So what do you think?

Pictured above is Dylan Merchant accepting an engraved plate kindly given to us by Hartley Wintney FC to commemorate our first game at the Camping World Community Stadium.

So the stadium is built, and we’ve now played our three home pre-season friendlies there, culminating in a memorable encounter with Crawley Town in front of a bumper crowd of 1,080! This website has done its job and we hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing the progress as the stadium has developed over the past 18 months. It will now be ‘retired’ but will still be available via the Club’s main website archive as an important part of our history.

Hopefully you’ve been to at least one of the three pre-season friendlies and are starting to form an opinion. Have we got it right? Is there anything you’d like to see changed? How can we make the match day experience even better? If you have an opinion (positive or negative), then please let us know through the comments section below.

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  1. The new Stadium is fantastic and a home to be proud of. The seating in the Main Stand is comfortable, the bar is well stocked except no Bulmers Original Cider but with some grovelling I’m hopeful that will be rectified? ???
    The bar/tv lounge area is spacious and the food from the bar is excellent but could do with opening 30 minutes earlier than at present, 13.00 would be much better as there have been people queueing after expecting the shutter to be up and orders taken by 13.00.
    Car parking isn’t a problem and the stewards seem to have traffic control sorted, in fact so far I’ve found that cars stop without any problem.
    Overall the Hop Oast (Sorry), Camping World Community Stadium is going to make a lot of visiting teams green with envy and gets a Five Star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating from me!

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      Hi Edlin and many thanks for your positive comments. It’s great that you have such a favourable view of the new facilities (even without the Bulmers … yet!). On the other suggestion you make about the food outlet opening time, this is something we’ve picked up and it will be opening from 13.00 in future.

  2. I am looking forward to watching Horsham next season,great to have local football back in the town. I was wondering if there will be a sign or fixture board outside the entrance on the main road? I believe that there are still plenty of people in Horsham who are football fans and are unaware of the ground and the high standard of football they could be watching for very reasonable price.

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      Hi Paul. Yes there will be. A large ‘upcoming fixtures’ board (facing in both directions) is in the pipeline. We’ve been focusing on signage within the stadium as the top priority (as a lot of it was required for the ground grading), but we hope to have it in place soon.

  3. Excellent all round, but I agree we need a big sign at the entrance, also ‘brown’ direction signs on the roundabout. We need to advertise our presence more. As a London based supporter it’s going be so much easier to get to more matches.

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      Thanks for the feedback Anthony. Please see my reply to Paul about the ‘upcoming fixtures’ boards. We do have a couple of the traditional brown signs in place on the A24, but they are eye-wateringly expensive, so we’ve restricted ourselves to two for now. That may of course change in the future.

  4. Great facility all round. I have really enjoyed the 2 games I have been to so far. Loudspeaker announcements are not very clear or easy to pick up. Seating in the main stand is really good and the bar seems to be doing a good trade but are we providing a recycling facility for the plastic glasses ? I agree that the stewarding from the hop oast car park has been good so far but I would love there to be more pressure on hdc to improve cycle access to the ground in due course. Well done to all.

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      Hi Stuart and thanks for the feedback. I agree with you about the PA system. It’s fine when the stadium is empty, but when there’s a general level of crowd noise, it’s too quiet. We are working with the sound company to get this rectified as soon as possible, along with a couple of other issues concerning the sound system. We have a Transport Committee involving a number of key stakeholders, and cycle access to the stadium will no doubt be on their agenda. We’ll also be looking at how we can improve the level and efficiency of our re-cycling, as this is something the Club has made a commitment to.

  5. Would be good to have a drinks/ice cream stand nearer the main stand. Would alleviate some of the queue in the clubhouse.

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      Definitely Tracy. You may have noticed the orange horsebox next to the main stand, and that’s already been converted into a tea hut. It just needs a little refurbishment and we then plan to use it to sell hot and cold drinks, snacks etc. to take some of the pressure off the food outlet in the clubhouse.

  6. As a visiting fan – a Carshalton supporter- I was generally impressed with your new home. One disappointment though was the poor floodlighting. I was sat in the stands and the action on the far side in either corner was very poorly illuminated. Have you any plans to improve on this?

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      Hi James and many thanks for the feedback which is much appreciated. We haven’t received any other comments like this about the floodlights, but that’s not to say you’re wrong! 🙂 As far as I know they’re within the tolerances set by the company that supplied them, but we will check this with them again. Thanks for flagging it up as all feedback is very useful to us.

  7. loved the stadium and will be back soon!

    Will it be possible to go up to the next league? it feels a bit small and I thought the minimum capacity was 2000 for national league south!

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      Hi John and thanks for your comment. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Stadium and we look forward to welcoming you back.

      Re the possibility of promotion, our assessed capacity is actually 1,980 which would be fine for the National League South, but the 1,300 restriction is based on our current planning permission. However, we would be able to apply to Horsham District Council for that to be increased. Physically we’d only need to make a number of small changes like additional turnstiles and press seats, so nothing insurmountable.

      Regards,

      Paul

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