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Roots Hall
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Rating: 3.9

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I often visit Roots Hall with my father who at 86 is still an avid fan and season ticket holder. He has disabled parking at the ground, without which he would not be able to attend now. Always a good friendly atmosphere. A bit run down in places, probably due to the plans for a new stadium. I do keep telling dad that he won't see it in his lifetime. Come on blues! Prove me wrong.
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3 months ago
Nice stadium. Friendly and helpful staff. Good tea and coffee. Unfortunately not disabled friendly if you are in a mobility scooter.
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3 months ago
Old & decrepid now, but adequate for the current needs of a national league club. Wheelchair access via west stand for home & via north east corner for home & away. We don't have the best caterers in the business, but we have a decent club shop, ticket office and adequate parking. Views are restricted in places around the ground. All seat stadium.
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3 months ago
First time coming here and the Shrimpers won! 2-1! Great atmosphere! Props to the drummer man who managed to keep playing throughout the whole game 😎🏆
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in the last week
Arrived about 6 o'clock. Queued in the pouring rain to get our away tickets. We were allowed in the supporters bar. Looks like it's needs a bit of TLC Southend fans chatty. All good experience except for Ladies toilets were abit rough. Teabar staff were friendly, the food we had was lovely and hot. A couple of ladies in front of us had pies the balti one smelt amazing. She said it was very good.Watched a lacklustre game from Yeovil Town. Didn't really get going to near the end of the match. Didn't get the result we wanted but enjoyed our day out .Got back to HP at 2am.
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2 weeks ago

History (from Wikipedia)

Pre-Roots Hall (1900s–1940s)[edit]

The site now occupied by Roots Hall is where Southend United had originally played their home games on their formation in 1906. Upon the outbreak of the First World War the area was designated for storage and Southend were forced out. After the war the club elected to move to a new ground at the Kursaal and Roots Hall first became a quarry for sand then a tipping site.[2]

Relocation to Roots Hall (1950s)[edit]

By the early 1950s Southend had moved to Southend Stadium off Sutton Road. The club did not own the ground and the dog track which encircled the pitch made it unsuitable for use as a football stadium. In 1952 the wasteland at the old Roots Hall site was purchased to build a new stadium for the club.[3] Work on the ground could not begin immediately owing to the large quantities of rubbish which had been dumped on the site in the club's absence, which took nearly a year to clear. On 20 August 1955 Roots Hall hosted its first match, against Norwich City.[3] The ground was declared open by the Secretary of the Football AssociationSir Stanley Rous. The ground remained the youngest in the Football League until the opening of Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park in 1988.[4]
Roots Hall's construction had not been completed when the ground was opened, with some stands only running for a short distance along the touchline and others waiting to be concreted over.
[3] In addition to these problems, the pitch's drainage was unsuitable and by the end of the 1955–56 season it had to be completely relaid.[3]

Ground development (1960s)[edit]

With the pitch issue dealt with, Southend could concentrate on the matter at hand: completing the ground. The west bank roof, originally set back from the pitch, was extended forwards to the touchline creating a double-barrel effect, while work also commenced on finishing the terracing. The job was finally finished in 1964, after all 72 steps of the giant south bank had been concreted.[5] The east stand was extended in both directions so it ran the full length of the touchline in 1966, and around the same time the club installed floodlighting. Finally the ground was finished, and had its finest day in 1979, when a ground record 31,033 fans packed the Hall to watch Liverpool in action in the FA Cup.[6]

Recent work (1980s–present)[edit]

By the mid-1980s, however, the club were struggling financially. In an effort to keep the club afloat, most of the south bank was sold off in 1988,[7] and eventually the remainder was replaced in 1994 by a small two tiered all-seater stand, designed by then club chairman Vic Jobson. All this came after the west and east stands saw work in 1992, when the west bank was turned into an all-seated stand and the paddocks in the east had seating attached. The final stage of development at the Hall came in 1995, when the west stand roof was extended at either end to meet the south and north stands, with seating being installed in the north-west corner of the ground.[5]
Development since has been mainly concentrated on the ground's facilities, in recent years the club opened a new ticket office and club shop, replaced the old style turnstiles with modern electronic ones and extended executive accommodation at the rear of the east stand. A new digital scoreboard was also added to the north stand roof in November 2012.
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Relocation to Fossetts Farm[edit]

In the 1990s Southend United started planning to leave Roots Hall for a proposed new ground at Fossetts Farm.[9] In January 2007, the club received planning permission from both Southend and Rochford councils for the stadium, retail outlets, a hotel and new training facilities but this was subject to rubber-stamping from the Secretary of State. The Department for Communities and Local Government gave broad approval to the plans in March 2008[9] and planning permission was granted later the same month for the HOK-designed new stadium.[10] Roots Hall has been sold to Sainsbury's, which has received planning permission to build a new supermarket on the site. Building work on Fossetts Farm was due to start in 2014, however due to issues with the supermarket development, as Sainsbury's had yet to complete the purchase of the former Prospects College site, which was required for access to the new store, work failed to commence.[11] However, on 28 April 2017 new plans were submitted for the work which no longer involved Sainsbury's. The move to the new stadium was scheduled for December 2018.[12]

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