Derby County

iPro Stadium

Capacity: 33,597 (all seated)
Address: Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL
Telephone: 0871 472 1884
Fax: 01332 667519
Pitch Size: 105 x 68 metres
Club Nickname: The Rams
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: JUSTEAT
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: White and Black
Away Kit: All Dark Blue
Third Kit: All Light Green

iPro Stadium External View
iPro Stadium External View
East and South Stands
East and South Stands
Toyota West Stand
Toyota West Stand
East Stand
East Stand
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand
North and East Stands
North and East Stands
Steve Bloomer Statue
Steve Bloomer Statue

The Club moved to the then called Pride Park in 1997 after spending 102 years at their former Baseball Ground home. The stadium 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.

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.

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 Pukka Pies (Chicken Balti, Meat and Potato, Cheese and Onion) all at £3.70, plus a 'Stand Up Pastie' (I wonder if it tells jokes?) at £3.70. At half time fans are allowed outside the stadium into a cordoned off area, where there is a catering unit selling Burgers, Hot Dogs etc... It also provides an opportunity for those who smoke to have a cigarette outside.  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. Entry to the stadium after an obligatory 'pat down' by stewards is then via electonic turnstiles where you have to insert your ticket into a bar code reader. 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, good pubs 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).

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, but they tend to be for home supporters only. 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 are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.. Although they both have bouncers on the doors away fans are normally let in as long as there is no singing. The Brunswick though does revert to a home fans only pub for local derbies. There are bars at the back of the stands, offering pints of Lager or Cider (both £4.10), however they do get quite crowded.

If you enjoy your real ale, then Derby is somewhat of a 'Mecca' destination for the discerning drinker. With a staggering 18 pub entries in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, most of which are located fairly central, plus a host of other good pubs too, it may be an idea to arrive earlier and explore some of these fine watering holes.

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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 £6. 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'.

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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.

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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, however a Category system is in plave whereby the most popular games cost more to watch:

Away Fans

Adults £28 (B £25.50) (C £22)
Over 65's £20 (B £18) (C £15.50)
Under 18's £15.50 (B £14.50) (C £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 per Adult ticket and £2 more per Concession ticket.

Official Programme £3.

Derby County FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Nottingham Forest.

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

Record 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
2015-2016: 29,663 (Championship League)
2014-2015: 29, 232 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 24,936 (Championship League)

Periodically the Club offer tours of the iPro Stadium (On Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings) which are priced at £8 per person. 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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Derby County v Liverpool
Football League Cup 3rd Round
Tuesday 20th September 2016, 7.45 pm
Rob Lawler (Liverpool fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the iPro Stadium?

As Derby have not been in the Premier League for a while it was a rare opportunity to visit this ground. Another one to tick off the list

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The approach roads to the ground were very busy and heavy with match and rush hour traffic. We eventually parked at Toys R Us where you can pay £4 and give your registration in at the customer service desk. Bought a load of sweets from Toys R Us, Liverpool away days are hardcore stuff!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As we were late with the amount of traffic we didn't have time to have a drink or get anything to eat. There are lots of places to get things to eat nearby such as Subway McDonald's, Burger King etc. The iPro Stadium is located on an industrial estate and retail park. Most of the home fans seemed to drink in Frankie & Benny's close to one of the stands. Local fans seemed friendly enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the iPro Stadium?

The stadium seems a lot bigger on television. It does though have a large section of executive boxes in the far corner which give it a bit of character. We were behind the goal to the right as if viewed on tv the away end is shared with the Derby fans with a small section segregating both sets of fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was a straightforward victory for Liverpool 3-0 against a weakened Derby team. The atmosphere was good and no animosity between the two sets of fans. The stewards were excellent. There were some young lads sat behind me, one of which was about seven years old and was with his grandad. Two stewards were talking to him at half time and testing his knowledge of Liverpool players from the match programme. He will probably remember that for the rest of his life.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We stopped off for something to eat at Subway over the road and waited for the traffic to fizzle out. We were on the motorway and back in Liverpool at midnight.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good clinical performance from Liverpool. Derby have a nice stadium, but I would have loved to have see what a match would have been like at the old Baseball Ground where the crowd were on top of the pitch.

Derby County v MK Dons
Football League Championship
Saturday February 13th 2016, 3pm
David Drysdale (MK Dons)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Pride Park Stadium?

I had never visited the Pride Park Stadium before, but I had heard good things about it. It was going to be a tough game for us, with Derby having a far bigger budget than MK Dons and MK Dons having performed poorly for most of the season leading up to the game.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We decided to drive and found the Pride Park Stadium frequently sign-posted inside Derby and it was easy to locate. We were directed to a small car-park near an office block/factory very close to the stadium near a mini-roundabout and were charged £3 for the pleasure. The walk was only three minutes to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a walk round the stadium and enjoyed a burger or two from a burger van near the away end. There are plenty of food vans as well as a 'fans area' serving alcohol outside the stadium. We then headed inside and enjoyed a couple of beers in the away end. Service was quick and the beer was cold.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Pride Park?

