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Address: Broughinge Road,
Capacity: 4,500 (1,700 Seated)
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 ground does have a car park on its eastern side, but it is small and only for players and club officials to use. Immediately south of Meadow Park is the Brook Road Car Park. It's rates are:
Up to 1 Hour: £1
1-2 Hours: £2
2-3 Hours: £3
3-4 Hours: £4
4-5 Hours: £5
5+ Hours: £6.50
This car park is relatively small in size however and fills very quickly on a matchday, so be sure to arrive in good time if you plan to use it.
You can other 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. I would personally recommend trying roads to the north of the football ground.
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 though 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. A large sign is in place by this corner that shows Boreham Wood's next home game opponents, as well as the game's date and kick-off time. 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 once led to old turnstiles at Meadow Park. These are no longer in use though.
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. The stand sits atop a small grass bank and there is a black perimeter fence running alongside Broughinge Road outside.
Access to Meadow Park's home turnstiles comes from the ground's northeast corner. There is a road ramp immediately next to the North Bank but this is strictly for vehicle use only. Pedestrians looking to reach the home turnstiles need to head slightly further along Broughinge Road and make use of a footpath which passes around the back of a square car park. This footpath then turns right and eventually leads to the home turnstiles.
Meadow Park's home turnstiles are based behind a pair of electric gates. There are two sets, marked both by signs and on the outer wall. The East Turnstiles (1-2) are for East Stand Seating ONLY. The North Turnstiles (3-6) are for those based in either the North Bank or the West Stand. Upon passing through these you will immediately come to a Fan Zone and toilets. Boreham Wood's Club Shop, based inside a large black portacabin, is around the corner.
The East Stand at Meadow Park is also the stadium’s Main Stand.
Its exterior is dominated by a concrete building that houses several facility entrances. Immediately to the left of the East Turnstiles (1-2) is a small hub that houses Boreham Wood's Main Ticket Office. The Corporate Entrance and Bar Entrance are then in place further along, with the Home Team Entrance through a pair of double doors. The Away Team & Match Officials Entrance is based inside a brick building at the southern end of the East Stand.
Club car parking spaces are in place immediately outside the East Stand, where you can also find a small external Fan Zone, an additional Ticket Office, and a large 3G pitch out beyond.
You are able to reach the southern end of Meadow Park from the East Stand exterior. Head past the additional Ticket Office and Fan Zone and head down a narrow footpath next to the 3G pitch. This path will spit you out at the edge of playground. Head right from here and you will pass hard surface football pitches, basketball courts and tennis courts. There is a set of gates at the end of this path which merge with the Brook Road Car Park outside the South Terrace Entrance.
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. Press seating is located here.
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. You can find toilet blocks in place at either end.
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 mostly white seating. The central blocks contain press seating, as well as separate blocks for the Home Directors and Away Directors. The stadium’s dugouts are located down at the front, with the tunnel located at the southern end 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 are mostly 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.
Larger away crowds are further allocated a section of uncovered terracing on the eastern side of Meadow Park, as well as covered seating at the southern end of the West Stand. The view from inside this seating area is perfectly clear.
To reach the South Terrace Turnstiles which lead to the away section, 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.
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)
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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