First Time Visitor
If you’re a first time visitor to the Crown Oil Arena, let us know and we will get our matchday announcer, Dave Sweetmore, to give you a special welcome over the PA system! You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; You can also tweet us - @officiallydale, or Facebook - OfficiallyRochdale.
HOW TO GET TO the Crown Oil Arena
By Road (Please use OL11 5DR for Sat Navs)
From either the East or West via the M62: The Crown Oil Arena is just over two miles from junction 20 of the M62. Follow signs for Rochdale along the A627(M). At the first set of traffic lights keep left, sign posted Bury and Rochdale Town Centre. B&Q will be on your right hand side, follow this road until the next set of traffic lights. Here you need to be in the second lane of four lanes, to head straight across (sign posted Blackburn). Follow this road (Roch Valley Way) until the next set of traffic lights, remaining in the left hand lane. At the traffic lights go straight ahead on to Sandy Lane (the Cemetery pub should be on your right hand side). Continue along this road and the Stadium is on your right hand side after approximately half a mile.
Rochdale train station, which is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds, is about 2 miles and 35 minute walk from the Crown Oil Arena. Taxis are available outside the station at a cost of around £6/£7.
You can find bus time tables HERE.
There is an approximate 45 minute walk from the train station to the Crown Oil Arena. Taxis are available outside the station at a cost of around £6/£7.
The RAFC Ticket Office opening hours:
Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am– 5pm
Saturday (home match day): 9am-3pm
Saturday (away day): CLOSED
The Ticket Office can be contacted by calling 0844 826 1907 (option 8).
On a matchday, it is cash admission via the turnstiles. You can also pay by cash or card at the Ticket Office (America Express is not accepted).
Three stands are allocated to home supporters – The Main Stand (seated), Pearl Street (seated) and Sandy Lane (standing). Away supporters are allocated the Willbutts Lane Stand (seated).
Admission prices can be found by clicking HERE.
On a matchday, you will be served by either Anya, Gina, Gill, Jan or Sarah.
Got a youngster? Why not join us in the Joshua McCormack Family Enclosure which is located in the Pearl Street Stand.
You'll find the family enclosure in the last two blocks of the stand, closest to the Main Stand. You'll be able to identify the area by looking out for the blue 'Enjoy the Match' signage which is visible around the area.
WHERE TO PARK
The Crown Oil Arena has a small car park which can accommodate guests and staff only. Street parking is available around the stadium, however please be aware that parking restrictions are in place in the yellow coned areas – these are monitored by traffic control.
Parking is also available at a local high school, which is around half a mile from the ground: Oulder Hill Community School, Greave Avenue, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EF.
Please note that we do not take any responsibility for vehicles left on the street, or at Oulder Hill Community School.
Visit the RAFC club shop at the Crown Oil Arena before the game to purchase your official merchandise. The store is open from 9am on a matchday through until kick-off. It will re-open on the full time whistle for around 15 minutes.
In the Club Shop you’ll find either Dave, Pete, Alasdair, Phil or Leighanne behind the till. Feel free to say hello!
Ratcliffe Bars and The Carlsberg Lounge
Both bars are situated at the ground.
The Ratcliffe Bars is open to both home and away supporters, while the Carlsberg Lounge is open to home supporters from the Pearl Street Stand. The Carlsberg Lounge is accessible only from inside the ground. Turnstiles open an hour before kick-off, therefore, the Carlsberg Lounge opens at 2pm.
The Ratcliffe Bars is open from 12noon on a Saturday matchday and from 5pm on a midweek matchday.
They are licensed premises, showing Sky Sports.
Our Junior Workshops are held every Saturday matchday in the Carlsberg Lounge, and see a variety of your favourite superheros/ Disney characters or kids TV characters in attendance. Check www.rochdaleafc.co.uk for full details. Workshops start at 2pm.
REFRESHMENTS WITHIN THE STADIUM
You'll find numerous kiosks within the stadium selling a range of hot and cold food and drinks.
Dale’s matchday programme, The Voice of Spotland, is priced at £3 and is available to purchase around the ground or within the club shop. Programme sellers will be identifiable once at the Crown Oil. The programme is made up of 76 pages and contains a host of features. You'll also find player features, as well as eight pages of coverage on Dale's opponents.
Dale's mascot is a friendly dragon named Desmond. You'll find him in and around the family area on a matchday. Make sure you say hello!