parking next to the away end, lovely stewards, realistic prices at the food outlets, Oakwell is an enjoyable place to visit.
It's only about a 15 minute walk from the town centre, where a variety of food and drink outlets can be found.
It's a shame that no pubs around the ground will accept away supporters, we were turned away from four establishments, even though the youngest of our group was 65.
That's not the fault of the ground though.
Great view of the pitch from inside, and for the most part, the Barnsley fans are terrific.
A great traditional stadium. Car park adjacent for away fans, £5, for a 3pm kick off it opened at 12.30. Liesure centre next door if you get there early and want a comfort break or cuppa. Good stewarding, smashing club.
The stewards in the stand were friendly and helpful (and the result was good.
Very limited food and drink for away supporters, no forks for pies, only 1 choice of soda - all with 15 minutes of kick-off. The sausage rolls - one of the few items available - were burnt and partly inedible.
Staff who struggled to cope with small queues at the concession.
No paper towels in the Disabled toilet ☹️
Lovely ground, good pitch, great atmosphere, affordable pies and drinks. The kiosks are well positioned and the vendors are fast so the line keeps moving such that you won't even notice there was a queue. I visited once and will definitely be revisiting as I had a lovely experience. All the stands are covered and all fans get to sit. The toilet is equally not bad. A great experience overall and I will recommend for a football game.
West Stand The stand is made up of two tiers, with only the upper tier covered, but at the expense of several supporting columns for the roof structure. The seats are the originals from the early 1900s, and from here you get a decent view with moderate legroom. In spite of the restricted views and modest facilities, the West Stand remains a popular vantage point for many fans. The lower tier of the West Stand is uncovered and offers a great view of the action.
The roof of the West Stand is corrugated iron. This also houses the main television gantry, which is accessed from the upper tier seating area by a temporary ladder.
At the end of the 1990s, the then stadium owners Barnsley Football Club were considering re-developing the West Stand after several seasons of high attendances; however, with the rapid decline in fortunes of the football club, subsequent sale of the stadium and new club ownership, these plans are unlikely to come to fruition in the near future.
The stand also incorporates a traditional players' tunnel in the center. While this is used for access to some of the facilities underneath the stand, the main players' tunnel now feeds out from the north-west corner, following the relocation of the changing rooms to the North Stand.
The East Stand is a two-tier development, completed in 1993. Funded in part by the football trust, the stand has a capacity of 7,492 and replaced a large covered terrace known as the Brewery Stand. The East Stand was designed by NYP Architects, as was the North Stand and the Corner Stand. With the completion of the East Stand, Barnsley FC became the first football club in Yorkshire to incorporate 'executive boxes' into their stadium.
Because of the sloped land on which Oakwell Stadium is built, the rear of the East Stand is much taller than it is from the pitch side, meaning that a climb to the upper-tier seating area requires many more steps than a spectator may anticipate; however, several lifts are available.
Built in 1995, CK Beckett is the current name for what is traditionally known as the 'Pontefract Road End' or 'Ponty End'. Some fans continue to call it the 'ORA Stand', in reference to its original sponsors. It is also known as the Van Damme Stand.
With a capacity of 4,508, the CK Beckett Stand is a large covered single-tier seating area behind the goal on the south side of the stadium.
This part of the stadium also houses the club superstore, the box office, and general administration offices.
The North Stand is the most recent addition to Oakwell Stadium and is a large covered singled-tiered seating area with a capacity of 6,257 spectators.
As this stand is generally reserved for away supporters, its full capacity is rarely utilized.
At a cost of £4.5 million (including several academy facilities that it accommodates), it has been a cause for debate ever since its construction. However, at the time it was built, Barnsley had only just been relegated from the FA Premier League and were planning for a possible return.