THERE’S less than one week to go until the EFL fixture release day, and we’re counting down to it by taking a look at all the Championship stadiums the Baggies will be visiting in the new season. Next up alphabetically, Queens Park Rangers…
Address: Loftus Road Stadium, South Africa Road, London, W12 7PJ.
Their home since: 1917.
Previous stadiums: Welford’s Fields (1885-1888); London Scottish Ground, Brondsbury, Home Farm, Kensal Rise Green, Gun Club Wormwood Scrubs, Kilburn Cricket Ground (1888-99); Kensal Rise Athletic Ground (1899-1901); Latimer Road, Notting Hill (1901-1904); Agricultural Society, Park Royal (1904-1907); Park Royal Ground (1907-1917); Loftus Road (1917-1931); White City (1931-1933); Loftus Road (1933-1962), White City (1962-1963).
Record attendance at current stadium: 35,353 (versus Leeds United - 27 April 1974).
Pitch dimensions: 100m x 66m (109yd x 72yd).
Distance from The Hawthorns: 125 miles.
Parking: QPR say that street parking may be available in the roads close to the stadium, but advise that it’s limited due to Loftus Road’s city centre location. For this reason they recommend that away supporters use public transport if possible.
Nearest train station(s): White City (underground, 0.4 miles from the stadium) or Shepherd’s Bush (overground, one mile from the stadium).
Albion’s first visit to Loftus Road: 6 November 1948 - QPR 0-2 Albion.
Albion’s last visit to Loftus Road: 20 December 2014 - QPR 3-2 Albion.
Albion’s record at Loftus Road: P20, W7, D4, L9.
Did you know… Loftus Road became the first stadium in British professional football to have an artificial pitch when QPR installed it in 1981.