Pride park is a very modern and imposing stadium, it very much reminded me of Stadium MK. The ground was packed on all sides and it made for a very good atmosphere.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

MK Dons were under pressure for the majority of the game and I was certain we would concede a late goal. Then, almost out of nowhere, one of our loanees Jake Forster-Caskey scored a late free kick sending the away end into rapture. We did not deserve the three points, but that's football and it's been a long time since I celebrated like that. The away end itself is shared with home fans separated by stewards, and that section of home fans was very vocal and helped to build a good atmosphere with plenty of signing from both sets of supporters.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A quick walk back to the car and then a long queue/wait to get out of the car park and back onto the main roads - like most other grounds in the country. No real problems getting away in the end.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out, excellent atmosphere and a good ground. Very happy with the result, and I would not hesitate to return to Pride Park.

Derby County v MK Dons
Football Championship League
Saturday 13th February 2016, 3pm
Harry Wright (MK Dons fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the iPro Stadium?

I was looking forward to the game as it was my first trip to the iPro, or Pride Park as it was originally called. I was also looking forward to seeing a decent crowd. Derby is not too far from Milton Keynes and it was an easy train journey. I was excited as Derby hadn't won in 7 and had just sacked their manager, we'd just got a point at home to Middlesbrough and so I was feeling quietly confident.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Our journey was straightforward. From Milton Keynes Central we got a London Midland train to Tamworth and found a pub around 5 minutes walk from the station. We had a quick pint there and then got the train over to Derby. On arrival I'd suggest making sure you exit the station on the right side. One side is labelled Pride Park and the other town centre. We ended walking into the town centre, but ended up having to get a taxi to the ground as it's a fair walk. Whereas the stadium is only a 15 minute walk from the Pride Park exit at the station.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to the the Harvester near to the stadium as we fancied some food. It was busy but not overly busy and had enough seats and a decent atmosphere. Staff were good and service was brilliant for how many people were there, and was not too overpriced.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the iPro Stadium?

When we first went past the iPro Stadium it looked fantastic, plus it is just in the middle of nowhere like a lot of new grounds nowadays. The away end is round the back of the stadium. Unfortunately I first tried to go into the home end as my ticket was quite confusing!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The away end is spacious with televisions screening Sky Sports and the game inside the stadium when it's being played. I didn't eat but did have a couple of beers, of which there was a good range of ciders and lagers. Despite being £4.10 a pint, I didn't mind too much. The stewards were rather stricter than at other grounds and told me to 'calm down' when I tried to have a basic joke with one. The away end is situated right next to the home 'singing' group and proves for a good atmosphere and the home fans were one of the loudest I've heard in the league. However they all seemed to quieten down when Jake Forster-Caskey scored a free-kick with 10 minutes to go so we won 1-0!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The ground was easy to get out of after and stewards were happy to help with directions to the train station and it didn't take long to get back. We were walking with plenty of home fans who were more than happy to leave us alone.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Brilliant day and great ground. One of my favourites and 30,000+ people there to boot, most ever for a league game involving MK Dons. Also not too expensive and three points made it even better. Will definitely be going again given the chance.

Derby County v Watford
Championship League
Friday 3rd April 2015, 7.45pm
Harry Durrant (Watford fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the iPro Stadium? With both Clubs in the top six in the League and with Watford having the chance to go top of the League if they won the game, the this was a game not to be missed. As it was also being shown on television meant an usual Friday night game.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? The journey was easy, straight up the M1 and the stadium was well signposted around Derby. We managed to park at a local business not too far from the iPro.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?     We arrived with a not a lot of time to spare, so no time to visit a pub, so we went straight into the ground. The home fans were fine and it was quite relaxed around the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?     The stadium is of a good size with a capacity of over 33,000. The West Stand on one side was two tiered and larger than the other three stands that were single tiered. However it did have a neat and tidy look. The Watford fans were housed in one corner of the stadium. The views of the pitch were fine and we stood for most of the game.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..     Can't comment on the pies, but the facilities were okay with spacious toilets. The main plus point was the atmosphere, which was electric from both sets of fans. The Watford fans sang throughout the game, as well as the Derby fans who were located in the section next to us. It was a great start for Watford with Vydra getting the opening goal. However the jubilation in the away end was short lived as on the stroke of half time, Motta for Watford conceded a penalty. Things then got worse when the ref adjudged him to be the last defender and produced a red card. Bent stepped up for Derby and cleanly slotted home the equaliser. With Watford down to ten men, it was going to be a long second half.

