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What to expect from the Loftus Road crowd?

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Charlotte
Charlotte

As it is quite a small and compact stadium that has a low-hanging roof, sound travels well which makes it a great atmosphere, full of fun and friendly banter! All away supporters are seated together in School End which makes for fun “us vs them” noise. The biggest rivals of home team, QPR is Chelsea or Fulham so it is best to avoid those kit and colors when coming to this venue (it will also help you get into pubs afterwards if you avoid these as well).

It is a fun, family orientated crowd and since it is quite comparatively small at 18,000 it is a fun and buzzing atmosphere, notoriously noisy and is not dangerous especially as this stadium permits accompanied children (unlike many others).

If you are looking to buy kit or gear there is an online shop that you should check out if you want to get stocked up before a match. Alternatively, there is a “stadium superstore” on site open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm. When doing well you will often hear fans start chanting:

And it’s Queens Park Rangers,

Queens Park Rangers FC,

We’re the finest team,

The world has ever seen…

To which the away team usually replies with the same (insert their team name!)

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Sam Hurst
Sam Hurst

As you would expect for such a small and compact ground, Loftus Road has become known for its atmosphere roaring QPR on to victory. The nosiest and most raucous area to sit would be the corner where the Loftus Road Upper Stand meets the Ellerslie Road Stand – especially, rows P,Q,R,S and T. Away fans are seated away from everyone else in the School End Upper Stand, and as such there isn’t much contact between home and away fans, though that doesn’t stop everyone from getting behind their team!

The School End Lower has become the place to sit if you are a neutral fan or a tourist, and as such the atmosphere is a lot more subdued here. At half time there is always a competition of some sort on the pitch – with QPR guaranteeing that at least one away supporter will take part!

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Jake Burgess
Jake Burgess

The atmosphere at Loftus has been lacking a little over recent seasons, though some fans reckon its more about your perspective. The stadium is small and super close to the pitch, so if you get emotionally involved you’re going to have a great time! QPR fans do love their team, so if it’s a close game, especially against a local rival or if they’re giving one of the Big Boys a good game, expect some serious noise.

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