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Kassam Stadium, Oxford

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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1.9/5 based on 35+ 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at The Manor Ground.ConstructionOn 7 June 1995, directors of Oxford United Football Club announced that the cramped and outdated Manor Ground would be replaced by a new 16,000-seat stadium, situated in the Blackbird Leys area of the city, by the end of the decade.Construction of the new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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  • Visited this awful stadium at the weekend with friends and have never had such appalling treatment in an away ground in the country. We are 4 friends in our 50' s and 60's who enjoy football and are p...  read more »
  • The ground and pitch are not that bad but the chaos that goes with it once in the ground is unbelievable one tiny entrance into the stand where you have shown your tickets once to a steward to then be...  read more »
  • We had four tickets to the match v Cafc . We bought our tickets via the valley and 3 out of 4 of us hot in, but there was a problem with the the 4th ticket and my friend couldn't get in. Security were...  read more »
  • + Yes, it is nice hotel. Good Service and Break fast. Wifi everywhere Some landscapes near by (for photography) Nearest Town: Oxford (3 Miles) _ They do not have restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Remote area, not supermarkets/restaurants near by Need to depend on cabs, if you really want to go to city centre.
  • If you have been to a Holiday Inn Express before, then you will know what to expect from the room and breakfast. The hotel is pretty new, which means that the rooms and facilities are all good. on top of that it has a good sized car park and very friendly staff. Not recommended if you are on foot. It will cost you £12 for a taxi into central Oxford, otherwise it's a10 minute walk to the nearest bus station.
  • The hotel has nice rooms and friendly staff. It is also located close to Ozone which has a few restaurants, bowling complex and a cinema. I have been woken up a few times with the cleaning staff not paying attention to the "do not disturb" sign on that handle; this is very frustrating as I work night shifts. Overall nice hotel though. Would be better if it had a restaurant and a better breakfast.
  • Staff was nice and helpful but not that friendly to guest. Price is reasonable. Breakfast is has a nice range. Free parking and easy to find.
  • It was pretty basic but it was fine. Clean stuff, friendly staff. The only bad things were the pillowcases kinda stunk and the breakfast was super simple.
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