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Guide To The Game

8 May 2014

Pointers on tickets, travel and where to eat and drink at the Greenhous Meadow

A quick guide to what to do once you get to the Greenhous Meadow for the England Women’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Tickets
Tickets for the game are priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and are available from www.shrewsshop.com or 01743 273 943.  A family ticket is also available at £10 (two adults and two children) and fans can also buy tickets on the day from Shrewsbury Town FC ticket office.
Ticket collections are from the ticket booth which will be located just outside the ticket office.

Parking / Travel
There is a complete travel plan available on the website at - STFC Matchday Travel Plan  - which outlines the different options available.
There are a limited number of parking passes available ahead of the game from the ticket office priced £5.  These must be bought before the game.
There are four Park & Walk sites located near to the Greenhous Meadow – Meole Brace P&R, Sutton Grange Nursery, The Brooklands and Pritchards – full details are on the Travel Plan.
There are Express Buses from the Town centre near to the train station – full details on the Travel Plan.

Places to Eat
The buffets at the Greenhous Meadow are run by locate firm Jenny’s Catering and supply a whole host of food and drinks including a range of award winning homemade pies.
On Meole Brace retail park you will find McDonalds, Pizza Hut as well as Sainsbury’s.    You can also get food at the Brooklands Hotel and Charles Darwin.

The Greenhous Meadow
Home to Shrewsbury Town since the start of the 2007-08 season, the Greenhous Meadow stadium was the realisation of a long-term ambition to relocate the club by chairman Roland Wycherley.
The club's previous home, the picturesque Gay Meadow on the banks of the River Severn, was struggling to cope with the modern day requirements of housing a Football League club, understandably so after 97 years.
And so it was that come the summer of 2007, Shrewsbury were on the move to the southern outskirts of the county town to begin an exciting new chapter in the club's history.
With an all-seated capacity of 9,875, the biggest of the stands is the West Stand, now known as the Surridge Stand - behind which the main Manchester to Cardiff railway line runs - which boasts 3,317 seats.
Opposite is the Roland Wycherley Stand, named after the chairman, with 2,741 seats. It is also home to the Sovereign Club where members enjoy pre-match and post-match hospitality in impressive surroundings. Eight executive boxes also help make the matchday experience even more special.
The home end is the Salop Leisure Stand with 1,955 seats and away fans are housed in the Pro-Vision CCTV Stand with 1,796 available seats, a section of the ground which was regularly sold out during the club's two seasons in League One.
The control room is also at this end of the ground along with the recently installed much-improved scoreboard.
The stadium was without an official name for its first season but was then known as the Prostar Stadium for two years before switching to the Greenhous Meadow.
The first match to be played at the stadium on Oteley Road was a friendly in July 2007, with Shrewsbury beating an A-Line All Stars XI managed by Ron Atkinson and featuring the likes of Gianfraco Zola and Gustavo Poyet 4-0.
Dave Hibbert opened the scoring in that game and also had the honour of scoring the first competitive goal at the stadium, a penalty, which sealed a 1-0 win over Bradford City in League Two in August 2007.
The record crowd to watch a match at the Greenhous Meadow was set in September 2013 when 9,510 watched the League One derby against Wolves when Bakary Sako's late penalty secured three points for the men from Molineux.
The previous best was 9,441 for the promotion-clinching 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge in April 2012 with James Collins the goal hero.
But the biggest crowd to attend an event at the stadium was more than 15,000 for a spectacular concert held by Sir Elton John in June 2011.
The Greenhous Meadow has also proved a popular venue with the Football Assocation with Shrewsbury staging three internationals for the senior women's side plus England under-21, under-20 and under-19 internationals for the men's teams.
Shrewsbury was the venue for a spot of record-breaking when Gareth Southgate's under-21 chalked up their biggest ever victory in November 2013, a 9-0 mauling of San Marino as Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Burnley striker Danny Ings both netted twice. 
The move to a new stadium has helped raise Shrewsbury Town's profile and also been a catalyst for a host of exciting new signings to join the club, the impressive facilities on offer acting as a major draw card.
This was certainly the case when the club paid a club record £170,000 to Nottingham Forest for striker Grant Holt in the summer of 2008.
Off the field, the stadium continues to help generate valuable income streams with the Greenhous Meadow well renowned among the top hospitality venues in Shropshire.
Its excellent banqueting and conference facilities ensure the stadium is often a hive of activity, even on non-match days.




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