Address: Winfield Way,
Capacity: 6,134 (3,295 Seated)
A nice little ground that’s well packed in close to the edge of Crawley. Broadfield Stadium certainly isn’t the largest you will come across, but it’s perfectly adequate for the professional game.
Known for sponsorship reasons as The People’s Pension Stadium, it has been the home of Crawley Town Football Club ever since its opening in 1997.
Crawley had previously spent 48 years at their home of Town Mead before selling the land to developers and moving across town to Broadfield Stadium.
Since 2018, the ground has also been home to the Brighton and Hove Albion Women’s Team.
Location and Getting There
The stadium is located in Broadfield, hence its name, and is about one mile south of Crawley Town Centre. Broadfield Brook runs outside its West Stand, with Brighton Road (A23) running outside its East Stand. Heading south along Brighton Road eventually brings you to the M23 Motorway.
Most fans coming by car will arrive at the football ground from the M23, getting off the motorway at the nearby Junction 11 and heading up Brighton Road to the ground.
There is a car park in place around Broadfield Stadium’s exterior but it is not very big, and you should be able to find free parking on the streets nearby, either in the Broadfield area west of the ground or the Tilgate area to the east.
Crawley Station is close to the Town Centre and served by Southern and Thameslink Railway services, running on the same line as the much larger Three Bridges station which eventually goes down to Brighton.
The walk from Crawley Train Station to Broadfield Stadium is a fairly simple one along Brighton Road that takes about 25 minutes.
Outside the Ground
If you’re coming from the Town Centre down Brighton Road and are making your way around the Southgate Roundabout, you’ll notice a large red football in place on the ground near to a 3G pitch. This is a good indication that you are close, and crossing the nearby road brings you to the football ground’s exterior, starting with the North Stand which is known for sponsorship reasons as the KR-L Stand.
The stand has a nice, simple exterior that is divided into three sections, dark brickwork at the base, light brickwork in the middle, and white corrugated iron at the top.
The turnstiles into this stand can be found by the northwest corner.
You can find a small opening on the stand’s outer wall that holds spaces for people to park and store bicycles, and there is part of the football ground’s car park out beyond it.
The exterior of the East Stand, known for sponsorship reasons as the People's Pension East Stand, has a row of trees running along the back of it, and there is no path right outside of it as a result. You can walk along the footpath next to Brighton Road, but you have to go back into the football ground’s vicinity in order to reach the People's Pension East Stand turnstiles.
The away turnstiles are right up in the northeast corner behind a set of red gates, and the home turnstiles are in the southeast corner.
The South Stand has been named after Bruce Winfield, the late co-owner and co-director of Crawley Town. It is otherwise known for sponsorship reasons however as the Structured Communications South Terrace.
Its exterior is made up mostly of white corrugated iron, with red fencing in place over towards the People's Pension East Stand’s home turnstiles. The fenced off area acts as the outer concourse for home fans who are based in the People's Pension East Stand during a game.
Turnstiles for the Structured Communications South Terrace are closer to the southwest corner, whilst out beyond the stand are a few car parking spaces and a wide 3G pitch.
The West Stand is the Main Stand at Broadfield Stadium and is known for sponsorship reasons as the Mayo Wynne Baxter West Stand.
Its exterior mirrors the design of the KR-L Stand, with dark brickwork at the base, light brickwork in the middle, and white corrugated iron in the upper parts with a red cantilever roof at the very top. The Main Club Offices Entrance is in the centre, with its doors underneath a large glass window.
To the left of here is the Crawley Town Community Foundation Entrance and the Matchday Ticket Collection Office, whilst to the right is the entrance to the Reception, Main Ticket Office and Club Shop.
Turnstiles into the Mayo Wynne Baxter West Stand can be found near to both the northwest and southwest corners, and out beyond the stand’s exterior is the main bulk of the football ground’s car parking spaces.
Inside the Ground
The KL-R Stand is made up of a single tier of standing terrace with a row of red metal bars along the very front and right at the very back.
There are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof and so your view of the pitch from behind the goal is perfectly clear.
The stand is directly connected to the Mayo Wynne Baxter West Stand by terracing in the northwest corner, but the other side of the stand does not have a windshield in place, so the wind can get in here on a cold matchday.
The People's Pension East Stand is made up of a single tier of entirely red seating.
Unlike the rest of Broadfield Stadium, the roof is made of soft tarpaulin and it gives the whole stand a carnival feel.
There are supporting pillars running very regularly along the front of the stand, and your view from almost every seat will be restricted as a result.
The People's Pension East Stand does have a back wall to it, but there are no windshields at either end and as a result the wind can get in through here.
It is perhaps the poorest stand at Broadfield Stadium in terms of view and overall experience.
The Structured Communications South Terrace is an exact carbon-copy of the KL-R Stand opposite.
It is a single tier of terracing with a row of red metal bars at the very front and very back for fans to lean on.
There are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above, and the stand is connected to the adjacent Mayo Wynne Baxter West Stand by terracing in the southwest corner.
There is no windshield at the opposite end of the Structured Communications South Terrace, but you can find the Control Box over there in the southeast corner.
The Mayo Wynne Baxter West Stand is the clear largest of the four at Broadfield Stadium.
It is made up of a single tier of entirely red seating, elevated above ground and with red staircases enabling supporters to get up to the seating area. Crawley Town’s changing rooms, dugouts and tunnel are all based in the stand, and the director’s seating blocks are based in the very centre. You can find a couple of executive boxes and the press boxes up along the back wall.
Because of the cantilever roof, there are no supporting pillars coming down from above and so your view from any seat is perfectly clear.
Windshields additionally cover almost all of the seating area at either end.
The spaces either side of the Mayo Wynne Baxter West Stand seating area are taken up by the football ground’s refreshments area, and there are red barriers in place to keep fans in their designated stand.
Away fans are housed behind the goal in the KL-R Stand.
They are mostly given the entire standing terrace area on the north side of the ground, but Crawley sometimes offer a couple of seating blocks in the People's Pension East Stand as well, normally the ones nearest to the northeast corner.
You do get a good view of the action as an away fan in the KL-R Stand, but large crowds will pack that terraced area to the brim, so be aware that you may not have a lot of space around you.
Views from inside the People's Pension East Stand are restricted by supporting pillars in place down at the front.
Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Downsman (Wakehurst Drive, RH10 6DH) (Typically Home and Away Supporters)
-The Jubilee Oak (Grand Parade, 6 High Street, RH10 1BA) (A JD Wetherspoon Pub, Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located northwest of Crawley Station)
-The New Moon (Brighton Road, RH10 6SZ) (Typically Home and Away Supporters)
-The Railway (2-4 Brighton Road, RH10 6AA) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located near the Railway Crossing west of Crawley Station)
-The Redz Bar (Winfield Way, RH11 9RX) (Home and Non-Rival Away Supporters) (Located on the exterior of the Bruce Winfield Stand)
Broadfield Stadium is a nice, little modern stadium and ideal for professional football.
Its East Stand isn’t the best in terms of views from your seat, but the other three stands are very good and there is a nice mix of standing terrace behind either goal and seating areas on the sides of the pitch.
Definitely worth coming to see a football match at.