Club: Southend United FC | Opening: 1955 | Capacity: 12,392 seats
History and description
Southend United had been playing at the site of Roots Hall since their foundation in 1906, but moved away in 1919 and spent over three decades renting other grounds.
In the 1950s, however, the club was looking for a site to build a new club-owned ground and settled on the site of Roots Hall where they had previously played. The new ground opened on 20 August 1955 with a match between Southend and Norwich. It was the last new stadium in England to open until 1988.
Roots Hall recorded its highest attendance of 31,033 in 1979 when Liverpool visited for an FA Cup match.
The stadium underwent a series of changes in the 1990s when it got converted to an all-seater and part of the south stand got sold off to real estate developers to keep the struggling club financially afloat. It replaced the stand with a small double-tiered stand.
For the last two decades, Southend have looked to build a brand new stadium at a site in the north of the city, generally dubbed the Fossetts Farm site, however repeated bureaucratic and financial problems have thus far halted the project.
How to get to Roots Hall Stadium
Roots Hall is located towards the north of Southend, roughly a mile north of Southend Central station and 1.5 miles north of the Southend Pier. The walk from the former takes about 20 minutes, that from the latter 10 minutes more.
There is a frequent direct train service from London to Southend Central train station with trains departing four times an hour from London Fenchurch Station. The journey takes just under an hour.
Instead of walking from the city centre to Roots Hall, you can also take the bus. Catch either bus 7, 8, 9, 20, 21, 25, or 29 from the bus station on Chichester Road.
There is furthermore a direct service from Liverpool Street to Southend Prittlewell station, which takes an hour to arrive. Prittlewell station lies a 5-minute walk away from Roots Hall.
Southend has its own airport with low-cost flights to various European destinations. It lies on the northern edge of the city, not far from Roots Hall, and a quick train ride brings you to Prittlewell station.
Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6NQ
Southend United Tickets
Tickets for Southend United games can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 8444 770077, or at the ticket office at the stadium.
Tickets can also be bought at the ticket office on the day before the start of the match. Southend may occasionally sell out a high-profile match, but generally tickets will be easily available.
Tickets cost £22.00 for all stands.