INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
We travel to QPR on Saturday 9th September in the Sky Bet Championship. The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Loftus Road.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.
QPR information for supporters
The address for QPR is Loftus Road Stadium, South Africa Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7PJ.
QPR have put the following information together for home and away supporters visiting Loftus Road on a matchday:
Their home fan and easy read guides, whilst aimed at home fans, also include some information relevant to away fans including a map of the area around the ground. These can be found at the following links:
We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and also added some material that is specific to us.
Specific information for Town fans:
Travelling to QPR
For those travelling from Ipswich the coach from Portman Road is a good option. Coaches park outside the away end. The coaches are leaving Portman Road at 10:30 at a cost of £21 for adults, and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 20:00. Coaches can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com.
Note the parking issues described below. From Ipswich take the A12. Join the M25 towards the M11/M1/Stansted/Watford and leave at the M11 junction. At junction 4 of the M11, use the right hand lane to take the A406(W) exit to the A503/A10/A1/North Circular. Follow the North Circular Road around North London and eventually turn onto the A40 (Western Avenue). The ground is near Shepherds Bush, on South Africa Road, at W12 7PJ. Note that there are some road closures around the ground from 90 minutes prior to kick-off.
QPR advises supporters travelling to the ground to use public transport if possible.
Parking is extremely limited around the stadium due to its urban location. There may be some street parking available in the roads close to the ground but check local road signs before parking as there are restricted parking zones. Note that there are some road closures around the stadium from 90 minutes prior to kick-off. If your car is obviously from Ipswich, you have a higher-than normal risk of someone taking exception to it while you’re away.
The website www.footballgroundguide.com mentions parking at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush. This costs £8 but if you sign up in advance to their Smart Parking Scheme (https://uk.westfield.com/london/centre-info/getting-here), you can park for £6. Saturday lunchtimes are a peak demand time for Westfield, and the surrounding area will be very busy.
A better option might be to park at or near a tube station further west on the Central Line.
There are currently no planned engineering works between Ipswich and London on the day of the match.
There are several tube stations within walking distance of Loftus Road.
The easiest route from Stratford or Liverpool Street is to take the Central Line to either White City, which is a five minute walk away, or Shepherd’s Bush which is around 15 minutes’ walk from the ground.
We recommend you check www.tfl.gov.uk which has an excellent journey planner, as there are several options.
Note that there is no service on the entire Circle Line or the Hammersmith & City Line between King’s Cross St Pancras and Hammersmith, so Liverpool Street to the renamed ‘Shepherd’s Bush Market’ station is not an option for this game.
For fans travelling from elsewhere, it is worth noting that Shepherds Bush station is also on the London Overground, with links to Clapham Junction, Willesden Junction, and around North London to Stratford.
Getting from the Tube to the Ground
From White City, turn right along Wood Lane and then, after crossing Wood Lane, turn left into South Africa Road. If your tickets are for the Ellersie Road turnstiles go to the end of South Africa Road. Turn left into Bloemfontein Road and then left into Ellersie Road.
From Shepherd’s Bush station walk along the Uxbridge Road, past Shepherd’s Bush Market station. Turn right up either Loftus Road or Bloemfontein Road. From Loftus Road turn left into Ellersie Road or continue left on to Batman Close until you reach South Africa Road where you turn left. From Bloemfontein Road turn right into Ellersie Road or right into South Africa Road depending which turnstiles you are using.
(See ticket section for information re turnstiles).
There are no away-friendy pubs in the vicinity of the stadium nowadays. Most fans stay around Shepherd’s Bush Green, where there are many pubs and bars. Reports suggest that the vast majority are home fans only, though many Town fans have said that they have found several that are welcoming. The recognised away pub is Belushi’s (opposite Shepherd’s Bush tube), though we have always found some Town fans in the Wetherspoons in the adjacent shopping centre. Note that it is advisable to cover colours (unless you are in Belushi’s) in the majority of the pubs – as ever, you are more likely to get served if you are not in colours, not in a large group, and not loudly proclaiming your love of all things ITFC.
Need a cash machine?
The nearest cash machine with free withdrawals is situated by the parade of shops just to the left of the Box Office on South Africa Road . There are also cash machines outside the Tesco Express, next to the BBC Media Village or outside the Sainsbury’s on Bloemfontein Road, as well as in Westfield and around Shepherds Bush Green. Being London, of course, most pubs and bars will expect you to pay using a contactless debit card.
At the ground
Stewards at the away end will do security checks with bag searches in operation. From experience this is usually very thorough. After the match, police tend to be quite vigilant and expect away fans to exit the ground in an orderly fashion.
Tickets are being sold for both the upper and lower tiers of the BT School End. Your ticket will state which turnstile you need to enter by – Turnstile Blocks 1 and 2 are on Ellersie Road and Turnstile Block 3 is on South Africa Road. In summary:
- Disabled fans will enter by Turnstile Block 1 in the middle of Ellerslie Road – this provides step less access without the incline that exists through Turnstile Block 2. From here you will go to section Z6 in the School End Lower.
- Fans for the School End Upper Tier (sections Y1-Y6) will enter through Turnstile Block 2 which is on Ellerslie Road.
- Fans for the School End Lower Tier (sections Z1-Z6) will go through Turnstile Block 3 which is on South Africa Road.
At the end of the game fans in both the Upper and Lower Tiers will exit on to South Africa Road.
Note that QPR are one of the clubs who did not agree the reciprocal pricing of £25 for adults, hence this is one of the more expensive away days this season.
Ticket availability on the day
QPR have not yet advised us as to whether tickets will be available on the gate. As soon as this information is available it will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc).
If tickets are available these will be cash only at the away turnstiles. Ticket prices increase by £5 on a matchday with no under 8’s price class available.
We strongly recommend you buy in advance, as there is high demand for this game.
Ticket queries on the day
If you have any questions regarding your ticket on the day of the match you will need to go to the Box Office which is located on the South Africa Road side of the stadium.
Programmes will be on sale outside the ground at £3.00.
Food and Drink facilities
From previous experience in the away end you will find the usual football food. We understand that alcohol will be on sale to Town fans.
Smoking is not allowed in the stadium. This includes e-cigarettes.
Anti Social Behaviour – Matchday Text Line
If you experience any anti social behaviour; foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language the matchday incident reporting number for calls and texts is 07557 435421 - this is prominently displayed throughout the match on main board.
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