What's Pride Park
|What's Pride Park Stadium Like?|
The Club moved to Pride
Park in 1997 after spending 102 years at their
Ground home. Pride Park which was opened by
Her Majesty the Queen, is totally enclosed with all
corners being filled. One corner is filled with
executive boxes, giving the stadium a continental
touch. The large Toyota West Stand which runs down
one side of the pitch is two tiered, complete with a
row of executive boxes. The rest of the ground is
smaller in size than the West Stand, as the
roof drops a tier to the other sides, making it look
unbalanced. It is a pity that the West Stand could
not be replicated throughout the rest of the stadium
as this would have made it truly magnificent.
An unusual feature inside the stadium is next
to the home dugout there is a statue of former
Bloomer who overlooks the pitch. Outside the stadium on one
corner is a statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.
In December 2013 the stadium was renamed the iPro
Stadium in a 10 year corporate sponsorship deal.
|Future Stadium Developments|
|The stadium has been built in such a way that an additional tier could be added to three sides of the stadium, namely the North, East and South Stands. This would increase the capacity of Pride Park to around 44,000. However, this is unlikely to happen unless the Club become established in the Premier League.|
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters To Visit?|
|Away fans are now located in
one corner of the stadium, between the East and South
Stands, where up to 2,700 fans can be
housed. The facilities within the stadium and
view of the playing action are both very good. This
coupled with normally a great atmosphere and a
deafening PA system, make for a memorable
experience. I have visited Pride Park a number of times
now and have found the Derby supporters to be friendly
and have not experienced any problems. Entrance to the stadium is via
electronic turnstiles, meaning that you have to
insert your ticket into an electronic reader to gain
Available on the concourse are a selection of Hollands Pies and Pasties all at £2.90, as well as Cheeseburgers, Burgers and 'Beechwood smoked' Hot dogs. There is also a betting outlet too. There are televisions on the concourses showing the game going on inside, with commentary, so that you don't have to miss anything while waiting for your half time cuppa.
Please note that you have to buy a match ticket before entering the stadium from the lottery office adjacent to the away turnstiles. I have received reports of away fans not being allowed entry into the stadium for being 'too drunk' in the opinion of the stewards, so be on your best behaviour.
Donovan a visiting Ipswich
Town supporter adds; 'In
my opinion Pride Park is the best ground in the
Championship - yes, even better
than Portman Road! - thanks to its location,
proximity to the train station,
best pub I've been to on the way to the ground
(The Brunswick - over a
dozen real ales always on tap including my fave
Timmy Taylors Landlord),
superb catering with no queues, fantastic view,
friendly home fans and
great PA'. The teams
emerge to 'White Riot' by the Clash.
|Where To Drink?|
Stump informs me; 'On a recent visit, the police directed
us to a "Harvester" about
five minutes walk
away from the stadium. It was full
of away fans, however we were told that they
don't always admit visiting supporters.' Nigel Summers a
visiting Brighton fan adds; 'The
Navigation Inn on London Road, is okay for away
supporters. It has free street parking outside,
is on the A6 (so an easy get away after the
game) and it is just a ten minute walk away from
the stadium. There is a basic burger and chips
food menu, decent beers, including Doom Bar on
my last visit and shows televised football. Home
fans also frequent the pub, but it was friendly
There are a couple of pubs opposite the station, such as the Merry Widows, that tend to be the favourite haunts of away supporters. However, unless you are going to arrive mob handed, then it is probably best to turn right out of the station and make your way down to The Brunswick or Alexandra Hotel. Both these pubs have a railway theme, serve a great range of real ales and offer a selection of filled rolls. Although they both have bouncers on the doors away fans are normally let in as long as there is no singing. There are bars at the back of the stands, offering Beer and Lager at £3.10 a pint, however they do get quite crowded.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
|From the M1, exit at Junction
25 and take the A52 towards Derby. The ground is
signposted off the A52 after about seven miles. There are a couple of fair
sized parks at the new Velodrome which is situated
next to Pride Park and is convenient for the away
supporters entrance, being at that end of the stadium.
The cost of parking is £8 per car, or £6 if the car
has four or more people in it.
Kenny Lyon suggests; 'Perhaps a better place to park for all fans is the cattle market car park. This is a pay and display car park and costs £3. It is about a 15-20 minute walk from the ground and is just off the A52. To get there, go past the normal turning for the stadium and go up to the 'pentagon roundabout;' take the first turning off there and then take the next left - you then drive about 300 yards back on yourself, passing it on your left as you drive along the A52'.
Pete Stump adds; 'Walking from the cattle market car park to the stadium, you will pass a KFC and a Burger King, where I noticed that matchday parking was available for £6'. Michael French a visiting Birmingham City fan informs me; 'If you take the stadium exit off the A52, then immediately on your right is Wyvern fireplace wholesalers who offer matchday parking at £6. Its only a 5-10 minute walk away from the stadium and offers a fairly swift getaway after the game'. There is also parking available at the Derby Conference Centre on the A6 London Road, which costs £5. Whilst Steve Cocker informs me; 'There is free street parking available on Downing Road on the West Meadow Industrial Estate (DE21 6HA), which is off the A52. It is then about a 10-15 minute walk to the stadium. Make sure though that you get there in plenty of time before the kick off, as the road fills up quickly.' I have received reports of a number of cars being broken into on matchday around the stadium, so it may be wise to park at one of the official car parks, or at least somewhere that is offering secure parking.
Steve Hallam informs me; 'A stretch of the A52 between Nottingham and Derby is named Brian Clough Way in honour of the great mans achievements with both Derby and Forest'.
See also the Map showing the location of Pride Park (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: DE24 8XL
The ground is about a
10 minute walk away from Derby railway station and is signposted. A new exit
has been opened at the station which leads directly
onto the retail park, as Dave Plunkett adds; 'When
you go up the stairs from the platform, turn
right and walk to the end of the bridge.
Go down the stairs, exit and turn right down
Roundhouse Road. Bear left at the roundabout,
go straight down Riverside Road or turn right go
down Pride Parkway where there are couple of
places to eat and drink). You will reach the ground
in front of you'.
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
Ticket prices are not listed here as the Club have introduced something called 'Demand based pricing.' In essence the Club set a starting price for a ticket for a particular game and area within the stadium. But once the tickets are on sale the Club can then put up the prices of the tickets if the fixture or area of seating is particularly popular. I can understand that the Club are trying to encourage fans to purchase tickets early (i.e as soon as the tickets go on sale at the starting price), but I feel somewhat uncomfortable that these can be subsequently hiked up as the Club sees fit.
Currently this scheme does not apply to
tickets for the away
|Derby County FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Official Programme £3.|
|Periodically the Club offer tours of the stadium (On Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings) which are priced at £8 for Adults, £6 for OAP's and £5 for juniors (when accompanied by an adult). Tours need to be booked in advance on: 0871 472 1884. Season ticket holders at Derby can qualify for a discount on these prices. One off tours can also be booked, subject to a minimum charge of £25.|
|For details of disabled facilities at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|At Pride Park;
33,597 England v Mexico,
Friendly, May 25th, 2001.
For a Derby game at Pride Park:
33,475 V Glasgow Rangers
Friendly, May 1st 2006
At the Baseball Ground;
41,826 v Tottenham Hotspur,
Division One, September 20th, 1969.
2014-2015: 24,936 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 24,933 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 23,228 (Championship League)
|Fans Reviews Of Pride Park|
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 18/8/12
Mark Lees (Ipswich Town) 7/4/12
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