Ground: New Meadow
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
My nineteenth new ground of 2015 was on Saturday 10th October at New Meadow in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The match was Shrewsbury Town vs. Colchester United in Football League One.
New Meadow sits on the southern outskirts of the town just across the railway line from the Meole Brace Retail Park. It is 2 miles south of Shrewsbury railway station and has been home to the club since 2007 when they left their Gay Meadow home after 97 years.
The stadium consists of four stands of identical heights with gaps in each corner. New Meadow has a capacity of 9,875 though for the visit of Chelsea in 2014 the club installed temporary seating in two corners to enable a record attendance of 10,210 to be achieved. The East Stand includes the club reception, home ticket office and a small club shop as well as the player dressing rooms. All the hospitality areas are contained within with two rows of corporate boxes in the middle of the stand.
Away fans are positioned in the North Stand which has the smallest capacity on behalf of the media box in the top corner. There is an away ticket office on the outside and the area behind the stand also hosts a Powerleague centre with seven mini football pitches. At the opposite end of the stadium the South Stand contains the more vocal element of the Shrewsbury fanbase. The West Stand has the largest capacity in the venue and is the only stand without a platform for disabled supporters at the back.
Result: Shrewsbury Town 4-2 Colchester United
Division: Football League One