For many visiting fans throughout the coming season, coming to the Weston Homes Community Stadium will be a brand new experience.
With parking limited in the immediate surrounds of the stadium - similar to the schemes in operation at Brighton and Swansea - visiting fans are advised to use official coach travel services where possible and where advertised with your own club.
There are, however, other alternatives.
1) VISITING FANS BY CAR
For some supporters though, the car is the only method of getting to the ground.
A12 - JUNCTION 28
December 2010 saw the new junction serving the Weston Homes Community Stadium open to the public.
This means that the stadium is now just seconds from the main A12 trunk road that serves East Anglia.
From the south (Ipswich bound carriageway)
To access the stadium from the south, turn off at Junction 28, turning right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout. You are now at the stadium.
From the north (London bound carriageway)
To access the stadium from the north, turn off at Junction 28, turning left at the first roundabout. Turn right into United Way from the second roundabout. You are now at the stadium.
The postcode of the stadium is CO4 5UP, but you can also use CO4 5JS, which is the nearby Rapid Electronics factory.
1a - Matchday Car Park Permits
Please note that there is only limited car parking at the stadium itself, with just under 700 spaces in the main stadium car park. You can book a parking permit via 01206 755161 or on www.colutickets.com
, where we also offer the chance to print your own permit!
Fans are able to use the nearby Park & Ride car park, which is a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium across Boxted Road bridge.
1b - Parking Exclusion Zone
Both Colchester United and visiting supporters should be aware that the immediate area around the Weston Homes Community Stadium is subject to a Parking Exclusion Zone on matchdays.
Covering both existing Clearways and also nearby residential areas, these roads will be marshalled by Colchester United and Essex Police to prevent parking on roads not permitted under the Stadium Travel Plan.
1c - Parking in Colchester
Fans coming by car are able to park in town centre car parks, paying the required fee, before joining up with the Matchday Travel Service.
There are a number of town centre car parks if you wish to sample the town itself before the game, whilst there is also an extensive pay car park at Colchester Train Station.
If parking in a town centre car park, visiting fans can buy a ticket on the number 65 bus on Head Street to the train station (a five to ten minute journey), where they can then link up with the shuttle bus service.
There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the town centre and visiting fans may find that getting to the ground in this way is an enjoyable one.
VISITING FANS BY TRAIN
Visiting fans arriving by train to Colchester Station are able to take advantage of our shuttle bus service, which costs just £2.50 for a return journey.
Upon arrival at Colchester Station, fans should turn left out of Colchester Station and hop on the shuttle buses. The shuttle bus starts at 1pm on a Saturday matchday (6pm midweek) and takes less than ten minutes to get to the ground!