Away fans' guide
This is an ongoing project. Photos and further information would be gratefully received.
WISE Basketball Arena
SGS College, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP
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Cheshire Oaks Arena
Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port CH65 9JN
Capacity: 1400, 2 Stands .running the length of the court on either side
Tickets: Buy in advance through Tickets.com . Slightly more expensive on the door - cash only, no card facilities
Where to sit: Unreserved seating, benches are on the side accessed by the door furthest away from the main Arena entrance
Food and drink: Hot dogs, sandwiches tea coffee etc at reasonable prices in the main plaza area and also inside the arena area.
Merchandise: £2 programme. Phoenix merchandise on sale in the arena
Entertainment: TBC, halftime shootouts competitions etc
Nearby: Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village with over 140 well-known brands including Levi, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Bose and many more within walking distance Also next to the Outlet village is The Coliseum shopping park with major brands like Debenhams Boots and food outlets like Burger King Pizza Hut etc, As well as The Coliseum Leisure Park with Cinema, Bowling, Night club (now closed down) and eateries such as Chiquito’s Frankie & Benny’s Nando’s and more All of the above within 5 minutes’ walk of the Sports Village
Public transport: TBC I will find out more details
Parking: There is a large car park next to the Sports village with plenty of spaces.
1000 London Road, Glasgow, G40 3HG
Capacity: Main arena: 3000(ish) in lower tier, 3500(ish) in upper tier (rarely open). Seating is in stands along the sides of the court. There is also courtside seating available. Small arena: 1500(ish). Seating is in stands along the sides of the court with additional small corner blocks.
Tickets: In advance from tickets.com or www.glasgowrocks.co.uk online or by phone: 0141 556 3231. Tickets are available, at a slightly dearer price, on the day by cash or card. Centre blocks in the main arena are slightly dearer.
Where to sit: Main arena: season ticket holders generally sit in GG and EE. Away fans are usually allocated seats behind their bench in KK. Small arena: season ticket holders generally sit in MM and EE (Benchside). Away fans are usually allocated tickets in a corner block (AA)
Food and drink: Hot dogs, nachos, pies, crisps, sweets available from concessions stands in the main concourse - often long queues, usual big venue rip-off prices and poor service.
Merchandise: £3 Programme. A good range of replicas and Rocks branded gear available on the main concourse - straight on the left as you walk in.
Entertainment: The Scottish Rockettes pro dance team. Half time has "jump to it" basketball competitions between local schools.
Alcohol: Bottled beer, cider, wine. Prices are £3.50 upwards. Selection isn't great.
Nearby: Celtic Park is right across the road. The Forge retail park and shopping centre is about half a mile up the road. There are a few food outlets in the Forge. The area around the arena isn't the best in terms of facilities. I'd strongly recommend dining/drinking in the city centre before travelling to the arena. Do NOT use the pubs surrounding the arena.
Public transport: TBC
Parking: Parking at the arena is plentiful and free. There are often large queues of traffic when leaving the arena as the traffic lights are poorly timed and situated.
Carnegie sports arena
Headingley Campus, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds,LS6 3QN
Capacity: Around 500, all down one side of the arena
Tickets: £10/£5 in advance, £12/£6 on the door
Where to sit: Away fans are typically opposite the away bench.
Food and drink: Soft drinks (£1/£1.50) and sweets/chocolate are available.
Merchandise: There's a small merchandise stall selling Force clothes.
Entertainment: Cheerleaders, Half Time shooting competition and a Raffle with the chance to shoot a free throw for double or nothing.
Alcohol: Beer used to be available although appears to have stopped this season.
Nearby: Headingley has many restaurants and pubs to offer.
Public transport: Train - Headingley station is the closest and is 1 mile away. The route involves a couple of alleyways and across Beckett's Park before you get to the University Campus. I wouldn't recommend this at night. Bus - The Yorkshire Tiger number 29 bus goes from Infirmary street near the station to the Beckett Park campus. Buses 1, 6, 28 and 97 go regularly from Leeds City Centre and stop on Otley Road. Then you just need to walk up Church Wood Avenue and you're at the Campus.
Parking: Free car parking available at the arena
Leicester Community Sports Arena
Copper Box arena
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3HB
Capacity: 2,040 in the lower tier. Extra 3,254 upper tier, not usually open for Lions games. Four stands, but some closed on occasion.
Tickets: Buy in advance through Ticketmaster. Slightly more expensive on the door - cash only, no card facilities. More expensive for side view than the ends behind the nets. Deals are often available via Groupon etc.
Where to sit: Season ticket holders sit in block 104 on the half-way line. Away fans usually choose block 103 behind the away team bench. Tickets for the ends behind the nets are a little cheaper than side view.
