Plymouth Raiders venue guide

Information to help plan your trip to see a basketball game at Plymouth Pavilions, home of the Plymouth Raiders in the BBL.

? Address ∙ ? The venue ∙ ? Seating ∙ ? Tickets ∙ ? Food and drink ∙ ? Entertainment ∙ ? Public transport ∙ ? By car ∙ ? Parking ∙ ? Accommodation ∙ ? Previous visits

? Address

Plymouth Pavilions, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LF

? The venue

Possibly the only venue in the BBL that doesn’t have the feel of primarily being a sporting facility. As well as offering an ice rink and conference centre, Plymouth Pavilions hosts 4,000-capacity concerts.

That said, it is among the better venues in the league to enjoy a game. Built on the site of a former railway station, Raiders have played at the Pavilions for 20 years and have a good grasp of their match night presentation. The stands are darkened with lights over the court.

? Seating

Capacity: 1,480. Flip-down seats on either side of the court, raised on the side behind the benches.

? Tickets

The visiting team may offer a small number of its tickets to travelling fans, usually priced at £10 adults / £8 children. Your name will then be on the team’s guest list at the venue’s ticket desk, where they will issue you your ticket. Where seating is allocated, tickets bought through the visiting team are usually grouped together behind their bench.

Alternatively, you can buy tickets through the home venue. Prices are a little more expensive this way.

? Food and drink

Cinema-style snacks are on sale in the main foyer’s Live Café concession. There is also the Live Lounge bar on the way through to the arena serving a range of drinks including local St Austell Brewery beers, which can be taken to your seat. Do be warned, service at the long bar can be slow and, from there, the arena isn’t really audible (as I learned to my cost 5 minutes into the second half on a previous visit).

If exploring the city and the weather’s up to it, go to the Barbican area for some harbourside fish and chips.

There is a Walkabout bar at the Pavilions, though their sales of VB have no doubt taken a hit since the Raiders’ former Australian contingent returned to their day jobs.

? Izzy’s vegan choice: Samphire Brasserie (all vegan) and Veggie Perrins (South Indian, vegetarian), are both nearby on Mayflower Street and come recommended on HappyCow, but sadly neither is open on a Sunday when home games are usually played. There don’t appear to be any reasonable options near the venue. ??

? Entertainment

Possibly the most cheerleaders in the BBL.

Mascot, Foxy – a wide-faced bin-scavenger with an estranged wife, Mrs Foxy. If it’s his weekend for custody, he’ll have Baby Foxy in tow. Foxy’s slyness seems to extend only to taking opportunities to cavort with the cheerleaders – and you wonder where Mrs Foxy is these days? – and forcibly undressing opposition players to their underwear, an incident for which Foxy now has his own code of conduct instructing him not to go for players’ shorts.

? Public transport

The railway station is just under a mile’s walk along the A347.

The majority of city centre buses stop at either Bretonside Bus Station or Royal Parade, less than 10 minutes walk, according to the Pavilions website.

? By car

Sat nav reference: PL1 3LF

Detailed directions are available on the Pavilions website.

? Parking

Pay and display car park next to the venue.

? Accommodation

There is a Travelodge just over the road from the venue. The city also has a wide selection of B&Bs nearby.

? Previous visits

  1. Sat 19/09/2015: Plymouth Raiders 69 – 79 London Lions (BBL Championship)

I strive to offer useful information based on past personal experience and secondary sources. All information is given in best faith and I hope is as accurate as possible for you to plan and enjoy your day. Please let me know of any corrections or other suggestions.