HOW DO I GET TO SANDY PARK?
Sandy Park Stadium (EX2 7NN) is conveniently located just off Junction 30 of the M5, meaning travel to us from Devon and beyond is extremely straightforward.
Located also just 10 minutes away from Exeter International Airport or a short walk from either Digby & Sowton or Newcourt railway stations, access to match-days is simple and easy for all supporters.
Although on-site parking is not available on match-days other than those with official permits, Exeter Rugby Club have worked closely with our travel partners to ensure all supporters can arrive safely and on time by either walking, cycling, taking the bus or train. We also facilitate a drop-off service onsite prior to kick off, however any pick-ups are restricted to ONE HOUR after the final whistle. Please be aware that any pick-up arranged, private or taxi, will be turned away during this hour to allow safe pedestrian egress.
TRAVELLING BY CAR
Make your match-day experience to Sandy Park more enjoyable with hassle free parking available on a match to match basis.
Let us take the stress out of your journey by offering you off-site, match-day parking, along with a FREE shuttle bus service for you and your occupants to and from the stadium doors.
As there is no on-site parking for supporters at Sandy Park on match days. the Chiefs have worked very hard to produce a transport strategy which enables supporters, both home and away, to gain easy access to the stadium.
Supporters can pre-book official match-day parking at Exeter Business Park, Grenadier Road, Exeter (EX1 3UT) at a cost of £7 per vehicle - if booked online in advance of the fixture - or £10 on match-day itself.
All car parks will be signposted clearly from Junctions 29 & 30 on the M5.
TRAVELLING BY TRAIN
The Exeter to Exmouth railway line runs right past the stadium with a regular service on match days.
Using the bridge over the A379, Digby & Sowton Station is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Sandy Park, while Newcourt Station is also an option for travelling fans and is also less than a 15 minute walk from the stadium.
Great Western Rail have set up a number of match-day special trains and anyone wishing to find out more should visit their website.
In addition you can use their text feature which shows up to date train departures from their stations. If you text DIG or EXD (for Digby and St Davids respectively) to 84950 you will get an answer showing the next five or six departures with their expected times.
Supporters can also call 08457 48 49 50 to get an update on train times.
TRAVELLING BY BUS
There are three match-day specials which operate three hours before kick-off and for three hours after the final whistle
The No 77, which is run by Dartline Coaches, will have a new starting point at Victory Hall in Exminster before it continues on to Reddaway Drive, Chantry Meadow in Alphington, Cowick Lane, Cowick Street (First & Last), Fore Street (BHS), Topsham Road (County Hall) and onto Sandy Park. Buses run every 15 minutes.
The No 78, also run by Dartline coaches, starts at Exeter St Davids Station and picks up at the following destinations en route to Sandy Park: City Centre, Blackboy Road, Pinhoe Road, Sainsburys Pinhoe, Monkerton Link Road and Sowton Industrial Estate before arriving at Sandy Park.
The C bus, which is run by Stagecoach, starts at Exeter St Davids Station and picks up at Cheeke Street, Heavitree (Co-Op) to Sandy Park and runs up to every 15 minutes. Fares for this service are £2.50 (Single) and £3.50 (Return).
Stagecoach also offer an Exeter Dayrider ticket for only £4. This gives unlimited travel on all of their Exeter city buses, including the C bus service, so supporters can make the most of being in Exeter both before and after the match.
A group Exeter Dayrider is now also available. It costs just £8 and gives up to 5 people a day of unlimited travel in the Exeter Zone
If you are travelling from outside of Exeter, Stagecoach operates regular services from a variety of locations – including Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exmouth, Topsham and Crediton – all of which terminate at the bus station where you can easily connect onto the C service. An Adult Explorer ticket will gives unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses. Child, family and OAP Explorer tickets are also available.
For route maps and information on tickets and timetables, please visit the Stagecoach Bus Website
Exeter Rugby is committed to providing an inclusive and enjoyable experience at Sandy Park, accommodating spectators with any form of disability.
Sandy Park offers wheelchair positions, carer seating, easy access seating, toilet provisions and Accessibility Stewards to enhance your visit.
There is provision for 58 spectators in wheelchairs at set locations around the stadium.
Entry to seating in the West Grandstand must be made through the North turnstile to gain access to the upper concourse and the South turnstile for seating around the pitch circulation areas.
Seating is readily available for any helpers to sit close by. Ready access is available to wheelchair accessible toilets in the West Grandstand and in rear of the East Terrance and behind the North Terrace.
Where spectators have other mobility impairments (e.g. frail/elderly, on crutches, etc) and require parking in the car park, they can inform the Club in advance and the Club will make every effort to reserve an appropriate parking place and ground seating.
Stewards will take necessary steps to minimise interference in viewing lines for disabled or mobility impaired spectators.
If a visually or hearing impaired spectator requires the assistance of a guide dog, the dog will be allowed access to the Ground free of charge – other dogs are permitted into the Ground only at the discretion of club officials depending on the dog’s nature and match/crowd circumstances.
If required, a suitable seating or terrace location will be provided where the dog can comfortably rest. A bowl of water may be provided upon request. Guide dogs may also be admitted into the Clubhouse.
Where a disabled person’s condition requires attendance of a personal assistant, the Club will admit the personal assistant free of charge on receipt of supporting documentation. The Exeter Chiefs complimentary personal assistant ticket policy accepts the following forms of documentation:
- Proof of entitlement of middle or higher rate of Disability Living Allowance – mobility or care component (DLA)
- Proof of entitlement of enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Proof of entitlement of Severe Disablement Allowance
Please be advised:
- We do not accept Blue/Orange badges as proof of disability
- Due to current legislation, some proof of disability documentation is dated so it may be necessary for you to submit new documentation on request
- A companion ticket is not eligible to gain entry to any of our events unless in attendance with a visitor who has purchased an accessible ticket
All disabled tickets must be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
WALKING AND CYCLING
Those wishing to travel to Sandy Park by foot or bicycle can access the stadium via the bridge over the A379 and via the rear of the complex from Old Rydon Lane. There are a number of bicycle racks on site to park bikes.
Please note that Sandy Park is a smoke-free zone stadium, including in all bars, but there is an area designated for smokers outside the South East Turnstiles.
Toilets are situated throughout the stadium and can be found by following the displayed signage. There are 16 different sets of toilet facilities available for public use.
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR CONCERN
Paramount to our match-day experience is the safety of all supporters who attend fixtures at Sandy Park. The expertise and experience of safety stewards, doctors, paramedics and members of the St John's Ambulance Service are important ingredients in the safety management plan of the stadium.
However, the successful implementation of this plan depends to a very large extent on the co-operation of you the spectator and all other stadium users.
Please contact a steward if you have any worries over a matter of safety, any concerns about the behaviour of other spectators or if you need help with ticketing or with finding your way in the stadium. Our fully-trained stewards hold formal qualifications not only in spectator safety, but also in first aid and life saving and are in constant contact with the stadium control room.
In the transport strategy agreed with the local authorities it is essential that there is a even spread of supporters arriving and leaving the stadium.
The Chiefs have arranged a range of entertainment to encourage supporters to arrive early and also leave later. Details will often be made available in advance of a fixture via the club’s e-zine, local press, social media and official club website.