What to expect on your visit
Still being a relatively new ground, a matchday at the Camping World Community Stadium is still a brand new experience for many. If you’re unsure of what to expect on your first visit, then read on.
On matchdays the car park at the Stadium is reserved for officials and players only. But don’t worry, there is ample free parking available less than five minutes’ walk away at the Horsham Park & Ride. Park up and find the letter ‘K’, which is situated next to the path through to the traffic island for crossing Worthing Road. If a large attendance is expected, information will be published on the website regarding additional parking nearby, with a complimentary shuttle service to the stadium. On such occasions we’d also encourage you to car share, or travel by bus, if possible.
Arriving by bus
The stadium is served by two bus routes. Metrobus runs up to four services an hour on Route 98, which runs from Roffey, via Horsham’s rail and bus stations, to Southwater. Metrobus run two services an hour on Route 23, which runs from Crawley to Worthing, via Horsham’s rail and bus stations. Buses cost £1.70 each way and take around 5-10 minutes from the town centre.
Ask your driver for the Golf Club for Horsham FC. On your return journey you can catch your bus at the stops at the Horsham Park & Ride.
As you walk down the lane to the stadium, cross the wooden footbridge and enter through the gate. The clubhouse building is on your left. Pass all the way along the building and you will come to the turnstiles. Here you will be greeted by one of our friendly stewards, who will be able to answer any questions you might have. If you have pre-purchased your ticket please have the QR code ready to be scanned. Otherwise we do accepts cash or cards at the turnstiles, unless the match has been advertised as ‘all-ticket’.
50/50 draw and programmes
The first thing to do when you get inside the stadium is to find our 50/50 draw and programme sellers. Half of the proceeds from the 50/50 draw go to the club, with the other half going to one lucky winner at each match. Tickets cost £1.
Our excellent matchday programme is a great read and a memento of your day. It’s also great value at just £2.50 per copy.
Howie the Hornet
Another familiar face you are likely to see as you arrive is our club mascot, Howie the Hornet. Always a great hit with the kids, Howie is sometimes known to show off his football skills in the players pre-match warm up. Ask him for a hi-five or a photo and this friendly, furry fella will be only too happy to oblige!
Food and drinks
On your left as you enter the stadium you will see the hatch to our kitchen, which provides a range of hot and cold food and snacks. There is also a hatch serving a range of alcoholic and soft drinks. You are free to take alcohol pitch side. Continue around the clubhouse building and you will find the entrance to the main bar where the full range of alcohol is served.
Inside the clubhouse you will also find our well stocked club shop. Not quite ready for a replica shirt yet? Not to worry – we have a wide range of smaller items such as scarves, hats, badges and mugs. Our replica kits are supplied by O’Neills, along with a great range of leisurewear.
There are two sets of toilets. One is located inside the clubhouse, while the other is in a block just to the right of the turnstiles as you come into the Stadium. Baby change is available in the disabled toilet inside the clubhouse.
There are around 350 seats available in the stadium. The Main Stand holds about 300 spectators, with 50 more housed in the Lines & James Family Stand. All seats are covered, although you might get wet on the front rows on a particularly inclement day. The seated areas are ideal if you have smaller children who can’t yet see over the pitch side fence.
As well as covered seating there are two covered terraced areas for those who like to stand. These can provide cover from the elements for around 250 more spectators. The cover also helps to provide a great atmosphere.
The Lardy Army
The singing section and arguably the Hornets’ most loyal fans, the Lardy Army can be relied upon to get the atmosphere going. Why are they called the Lardy Army? Why do they sing songs about Lard? Why do they have a Peruvian flag? Well, why don’t you ask them? They’re a friendly bunch!