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Hartlepool United

National League
Vicoria Park
Capacity: 7,856
Victoria Park
Clarence Road
Hartlepool
TS24 8BZ

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0774 773 5247

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Accessibility information

Accessible services + information

Total number of parking spaces

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Nearest railway station: Hartlepool

Distance from ground: 5 min walk

How we set targets

We use accepted industry standards to set the club targets. The reference documents include: Accessible Stadia Guide 2003 and Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance 2015; Building Regulations Approved Document M, Access to and Use of Buildings; BS 8300, Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people; Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide); Access for All, UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience

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Updated December 2019

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  • Sheila Quinn, who attended Hartlepool v York City
    3 years ago

    We bought our tickets in advance from York, but there wasn’t any parking places available at Hartlepool

    Arriving at the ground on a freezing day in sleet. We parked on the main road close to the ground.

    The club shop wasn’t wheelchair accessible as it had a step into it.

    We went to the far end of the ground to a wheelchair accessible entrance and our tickets were checked and the big gate opened for us.

    Not one steward spoke to us or directed us where to go, but we knew from previous visits.

    I went to a tea bar for pies (£3 each) which was not wheelchair accessible as it was down steps.

    We were situated with our own fans in the corner of the ground pitchside, but we were unable to see any of the goal area as the stewards & police blocked our view and refused to move. 2 smoke canisters were lit and a steward kicked them in our direction, all the smoke blew over us and one steward got a bucket of sand and carried the smoking bucket immediately in front of us.

    The stewards are not trained and are very rude. Clearly the worst ground in the league.

  • Sheila Quinn, who attended Hartlepool v York City 25/01/2014
    6 years ago

    We previously bought our tickets from York but on ringing Hartlepool for a parking space three weeks earlier, I was told there werent any as they were all sold to season ticket holders.

    The stewards werent helpful at all.

    The club shop had a big step into it, not accessible although we were told they had a ramp if we went inside to ask & if they werent too busy.

    A steward let us into the ground and another steward just said “follow me” we did but he just walked on & left us when we hadnt got access to follow him.

    We couldnt get through to the only tea bar as it was on the opposite side of the ground to where we were and there were steps involved we were told later.

    There were wheelchair accessible toilets though.

    We were situated pitchside infront of our own fans (away end) but in the far right corner and we couldnt see the left corner of the pitch.

    There were 6 wheelchairs and it was full and only room for one carer to sit down. 3 other carers went to look for seats elsewhere and 2 others stood up at the end of the stand. It was raining and as usual pitchside the rain was blowing in on us.

    This was by far the worst ground we have visited this season

  • J&J, who attended 29/03/13
    7 years ago

    This was our third visit as away fans in as many seasons to Victoria Park. We have travelled on each occasion in a wheelchair accessible minibus which is part of our Club’s official away travel. The ground is in the town centre, overlooking the sea (beware the seagulls), next to a large supermarket. On the previous two occasions we have been able to disembark from our minibus on the same side of the road as the ground. This time we were directed to a space opposite the ground and then had to cross the very congested narrow road from behind the parked minibus (and the reverse at the end of the game), not ideal in a wheelchair, but at least the kerb was reasonably dropped.

    The entrance for away wheelchair fans is through the car park at the right of the club shop. Beware the speed ramp at the entrance to the car park. I remembered that this was the way in we had used on previous visits but I am not sure that the steward guarding the car park entrance knew this and on this visit no other steward approached us as we arrived to check that we knew where we were going. I can’t remember the greeting or otherwise we had on arrival on our previous two visits. You are aiming to go through the gate at the far left hand corner of the car park, then down the hill to a gate in the metal railings this side of the corner. On this visit we were slightly perturbed by the very large prefab building that has appeared across the rear of the car park but there is still a narrow but accessible path around the left hand side of it.

    Once through the gate, you keep to the left, go up the hill, and along in front of the old unused terracing to enter the stand in front of you, through what is the side wall. On this occasion we arrived around 2 pm and were immediately admitted without any problem. Last year I can remember being desperate to get in to use the loo after a 4-hour journey and the stewards being very reluctant to let me in, early, as they saw it.

    Away fans who are wheelchair users are accommodated in the away stand behind the goal in the right hand corner (under cover), which is the opposite end to where ambulant away fans enter the away stand (hence the route round the car park). The wheelchair area is at the front of the stand but raised around 18” from the pitch which does help to give a good view but this is slightly off-set by the iron railings on top of the concrete if your eyes happen to be on level with them. There is room for I would estimate around 6 wheelchairs with a row of fixed seating behind for those accompanying the wheelchair fans. My husband chose to stand at the side of my chair and he was allowed to do so. We discovered on this visit that this area gets the winter afternoon sunshine in the first half, which at what is generally known as a cold ground (on the sea front), is very welcome. The tea bar is at the opposite end of the away stand and the path to it involves 4 steps (3 plus 1).

    The accessible toilet is on the left by the metal gate that you enter through. Interestingly it has about an inch step into it but the ladies and gents toilets opposite it have flat access! I reported to Steward 37 and asked them to report for me, that the accessible toilet had no hot water (it is a single tap and the tap itself turned beyond the edge of the hand bowl before any hot water was produced so I could not turn it any further), no hand soap, no paper towels, no hand drier and no waste bin of any type. He did concede that this was not acceptable. I would therefore recommend taking your own supplies and ask the next reviewer to check out any improvement and report back. On the plus side there was evidence that the loo had been recently cleaned, although the cubicle itself could benefit from a general spring clean.

    If you are there early as we were and the practice net is in front of the wheelchair area, as it was for our visit, take our advice and don’t go into the wheelchair area until the practice net is finished with. We watched the warm up from the low gate on the right by the home stand and the stewards stood there were happy for us to. We say this as we lost count of how many balls came over into the wheelchair area and we know from bitter experience that being hit with one is not good!

    There is no headset commentary at Victoria Park for visually impaired fans which means my husband has to try and follow play through the l cm aperture of his spy glass. Last season this proved virtually impossible for him due to the number of club officials walking through the wheelchair area during the game, as he had to re-find the ball after each interruption. (The numbers were such as to annoy me with full vision.) We asked the stewards to direct people round the back of the wheelchair area but they still persisted, leaving us no choice but to move my wheelchair forward so there was no room for people to walk in front. We were then told we were causing an obstruction. When the solution was to put a steward either side to prevent the “walk throughs” they stood so that my husband was prevented from seeing a goal. On this visit the amount of passing officials was less and when my husband explained the problem to the officials at half time the numbers reduced more.

    Yes we have continued to visit Victoria Park when our team has played there and will continue to do so but not one of our favourite grounds for all the shortcomings I have described.