Address: Sands Industrial Estate,
Capacity: 10,137 (8,215 Seated) (Licenced to hold 9,448 people in total)
It can prove a challenge to get to and leave from when games are taking place here, but once you have arrived and are inside this stadium, there really isn’t anything that can be complained about.
Built and opened in 1990, it has been the home of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club ever since.
The Chairboys had previously been based at Loakes Park since 1895, which has since been redeveloped into new housing and extra car parking for the nearby hospital.
The funding for the new stadium came almost solely from Wycombe Wanderers being able to sell the Loakes Park land, with the Adams Park name coming in honour of the club’s benefactor and former captain Frank Adams.
Location and Getting There
Adams Park is located in a valley at the end of the Sands Industrial Estate, around two miles west of the centre of High Wycombe. Buckinghamshire New University and Wycombe Hospital are near to the Town Centre, whilst the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe are located roughly one mile north of the stadium.
Adams Park’s location on the western outskirts of High Wycombe makes reaching the stadium tricky.
The simplest method of reaching the ground is by car, with a good-sized car park located beyond the northern side of the stadium and some parts of the Sands Industrial Estate also offer match day parking, though you can find this parking to be steeply expensive depending on where you go.
Adams Park has one main road leading out from it, Hillbottom Road, and that means the road can become very congested when looking to leave the ground after the final whistle. The best way to avoid or minimise this wait is to park within the industrial estate or alternatively go east of the stadium and find free, legal parking on one of the nearby residential streets, walking to the ground from them. It's worth noting however that plenty of the street around the industrial estate are very steep.
High Wycombe Station, served by Chiltern Railways, is located over towards the Town Centre and roughly 2.5 miles east of Adams Park. Walking from the station to the stadium can take around 45-55 minutes on foot, but there are quicker alternatives if you cannot book your train tickets that early before kick-off or that late after full-time.
You can take a taxi from nearby the station, costing around £8, or make use of Wycombe’s matchday shuttle bus service. It leaves the station at 13:05 and 14:05 on Saturdays, 17:50 and 18:50 for midweek games, costing £4 for an adult return and £2 for a child return. The shuttle bus typically returns 20 minutes after the final whistle, but will only accept those with return fare tickets and can be very crowded on the journey back to the station.
Alternatively to the shuttle bus, you can walk a short distance west of the train station to the town’s bus station and take the Number 48 service which stops at Hillbottom Road just before the start of the industrial estate. You can then simply walk to the stadium from there.
Outside the Stadium
Adams Park is situated within a hillside and that means all fans approach the ground via Hillbottom Road.
Heading through the main gate and across the car park will first bring you to the stadium’s North Stand, which is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Pre Sonus Stand.
Most of the exterior here is taken up by a long building protruding outwards that holds entrances to major club facilities. Working from east to west, you can first find a tall brick building in the stadium's northeast corner which holds the Wycombe Wanderers Ticket Office . Turnstiles 1-2 for entry inside are directly to the right of here.
A gap between the Ticket Office Building and the Pre Sonus Stand contains an exit gate, and to the right from here is a Ticket Collection Booth, followed by the Deliveries Point, Main Reception Entrance and Wycombe Wanderers Club Shop. The Players and Officials Entrance is to the right of the Club Shop, with the entrance to Monty's, a sports bar named after the late long serving Club President Monty Seymour, next along. The Ignite 3rd Dressing Room and Honour's Lounge can also be found on this side of the stadium.
Heading further along towards the northwest corner of Adams Park is the entrance to the Caledonian Bar, the largest function suite at the site, and the northwest corner itself contains Turnstiles 19-20 for entrance into the Pre Sonus Stand.
Adams Park's car park is located out beyond the Pre Sonus Stand and includes both a lower ground and a higher ground section atop a hill. At the base of this hill is a large canvas tent that holds a matchday fan zone.
Continuing round in a clockwise direction to brings you to the East Stand, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Lords Stand.
Most of the stand’s blue exterior is elevated above ground and kept in place by large pillars that run at regular intervals along the base. There are a few utility access points and car parking spaces between these pillars, but nothing fans need to make use of during a matchday.
You can find the turnstiles for the Lords Stand over by the northeast corner of Adams Park. They are turnstiles 3-5 and are located perpendicular to the Ticket Office.
A single row of car parking spaces can be found a little beyond the Lords Stand exterior, and are often used by emergency vehicles.
Adams Park’s South Stand is the largest of the four, named after Wycombe’s benefactor Frank Adams.
It was originally single-tiered until 1996, when a second tier was added. This upper tier is considered the Frank Adams Stand whilst the lower tier is consisted the stadium’s designated Origin Family Stand.
Because the southern side of the stadium is right up against the hillside, it is not possible to directly walk along the outside of it, and you can only see its sides and cantilever roof as a result.
