Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford Community Stadium is located in Brentford, West London, England and is the home of both Brentford FC and Rugby club London Irish. The stadium has a capacity of 17,250 and is suitable for use for both association football and rugby union matches. The new stadium opened in 2020, and is only a third larger than Griffin Park, Brentford’s old stadium. Brentford wants to remain a community club at the heart of the local community and therefore does not sell tickets to tourist agencies. The ticket offices are not open on match days. This is a disadvantage for football tourists, but has led to an excellent atmosphere in the stands. The audience is close to the field, the acoustics are great.
Brentford moved about a mile to the south-east towards the Thames and Kew Bridge after parting ways with Griffin Park. There are some lovely Riverside pubs on the Thames. “The Bell & Crown” has views of the river and Kew Bridge. A little further away is “The Steam Packet” where you can also enjoy an excellent meal (reservations on match days). Right next to the bridge is “One over the Ait“, a large but attractive pub where it is also very cozy after the match. At the head of the bridge is “The Express Tavern“, an iconic two-storey pub in a large monumental building with a large covered garden where you can eat easily and quickly. If you prefer working-class pubs, you can still go around the old Griffin Park. Of the famous four pubs of the past, three remained, of which “The Griffin” is the most special. Many Brentford fans still visit that pub before matches, have a pint and a famous burger and then take the short walk to the new stadium.
Location: 166 Lionel Road North, Brentford, London Borough of Hounslow, England
Public transport: Kew Bridge railway station
Griffin Park was a football ground in Brentford in the London Borough of Hounslow. It was the home ground of Brentford FC from 1904 to 2020. The ground was in a predominantly residential area and was known for being the only English league football ground to have a pub on each corner. The ground’s name referred to the griffin featured in the logo of Fuller’s Brewery, which at one point owned the orchard on which the stadium was built.
Location: Braemar Road, Brentford TW8 0NT