Loftus Road is the home of Queens Park Rangers FC. The stadium has a capacity of 18,439 seats, which makes it the smallest ground in the Premier League.
The stadium was built in 1904, but it was only in 1917 that QPR moved to the ground. In the 1930s first developments were made with the construction of a new covered terrace. For two short spells in the 30s and early 60s QPR moved away to nearby White City Stadium, however both times they soon returned to Loftus Road.
The stadium got its current shape in the late 60s and early 70s with the construction of two new stands, bringing the capacity of the stadium to about 35,000. In 1980 and 1981 the other two stands of the stadium were rebuilt. The stadium could then host 27,000 fans, however this was reduced in 1994 with the conversion of the stadium into an all-seater.
Between 2002 and 2004 Fulham FC played their home matches at the stadium while Craven Cottage got renovated.
The club has recently been exploring a move to a new stadium, to be built in a location in west London, however at the moment no concrete plans exist.
Loftus Road is located in the Shepherd’s Bush area in the west of London. The stadium lies about 2 miles west from the western edge of Hyde Park, slightly less than 2 miles from Portobello Road in Notting Hill, and about 1.5 miles from Kensington High Street.
The area is mainly residential, however Westfield Shopping Centre is just a 10-minute walk away, and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants on Uxbridge Road. Until its demolition in 1985 London’s White City Stadium was located in the same area.
Arriving by car from the A40, turn off at White City, turn south onto Wood Lane, and then right into South Africa Road.
The nearest tube station is White City on the Central line. Alternatively, Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush Market on the Hammersmith & City and Circle line are both a 10-minute walk away. Shepherd’s Bush station on the Central line is a 15-minute walk away, which is also where the closest overground metro station is.
Furthermore bus 283 (from Barnes) to Bloemfontijn Road, and bus 72 (from Putney Heath), 95 (from Southall) and 220 (from Wandsworth) to White City all pass the stadium in the close vicinity.
Address: South Africa Road, London, W12 7PJ
Tickets for QPR games can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 8444 777 007, or at the QPR Box Office at the stadium (also opened on matchdays before kick-off).
Due to the size of the ground, matches can sell out quickly, though generally tickets are available in pre-sale for lower level opponents.
QPR uses three pricing categories depending on the opponent. Category A tickets cost between £45.00 and £70.00, whereas category C tickets cost between £25.00 and £50.00.
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QPR offers guided stadium tours, called the Loftus Road Experience, which include access to the dressing rooms, players tunnel, dugouts, directors box, and media areas. The tours last about 60 minutes.
Tours run every Thursday and non-matchday Saturday at 11:00 am, every matchday Saturday at 10:00 am, and every matchday Sunday at 11:00 am. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online or by phone +44 8444 777 007 (Ticket Office).
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Relevant Internet links:
QPR.co.uk – Official website of Queens Park Rangers FC
Visitlondon.com – Official London city guide.
Tfl.gov.uk – Website of the London Underground and other London public transport.
Journeyplanner.org – Plan your journey around London (public transport).