Turnstiles into the Frank Adams Stand can be found in both the stadium’s southeast and southwest corners. In the southeast corner are turnstiles 6-7 for the Origin Family Stand and turnstiles 8-10 for the Frank Adams Stand. In the southwest corner are turnstiles 14-15 for the Origin Family Stand and turnstiles 11-13 for the Frank Adams Stand. Those using the Frank Adams Stand turnstiles head through and then up staircases around the back.
Be sure to clearly check which specific turnstiles your ticket requires you to use, as if you find yourself in the wrong corner, you will need to walk around the entire vicinity of the stadium in order to reach the other side.
Adams Park’s West Stand is currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Whites Beaconsfield Terrace.
It’s the smallest of the four stands, with an exterior consisting of a brickwork base and blue corrugated iron higher up.
Turnstiles for the Whites Beaconsfield Terrace (16-18) can be found in the northwest corner of Adams Park, and are housed very close to turnstiles 19-20 which are for those in the Pre Sonus Stand.
Inside the Stadium
The Pre Sonus Stand consists of a single tier of dark blue seating which is elevated above the ground and accessible via several staircases down at the front. The press box is up at the back of the seating area, to the right of centre.
Wycombe Wanderers’ changing rooms are based inside the Pre Sonus Stand, with the dugouts alongside the pitch and the stadium tunnel down in front of the press box.
Your view from anywhere inside the Pre Sonus Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above, whilst windshields at either end provide good protection to all but the very front rows.
There is a large electronic screen in the northeast corner between the Pre Sonus Stand and the Lords Stand. It can best be seen by those at the opposite end of the stadium.
The Lords Stand consists of a single tier of entirely dark blue seating. There is additionally a small flat platform down at the front near the southeast corner that is available for disabled supporters to use.
Your view from anywhere inside the stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof.
Windshields are in place at either end, but they only provide good protection to the rows further back in the stand. The rows down the front have only small walls in place to offer protection from the sides.
The southeast corner of Adams Park houses the stadium control box.
The southern side of Adams Park is divided into two tiers.
The larger, upper tier is known as the Frank Adams Stand and the smaller, lower tier is known as the Origin Family Stand, with a row of executive boxes in place between them.
The Origin Family Stand consists entirely of blue seating, though there also flat platforms down at the very front for disabled supporters to use.
The Frank Adams Stand meanwhile has mostly dark blue seating inside, but the letters WW.FC are spelt out in light blue across the central blocks, further using a sliver of black seating to give the letters a 3D effect. Additionally, there is an image of a swan, similar to the one that features on Wycombe Wanderers’ crest, made out of light blue and orange seating either side of these letters.
Right up at the back of the stand, in line with the central block that contains the dot between WW and FC, is the gantry which holds the matchday camera.
Your view from anywhere inside either the Frank Adams Stand or the Origin Family Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the cantilever roof above.
Windshields are in place at either end, but they only provide protection to the rows of seats in the Frank Adams Stand. The rows of seats in the Origin Family Stand have only small walls in place to offer protection from the sides.
The Whites Beaconsfield Terrace is the only one of the four at Adams Park to contain entirely standing terrace. There are two rows of metal bars down the front and roughly half-way up the terraced area for supporters to lean on.
Your view from anywhere inside this stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
Windshields at either end provide protection mostly to the rows further back, with a lower level of protection from the sides for those stood further towards the front.
Away fans are housed behind the east goal in the Lords Stand, a single-tiered, all-seater stand with a platform for disabled supporters down at the front. Toilets and refreshment facilities are located to the right of the stand as part of a large brick building that includes the Ticket Office and turnstiles 1-5.
Your view from anywhere inside the stand is perfectly clear, whilst windshields at either end best provide protection to those sat up towards the back.
To get to this stand, enter through the gates off Hillbottom Road and immediately turn left, continuing forward to turnstiles 3-5 which are for away supporter use on a matchday.
Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include*:
-The Falcon (9 Cornmarket, HP11 2AX) (A JD Wetherspoon Pub, Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located near High Wycombe Station)
-The Hour Glass (144 Chapel Lane, HP12 4BY) (Typically Home and Away Supporters)
-Scores Bar (Adams Park, HP12 4HJ) (Home and Away Supporters) (The Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Club located at Adams Park itself)
-The Vere Suite (Adams Park, HP12 4HJ) (Away Supporters Welcome) (Located at Adams Park itself)
-The White Horse (95 West Wycombe Road, HP11 2LR) (Home and Away Supporters) (Located towards central High Wycombe, known for having exotic dancers on Saturdays at 12:30)
*The location of Adams Park limits the amount of drinking outlets close by. You may have to head towards more central High Wycombe in order to find a drink before heading to the stadium.
It can be difficult to get to on a matchday, but Adams Park provides a very good experience once you are there. All four sides of the stadium offer excellent quality views, and you have the option to be high up, close to the pitch, seated or standing depending on where in the ground you choose to go.
This is a football stadium that offers something which will suit everyone. Add to that the picturesque South Buckinghamshire Countryside that surrounds it and this is a ground well worth visiting.