Away Days - Travel Guide: Preston North End vs. Cardiff City
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Preston is in the Lancashire region of the North West, with Deepdale approximately a 3 hour 45 minute drive from Cardiff City Stadium. Car Parking is available at the stadium, with bookings being made in advance of the game and costing £15 per vehicle. Contact the club’s Ticket Office on 0344 8561966 to check availability.
Supporters travelling by train should alight at Preston Railway Station, located roughly two miles from the stadium. Taxis are available from the station, with an approximate journey cost of £5. Alternatively, the number 19 and 19A buses heading towards the Preston Royal Infirmary stop outside the ground.
With a capacity of 23,408, Deepdale is the sixth smallest stadium in the division. The ground was opened in 1878, and has been used by Preston North End ever since. The Bill Shankly Stand serves as the Deepdale away end, with a maximum capacity of 5,933. Preston offer a range of options for disabled supporters, including pitch-side or elevated viewing points for wheelchair users. Please contact the club’s Disability Liaison Officer on 01772 693324.
There are cash machines available to use adjacent to the main Ticket Office, although this carries a £1.99 service charge. The nearest free cash point is at Sainsbury’s supermarket across the road from the stadium. The Preston matchday programme is available at various points around the stadium, priced at £3.
Pies and Pints
Deepdale offers a wide variety of matchday food, including Pies for £3, Cheese Burgers and Hot Dogs for £3.50 and chocolate/crisps for £1.20. A range of flavours will be available on matchday.
The concourse bars also offer a variety of alcoholic beverages, such as bottles of Fosters and Bulmers for £3.60, cans of John Smith’s for £3.60 or cans of Guinness for £4. Soft and hot drinks are available for £2.20, whilst bottled water costs £2. The club also offer a number of meal deals, including a Pie & Beer costing £5.50 or a Burger with a hot or cold drink for £5.
Food for Thought
There is no designated away pub for travelling Bluebirds, although there are a number of fan-friendly options close to the stadium. The Sumners is a five minute walk from the stadium, and welcomes away fans on match days. Closer to the city centre, the family friendly Olde Dog & Partridge and sports-screening Adelphi are popular pubs.
There are a range of excellent restaurants in Preston for those who have a bit more time on their hands, including the luxury Angels Restaurant and the Caribbean fast-food favourite Coco’s Soul Food, both offering vegetarian and gluten free options.
City supporters should check out the famous Sir Tom Finney statue at Deepdale, named ‘The Splash’. Dating back to a match against Chelsea on a sodden pitch in 1956, the club have re-created the moment to honour one of their most legendary players by using a stunning water feature. The Splash can be found in front of the Sir Tom Finney Stand.