Our Impressions of Kenilworth Road Stadium
Kenilworth Road once held 30,069 spectators, Luton Towns highest ever attendance, for an FA cup 6th round replay with Blackpool. What was to follow was a slow reduction in the capacity, with the introduction of seating, executive boxes, stricter safety regulations etc. Therefore, nowadays, the stadium capacity is approx 9,970 spectators, with 7,770 seats available for home supporters. Away fans are allocated the remaining 2,200 odd tickets, and should enter via turnstiles 6-8 on Oak Road.
The ground is located about half a mile west of the town centre, and is located in the middle of a large residential area, so much so that the entrances to the away end cut under people's bedrooms (see area photograph)! This means the ground is very difficult to find, especially for first time visitors.
On match days police close the roads around the ground, and local children come pouring out to play cricket and football in the traffic-free streets.
The last time we visited, the ground was in general disrepair, and very basic. Only one of the four main stands has been re-developed (...I guess that this was completed during the division 1 era), and obviously they don't put the away fans in here! You will find all the usual lower league stadium facilities (poor food, disgusting toilets, and obstructed views) but a day out at Kenilworth Road is still very enjoyable, especially if your team win!
When you visit this ground you will realise why the Luton fans, and board of directors are trying so hard to get the local council to give planning permission for a new ground. This would release the potential for this club, as it has a large catchment area, and could also command a large corporate/commercial customer base ...and no, I am not a Luton Town supporter, I just feel sorry for a club that is trying so hard to improve, but being held back by red tape!.
Directions to Kenilworth Road Stadium
From South (M1)
Exit the M1 at junction 10 (signposted A1081 Luton (S)), and at the roundabout, turn right onto the A1081. After half a mile, turn left at junction 10A (the next roundabout, signposted Stockwood County Park, Mossman Collection) into London Road. After 1.2 miles, turn left at the roundabout (signposted Ring Road, Bedford A6, Dunstable A505) onto the Ring Road flyover. Go straight on for 0.4 miles, and then, immediately before the roundabout, turn left into Dallow Lane. After 0.4 miles turn right into Clifton Road. The ground is over the bridge at the end of the road.
From North (M1)
Exit the M1 at junction 11, and at the roundabout turn left into Dunstable Road (A505). After 0.6 miles the road divides. Bear right, remaining on the A505 Dunstable Road. The A505 leads to the ground. At the Birchlink Gyratory after 1.7 miles, follow 'Town Centre A505' signs round small one-way system and the ground is down the streets on the left hand side..
From East (A505)
At first roundabout on outskirts of Luton, go straight on (s/p Luton A505, Motorway M1) into Stopsley Way. At roundabout after 0.5 miles turn left (s/p Town Centre, Dunstable A505, M1) onto Vauxhall Way. At next roundabout after 0.7 miles, turn right (no s/p) into Crawley Green Road. Head down the hill for 1.0 miles to St Mary's Roundabout. Here, go straight across (s/p Dunstable A505, Bedford A6) onto Park Viaduct, and over flyover. Straight on at next roundabout (s/p Dunstable A505, Bedford A6). Go straight on for 0.4 miles, and then, immediately before the roundabout, turn left into Dallow Lane. After 0.4 miles turn right into Clifton Road. The ground is over the bridge at the end of the road.
The following bus no's run from Manchester Street to Dunstable Road....
5, 15, 27 and 238.
The closest station to the ground is Luton. The ground is some way from the station, and route is not really very easy to follow, so we recommend that you get a Taxi. Should you be determined to walk, try this route...
Follow signs to 'London Luton Airport, Railair Coach Link' down steps into Station Road, and turn right. Straight across Old Bedford Road into Mill Street, passing Job Centre on LHS. At T-junction by 'Pizza Palace' cross road and turn right. Follow road round, passing 'To Pigathki' on LHS, and before the roundabout turn left through pedestrian area towards Sainsburys and the gents toilets. Turn left along dual carriageway and up the pathway. Keep on path until there's a roundabout below. Bear right on walkway to central ironwork 'pagoda', and take first walkway down into Dunstable Road. First left to ground.
Local Area around Kenilworth Road Stadium
There is no parking at the ground, but there is plenty of street parking, but get there early. You will obviously be leaving your car at the mercy of the thieves, as with most grounds!
Disabled Facilities at Kenilworth Road Stadium
Space at pitch level in front of the Main Stand enclosure. The disabled person gets free admission, while the helper has to pay full price. Booking is recommended at least a month in advance of the game. For the visually impaired, there is sometime s a Hospital radio commentary, but best to check with the club for match specific details.
Pubs Near Kenilworth Road Stadium
The Bedfordshire Yeoman
Located on Dallow Lane, this is a large Greene King pub that is open all day. The exterior of the pub looks quite modern, but the inside is more traditional. Pool, darts, and Sky TV are all offered.
Located on Dunstable Road (Westside Centre), this is a very popular, modern-style pub, with a Nelson theme (hence the name), that is open all day from 11:30am. There is a pool table, darts, TV.
The Bridge Tavern
Is pub is located on Guildford Street, and is best descibed as a sporting theme pub. There are two pool tables, a big-screen TV, and the pubs is very large.
The Bricklayers Arms
This pub is located in High Town Road. This one is cracker for the more cultured fans. The build is 100 years old, and is a listed building. The beers are nearly as interesting as the building, with a large variety of excellent beers. This pub isn't the largest though, so you may want to get here early. There is also a patio for whose very occasional sunny Saturdays!.? The pub is open all day at the weekends, but only from 5 pm for midweek games.
Located in High Town Road, this is a traditional Irish bar, and is aimed at the sports fan with loads of memorabilia. There is a big-screen TV which usually has Sky sports on, and bar meals are served all day.? Open from 12 pm.