Bristol City FC
Ashton Gate

Capacity: 21,479 (all seated)
Address: Ashton Road, Bristol, BS3 2EJ
Main Telephone No: 0117 963 0600
Fax No: 0117 963 0700
Ticket Office:
0117 963 0600
Team Nickname: The Robins
Year Ground Opened: 1904
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Shirt Sponsors:
RSG
Kit Manufacturers: Bristol Sport
Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: White and Black
Official Web Site: www.bcfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
The Incider
Bristol City Band
Bristol Evening Post

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Contents
What's Ashton Gate Like?
Future Developments
Atyeo & Dolman Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Williams Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Wedlock Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
A Closer Look At The Atyeo Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures
Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance
Other Places Of Interest

Hotel Accommodation
Ashton Gate Location Map
 

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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 is the covered Wedlock Stand (also known as the East End), part of which is given to away supporters. This stand which was originally opened in 1928 as a covered terrace was made all seated in the 1990ís. It has a row of supporting pillars running across the front of it and has a small electric scoreboard on its roof.

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.

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Future Developments

Adam Chard informs me; 'After abandoning plans to move to a new stadium at Ashton Vale due to ongoing legal wrangles with local campaign groups, Bristol City's redevelopment of Ashton Gate will begin in July 2014, when the dated Wedlock Stand (known affectionately as the "East End") will be demolished and a new stand built in its place. It is hoped that the new stand will be open in time for the start of the 2015/16 season. The next stage of the redevelopment will be a refurbishment of the existing Dolman Stand, including 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.

Additionally at the end of this season a new Desso Grassmaster pitch will be laid, primarily to accommodate Bristol Rugby who will now be sharing Ashton Gate. As as was announced a few months ago, 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)'.

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Atyeo & Dolman Stands


Atyeo & Dolman Stands photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed at one end of the ground in part of the Wedlock Stand, which is shared with home supporters. Around 2,800 away supporters can be accommodated in this area. The acoustics of this stand are excellent, so even a small number of away fans can really generate some noise. The close proximity of the home fans also helps boost the atmosphere. The facilities are pretty standard, plus there are a number of supporting pillars running across the front, which could impair your view. The rake of the stand which was a former terrace, is pretty shallow, which means that there is not a great height between rows. Also if you are unfortunate enough to be sitting near to the back, then you may find yourself watching the game through the equivalent of a letter box, as the roof comes down quite low to the front of the stand. In addition there are a number of seats without backs, to further add to your discomfort. Entrance to the ground is gained through the use of electronic turnstiles, 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 ground early.

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. A day out at Bristol City, in line with the general improvement in football, is now far more enjoyable for away fans than it once was.

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 Williams Stand


Williams Stand photo

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Where To Drink?
Alex 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? Please note that alcohol is not available to away fans inside the ground.

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Wedlock Stand


 Wedlock Stand photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Leave 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

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By Train
The nearest 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 £7). 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 3/4s of an hour for the journey". Chris Davis says; 'there are buses which leave from behind the Atyeo Stand at the end of the game which go to the centre of Bristol and Temple Meads Station at a cost of £1. Although predominantly for home fans, away fans could also use them'.

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 around 10-15 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 logo below:


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A Closer Look At The Atyeo Stand


A Closer Look At The Atyeo Stand Photo

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Programme & Fanzines
Official Programme £3
One Team In Bristol Fanzine £1.20.
Cider'ed Fanzine £1.

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Local Rivals
Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City & some fans consider Swindon Town to be local rivals.

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Admission Prices For Away Fans

Away Fans*
Wedlock Stand:
Adults £20
Over 65ís £17
Under 21's £15

Under 18's £7
Under 8's £4

* 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, dependant on ticket type

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Disabled Facilities
For 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.

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Fixtures
Bristol City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Ground Layout


Layout

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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.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 11,929 (League One)
2012-2013: 13,348
(Championship League)
2011-2012: 13,846 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Ashton Gate
Paul Willott (Preston North End) 5/4/14
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 15/3/14
Callum Smith (Neutral) 16/4/11
Jamie Collis (Neutral) 19/12/09
Cobi Budge (Plymouth Argyle) 5/12/09

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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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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Ashton Gate football ground.

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Map Showing The Location Of Ashton Gate, Railway Stations And Listed Pubs



 

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Last Updated: 22 July 2014