Vicarage Road is a football stadium located in Watford, England, 15 miles (24 kilometres) northwest of central London. The stadium was built in 1922 and it has been the home base of Watford FC ever since. After the completion of the new Sir Elton John Stand in 2014, the stadium now has a capacity of 21,577 and is definitely worth a visit.
Visit the beloved Vicarage Road
Watford had to share their stadium several times after settling in Vicarage Road. Wealdstone FC and rugby association Saracens both played in the stadium for a number of years. Watford experienced financial difficulties after purchasing the freehold of the stadium in 2002. They were forced to sell and lease back the stadium a year later. A campaign was held, named: ‘Let’s Buy Back The Vic’, so fans could donate a sum of money to buy back Watford’s club. Elton John even performed at the stadium and all proceeds were used to buy back the stadium. The campaign proved to be successful: Watford bought back the stadium after eight months and the rights were entirely theirs again thanks to all the donations.
The Sir Elton John Stand
Everybody knows him: the world-famous Elton John. Elton John used to be a chairman of Watford and helped develop Vicarage Road a lot. Despite of the concert he gave in the stadium to get the stadium’s freehold back, he also donated a sum of money so the club would be able to finance the reconstruction of the Graham Taylor Stand. In gratitude of that, Watford decided to name a stand after Elton John: The Sir Elton John Stand. The stand was opened by Elton John himself on December 13, 2014. The other stands in the stadium are the Rookery Stand and the Vicarage Road Stand.
Visit Vicarage Road
It takes about an hour to travel from London’s central station to Vicarage Road, so make sure you leave for the stadium well in advance. The easiest, fastest, and handiest way to travel in London is by Underground. An Underground sign can be found at every corner of the street in London, which makes it easy for you to travel from one spot in London to another. It’s wise to know how the Underground map works before going to London, so make sure to have taken a look at it. You might need to travel with bus or train, too. This handy website or the TfL Go app helps you mapping out your entire journey from wherever you are in London to Vicarage Road. Do you already see yourself standing in Vicarage Road? Then you should book your football trip to Watford at Number 1 Football Travel!