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27 July 2019

The Bantams travel to Rochdale for their final pre-season friendly this afternoon and we have compiled an Away Day Guide - packed full of useful information ahead of the 3.00pm clash!


The Crown Oil Arena

Willbutts Lane



OL11 5DS


The Crown Oil Arena has been home to Rochdale AFC since opening in 1920.

With a capacity of 10,249 spectators, the stadium is also the home of Rochdale Hornets Rugby League Club and was one of the host grounds for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Following extensive rebuilding between 1992 and 2000, the ground is now fully seated in three corners with the Thwaites Beer Stand (Sandy Lane End) remaining a standing terrace.


Supporters are asked to pay on the gate for today’s game, with turnstiles open from 2.00pm.

City fans will be housed in the Reside Estate Agency (Willbutts Lane) Stand.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £10

Concessions (under-21s, 65+, wheelchair users): £5

Under-11s: £1


Street parking is available around the stadium. However, please be aware parking restrictions - monitored by traffic control - are in place in the yellow coned areas. 

Parking is also available at a local high school around half a mile from the ground.

Parking prices at Oulderhill Community School, Greave Avenue, OL11 5EF begin at £3 for a day ticket.


To eat:

Popular fish and chip shop, Wilbutts Lane Chippy, is located to the north of the stadium, a short walk away.

To drink:

The Cemetery Hotel pub is located at the bottom of Sandy Lane, on the corner with Bury Road.

This comfortable, historic pub has a range of real ales on offer alongside a friendly welcome.

Inside the ground:

Visiting supporters are welcome in the club’s Ratcliffe Bars, open from 12.00pm.

The bar is a licensed premises - with beer and cider on draught - and shows Sky Sports television.

Kiosks within the concourse of the away end sell hot and cold food and drinks, including alcohol.


By car: The Crown Oil Arena is just over two miles from junction 20 of the M62.

Follow signs for Rochdale along the A627(M). At the first set of traffic lights, keep left - sign posted for Bury and Rochdale Town Centre.

Bunnings Warehouse will be on your right-hand side, follow this road until the next set of traffic lights.

Here you need to be in the second of four lanes, to head straight across (sign posted for Blackburn).

Follow this road (Roch Valley Way) until the next set of traffic lights, remaining in the left-hand lane.

At these traffic lights, go straight ahead on to Sandy Lane (the Cemetery Hotel pub should be on your right-hand side).

Continue along this road and the Stadium is on your right after approximately half a mile.

By rail: Rochdale train station, served by trains from Leeds and Manchester Victoria, is around 2.5 miles (45-minute walk) from the Crown Oil Arena.

Alternatively, the ground is around a 20-25-minute walk from Rochdale Town Centre.


A little rain is forecast for this afternoon’s match.

Showery spells are expected alongside mild temperatures between 17°C and 18°C.

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