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Bradford Park Avenue FC
Horsfall Stadium

Capacity: 3,500 (Seats 1,800)
Address:
Cemetery Road, Bradford, BD6 2NG
Telephone No:
0791 2271498
Team Nickname:
Avenue
Year Ground Opened:
1931*
Home Kit Colours: Green and White
Official Web Site:
http://tc1.bpafc.com
Unofficial Web Site:
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What's The  Horsfall Stadium Like?
Horsfall Stadium is primarily a council owned athletics facility which is also used for football. It is dominated by one large seated stand on one side. This Main Stand which has 1,800 seats, is mostly covered, but does have some portions of open seating to either side. It has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. which may impede your view, if there is a large crowd in attendance. On interesting fact is that the seats in the Main Stand came from Lord's Cricket Ground. Otherwise the rest of the stadium  is primarily open with just a small flat standing area around the perimeter. The only other features of note is that on the side opposite the Main Stand there is a brick built structure that resembles a house, which I think is used by the P.A. announcer and the Press. Also the one end is overlooked by a number of houses that are set into the hill side above. As the stadium has an athletics track then fans are set well back from the action.

Main Stand


  Main Stand

Special thanks to Geoff Jackson for supplying the above photo.

Where To Drink?

There is a bar at the stadium itself, which welcomes away fans. Inside this club house bar you will find on display a fantastic model of the old Park Avenue ground. You can see some photos of it on John Rhodes Google Album.

Ben Hache adds; 'There are three pubs within five minutes walk of the stadium. On Huddersfield Road there are two pubs. One is called the 'Drop Kick' (more rugby oriented ) and then the 'British Queen' pub which shows Sky Sports. On Halifax Road there is the Northern pub which also has Sky television'.

How To Get There And Where To Park
Leave the M62 at Junction 26 and take the M606 towards Bradford. Just before the end of the M606 take the left hand slip road signposted Ring Road West A6177. At the top of the slip road you will reach a roundabout at which you take the second exit towards Halifax (A6036). You will pass Odsal Stadium on your left and at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit continuing on the A6036 towards Halifax. Horsfall Stadium is signposted from this roundabout. After one mile and immediately before the Childrens Nursery, turn a sharp left into Cemetery Road. The stadium entrance is down on the left. There is a car park at the stadium which is free, otherwise there is street parking available along Cemetery Road.

Map showing the location of Horsfall Stadium 
(at the bottom of this page).

            

Horsfall Stadium

Horsfall Stadium

Thanks to Ben Robinson for providing the photo above.

By Train

There are two railway stations in Bradford. Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange. Forster Square is served by trains from Skipton, Ilkley and Leeds, whilst the Interchange is served by trains from Rochdale, York and also Leeds. Both these stations are around three miles away from Horsfall Stadium, which is really too far to walk. Outside Interchange station there is a taxi rank and housed above the station is the bus station.

From the bus station you can get a bus number 681 to Halifax which runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays  (05 & 35 minutes past each hour, with a journey time of 15 minutes). This runs along Halifax Road, past Cemetery Road which leads down to the stadium. On weekday evenings bus number 682 runs along the same route, departing at 18:05, 18:40 and 19:10. It may be an idea to ask the driver to let you off at the nearest stop. You can view a timetable on the First Bus website. There is also a free regular bus service from Bradford Forster Square to the Interchange called 'Free City Bus.'

John Thornton adds; 'If you arrive at Forster Square station, then on Saturdays you can get the bus number 613 service to Buttershaw. Leave the station via the cobbled ramp exit and pass the Midland Hotel. Cross over the road into Market Street, then cross to stop M3. Bus 613 is every 20 minutes, with a journey time of 25 minutes. If journeying in from outside West Yorkshire, then savings can be made by purchasing a 'plusbus' ticket with your rail ticket'.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:


Admission Prices

Adult 11
Senior Citizens 7
Students (with current NUS card) 7
Under-16s Free
Armed forces personnel (with warrant card) Free

Map showing the location of the Horsfall Stadium in Bradford



Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

* Originally opened as a running track in 1931 it was upgraded for football in 1994.

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Last Updated: 20 July 2014