also of Newport Rugby Club and Newport Gwent Dragons. The first time the stadium was used was actually in December 1876 when Newport played Cardiff in a rugby game.

Newport County AFC was formed in 1912 under the somewhat longer name Newport & Monmouth County Association Football Club. For obvious reasons it became simply ‘Newport County rather quickly. The club started its life playing its matches at Somerton Park before moving to Newport Stadium, via numerous other grounds, in 1994. They only moved to Rodney Parade in 2012.

Stats

Rodney Parade Stats
Year Opened1877
Capacity8,700
Average Attendance3,249
Record Attendance6,615 (Newport v Havant & Waterlooville (2010))
Pitch Size102 x 65 (6680)
OwnerNewport RFC
Clubs HostedNewport RFC, Newport County A.F.C., Newport Gwent Dragons
First FixtureNewport v Cardiff (02/12/1876)
Newport County Stats
Year Founded1912
NicknameThe Exiles, The Ironsides, The Port, The County
Club MascotSpytty the Dog
RivalsCardiff City, Swansea City, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers
Previous StadiumsSomerton Park, Newport Stadium
KitYellow & Black (Home) / Red & White (Away) / Black & Yellow (Third)
Training GroundNewport County AFC Training Ground
Shirt SponsorMr. Tom
Team OwnerNewport County AFC Supporters Trust
Record GoalscorerReg Parker (99)
Record AppearancesLen Weare (526)

Rodney Parade Photos

Rodney Parade Seating Plan & Where to Sit

There are four stands that run along the edges of the pitch. The North Terrace is where the noisiest fans go, The South Stand houses the away supporters in an uncovered terrace section, The Bisley Stand is the newest section of the ground and The Hazell Stand is the largest part of the stadium.

Newport County Ticket Prices

Tickets are cheaper if you want to watch from the terrace rather than from a seated area, and apart from that only your age will affect the price you pay for your ticket. Adults and concessions prices range as follows:

  • Adults: £18.00 - £20.00
  • Concession: £16.00 all tickets

How To Get Newport County Tickets

Tickets can be bought at the ground or on the club’s official website.

Where to Buy

Getting To Rodney Parade

Train - The stadium is a short walk from Newport Gwent train station which is reachable in less than two hours from London Paddington.

Bus - The ground is virtually next door to the cities main bus station, so don't catch the bus from there as you will probably end up further away than when you started.

Car - Exit the M4 at either Junction 25a or 26 depending on if you’re coming from the East or West. Follow the signs.

By Air - Cardiff Airport is the closest the ground and has rail links to the centre of Cardiff. It will take you just over an hour to go from the airport to the stadium.

Taxi - A taxi will take you less than ten minutes from the train station to Rodney Parade and will cost just over £6.

Parking Near Rodney Parade

There is no parking at the stadium but there’s two hours free parking at Kingsway Centre which is five minutes away.

Useful Resources

Rodney Parade Hotels

ibis budget Newport - £40+

164 Malpas Road, Newport, NP20 5PP
Budget really does mean budget as far as ibis hotels are concerned, so expect thin mattresses and ‘functional’ decor. You’ll still get free Wi-Fi, free parking and tea and coffee making facilities, though, and it’s only a mile from the ground. More details.

The Knoll Guesthouse - £50+

145 Stow Hill, Newport, NP20 4FZ
Just over half a mile from Rodney Parade is this 3-star B&B that promises free Wi-Fi in the reception and multilingual staff. It’s only a five minute walk from Newport Cathedral too, thank God. More details.

Celtic Guest Houses, The Old Rectory - £70+

The Old Rectory, Magor Road, Llanmartin, Newport, NP18 2EB
This upmarket guest house has just six rooms and is a bit further afield form the stadium at five miles, but you’ll get free Wi-Fi, free parking, a terrace and a garden. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Rodney Parade

Good news, there are pubs in Newport! Here are a few of them:

Blu Sports Bar & Victoria Hotel

161 Corporation Road, Newport, NP19 0BJ (01633 547334)
We’d be lying if we said that this was the most welcoming bar in the area, but it’s near to the ground, has plenty of TVs for watching sport and is good enough if you’re a home supporter.

Godfrey Morgan

158-162 Chepstow Road, Newport, NP19 8EG (01633 221 928)
It almost feels as if our stadium reviews wouldn’t be complete without a comment about a JD Wetherspoon carpet. You’ll be able to see the chain pub’s famous swirly whirly carpet here whilst you also enjoy a pint and a cheap bite to eat. Just don't eat anything that's been on the carpet.

The John Wallace Linton

Cambrian Road, Newport, NP20 4AX (01633 251 752)
There is genuinely a woman who is touring the country in order to take a photo of every Wetherspoon’s carpet that exists - apparently they’re all slightly different - so she’d have been made up with Newport having two of them near each other. Cheap food & cheaper drinks etc. here.

Hospitality

Newport County’s most popular hospitality options are their boxes, where you’ll enjoy a two-course meal and a private bar, interviews with former players and a VIP entrance plus padded seats.; or the County Club. You’ll get access to the County club and 100 club. The county club is a package in itself, where you get a lot of the same benefits but without your own private box, obviously.

Private Hire

A £7 million conference centre opened at the stadium in 2011, meaning virtually any event can be catered for.

Stadium Tours & Museum

As of right now this second, there is no museum or tour option. Sorry.

About Newport County

Eamon Curry / Flickr.com

If you had unlimited time to name every British football club that had played in a quarter-final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup you still may never think to mention Newport County. They did exactly that, however, having qualified for the competition by winning the Welsh Cup in 1980. That is just one example of the quirky and exciting life fans of the Welsh club have enjoyed since it was originally formed in 1912.

We say that’s when it was originally formed because, although the current version of the club has ties to that original team, it was been reformed twice during its existence. The most recent reformation occurred in 1989 after it had gone bust in February of that year. There were rumours of a foreign investor being interested back then, but it later turned out they thought they were buying Newcastle United and pulled the plug when they found out the truth. A little research goes a long way... Newport County was also one of the founding members of the Football League Third Division.

Rodney Parade History

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There are two histories to speak of as far as Rodney Parade is concerned. The first is the history of Newport County at the ground and that is short lived and not particularly interesting, given that the club only started playing their games there in 2012. Before that they called Somerton Park home until 1994 when they moved to Newport Stadium for eight years.

The second is the history of the stadium itself, before the arrival of Newport County, and that is a genuinely interesting one. Located on the East bank of the River Usk and within easy walking distance of the city’s bus and train stations, Rodney Parade began life as the home of an Athletics Club that also allowed the playing of cricket, tennis and rugby on its grounds. It has since hosted mainly rugby, including international matches, and now football.

Future Developments

The view to the north-east from Newport Cathedral - Robin Drayton [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Numerous developments have been undertaken at the ground since 2007 including the addition of new drainage and irrigation systems in 2013 and 2014. MOst recently a grass hybrid pitch was installed after the Welsh Rugby Union bought the ground.

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