Food and drink: Hot dogs, nachos, crisps, sweets available from concessions stands on either side - often long queues, usual big venue rip-off prices and poor service.
Merchandise: £4 programme. Lions and NBA merchandise on sale on the right as you enter (behind blocks 101 and 114).
Entertainment: Usually a singer and/or dance troupe. National anthem before the match, often performed live. New cheerleaders for 2015/16. Competitions such as the half-way line shot are often devised seemingly on the spot by whoever is the day's MC (which this season looks like being Vince Macaulay).
Alcohol: Bottled beer, cider, wine. Draught Carlsberg £4.50 when available.
Nearby: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is just alongside. Nice park facilities and play areas, the now football stadium, and riverside. Westfield shopping centre is half a mile's walk. Contains many restaurants and fast food chains. US burger restaurant Shake Shack is a new addition that has been promoting with London Lions. Two pubs in the Westfield: Tap East bar on the ground floor for beer enthusiasts and The Cow on 'The Street', both have inside and outside seating. Number 90 Bar, Crate Brewery and Pizzeria, and Howling Hops brewery are all just behind the Copper Box Arena over the river. Stratford town centre is about a mile's walk.
Public transport: Stratford International - DLR line in Tube zone 3, National Rail, and bus station. No international routes served.
Parking: According to the website: 'A small car park is available for users of the Copper Box Arena. Blue Badge holder spaces are available for free. Copper Box visitors can also use the multi storey car park situated in the north of the Park at Here East.'
Lucozade PowerLeague sportsdome
Trafford Way, Urmston, Manchester M17 8DD
Tickets: Tickets available via the club website and at the venue on the night
Where to sit: Away fans usually sit behind the team bench
Food and drink: Available at the venue
Merchandise: Club shop at every home game inside the venue
Nearby: The Trafford Centre (large shopping mall,restaurants cinema etc) is right around the corner. There is a Premier inn, a Travelodge and a JD Wetherspoons within spitting distance.
Public transport: TBC
Parking: Free car park at the venue
Northumbria University, Radnor Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QD
Capacity: 3,000. Four sided arena with West Stand having 2 levels, bottom level is corporate guests only.
Tickets: Buy online from tickets.com, newcastle-eagles.com, by phone on 0191 245 3880 or on the day at Sport Central by cash or card. Prices consistent throughout the arena irrespective of where you sit. £16 a ticket although social media vouchers are available for every fixture to reduce this price to £7.
Where to sit: Season Ticket holders at Sport Central are located on all 4 sides of the arena, however the largest gathering can be found behind the player benches in the East Stand. This is also where away fans are usually housed, behind their team bench. In the event that away ticket supply exceeds the demands of the East Stand then they are moved behind the basket to the lower South Stand - Often the case in Play-Off games.
Food and Drink: Pizza, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Sandwiches, Sweets, Crisps and soft drinks all available from 3 separate refreshment kiosks, located along side the North Stand, South Stand and in the main foyer.
Alcohol: Carling available on draught. £3 per pint or £5 for a double pint glass. Carling and Magners also available in bottles for £3 each.
Merchandise: Programme available from sellers upon entrance to the Arena for £2, can also be found at the club shop, located next to the East Stand selling a wide variety of Newcastle Eagles based products.
Entertainment: North Star Eagles Cheerleaders group perform at every game. Entertainment inbetween quarters or during time outs usually consists of the 30 second shoot-out or the kit dash challenge with the game commentator handing over to Dan Black our on the floor MC. End of the 3rd quarter hosts the chuck a duck competition and Half Time usually consists of a basketball game between local schools but has previously included singers and dance groups.
Nearby: Sport Central is ideally located, right in the heart of Newcastle City Centre. As such it is only a short walk from the main attractions, bars and shops. Roughly a 10 minute walk from Newcastle Central Station and a 5 minute walk from Manors Station. It is also served by the Tyne and Wear Metro with both Green and Yellow line services to Haymarket. About a 2 minute walk from the arena.
Parking: Free parking is available at Northumbria University on game nights just a short walk away on Falconar Street. Alternatively parking is free in Newcastle after 6pm and car parks on both Argyle Street and Ellison Place are again just short walks away.
Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF
Tickets: tickets available via the club website
Where to sit: away fans usually sit behind the team bench
Food and drink: available at the venue
Merchandise: club shop at every home game inside the arena
Entertainment: Foxy, Baby Foxy, Mrs Foxy (occasionally) and the best cheerleaders in the BBL (Raiders own words although I am inclined to agree!). Half time shoot out for children
Nearby: based in Plymouth City Centre there are lots of restaurants and bars available
Public transport: Aim for Plymouth City Centre and you won't be far away
Parking: There is a pay & display car park next to the venue
English Institute of Sport (EIS)
Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA
10 Minutes from the M1 junction 34
Capacity: Main Hall where 90% of games are played; 1200. Blue Hall used for re-arranged fixtures or alternatively when the main hall is not available; 350. The EIS is run by Sheffield International Venues (SIV) likewise Ice Sheffield, Sheffield City Hall and the Arena. SIV have control over bookings etc
Tickets: Bought on line at Tickets.com Adults £12, concessions £9 and family ( 2 adult / 2 children ) £33 Enquires: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 2573180
Where to sit: Block 1 is behind the benches with the majority of season ticket holders behind the home bench and away support behind their bench. Unreserved seating in Block 2. this will often house school parties etc and general paying fans.
