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Kassam Stadium, Oxford

(1.9/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
The Kassam Stadium is the home of Oxford United Football Club, and is named after the ground's owner and former chairman of the football club, Firoz Kassam.To date, the Kassam Stadium has staged nothing higher than fourth-tier league football, as Oxford were relegated to Division Three the season before the new stadium was built and were further relegated to the Conference National in 2005 - 06. The club was previously based at The Manor Ground.ConstructionOn 7 June 1995, directors of Oxford United Football Club announced that the cramped and outdated Manor Ground would be replaced by a new 16,000-seat stadium, situated in the Blackbird Leys area of the city, by the end of the decade.Construction of the new stadium was begun in the summer of 1996 by Taylor Woodrow, but was suspended in December 1997 after financial problems meant the contractors weren't paid. The stadium was originally known by its location, Minchery Farm. At this time, United's chairman was Robin Herd, and the club's chief executive was Keith Cox.Ongoing money problems meant that no further work was done on the site until February 2000. This followed Firoz Kassam's purchase of the club in April 1999, and then many legal problems involving Oxford City Council, Nick Pentith, Thames Water, Morrells of Oxford, and local landowner Les Wells. By this time, the contractors had changed to Birse Construction, with Taylor Woodrow having had their debt settled by a Company Voluntary Arrangement, by which Firoz Kassam reduced most of the football club's unsecured debt by 90 per cent.
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  • I'm a Southend United fan and this was my second visit to the Kassam. Parking was easy we parked right by the away entrance and it was free parking. We got there about an hour and a half before kick o...  more »
  • Went to the Newcastle game... no pubs near the ground... quite away out of the town. You have to catch a bus or taxi to the ground. Only place to drink... the bowling alley. Average hot dog at half ti...  more »
  • If you are going here by car there is plenty of street parking It is outside of the city centre and is not walkable from rail station You will need a taxi or bus This is a pain The ground itself is 3 ...  more »
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  • The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Late 2pm checkout for IHG members. Booked the room via their website and got the cheapest rate... slept in til 1pm which was amazing... Room are standard, clean and modern. Shower, hairdryer and breakfast included.
  • Good basic hotel, comfortable beds, hot shower, decently sized room. Breakfast is included in the rate, and had a good selection of both hot items such as beans, sausages, eggs, and patisserie, yoghurts, fruit. If you are going to a football match it is right next door to the Kassam stadium. Otherwise it's pretty much in the middle of nowhere so if you are not driving there is a limited choice of places to eat out unless you want to get a taxi, or catch a bus - the no 1 and 5 stop is a short but slightly scary walk ( at night) through deserted carparks overgrown poorly lit footpaths and but will take you right into town). They do however have a takeaway order in service, so that helps. Very decent hotel and pleasant staff
  • Feeling a little tired inside with weird mattresses in the rooms. Breakfast is included but low quality (cheapest sausages imaginable) and wasn't well stocked on the Sunday out of eggs and beans. Check-in staff were quick and friendly. Cleaning staff knocked on my door in the middle of the day to clean room despite having a do not disturb sign on. Often stay here but with a taxi into town of £15 each way I would consider paying more and staying centrally next time.
  • The hotel is situated 3 miles out of Oxford so is convenient in location. It is reasonably priced and breakfast is included in the cost. The amenities are limited and the rooms are basic but functional.
  • Lovely clean rooms, good breakfast. 24 hour reception was a life saver and extremely comfortable beds. Easy to find