Atyeo & Dolman Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Williams Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
A Closer Look At The Atyeo Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Other Places Of Interest
Ashton Gate Location Map
|What's Ashton Gate Ground Like?|
|The Atyeo stand at one end of
the ground is a handsome, covered all seated single
tiered stand. It was opened in 1994, replacing a former
open terrace and has made a great difference to the
overall look of the ground. It is named after former
playing legend John Atyeo. At the other end work has
begun on building a new stand which it is hoped will be
completed in the Summer of 2015.
On one side is the Dolman Stand which was opened in 1970. Originally it had an upper tier of seating with an open enclosure in front. But this was later built over with seating too. This area is used as a family area, although it is largely open to the elements. Opposite, the Williams Stand is an older looking single tiered stand, with several supporting pillars. This stand is the Main Stand at Ashton Gate, with the players tunnel and team dugouts in front. It also has a television gantry suspended below its roof. Unusually for an older ground it is devoid of floodlight pylons, having instead a row of small lights mounted on the roofs of the Williams and Dolman Stands. The stadium is shared with Bristol Rugby Club.
The Club have commenced with the
construction of a new stand at the Wedlock (East)
End of the stadium. It is hoped that the new stand
will be open for the start of the 2015/16 season.
This is the first stage in modernising the stadium
and increasing the capacity to 27,000 as Adam Chard
explains; 'Following the redevelopment of the
Wedlock Stand, the next stage of the redevelopment
will be a refurbishment of the existing Dolman
Stand. This will include adding a new concourse area
beneath the stand and new entrances/exits. Once
completed, this will then be followed by the
demolition of the Williams Stand to be replaced with
a new main Grandstand, which will be completed in
mid-2016. The Atyeo Stand will also be refurbished
internally to complete the 27,000 redevelopment'.
'As it was announced earlier in 2014 rail seating (which can be used for standing or seated spectators) is also planned for selected areas of the stadium, to allow standing at rugby matches and football (if legislation is ever changed)'.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|With the building of a new stand at the
Wedlock End, then for the 2014/15 season, away fans find
themselves housed in the opposite end, in the Atyeo
Stand. Approximately 1,100 fans can be accommodated on
one side of this stand towards the Williams (Main)
Stand. As this stand is shared with home fans, then this
should make for a good atmosphere. The stand is free of
supporting pillars and a lot more modern than the old
Wedlock Stand, so on the whole away fans should find the
Atyeo Stand a vast improvement. Entrance to the ground is
gained through the use of electronic
whereby your ticket needs to be
inserted into a bar code reader.
Unless there is a large
following then the seats are unreserved, so if you
want a particular view then make sure you get into the
Refreshments available inside include; Cheeseburgers (£3.70), Burgers (£3.70), Hot Dogs (£3.70), Steak & Ale Pie (£3), Chicken Balti Pie (£3), Meat & Potato Pie (£3), Beef Pasty (£3) Cheese & Onion Pasty (£2.50) and Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£2.50). There is also a KFC outlet located just outside the ground entrance.
|Where To Drink?|
Webber recommends the Nova Scotia
for away supporters by the waterfront, but adds that
pubs nearer to the ground
such as the Hen & Chicken and the
BS3 Bar should be given a
wide berth. Chris Gill a visiting Leeds United fan
adds; 'Near Temple Meads station there is the Knights
Templar pub, a Wetherspoons outlet, that seems
friendly enough. Itís a two minute walk straight ahead
from the station into the Temple area and off to
the left in the square'. Scott Grimwood a visiting
Ipswich Town fan informs me; 'The Cottage in
Baltic Wharf, is a nice pub situated on the river
front and has good real ale (from the Butcombe Brewery).
On my visits both set's of fan's mixed pleasantly'.
Domenic Brunetti a visiting Nottingham Forest fan informs me; 'Before kick off we were directed by a club steward to the 'Tobacco House' bar which is a five minute walk from the road behind the Atyeo stand next door to an Aldi store. On route we passed several pubs which clearly have signs saying Home Fans only. When we got in the Tobacco House we found the bar friendly and trouble free and the food was good too.'Matt Greenslade recommends; 'The Orchard pub is about a ten minute walk from the ground at Hanover Place on Harbourside. Voted Britain's top cider pub in 2009 with a huge sampling of local brews for anyone who wants to try the infamous cloudy stuff'. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and apart from having a number of ales on offer, it also has up to 24 different ciders available. The question is though, if you visit this pub before the game, will you still make the kick off? Alternatively, alcohol is made available to away fans inside the ground, albeit no draught beer just plastic bottles.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
the M5 at Junction 18 and travel along the Portway (A4)
following signs for the Bristol Airport/Taunton (A38).
