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Derby County FC
iPro Stadium

(But still known to many fans as Pride Park)
Capacity: 33,597 (all seated)
Address: Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL
Main Telephone No: 0871 472 1884
Fax No: 01332 667519
Pitch Size: 105 x 68 metres
Club Nickname: The Rams
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: Yes

Shirt Sponsors: JUSTEAT.co.uk
Kit Manufacturers: Umbro
Home Kit Colours: White & Black
Away Kit Colours:
Maroon With Black & White Trim
Official Web Site: www.dcfc.co.uk
Unofficial Sites:
Popside Message Board
Derby County Mad (Footy Mad network)
Heanor Rams

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Contents

What's Pride Park Stadium Like?
Future Stadium Developments
Pride Park External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters To Visit?
East & Winfield Construction Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?

North And East Stands (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Toyota (West) Stand (photo)
By Train
Looking Towards The North Stand
(photo)
Admission Prices
Fixtures 2014-2015

Programme Price
Ground Layout

Local Rivals
Stadium Tours
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Pride Park Location Map


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What's Pride Park Stadium Like?

The Club moved to Pride Park in 1997 after spending 102 years at their former Baseball 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 player Steve 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.

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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.

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Pride Park External View


Pride Park External View

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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 entry.

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.

George 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.

Justin Blore informs me; 'There is a Frankie & Benny's on Pride Park across the road from the club shop and a Subway outlet. Within 500 yards there's Burger King, KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut too!' There is also a Greggs and a Starbucks outlet built into one side of the stadium. Alas the Greggs is closed on matchdays (I guess not man fans would pay for a pie inside the stadium if they were).

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The East & Winfield Construction Stands


Pride Park East & South Stands

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Where To Drink?

Pete 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 enough.'

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.

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North And East Stands


Pride Park, North and East
                    Stands

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

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Toyota West Stand


Pride Park Toyota West
                    Stand

By Train

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'. 

If you want the pubs by the station, then turn left at the top of the stairs from the platform and on exiting the station entrance turn right. Further down on the right just past the Brunswick cross over the road and then descend some steps use the underpass, and follow the fans. The stadium is a about a 20 minute walk in total from the station using this route.

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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Looking Towards The North Stand


Pride Park North Stand

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Admission Prices

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 section.

Away Fans:
Adults 26
Seniors (60yrs and over) 17.50
Under 18's 12.50

The prices above are for tickets purchased in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to 3 more.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Derby County FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme
Official Programme 3.

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Ground Layout


iPro Stadium Layout

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Local Rivals
Nottingham Forest.

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Stadium Tours
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.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

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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.

Average Attendance:
2014-2015: 24,936 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 24,933
(Championship League)
2012-2013: 23,228
(Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Pride Park
Daniel Gosbee (Chelsea) 15/1/14
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 18/8/12
Mark Lees (Ipswich Town) 7/4/12

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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.

Access their Derby Hotels and Guest Houses page.

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Map Showing Location of Pride Park Stadium, Railway Station and listed Pubs



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Last Updated: 11 July 2014