Oakwell Stadium is essentially a multi-purpose sports facility in Barnsley, home most famously to Barnsley FC. The overall facility comprises the main football ground as well as Barnsley’s academy, an indoor training pitch, a mini stadium (2,200 capacity) and several outdoor training pitches for Barnsley’s senior, reserve and junior teams.
Although Oakwell’s main stadium is more or less solely the domain of the Tykes these days, in the past the pitch was used for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ rugby league games in the Super League in 1998. Wakefield and Emley FC used the ground for an FA Cup tie the same year and even Manchester City have used it for a UEFA Cup match in 2008 due to an unsuitable pitch.
Barnsley maintain a fully natural grass pitch helped partly by lots of natural sunlight getting into the ground and the fact that undersoil heating is also used when needed. The heating also prevents the loss of fixtures due to frozen pitches.
The playing surface is measured at 100 metres by 68 metres. That makes the pitch a regular width but an ever so slightly shorter length than most top level teams.
The current capacity at Oakwell since the ground had to go all-seated is just shy of 23,300 though the corners could be filled if the need ever arose.
Running the length of the field are the West Stand (lower and upper tiers) and the East Stand lower and upper. Behind the goals are the North Stand and the South Stand. Only one of the grounds corners has any seating, with the Dimensions Corner Stand a small structure sitting between the South and East Stands.
Away Fans At Oakwell
Visiting supporters at Barnsley are traditionally housed in the North Stand, a newer structure and one which can hold 2,000 away fans on a typical allocation mixed with home support though for higher demand all 6,000 seats can be used by away fans.
There are absolutely no problems with the view at Oakwell with no lo roofs or support beams in the way and the away section more or less split into two tiers.
Matchday ticket prices for a single adult at Oakwell are as follows; £38 (Category A*), £32 (Category A), £30 (Category B), £27 (Category C), £25 (Category D). Tickets are heavily discounted for over-65’s and under-22’s while those under 12 can attend any Barnsley home match for £7.
Seasonal packages are available at Oakwell from £700 per person plus VAT with match-by-match packages available by contacting the club. A typical hospitality day at Barnsley includes a programme and teamsheet, executive seating, premium views, pre-match lounge, licensed betting, bar, interviews with the man of the match and priority booking for other Barnsley home tickets.
How To Get To Oakwell
Barnsley’s home of Oakwell is situated east of the town centre, not far from the main train station just a 5-10 minute walk away. The station is served by direct trains from Huddersfield, Leeds and Sheffield.
Bus routes serve the area from all around Barnsley while drivers heading to the stadium should come via the M1 motorway, leaving at junction 37 for Barnsley. Take the A628 towards the town centre before following signs for Oakwell or Football Traffic.
At present there are no firm plans on the table for Barnsley to redevelop, extend or significantly modernise Oakwell for the time being.