Sixfields Stadium is located out of the town centre across the road from a Leisure Park complex, featuring a TGI Friday’s, McDonalds and KFC to name but a few food outlets available. It is also not too far along the A4500 from Franklin’s Gardens, home of the Northampton Saints rugby club. There is an accessible car park across the road from the Main Stand and away stand, costing £4, however, it will get busy post-match due to the volume of traffic leaving the stadium, especially at matches with higher attendances. The railway station is a 40-minute walk away or a 20-minute bus ride, with departures from the corner of the Junction of the A4500 and A5095 opposite the station.
The current capacity of the stadium is around 7700 and it is formed up of one large main stand, which also houses the press area, hospitality and the club offices as well as the player’s entrance on the outside. Across from this is the family stand, currently under construction. This is in use, with seats all the way up to the level of the previous stand, however, a hospitality complex was under construction behind the stand, whether this will be completed remains to be seen due to the controversy surrounding the stand itself. The two stands behind the goals are of similar size (around 900-1000 seats) with the home end (North Stand, closest in picture) featuring newer seats than in the away end. For bigger matches (e.g. local derbies) there is an extra allocation of around 500 seats that can be available in the Family Stand for visiting supporters. In my honest opinion, the stadium isn’t the best looking and is often compared with something made out of Lego, however, my opinion may be biased due to it being the home of our main rivals.
Match Day Experience
I recently went along to Sixfields for the local derby vs Peterborough. As a big Peterborough fan, I had snapped my ticket up well in advance and was seated behind the goal in the South Stand. The match itself broke the record league attendance at the stadium with 7675 in attendance, 1462 of which being Peterborough supporters. Interestingly enough, Peterborough also hold the record away attendance at Sixfields from when Coventry were playing at the stadium, taking 2202 to that match, almost outnumbering the ‘home’ supporters. The pre-match consisted of a meal in McDonalds across the road for around the same price as a portion of chips from the burger van outside the Main Stand reception (£3). The match itself was electric, with both sets of fans in full voice with good chances created by both teams throughout. The home fans were very aggrieved not to receive a penalty in the first half, when Jak McCourt was upended in the box, with the referee seeing it as a fair challenge.
The match also provided a viral hit, with Peterborough’s Michael Bostwick passing to a steward in thinking it was Andrew Hughes, the left back. Peterborough won it in the dying embers of the game after Marcus Maddison’s cross came into the box and was flicked on by Chris Forrester. The Northampton defence at the point the cross came into the box seemed to do their own version of the mannequin challenge and let Forrester roam into a free heading position to send the travelling fans into delirium.
Feature Image credit: Matt Churchill