The Imp info page hopes to provide some useful information for people thinking of coming along to watch a match at Lincoln City for the first time. There is no comparison between watching a game live and watching a game on the TV. Sincil Bank has been the home of Lincoln City Football Club for more than 120 years and with a capacity of around 10,000, Sincil Bank is a place that packs a lot of atmosphere for its size. The togetherness of so many people is infectious.
Games at Sincil Bank are attended by an absolute cross-section of society. It is a place that works because of general acceptance. You are likely to hear the "F" word on occasion, but trouble is extremely rare. This is a place where teenagers chant and bounce while elsewhere ladies in their 80's cheer on too. This the beauty of our community, bound by a love of a city and its team. As time passes a more diverse mix of people are attending games and the number of ladies and of families is on the rise. At Sincil Bank there is a place for everyone, long may it continue.
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A beginners guide to Sincil Bank
The Sincil Bank stadium is situated to the south of Lincoln City Centre around a 15 minute walk from the city centre, bus and railway stations. The stadium has four stands which all offer toilets, and catering facilities. It should be noted that due to unprecedented season ticket sales for the 2017-2018 season that seats are unlikely to be available in all areas albeit season tickets only apply to home league fixtures.
Lincolnshire Co-Op Stand - Home supporters only, South East facing - seven blocks of covered tiered seating - split in half by balcony railings to prevent foot traffic between the upper and lower seating areas. Block 1 and around half of the seats within block 2 are allocated to the excellent family friendly, Junior Imps scheme. The remainder of block 2 and blocks 3 to 6 are for more general seating. Block 7, specifically upper 7 is taken by members of the 617 group - the singers and drummer who stand, bounce and lead the songs encourage the whole stadium to sing their hearts out. 617 members have described block 7 as an 'immersive' experience. The physicality and sound regularly spreads to the adjoining block 6. The lower 7 block may not be used when away supporters are housed within the Stacey West Stand to provide a sterile area assisting in segregation.
Bridge McFarland Stand - Home supporters with potential segregated away supporters section - North East facing - the Bridge McFarland stand offers a number of glass fronted executive boxes with 6 rows of outdoor seating to the front across the width of the pitch. This stand also provides an area for disabled supporters and houses the Travis Perkins Suite (TPS). The TPS is the main pre match gathering area for supporters offering a large bar and hot food options. When only a small number of away supporters are expected to a game a section of this stand nearest to the Software Europe Stand may be reserved for them. Unlike the Co-Op stand there is no organised singing section.
Selenity Stand - Home supporters only - North West Facing - Running half the length of the pitch and straddling the half way line this stand is directly opposite the Co-Op stand. This stand offers more legroom than the other stands and incorporates the executive seating area, the VIP Suite with the team dugouts being positioned immediately in front of it. There is no organised singing section within this stand. To the left of the Selenity Stand is the players tunnel and beyond that a small stand called the Uni-Imps stand that may house home or away fans dependent on the size of the away following.
Stacey West Stand - Home or Away Supporters dependent on allocation - South West Facing - This stand is named in memory of Lincoln City supporters Bill Stacey and Jim West. They were two of the 56 supporters who lost their lives in the tragic fire at Bradford's Valley Parade ground on 11th May 1985. The Stacey West stand will be allocated to away supporters if a large away following is expected. Should a smaller away following be expected this stand will be used for home supporters. As no season tickets are allocated within the Stacey West Stand it is likely that when allocated to home supporters that tickets will be available here. The Stacey West Stand offers a good atmosphere especially on the Co-Op Stand side where it is adjacent to block 7.
Lincolnshire Co-Op Stand
In general terms its fair to say that the toilet and catering facilities were regarded as in need of improvement by supporters in this stand. The club is working towards improving these facilities. Additional comments from supporters are as follows:
"Upper 5 - brilliant atmosphere generated from the 617, perfect location" "Upper 7 - normally stood on the railing. View isn't the best as my back is normally to the game but the atmosphere is top notch" "Lower 5 - position is pretty good as near half way line, atmosphere is generally good, can hear the rumbles of the upper and of course the phenomenon that is 617". "Block 7 - I did venture into upper 7 for a couple of games but soon realised I'm too old to keep the bounce up for 90 minutes. In lower 7 I still got the atmosphere, just less bounce. I drink before and after match as I cant stand queueing at half time. A perk of lower is that I can leg it to my car in the car park quickly n beat traffic". "Upper 3 - A little too quiet for my liking as we like to sing and shout. Most remain seated apart from during celebratory dances!" "Upper 6, great atmosphere"
Selenity Stand (Previously Software Europe Stand)
"It amuses me that people think Software Europe is where we hand around cucumber sandwiches, drink tea, applaud politely and shout, bravo if there's a goal. It's a great all round stand; people of all ages sing / shout and enjoy the match together. No bouncing so far but we enjoy watching the 617 doing there thing."
"Very happy in the Software Europe. At 67 years old, I am a gob on a stick at football matches, get some funny looks when I scream at the goals"
Bridge McFarland Stand
"Being in a wheelchair and therefore at ground level everything past the halfway line is difficult to see. On the plus side its brilliant seeing all the goals at our end of the ground! Last season the atmosphere was fantastic, now there are more kids and family just to our left it makes it much noisier and the whole experience enjoyable. Sometimes we feel a little cut off as everything is in front of the Software Europe or 617 crowd."