Ground name: Spotland Stadium
Address: Sandy Lane, Rochdale, OL11 5DR
Home to: Rochdale Hornets
Record attendance: 8,150 (vs Oldham, Div 2, 26th December 1989)
Description of the ground: Its had a bit of redevelopment over the last few years. The all seater Willbutts Lane Stand is the newest with all unobstructed views, the Pearl Street and Main Stands are also all seated. Both have a few pillars, but there are generally good views from both stands. The Sandy Lane is the only standing area left in the ground, and is a pretty decent one with fairly steep steps for short people like me and can make a decent atmosphere.
Transport (bus, rail, car etc): The train station in Rochdale is about 2 miles away, so if you’re coming by train, a taxi to the ground seems the be the best bet. Driving is fairly straightforward, with the ground signposted all the way from the exit on the M62.
Parking: This has been made a bit more complicated recently thanks to double yellow lines on Willbutts Lane and residents parking schemes. There is still a fair bit of street parking available on Sandy Lane just as you approach the ground, or more street parking if you turn left at the Cemetery Pub. There is also a little church on Willbutts Lane which charges to park.
Food & drink (inside and outside the ground): To eat, the Rochdale delicacy seems to be pie and peas, inside or outside the ground! There is also an excellent chippy on Willbutts Lane that is always worth a visit.
Pubs: The already mentioned Cemetery Pub is a fair size and a little walk away from the ground. The ground itself also has two bars, the Ratcliffe Arms is built into the Main Stand at the main car park entrance to the ground, and Studds Bar is under the Pearl Street Stand. There is also the Church Pub on Willbutts Lane.