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Bristol Rovers
Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 12,011
Address: Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BF
Main Telephone No: 0117 909 6648
Fax No: 0117 907 4312
Ticket Office No: 0117 909 8848
Team Nickname: Pirates
Year Ground Opened: 1921
Pitch Size: 110 x 73 yards

Home Shirt Sponsors: Eurocams
Away Shirt Sponsors: Highspec Travel Services
Home Kit Colours: Blue & White Quarters
Away Kit Colours: Purple & Black Stripes
Kit Manufacturers: Errea
Official Web Site:
www.bristolrovers.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Supporters Club
Vital Gas (Vital Football Network)
Bristol Evening Post
Gashead Diaries
Not 606 Message Board

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Contents
What's The Memorial Stadium Like?
Future Developments

East Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
South Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Blackthorn End
(photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Ground Layout
Local Rivals
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2013-2014
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Old Eastville Ground
Other Places Of Interest
Hotel Accommodation
Memorial Stadium Location Map


 

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What's The Memorial Stadium Like?
The club moved to the stadium in 1996 and two years later bought the ground from the then owners Bristol Rugby Club. Although the Memorial Stadium has seen some changes since the Football Club took up residence, it still has the feel of a rugby ground about it.

On one side is the West Stand, which with its pavilion looks more like a cricket stand. It has a row of hospitality boxes across the top, with a few rows of seats in front. Below is an area of terrace. Just under this stand's roof is a television gantry and a small electric scoreboard. The stand runs for about half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. On one side of it, towards the Blackthorn end is a small covered terrace, used as a family area, whilst the other side has a small covered area of temporary seating, called the South West Stand. Opposite is the Uplands Stand, taller than the West Stand, but similar in length. This stand has covered seating to its rear and terracing at the front. It has open terracing to either side, one of which is given to away supporters. The team dug outs are located in front of this stand, although the dressing rooms are located behind the West Stand. This leads to quite a procession of players and officials at half time and full time.

At one end is the unusual looking South Stand. This was originally erected as a temporary stand, to fill the previously empty end. It has now been opened for a number of seasons now, although it still looks, with its green seats and bright white roof, more suitable for an outdoor show jumping competition than a football ground. The stand only runs for just over half the width of the pitch, has several supporting pillars running across the front and has been nicknamed 'the tent' by Rovers fans. Opposite is the Blackthorn End, which is a covered terrace for home supporters. The ground is shared with Bristol Rugby Club.

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Future Developments

The Club are progressing with their plans to move to a new stadium, which will be located close to the Avon Ring Road, by the University of the West England (UWE), on the outskirts of Bristol. The scheme, which will involve the building of a new 21,700 capacity stadium, is to be partly funded by the sale of the Memorial Ground to the Sainsbury's supermarket chain. Planning permission for both the new stadium and Sainsbury's have been granted by the local council. However, there is still local opposition to the proposed building of the Sainsbury's supermarket and this planning decision may be referred to the High Court of Appeal.

It is hoped that works can commence on building the new stadium this Summer with it being open for the start of the 2015/16 season.
The stadium will be built in such a way that it can be easily expanded in the future to a larger capacity of 35,000. More information including an artists impression of how the new stadium might look can be found on the UWE Stadium Consultation website.

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East Stand


East Stand photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away supporters are mostly housed in an open terrace on one side of the East (Dribuild) Stand. This area is open to the elements so you might get wet if it rains. The open terrace makes it difficult for away fans to really generate some noise. Up to 1,100 away supporters can be accommodated in this area. If the weather is poor then it may be a better bet to head for one of the seats that are made available to away fans in the South Stand at one end of the ground. I must recommend the huge Cornish pasties (2.50) that are sold at the ground, huge and tasty, plus they even do vegetarian ones which makes a change. Also on offer are a range of pies including the the Chicken Balti Pie. I did not experience any problems on my visits, however I noted that the Rovers fans seemed to tolerate away fans rather than being over friendly. They can still do a good rendition of their club anthem 'Goodnight Irene', when the occasion stirs.

I found it quite amusing that the Rovers fans are nicknamed gasheads. Nick Wootten of Bristol informed me that this term comes from where the old Eastville stadium in Bristol was sited. Next to a (sometimes smelly) gas works! In fact it was rumoured that if Rovers were losing at half time, the gas would be turned up, to put off the opposition!