Derby took advantage of the numerical advantage and went ahead through a goal from Tom Ince. Things were starting to get rather nervy for the Watford fans, but out of the blue we equalised with 15 minutes to go, when Ighalo scored. The Watford fans went mental in celebration. The game finished 2-2. A point was not enough to send us top of the League, but after being a man down and a goal behind and with Derby having a number of other chances to increase their lead (luckily our keeper Gomes was in fine form) then we were relieved to have come away with a draw. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: Getting away was straightforward, although there was a fair bit of traffic, which was to be expected really. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: It was a cracking night. 2-2. Such a good game and day out. If you want to sample some atmosphere in the Championship then the IPro Stadium is one of the places to go. I wish Derby the best of luck for next season.

Derby County v Southport
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday January 3rd 2015, 3pm
Will Burns (Southport)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was really looking forward to this game as it was the first time Southport had got through to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in 16 years. As soon as I watched the draw, I instantly searched up Derby’s stadium on Google and my first impression was that it looked like a really nice, reasonably modern stadium so I was looking forward to seeing the Port play there.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We didn’t have much trouble as we were on a coach but the car park was massive, definitely enough space for most.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We arrived two hours before kick off but there was plenty to do, there is a retail park nearby to kill a bit of time and Burger King, KFC, Frankie & Benny’s, Subway and Pizza Hut outlets provided a large choice of places to eat and an Intersport shop to look at some footy stuff. The home fans were quite friendly and we talked for a good 10 minutes to the match day programme guy.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

When I first saw the iPro stadium it was exactly what I expected, not huge but neat and well designed and thought out. The Toyota West Stand was by far the nicest, with a grander feel to it. The away stand inside was well kept and spacious.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was quite exciting. Despite Derby dominating the game Southport held them at bay, but an unfortunate 93rd minute penalty put Derby through to the next round 1-0. The atmosphere was buzzing and the Derby fans in the South Stand were brilliant for an FA Cup 3rd round versus a non-league team, the stewards were helpful however the toilets weren’t the best. I didn’t have any refreshments in the stadium as prices in football grounds nowadays are typically high.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was easy to get away from the ground at the end, as our coaches were escorted away and we more or less drove straight out, we stopped at traffic lights but that was it.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, I’d give the day 8.5/10, I thoroughly enjoyed it and Pride Park/iPro Stadium was fantastic but the final result was slightly disappointing because we honestly thought we’d got a replay back at Haig Avenue.

Derby County v Chelsea
FA Cup 4th Round
Sunday January 15th 2014, 2.15pm
Daniel Gosbee (Chelsea fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was more or less looking forward to going to Derby just to watch Chelsea. I love the FA Cup and really wanted to follow the blues hopefully progress through to the next round. Never been to Derby so it was another stadium ticked off the list.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove to Derby and found the stadium easily and followed the signs to car parking in an industrial estate about 1km from the stadium for £5.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game there is a lot to do near by. There's a Subway outlet, retail park, McDonalds, Greggs (which wasn't open) and burger vans. I didn't chose to eat anything, but I'm sure if I was hungry, there was plenty things there to eat and drink. The home fans were fairly friendly before the game yes, on twitter they were great, giving lots of Chelsea fans tips about travel and nearest pubs etc. which was nice.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground from the outside looks modern, and quite impressive when walking up to it. On a close inspection it looks smaller but still impressive. Inside it looks modern, but sadly lacks character. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Atmosphere was really good. Both sets of fans were up for it even before kick off. The stewards were really friendly. One steward came and sat next to us and asked us about our season and our squad then he told us who he thought would give us grief etc. and he and the others were friendly. The facilities were clean. The game was a bit boring in the first half, and the second half the game was better, Chelsea deserved the win through (2-0). Chelsea fans did anger the Derby fans a little when they were singing about their local rivals Nottingham Forest and we were giving Forest a bit of support, but hey it's all banter at the end of the day!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took a while leaving after the game as it took us 20 odd minutes to find the car because we forgot where we parked it! The area all looked the same in the dark. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all it was a good day out. I wasn't really expecting to enjoy the day as much as I did, good support from the Derby fans and Chelsea fans. The game wasn't the best, nice stadium, and I would go as far as saying if Derby got promoted, I would happily go back and watch Chelsea play at the iPro stadium again, hopefully a better game though! 

Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday
Championship League
Saturday August 18th 2012, 3pm
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday fan)

I’ve been to Derby countless times yet this was to be my first visit to Pride Park. With it being the first game of the season, Wednesday on the crest of a wave from last season and Derby stumbling after an amazing defeat to Scunthorpe in the cup earlier on in the week, it was set up to be a good day.

