Home of Norwich City FC

Opened 1935

Capacity 27,359

Rating: 4.5

(2561) Google Reviews

Easy to access and exit for an event. Stewards were first class, polite, attentive, caring and efficient. Great team work in selection and training of staff 👍
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2 weeks ago
Great for holding big music events but as usual big toilet queues especially for the ladies and as for the bar I queud for an hour so missed most of the support act my mum has bigger bar area in her village hall they could have made a temporary bar a lot bigger with more staff on shame but the killer's show was fantastic would like to see more big bands play there.
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3 weeks ago
We went to Elton John's concert here. The stewards and security were very efficient, no queue to get in really. We got there about an hour before the concert. Once inside, there were plenty of portaloos and also lots of food and drink vendors. Queues for these were lengthy, so if you are going to an event and plan to eat, arrive a bit earlier than we did!
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a week ago
The Killers were amazing. Great seats with a private bar and toilets. Security Guard was a mega chode jobsworth loser. Love you. Bye x
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2 weeks ago
Have been to football matches at the stadium in the past and parking was known to be an issue. Have just been to a concert (Elton John) and the situation was even worse. However, the event staff as always were 'on the ball' and everything both inside and outside the stadium was super smooth.
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a week ago

History (from Wikipedia)

Stadium's name and initial construction history[edit]

The new stadium took its name from the street which encloses the ground on three sides, the fourth boundary being the River Wensum. The name "Carrow" originally refers to the former Carrow Abbey that once stood on the riverside, its name in turn having possible Norse origins.[11] In 1800, John Ridges, owner of the Carrow Abbey Estate and the land opposite on the banks of the Wensum in Thorpe Hamlet, "granted permission for a proposed road access across his grounds to Carrow".[12][13] By 1811, Philip M. Martineau, a surgeon, owned the building, lands and manor of Carrow, including the adjacent Thorpe land.[11] Carrow Hill Road was created on his Carrow Abbey Estate, to provide work for the poor in the community. The road linked Martineau's Bracondale Estate to Carrow Toll Bridge, installed in 1810.[14] Norwich Railway Co. had acquired the land in Thorpe around Carrow Road by the 1840s, and by 1860 the Thorpe site of the future stadium belonged to the firm of J. & J. Colman. The stadium's Thorpe Corner acknowledges this historical link.[10][15] In 1935, Colman's offered the 20-year leasehold to Norwich City and construction of the new stadium began swiftly on the site: tenders were issued on the day the site was purchased and ten days later, on 11 June, work began.[8]

Initial materials were sourced by demolishing the former "Chicken Run" section of The Nest, with the rubble dumped as a bank at the river end of the new ground. Thereafter, work proceeded quickly, with most of the stands and terraces built by 17 August.[8] A practice match was held on 26 August with work "still in progress",[16] and, after just 82 days, on 31 August, the ground was opened for a Second Division fixture featuring West Ham United.[8] The stadium had an initial capacity of 35,000, including 5,000 seats under cover. Norwich won the game 4–3; the attendance was 29,779, which set a new club record crowd for a home game. The first competitive goal at the ground was scored by Norwich's Duggie Lochhead.[17]

The new stadium was described by club officials as "the largest construction job in the city since the building of Norwich Castle", "miraculously built in just 82 days" and "the eighth 
wonder of the world".[10][18] An aerial photograph from August 1935 shows three sides of open terracing, and a covered stand with a Colman's Mustard advertisement painted on its roof, visible only from the air.[19] The club's association with Colman's has continued into the modern era; in 1997 the club signed a shirt sponsorship deal with the company.[20] The mustard manufacturer's original factory was located adjacent to the stadium in Carrow Road,[8] and the ground was opened by Russell Colman, the President of the club.[21] The author Simon Inglis describes the early Carrow Road as comprising "a Main Stand, a covered end terrace and two large open banks".[8] The covered terrace was paid for by Captain Evelyn Barclay, the vice-president of Norwich City; it was constructed in time for the opening of the 1937–38 season, and while the original construction is long gone, the end retains the name of its benefactor.[22]

At this time, the ground's capacity was 38,000, with space for 10,000 of "the more vociferous of the home and away supporters", in the new Barclay end.
[22] The new ground received a royal seal of approval: on 29 October 1938, King George VI watched twenty minutes of the home game versus Millwall,[23] the first time a ruling monarch had watched a Second Division match.[8]

Ground developments[edit]

Floodlights were erected at the ground in 1956 and the £9,000 cost nearly sent the club into bankruptcy.[24] However, Norwich's success in the 1958–59 FA Cup (where as a Third Division club they reached the semi-final, losing to First Division Luton Town after a replay) secured the financial status of the club and provided sufficient funds for a cover to be built over the South Stand.[24] In 1963, the record was set for attendance at Carrow Road: a crowd of 43,984 watched a sixth round FA Cup match against Leicester City,[24] and the South Stand was covered shortly afterwards.[8]

In the wake of the 
Ibrox stadium disaster in 1971, a government enquiry brought more stringent safety requirements, which, when applied to Carrow Road, resulted in the capacity being drastically reduced to around 20,000.[9] With focus on the dangers of standing, seats began to replace terracing: by 1979, the stadium had a capacity of 28,392, with seats for 12,675. A fire in 1984 partially destroyed one of the stands which eventually led to its complete demolition and replacement by 1987 with a new City Stand. When it opened, then chairman Robert Chase compared the experience of visiting the new stand to "going to the theatre – the only difference being that our stage is covered with grass".[9]

After the 
Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and the subsequent outcome of the Taylor Report in 1990, the stadium was converted to all-seater.[3] In 2003 the South Stand was replaced by the new, 8,000-seat Jarrold Stand.[9] In the summer of 2010, work was undertaken to increase the ground's capacity from 26,018 to 27,000. This was achieved by finding additional capacity for seats within the existing stands.[25]

Pitch[edit]

In 2004, £700,000 was invested in improving the pitch.[26] The former all-grass surface was replaced with a sand-based Desso GrassMaster one, the mix of artificial and real grass which, according to the then groundsman Gary Kemp "guarantee[d] that the pitch would be looking good enough for every match to be broadcast on TV".[26] The under-soil heating system "can clear snow and ice within eight hours of being turned on".[26]

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