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West Stand


DAS Stand

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Where To Drink?
There is a bar behind the clubhouse terrace at the ground that allows in away supporters.
Pete Stump recommends; 'The Queen Vic pub on the Gloucester Road, which is around a five minute walk from the ground, usually has a comfortable mix of home and away fans, although it does get busy'. Rhys Gwynllyw a visiting Wrexham supporter recommends the Annexe Inn on Seymour Road. Located half mile a way from the stadium, the pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It is close to the County Cricket Ground, going further along the A38 towards Bristol. After passing an Indian Restaurant call Guru, turn left into Nevil Road and then right at the Sportsman Pub into Seymour Road. Please note that alcohol is not made available to away fans inside the stadium.

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South Stand


South Stand photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Exit M5 at junction 16 (Signposted Filton) and join the A38 (South) towards Bristol City Centre. The ground is about five miles down the A38. You will pass the large British Aerospace works and further on, you will pass on your left the Inn on the Green and the Gloucester pubs. You then pass the Wellington pub on your right and continuing along the A38 Gloucester Road, turn left into Filton Avenue. The entrance to the Club car park is the second right down this road. There is a fair amount of street parking around the sides and back of the Wellington pub. 

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

Post Code for SAT NAV: BS7 0BF

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By Train
The nearest railway station is Filton Abbey Wood, which as Peter Moody informs me; 'is approximately 1.5 miles or 20-25 minutes walk away from the ground'. More likely though you will end up at Bristol Parkway which is about two miles away from the ground and is really too far to walk from, so you are probably best to jump in a taxi (cost about 10) or buses 73/73A/73B run from the railway station past the Memorial Stadium.

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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Blackthorn End


Blackthorn End photo

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Admission Prices
Like a number of Clubs, Bristol Rovers have a category system (A & B) for ticket prices, with the most popular games costing more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B prices shown in brackets:

Home Fans*
West Stand (Seating):
Adults 26 (B 24), Over 65's/Students 20.50 (B 18.50), Under 16's 18.50 (B 17.50)
West Stand (Terrace): Adults 20 (B 18), Over 65's/Students 12 (B 10), Under 16's 11 (B 9)
East Stand (Seating):
Adults 24 (B 22), Over 65's/Students 15.50 (B 13.50), Under 16's 15.50 (B 12.50)
East Stand (Terrace): Adults 18 (B 16), Over 65's/Students 11 (B 9), Under 16's 10 (B 8)

Family Terrace: Adults 18 (B 16), Over 65's/Students 11 (B 9), Under 16's 7 (B 5)
South West Stand (Seating): Adults 21 (B 19), Over 65's/Students 13 (B 11), Under 16's 12 (B 10)
South Stand (Seated): Adults 20.50 (B 18.50), Over 65's/Students 12.50 (B 10.50), Under 16's 11.50 (B 9.50)
Blackthorn Terrace End: Adults 18 (B 16), Over 65's/Students 11 (B 9), Under 16's 10 (B 8)

Away Fans*
East Stand (Terrace): Adults 18 (B 16), Over 65's/Students 11 (B 9), Under 16's 10 (B 8)

South Stand (Seated):
Adults 20.50 (B18.50), Over 65's/Students 12.50 (B 10.50), Under 16's 11.50 (B 9.50)

* The above prices quoted are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on matchday cost 2 more per ticket.

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Programme Price
Official Programme: 3

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Ground Layout


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Local Rivals
Bristol City & Swindon Town.

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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.

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Bristol Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
At The Memorial Stadium:
12,011 v West Bromwich Albion,
FA Cup 6th Round, February 9th, 2008.

At Eastville;
38,472 v Preston North End,
FA Cup 4th Round, January 30th, 1960.

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 6,309 (League Two)
2011-2012: 6,035 (League Two)
2010-2011: 6,253 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of The Memorial Ground
James Spring (Neutral) 5/10/13
John Spooner (Southend United) 24/03/12
Peter Radford (Wycombe Wanderers) 30/01/10
Kristian Sundqvist (Neutral) 12/12/09
Teddy Cunningham (Millwall) 18/04/09

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Old Eastville Ground
To see photos of Bristol Rovers former Eastville ground then to take you to the Old Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.

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Other Places Of Interest
If you're into historical ships then the first steam ship the SS Great Britain is moored at the historic dockyards. The area around the docks is quite pleasant with some good pubs. If arriving by train you can get a ferry boat to the dock yards from Temple Meads station.

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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 Memorial Stadium.

Access their Bristol Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map Showing The Location Of The Memorial Stadium, Railway Stations & Listed Pubs



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Last Updated: 1 April 2014