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Oldlady's Ground Guide - Wakefield Wildcats
Posted by southstander on June 09 2005 - 11:13:23

Torremo-Wakefield
by Oldlady

Following the demise of the old ground guides, when we had the apocalyptic server crash last October, we've decided to reconstruct the Ground Guide section.

On a week-by-week basis, for all away games this year, Oldlady will give us her guide to our place of pilgrimage, this week with the assistance of Oldham_Rhino.

We continue this week with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Wakefield Wildcats - Atlantic Solutions Stadium

Not much to write about this grotty place! It has been the home of Wakefield (Trinity) Wildcats for over a hundred years and not much has changed except the name! Others have commented on the initials ‘ASS’ being entirely appropriate.

This is another ground in need of a good deal of modernisation. It lies on the Doncaster Road the A638, on the right hand side as you travel south from Leeds.

Home fans occupy the East stand which has covered seating with a very shallow terraced paddock in front of it. There is a clear view, from these steps, of players’ ankles. There is terracing on the Western side too and a good turnout sees home fans here too. This is a stadium where fans from opposing sides seem to mingle without any real trouble. I think I can only recall one such incident in recent seasons. The Southern end holds the most peculiar hospitality block which really does look like cheap flats in Benidorm. A strange mix of people, including injured players, ‘suited and booted visitors’ etc. are to be seen leaning over the balconies as if they were observing beach games in the sunshine, sipping taking a G and T before dinner. In reality, I think, they are downing huge quantities of beer and calling it a good night out. The North Bank Terrace behind the sticks is where away fans gather and this is usually full when we play them, so I guess it will be so for this all-ticket game. You get a stiff neck from trying to see the scoreboard over your shoulder and the big screen is not easy to see from here for televised matches. Toilets are very basic and big queues form for both these and for the food stalls. We have queued for longer to get in here than anywhere else and the turnstiles are very narrow.

Best:

Place to stand... North Bank Terrace behind the sticks.

Place to park... There is very limited street parking and the narrow streets get full early. There is a car park at the nearby Superbowl but it fills quickly too and I think they get miffed. Most people have their own little area of streets either to the right or to the left of the main road which they drive round and round until they find a spot.

Place to eat & drink...For a pre match tipple pubs are a bit thin on the ground. Visiting Belle Vue for the Senior Academy game it was noticeable that the Glaziers was boarded up. The Conservative Club won't let any non-members in so that leaves you with the Coach House. Its a big white building on Doncaster Road across the road from ground and is notable for poor quality of ale on offer. The service is pretty shocking as well, a 33 minute wait for McLaren_Field in 2003 (a BMDC record) the proof of this. Last season we ended up in Cats bar in the corner of the ground, service was a lot better and although it was plastic glasses the quality of beer was much better.

Actually in the ground there is a bar in the "Benidorm" flats, its on the bottom floor but it tends to be occupied by the homes fans. There is also a bottle bar in the ground selling bottles at £2.50 a go and you can still see the game while you are queuing up.

Entertainment wise there is the bowling alley right next door to the ground. That is probably the best place to get something to eat as well as there is a Wimpy inside. Its a regular haunt for Russ the Video Man, who passed on his recommendations.

Directions ( taken from Wakefield Wildcats’ site)

By BUS

The following buses serve to the stadium:-105,106,122,123,145,148,149, 150,167,168,172,182,184,185,189,192,193,485,489,497,498.

BY TRAIN

Trains from Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and York go into Westgate Station. Trains from Barnsley, Huddersfield, Goole, Castleford and Featherstone go into Kirkgate Station.

BY CAR

From the M1 Junction 39 Take the A636 Denby Dale Road towards Wakefield. At the first Roundabout (Asdale Road) carry straight on towards the city, you will see the Campanile Hotel on your left hand side, bear right under the railway bridge and continue towards the city with Wakefield Park on your left hand side. You will now see a mini-roundabout and some arches, go straight across the roundabout and under the arches, take a right at the next roundabout and head along Ings Road with Sainsburys and Homebase on your right hand side. Follow the signs for the A638 Doncaster Road. Once on Doncaster Road the ground is on the Right hand side after about half a mile.

From the M62 Take Junction 31 and take the A655 towards Wakefield. Turn right and join the A638 go under the railway bridges, head straight on and you will see Superbowl 2000 on the left hand side, The Atlantic Solutions Stadium is just beyond on the left. Parking around the ground can be difficult. There are parking spaces on streets in the locality, however, parking on these streets is restricted and you will see traffic cones in these areas. A popular spot is on Sugar Lane near to the cemetery but again places get taken quickly. There are quite a few car parks in Wakefield but you face a 15 minute walk to the ground after parking up although several buses listed above go past the ground.

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