With Pride Park being centrally located than it is easy to get to. I got the train down from Sheffield - services between Sheffield and London St. Pancras are every 20 minutes but I know that Crosscountry trains also stop in Derby. I’d recommend going by train here - the ground is very close to the station and I saw a lot of traffic congestion around the ground prior to kick-off.

We arrived in Derby at about 1 o’clock and on the way to the stadium (you will most probably get a police escort) you will pass a whole host of watering holes. We went in a Harvester - cheap beer, nice day, job done. There was also a Chiquito and a Frankie’s and Benny’s located close to the ground too. From there we walked to the ground which, all in all, took about ten minutes from the train station. 

Pride Park is a cracking ground, both in and out. It’s no different from a lot of others but it’s well built and is very big. It is easy to automatically dislike these new grounds - with my home stadium being Hillsborough, I’m a fan of traditional grounds - but Pride Park is also good. All of the stands were big and I quite liked the executive boxes in the one corner. In this corner there was also a large screen showing Leeds vs. Wolves before kick-off and then showed the game live throughout the match which I thought was a nice touch. The atmosphere was good - 6,000 Wednesdayites, the most away fans ever at Pride Park I believe - were absolutely bouncing and the Derby fans also made some noise which meant it was an electric atmosphere as we kicked off the campaign.

The first half, from a Wednesday point of view, was dismal. 2-0 down after 25 minutes courtesy of Nathan Tyson and Jake Buxton, coupled with some dreadful defending, and the Derby fans were bouncing. Pride Park is a loud stadium and the acoustics are excellent. Wednesday were being hammered in all honesty and a Chris O’Grady screamer against the run of play gave us a chance in the second half, a chance were barely deserved. The second period was different - the Derby fans were silent and tentative as Wednesday cranked up the ante both on and off the field and, after two disallowed goal, a stone-wall penalty appeal turned down and two efforts hacked off the line, Reda Johnson finally bundled home the equaliser in the 90th minute to send the Owls fans absolutely crazy. It was nothing less than we’d deserved after a fabulous second-half display. It was interesting to see that the Derby fans booed their players after the game - they hadn’t been bad by any means, and I feel that they were quite quick to jump on their players backs.

Getting away from the ground was easy enough - getting out of the stand took an age though as the gangways are steep and narrow meaning getting 6,000 people out was always going to be difficult. From there though, it was straight back to the station and onto the train home.

The nature of the equaliser meant it felt like a win! All in all though, a fantastic day out. Derby is a great place to visit - not massively different to other places like the Walkers and Swansea etc. etc. - but it does have a great atmosphere which makes for a great day out. I’d recommend a trip to Derby as, barring maybe a lack of character, there’s nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Definitely go again! 

Derby County v Ipswich Town
Championship League
Saturday April 7th 2012, 3pm
Mark Lees (Ipswich Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I always look forward to whatever away games I go to as I can’t afford to go to many of them. Pride Park has usually been happy hunting ground for Ipswich in recent years and as it was nearly the end of the season and Ipswich have been in great form of late I thought that this game would be a good choice. I had also never been to Derby before and had heard positive things about Pride Park from other fans.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I went on the club coach from Portman Road which set off for Derby about 10.00 am and got to Pride Park about 13.40 pm so all in all the journey time wasn’t too bad which included a 40 minute stop at a service station near Leicester. There was a separate parking area for away coaches just outside the ground which was all very easy to find my way back to after the game.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
First thing I did was buy a programme and it was quite unique as they are sealed in plastic bags which helps in case of bad weather. Bought a coke and a hot dog for £5.00 which wasn’t too bad. They also have burger vans outside the ground which supporters can also go outside to at half time.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
Pride Park looks quite compact from the outside but when you enter the stands it is a whole different story. I had a very good view of the pitch from where I was sat even though I was quite high up. The Stadium overall is really impressive and the seats were very comfortable. The stadium is built in such a way that extra capacity can be added in the future to the North, East and South Stands.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Ipswich were the better team in the first half and were passing really well and looking like we were going to score but Derby got better in the second half and really tested our defence who throughout it all had a great game. It ended up being a goalless draw but a very entertaining one at that.

The atmosphere was mostly created by our amazing away support in the first half as the Derby fans were very quiet but once Derby stepped it up in the second half, the home fans were lifted and it was almost deafening. They are very passionate about their team. The stewards were very friendly and very helpful.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground didn’t take very long at all but our driver took a wrong turn and almost got us lost. Luckily we were able to go the way we came thanks to a roundabout and were able to get back on track. We had to laugh. Had a 15 minute stop at Cambridge on the way home and got back to Portman Road about 8.40 pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Despite the game ending up a goalless draw, I had a really great day out. Pride Park is a very nice stadium with really friendly staff and I would definitely go there again next season. 10/10.

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Updated 22nd November 2016