The Rec is an ex-Football League ground of character and can hold 7,500 fans comfortably (as it did against Brighton in the televised FA Cup tie in December 2000) in fact the capacity can be increased to 10,000 where required. Over 19,000 have crammed into The Rec in days gone by for a match against Manchester United. The East Bank terrace, haunt of the vociferous younger home fans, has one of the finest examples of barreled terrace roofing.
Average gates are around 2,500 and the atmosphere is always one to savour. The Aldershot fans have lost one football club in distressing fashion, so passion and demand for positive results is in no short supply as the Shots battle their way back to football league status. For key games the 2,000 plus fans can swell upwards - over 5,000 for the local derby games against Farnborough and Woking - and the noise in the ground often sounds more like twice the actual number and can be intimidating for visiting sides.
The Recreation Ground has cover on three sides. Spectators enter at the ground via the High Street end - the only end without cover. The North Stand (where the occupants are famously harsh on poor performances, both from Home and Away sides) holds seating and terracing along with the dugouts, the players tunnel and club offices.
Opposite this on the railway side of the ground is the South Stand (Family Stand) this houses the Social Club and bar. Away fans are now allocated an area in the South Stand and a small terrace to the right (see below). Behind the far goal is the famous East Bank. It is a massive barreled stand with a capacity of over 4,000.
The summer of 2003 saw a change for away supporters. With the construction of new turnstiles they are now allocated an area nearest the front of the ground. This amounts to a small section of open terrace that can hold 500 with 250 adjacent covered seats. If an away following is expected to be larger than this area alternative arrangements can be made using half of the East Bank (as in the 'old' Ryman league days). Away fans in the new arrangement are well catered for having exclusive access to Wally's Bar (the old social club).
Above data supplied by Robin From Shots Web