As you go over the swing bridge (Brunel Way), branch
left into Winterstoke Road, and you will see the ground
on your left.
Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. Mitch Ford informs me; 'Parking around Ashton Gate has been severely hindered recently in that many streets now have double yellow lines. There is the Bedminster Cricket club on Clanage Road (A369) that offers parking at a cost of £5 per car. It is then around a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium'. Otherwise it is a case of finding some street parking.
Map showing the location of the Ashton Gate football ground (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: BS3 2EJ
railway station is Parson Street
which is around a ten minute walk away from the
ground. Normally there is an hourly service from Bristol Temple
Meads mainline station, but on
Saturday afternoons for a couple of hours before kick
off, the frequency is increased to two per hour. It is
then only a four minute journey to Parson Street.
Bristol Temple Meads station itself is at least two miles from the ground and hence too far to walk, so best to jump in a taxi (around £8). Derek James informs me; 'On matchdays, a special shuttle bus service runs from Temple Meads railway station to Ashton Gate. It runs one hour before kick-off and buses return after the match has finished. The pick up point for the bus is located on the opposite side of the road at the bottom of the incline/approach outside the exit to Temple Meads station and returns after the game from
opposite away supporters exit in the Atyeo Stand. The bus which is operated by A bus costs £2 return. Home supporters also use the service, but this shouldn't be a problem for away fans. The main drawback with the service is that there are only three buses allocated and they fill up very quickly.'
Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City supporter adds 'don't try and walk it from Temple Meads railway station unless you really have to and then allow at least 45 minutes for the journey'.
Adam Hodson informs me; 'We arrived at Parson Street Railway Station after catching a train from Bristol Temple Meads. Trains are bound for Weston-Super-Mare and run every hour, coming back the train is bound for Bristol Parkway, again one train per hour. It's around a five minute train journey and then around a 15-20 minute walk to the ground.'
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
|Programme & Fanzines|
|Official Programme £3
One Team In Bristol Fanzine £1.20.
Cider'ed Fanzine £1.
|Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City & some fans consider Swindon Town to be local rivals.|
|Admission Prices For Away Fans|
* The ticket prices shown above are for tickets bought prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up £3-£4 more, dependent on ticket type
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
Mike a visiting Swindon Town fan adds; 'The away coaches are parked about 300 yards away from the entrance, there are disabled car spaces closer. The stewards were very helpful in showing us to the wheelchair spaces close to the corner flag in the Wedlock Stand. There was a steward on hand all through the game and the disabled toilet was close to where we were seated. The only drawbacks were the disabled ramp was a little steep and view of the other end of the pitch was hampered by the safety rail. Also the seating arrangements could have been better spaced, as all the helpers seats were placed in one rather than one wheelchair one seat.
|Bristol City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|43,335 v Preston North End,
FA Cup 5th Round, 1935.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
20,007 v Bristol Rovers
Division Two, January 16th, 1996.
2013-2014: 11,929 (League One)
2012-2013: 13,348 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 13,846 (Championship League)
|Fans Reviews Of Ashton Gate|
(Notts County) 10/1/15
Paul Willott (Preston North End) 5/4/14
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 15/3/14
Callum Smith (Neutral) 16/4/11
|Other Places Of Interest|
|If you're into historical ships then the first iron hulled, screw propeller-driven steamship, the SS Great Britain is moored at the historic docks. The area around the docks is quite pleasant with some good pubs. Pete Smith adds; 'The Clifton Suspension Bridge that overlooks Ashton Gate, is quite an amazing sight. It was originally designed by Brunel and it goes over the Avon Gorge. As it is very high up the views are superb' For further information on Bristol Tourist attractions then visit the At-Bristol website. Chris Gill a visiting Leeds United fan tells me; 'I walked from Temple Meads to the SS Great Britain and itís not a bad walk if youíre not worried about a bit of exercise! That took about half an hour. From there itís another 10-15 minutes to the ground'.|
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