Goodison Park is a traditional and world famous football stadia located in the Walton area of Liverpool. The stadium has been home to Premier League club Everton since its completion in 1892.
It is one of the world’s oldest purpose-built football grounds. Goodison Park has undergone many re-developments over the years and it currently has an all-seated capacity of around 39,572.
The first impressions of Goodison Park are not that great from the outside, compared to modern grounds such as the Emirates Stadium, Goodison looks rather old and dated.
However the magic of this famous ground is certainly on the inside, Everton fans refer to the stadium as “The Grand Old Lady” and the abridged “Goodison”, and you can certainly see why. Remember what they say, don’t judge a book by its cover.
Goodison Park Layout
The current structure of the stadium comprises four separate stands, these are the Goodison Road Stand, Gwladys Street Stand, Bullens Road Stand, and the Park End Stand. The Goodison Road Stand is arguably the most famous, it’s a “double-decker stand” with the lower deck being two-tier. Each level is given a separate name.
The middle-deck level is known as “the Main Stand” and is fronted by another seated section known as the Family Enclosure. The Top Balcony is the highest part of the stadium and became all seated in 1987.
One thing we really loved at the Goodison Road stand is it’s unique shape and characteristics. We really liked the traditional terraced look and the interesting back wall of the stand, which “cuts” into the stand because of the non-square nature of the overall Goodison Park site. This stand also houses the dressing rooms and the dugout.
Opposite the Goodison Road stand is the “Bullens Road stand”. This is divided into the Upper Bullens, Lower Bullens and The Paddock. The rear of the south end of the stand houses away supporters. The north corner of the stand is connected to the “Gwladys Street Stand”. The current capacity of the stand is around ten thousand spectators. The Upper Bullens is decorated with a distinctive truss design, adding to that traditional and magical vibe.
Behind the goal at the north end of Goodison Park, the “Gwladys Street Stand” is divided into Upper Gwladys and Lower Gwladys. This stand is the “Popular End”, holding the most hardcore and vociferous home supporters. Who can really be heard from the away section which is close by. Fun fact, If Everton “win the toss” before kick-off the captain traditionally elects to play towards the Gwladys Street End in the second half.
Opposite the Gwladys Street Stand, towards the south end of the ground, behind the other goal, is the Park End Stand. This backs onto Walton Lane which borders Stanley Park. The Park End has the smallest capacity at Goodison Park. The current layout of the stand was opened on 17 September 1994 with a capacity of around five and a half thousand.
Where do Away Fans Sit?
As explained earlier, the away fans are housed in one corner of the two tiered, Bullens Road Stand, which is at the side of the pitch, where just over 3,000 away fans can be accommodated.
Generally if there is only a small following then the lower tier will only be used. As you would expect in an old stadium, the rows can be tight and in some places there is even wooden seating. Equally to make matters worse, if you happen to sit towards the back of the upper or lower tiers you will find your view restricted. There are pillars which hold the stand in place, but worse than that the angle of the roof means some parts of the ground can be partly obscured.
As you would also expect for an old ground, there’s a very small concourse area, which can be cramped. However there is a decent selection of food and drink, and pies are around £3.80. If you don’t want to eat or drink inside of the stadium, then before kick-off behind the Park Stand there is a small “outdoor fanzone” which serves alcohol, as well as food.
Currently visiting supporters are allowed free entry into the fanzone. (Correct at the time of publication) Also around a 15 minute walk away from the ground, is the Thomas Frost pub on Walton Road, this is usually away fan friendly.
Transport Links to Goodison Park
As Goodison Park is located in an urban built up area, there is good transport links to the ground itself. Goodison Park is located two miles north of Liverpool City Centre. Liverpool Lime Street railway station is the nearest mainline station. The nearest station to the stadium is “Kirkdale railway station” on the Merseyrail Northern Line which is located just over half a mile away.
On match days there is also a frequent shuttle bus service from Sandhills railway station known as “SoccerBus”. There are on-site parking facilities for supporters (limited to 230 spaces) and the streets around the ground allow parking only for residents with permits.
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