Club: Crystal Palace FC | Opening: 1924 | Capacity: 26,225 seats
History and description
Crystal Palace had already played at three other grounds before they moved to Selhurst Park. The site, not far from their previous ground, was bought from the Brighton Railway Company in 1922.
Architect Archibald Leitch was hired to design the stadium, which consisted of one covered main stand and large terraces on earth banking on the other sides.
Selhurst Park officially opened on the 30th of August 1924 with a match between Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday, though the main stand had not been completed yet.
Few changes were made to the ground until in 1969 the Arthur Wait Stand got built opposite the main stand.
Selhurst Park set its record attendance in 1979 when 51,801 came to see Crystal Palace beat Burnley and win the Second Division.
In 1983, the club sold the back of the Whitehorse Lane terrace to retailer Sainsbury’s in order to raise money to pay off their debts. A few years later, the stand got fitted with executive boxes and a roof. Much of the stadium had then already been converted into an all-seater.
In the late 1980s, Charlton Athletic moved into Selhurst Park after they went into administration and temporarily lost their home ground, the Valley. Later on, Wimbledon would also use the ground after Plough Lane had fallen into disrepair.
Selhurst Park underwent its final developments in 1994 when the Homesdale terrace got demolished and replaced by a two-tiered all-seater stands. At the same time, a new roof got installed on the main stand.
Selhurst Park is located in the far south of London at about 8 kilometres from the centre.
The stadium is best reached by train. Both Selhurst and Thornton Heath station are a 5 to 10-minute walk away from the ground. The stations are served by trains coming from Victoria and London Bridge stations in the centre. The journey takes 25 to 30 minutes. Trains also call at Clapham Junction.
Norwood Junction station lies at the other side of Selhurst Park at a similar distance. It has service from London Bridge station, and arrives quicker than the above trains (in 10 to 15 minutes).
There are furthermore a few buses that connect with the stadium. Bus 468 can be caught from Elephant & Castle, and bus X68 can be taken from Russel Square in The City or Waterloo Station. Both buses pass the stadium on Whitehorse Lane.
Address: Whitehorse Lane, London SE25 6PU
Ticket for Crystal Palace games can be bought online, or at the Ticket Office at Selhurst Park.
Tickets are generally also available on the gate on the day of the match, but a few exceptions are made for high-risk matches (e.g. Millwall).
Home matches fall into two pricing categories. Tickets for category B matches, the cheapest, range in price from £20.00 for a lower-tier seat behind the goal to £30.00 for a seat at the main stand. Ticket prices for category A matches, the most expensive, range between £25.00 and £35.00.
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Relevant Internet links
Cpfc.co.uk – Official website of Crystal Palace FC.
Visitlondon.com – Official London city guide.
Tfl.gov.uk – Website of the London Underground and other London public transport.
Journeyplanner.org – London public transport journey planner.
Nationalrail.co.uk – Check train times and fares.