Food & Drink at EIS: Everything inside the EIS is at SIV prices. There is a 'stall' (how else do i describe it) open before the game and during half time. The queue for this at half time can get very long and it's often better to use machines in the entrance/foyer area, although you would miss out on the Hot dogs doing this (may be not a bad thing)
Merchandise: The usual Spalding attire for Home fans, often at least one charity stall and/or a stall ran by 'Gobbylegs' Dawn & Leni raising funds for the Young Sharks or similar.
Entertainment: Provided by a local dance troop. Usually just for one entire season but replaced by similar next season. School community challenge - game played at half time. ( no chance of seeing if you're in that food queue) 50/50 with pay outs of anything from £20-£90 (depending on size of crowd and how deep your pockets are)
Alcohol: Bottled variety of lagers, ciders and wines at the SIV counter. Also available at Ice Sheffield just across the road from EIS
Nearby: Centertainment cente, Meadowhall (pronouced meadhowhell, Meadowhall Retail park, Motorpoint Arena, Ice Sheffield and City Centre.
Public Transport: First South Yorkshire bus (69) or Supertram (Yellow line - Meadowhall/Cathedral) The Supertram stop for EIS is "Arena" (natch), but if you are timid, the 400 metres to the EIS from the stop could be a bit scary on a dark night.
Parking: Parking available at both the EIS and Ice Shefield across the road, approxiamately £5 (not paid it for a long time). There is free parking available at Meadow hall and safe(ish) street parking on Whitworth Lane/Old Hall Road ( Around the police station)
Other Food and Drink: Nando's, Harvesters, Frankie & bennies etc available at the Centertainment centre, with timed parking. At Meadowhall there is the Oasis food area; Harvester, Nando, Wetherspoons, KFC, Pizza hut etc plus stores such as Debenhams, M&S etc.
There is also food available at Table table (Arena Square), KFC, Mc Donalds and Pizza hut on Attercliffe Road near the retail park.
If you wish there are hotels; Premier Inn, Ibis and Travel lodge well within distance of the EIS.
Surrey sports park
Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7AD
Capacity: 1000 seats, including standard, courtside premium and hospitality boxes.
Tickets: tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.surreyscorchers.co.uk. Pre-sale tickets are cheaper than buying on the door and saves queuing on busy game nights.
Where to sit: there is no home and away allocation, though away fans to tend to sit in the top left of the arena in block B.
Food and drink: hot dogs, crisps, chocolate and biscuits are available from the concession stands within the arena. The Bench Sports Bar serves hot and cold food and drink (pub style) including beer, wine and spirits. There is also an on-site Starbucks.
Merchandise: Replica vests, t-shirts, balls and match programmes are all available from the venue on game nights.
Entertainment: The Hotshots entertain the crowds with their cheerleading routines during breaks and time-outs, while the kids can get involved in mini games and the popular half-time shootout competition!
Alcohol: beer, wine, cider and spirits are all available from The Bench Sports Bar, which you can take to your seat in the arena.
Nearby: Surrey Sports Park is located about a 5 drive from the centre of Guildford, where you will find a range of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants.
Public transport: South West Trains run a reliable and regular service direct from London Waterloo every 30 mins during peak times. Guildford Station is about a 5 minute taxi ride from Surrey Sports Park (roughly £5-10 each way) and a number of buses operate from the town centre to the venue.
Parking: on-site parking is free but guests are advised to arrive early to guarantee a space on game nights.
Hylton Road,Worcester,WR2 5JN
M5 and exit at either junction 6 or 7 and follow signs to the Arena
Tickets: Cheaper to buy online but can be bought on the door on game night
Where to sit: Season ticket holders have their names on the seats but, other than that, you can sit anywhere
Food and drink: hot dogs nachos,sweets,crisps,soft drinks,tea and coffee
Merchandise: Program £2 (i think),Worcester Wolves merchandise,Raffle tickets £1
Entertainment: Wolfie the mascot,Wolverine cheerleaders,HT shoot out,lucky program shoot out
Alcohol: Available inside the arena
Nearby: McDonalds,Riverside walk,park,pubs
Parking: Arena parking £3. You can also park on Homebase/Mcdonalds....not sure how much it is