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Sunday, 5th August 2018 Kick-off 16:30
Wednesday, 6th Dec 2017 18:38 by Tim Whelan
Our visit to Queens Park Rangers is on Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off, and if you’ve not managed to get a ticket there is going to be a beamback at Elland Road.
To get to Loftus Road by car you need to leave the M25 at junction 16 and take the M40 towards London, which becomes the A40 after a mile or so. At the point where the A40 becomes the A40(M) (and becomes seriously congested), turn off onto the A40 towards White City/Shepherds Bush and turn right into Wood Lane, turn right into South Africa Road for the ground.
There is only street parking available, and it's very limited close to the ground. Some streets are cordoned off and others for residents only, with regulations strictly enforced. There is some parking in the area costing £6.60 for three hours, but you’ll need to make sure you’ve not left the car in a restricted zone.
There is also the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush, which costs £8 for parking, or a mere £6 if you sign up in advance to their Smart Parking Scheme, though I’ve no doubt it will be very busy on Saturday with Christmas Shoppers.
It might be a better idea to leave the A40 several miles before you get to Loftus Road and park at one of the nearby Central Line stations, such as Northolt or Greenford, taking the tube direct to White City. This is the nearest tube station, only 5 minutes walk from the stadium.
There are no longer any pubs for away fans next to the ground, so you will need to head to ‘Belushi's Bar’, in a retail complex called Vue , which you will find on the other side of the road from Shepherd’s Bush Central Line tube station. Quite a few of the other establishments nearby have bouncers on the door to make sure that only home fans get in. Alcohol is usually available to away fans inside the Loftus Road, but not for some “high profile” games, which will probably include us.
If you’re in need of a takeaway , there is a wide variety of scoff around Shepherds' Bush Market station, along Uxbridge Road and around Shepherd's Bush Green. The ethnic diversity of the area means that as well as the usual range of cafes, burger bars, fried chicken outlets and chippies, there are Indian, Chinese & Thai outlets.
The ground capacity is 18,360 and away fans usually get the upper tier of the School End, which holds around 1,800, though for some games they also give the lower tier to the visitors, which provides another 1,300 seats. We got the larger allocation, and it’s now sold out.
The adult price for away tickets in the centre is £34, with concessions paying £24 and under 16s £17, though there are some discounts for restricted view seats and seats towards the corners. There are also some restricted view tickets in the upper tier which are sold “at a slight discount”. In the lower tier the prices are £29 for adults, with concessions at £20 and £14, though again there are some discounts for seats with a restricted view.
As far as tickets for the home stands are concerned, QPRs official website says “fans purchasing for this fixture must have been registered on QPR’s ticketing database prior to 5pm Thursday 23rd November 2017.”
The entrance to the away end is in Ellersie Road, as there are no turnstiles behind this stand because it backs right onto the school grounds. There is normally quite a large police and steward presence, and you should expect to be thoroughly searched before you enter the away end, while they are also very slow operating the turnstiles, so you should arrive at least half an hour before kick off.
The stadium is hemmed in by it's surroundings on all sides, which is the main reason why it hasn't been possible to develop Loftus Road and increase the capacity. For this reason it's very compact inside and the legroom is limited where seats have been bolted onto the former terracing, which would bother us if we ever sat down at away games.
The Club have announced that they are planning to build a new 40,000 seater stadium at Old Oak in North West London, about two miles from Loftus Road. It was originally announced that it was hoped to have this ready for the start of next season, but clearly that won’t now happen and the latest is that “the Club will need to overcome a number of hurdles if it is to ever come to fruition.”
If it does come to pass then hopefully we could hopefully we can look forward to bigger ticket allocations on future visits to QPR, but it doesn’t sound like it’s worth holding your breath.
Some of this stuff came from www.footballgroundguide.com .
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