Meadow Park
(Boreham Wood)

Address: Broughinge Road,
Borehamwood,
Hertfordshire,
England,
WD6 5AL

Capacity: 4,500 (1,700 Seated)

Boreham Wood

Looking back on its most recent renovation work, it does feel like this long-standing football ground is on its way to becoming tidy, modern and balanced across all four of its sides.

First opened in 1963, it has been the home of Boreham Wood Football Club ever since.
The Wood moved here having previously been based at Eldon Avenue. A Main Stand was constructed shortly after moving in, with it then being demolished and replaced in 1999.
Further expansions to he ground have led to the Meadow Park that is in place today.

Alongside Boreham Wood, Meadow Park has also become the home of the Arsenal Women’s Team and is used for games by the Gunners’ Youth Teams as well.

Location and Getting There

Meadow Park takes its name from the park based to the east of it and is located less than 0.5 miles north of Borehamwood Town Centre. Aycliffe Park is within 0.5 miles to the north, Maxwell Park is within 0.5 miles to the southeast, and the BBC Elstree Studios and less than 0.2 miles away to the southwest.

Coming to Meadow Park by car is certainly possible.
The stadium does have a car park on its eastern side, but it is small and only for players and club officials to use. You can find ‘pay and display’ car parks elsewhere in Borehamwood, but if you are looking for free street parking then you may have to travel a distance away from the stadium as there are normally ‘residents only’ parking schemes in operation.

The nearest railway station to Meadow Park is Elstree and Borehamwood, served by Thameslink and a 15-20 minute walk southwest of the stadium.
The route is a fairly simple one to follow along first Shenley Road, then onto Eldon Avenue, right onto Fairway Avenue, left onto Brook Road, and then right onto Broughinge Road.

Outside the Ground

If you are coming from Elstree and Borehamwood Station, you should approach the ground along Brook Road.

Before turning onto Broughinge Road however, there is a car park to your right. At the far end of this is a path that leads up to the stadium’s South Stand, better known as the South Terrace.
With a house and bowling green right outside of it, access to this side of the stadium is limited to just this path and very little of the uncovered exterior can be seen. The path is clearly marked with a sign for Away Supporters so you will know exactly where to go if you are based here.

Continuing along past the Brook Road Car Park and onto Broughinge Road brings you to the stadium’s southwest corner. Further along here is the West Stand.
There is a row of trees and a black perimeter fence right behind it, meaning that you can only see parts of its corrugated iron exterior.
There are no turnstiles along this side of the stadium, and access to the West Stand comes via turnstiles in the stadium’s northeast corner instead. Once through them, you walk along past the northern side of the ground to reach the interior of the West Stand.
There is a set of white gates outside the northwest corner which lead to an exit gate for those inside Meadow Park.

Continuing round in a clockwise direction from the West Stand brings you to the North Stand, which is better known as the North Bank.
Its exterior is very plain in design, consisting of corrugated iron and black trim.
A ramp by the northeast corner leads up to the main vicinity of Meadow Park, and its here that you can find the turnstiles marked out for the North Bank. These turnstiles are additionally in use for supporters housed in the West Stand as well.

The East Stand at Meadow Park is also the stadium’s Main Stand.
Its exterior is dominated by brick buildings that house the Main Reception alongside several other Club Offices, including the Directors Lounge, Boardroom and Education Centre.
The turnstiles for the East Stand itself, which is made of grey corrugated iron with red trim, can be found next to the brick buildings and a little away from the North Bank Turnstiles.
The Club Car Park is located is housed on the eastern side of the ground, with a large 3G pitch also in place here.

There are a set of gates at the far end of the Club Car Park which lead out to Meadow Park and its playground. You can follow a path from here that will eventually bring you back round to the Brook Road Car Park and the path which leads up the South Terrace.

Inside the Ground

The South Terrace is split into two sections.
These sections both consist of a few rows of uncovered standing terrace and are separated from one another by open space that leads to the southern turnstiles. The smaller section, near to the stadium’s southeast corner, also holds toilet and refreshment facilities. There are rows of black metal bars down at the front of each terraced section for fans to lean on.
Views from the South Terrace are perfectly clear, but the only protection from the elements comes via the back wall.
There is no overhead protection at all, making this the worst side of the ground to be in during cold or wet matchdays.

The West Stand consists of a fairly steep single tier of seating.
Most of the seats in here are coloured white, though there is a horizontal line of black seating running across the blocks. Two of the more central seating blocks also contain the letters BW and FC spelt out in black. The two very central blocks meanwhile are segregated from the rest either side by vertical fences.
The area holding the matchday camera is housed atop the roof, with toilet and refreshment facilities in detached block at either end of the stand.
Your view from anywhere inside the West Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
Both ends of the stand are open though, with no windshields in place to offer protection.

The North Bank is very similar in height to the adjacent West Stand but consists of standing terrace rather than seating.
There are three rows of metal bars running across the terraced area for fans to lean on. The stand does not quite run along the full width of the pitch, with the open space in the stadium’s northeast corner taken up the Boreham Wood Club Shop and refreshment facilities.
Your view from anywhere inside the North Bank is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
There are no windshields in place at either end though, with just small walls in place to offer protection from the sides.

The East Stand’s interior can be split into three sections.
The first of these, next to the North Bank turnstiles and northeast corner, is a few rows of uncovered standing terrace. There is a metal bar running across this terraced area for fans to lean on.
Views are perfectly clear from anywhere here, but the only protection from the elements comes from the back wall.
The central section is the largest of the three. It consists of a single tier of red seating with the letters BW and FC spelt out in white across the outer blocks. Part of the stand’s centre is sectioned off via a small wall and is for executive use. The stadium’s dugouts are located down at the front, with the tunnel located to the right of the seating area.
Your view from anywhere inside this central section is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof.
Protection from the side is limited to just small walls however rather than windshields.
The third section is next to the stadium’s southeast corner and separated from the central section by a building that houses the changing rooms and tunnel. It consists of entirely uncovered standing terrace that offers minimal protection from the elements.

Away Fans

Away fans are typically housed in the South Terrace. This is a single tier of fully uncovered terrace that is split into a smaller and larger section by a path that leads from the turnstiles.
Whilst you are given a clear view of the action from here, your only protection from the elements will come via the back wall. Be sure to wrap up warm if you are heading here on what is likely to be a cold or wet matchday.

To reach the South Terrace Turnstiles, you will need to head into the car park off Brook Road, a little away from the stadium itself. At the far end of this car park is a path clearly signed for away supporters. Head up that path and you will be brought to the Away Turnstiles and the South Terrace itself.

Matchday Pubs

Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Three Lions Bar in the ground's East Stand (Typically Home Supporters Only)

-The Alfred Arms (22 Shenley Road, WD6 1DR) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located near Elstree and Borehamwood Station)

-The Hart and Spool (148-150 Shenley Road, WD6 1EQ) (A JD Wetherspoon Pub, Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located in more central Borehamwood)

-The Wellington (4 Theobald Street, WD6 4SE) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located north of Elstree and Borehamwood Station)

-The Wishing Well (133 Shenley Road, WD6 1AH) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located in more central Borehamwood)

Overview

Boreham Wood’s home for many decades now, Meadow Park is well on its way to becoming a very nice football ground.
There are parts that can still leave you feeling exposed on a matchday, but its North and West Stands have a tidy, modern look to them.

Perhaps one day in the future, that stand design could come into use on its eastern or southern sides as well. That would make what is already a decent little ground look even better.

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