Bradford City

Northern Commercials Stadium

Capacity: 25,136 (all seated)
Address: Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7DY
Telephone: 0871 978 1911
Fax: 01274 773 356
Ticket Office: 0871 978 8000
Pitch Size: 113 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: The Bantams
Year Ground Opened: 1903
Shirt Sponsors: JCT 600
Kit Manufacturer: AVEC
Home Kit: Claret & Amber with Black Trim
Away Kit: White With Claret & Amber Sash
Third Kit: Black With Claret & Amber Sash

Main Stand
Main Stand
Main and Kop Stands
Main and Kop Stands
Midland Road and TL Dallas Stands
Midland Road and TL Dallas Stands
Kop Stand
Kop Stand
Midland Road Stand
Midland Road Stand
TL Dallas Stand
TL Dallas Stand
Kop and Midland Road Stands
Kop and Midland Road Stands
Midland Road Stand
Midland Road Stand
Kop Stand
Kop Stand

The term 'a game of two halves' is often applied to a football game; in the case of the Northern Commercials Stadium (but still known to many fans as Valley Parade), a ground of 'two halves' comes to mind. The ground has been now been completely re-built since the mid 80's, but the initial impression is that one side is twice as big as the other. The Kop End, is a relatively new two tiered stand, that is simply huge and looks quite superb. It once towered over the rest of the ground, but the addition of another tier to the Co-Operative Main Stand during 2001 has led to it meeting its once larger neighbour. With the corner between these stands also being filled, one has a truly impressive spectacle.

The rest of the ground now looks somehow rather out of place. The Northern Commercials (Midland Road) Stand is a covered single tiered stand, which has windshields to each side. At some other grounds this would look impressive, as it is of a fair size and is free of supporting pillars. However it almost is lost in the shadow of its larger newer neighbours. At the remaining end is the TL Dallas stand which is an odd looking small 'double decker' type stand. This two tiered covered stand has the upper tier largely overhanging the lower tier, giving this 'double decker' effect. There is also a large electric scoreboard in one corner of the ground, between the Midland Road and TL Dallas Stands. 

In 2016 Valley Parade was renamed the Northern Commercials Stadium, in a three year corporate sponsorship deal.

After an absence of a few seasons, away fans now find themselves back in the TL Dallas Stand at one end of the ground, where 1,840 fans can be accommodated. If possible try to get tickets for the upper tier, as the view of the action is far better. On the downside there are a number of supporting pillars that could impede your view. Roger Mulrooney a visiting Barnsley fan adds; 'On my last visit I found the home crowd friendly and non threatening. The stewards were particularly good natured and helpful. Still a very good away day for a visiting fan'. 

Fred Benson a visiting Scunthorpe United fan informs me; 'On our recent visit, the lower tier of the TL Dallas was closed to away fans, apart from disabled spectators. With the upper tier being sold out other Scunthorpe fans were accommodated in the Midland Road Stand, which seemed strange. Even with the lower tier being closed the refreshment kiosk had run out of hot food by half time and there were big queues for the toilets.'

Having been a student in Bradford and having watched them win the old Third Division, I have a bit of a soft spot for this club. And having been there on the day of that fateful fire in 1985, Valley Parade will always stay deep in my memory. Pleasingly I have found Bradford to have become rather more friendly towards away supporters in recent years. It is quite an enjoyable day out especially if you enjoy what the city has to offer. Make sure that you wrap up well unless the weather forecast is 80 degrees. This is because Bradford is situated at a bottom of a valley, down which a rather cold wind normally prevails.

Chris O'Sullivan a visiting Bury fan recommends the Bradford Arms on Manningham Lane; 'It is only about two minutes from the ground and was welcoming to away fans'. About a ten minute walk away from the stadium along Manningham Road (going away from the City Centre) is the Cartwright Hotel, which has a sizeable bar. Also about a ten minute walk away (this time towards the City Centre) is the 'Corn Dolly' on Bolton Road, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, as is the New Beehive on Westgate. The New Beehive is somewhat of a 'step back in time' still having gas lighting.

Near to Bradford Forster Square Station on North Parade is another pub to feature in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the Sparrow Bier Bar. This bar offers up to four real ales, plus ciders and continental lagers. Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fan adds; 'The Sparrow was superb. Although on the small side (it is probably only good for 50 or so supporters), it is still an excellent place to visit with a superb choice of ales and special drinks. Plus the pork pies were to die for!' 

Alcohol is not available to away fans in the TL Dallas Stand. If there is a large following and the Club allocate a portion of the Midland Road Stand to visiting supporters, then beer is on sale in that stand.

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Leave the M62 at Junction 26 and take the M606 for Bradford. At the end of the motorway, keep to the right hand lane and take the Ring Road East (signposted A6177 City Centre). From this point the stadium is well signposted through the use of a football image. At the next roundabout turn left continuing along the Ring Road East, passing a McDonalds on your left and then an Asda superstore. At the next roundabout turn left onto the A650 (signposted City Centre/Keighley). After crossing a further two roundabouts the road becomes three lanes. Keep in one of the two right hand lanes (signposted Keighley/Skipton). Continue straight along this road towards Skipton and eventually you will be able to see the stadium in front of you, over on the left. At the Kia Car Dealership on your left, turn immediately left into Station Road. At the top of Station Road turn left along Queens Road, then the second left into Midland Road for the away entrance. For the main offices continue along Queens Road and at the traffic lights turn left into Manningham Road. The ground is quarter a mile away on the left. Mostly street parking around the ground. 

Post Code for Sat-Nav: BD8 7DY

If going by train into Bradford Interchange, it is quite a walk to the ground (20 minutes).  Either take a taxi (£5) or alternatively the bus station is located next to the train station (Bus No's 622, 623, 626 or 662). Chris Hawkridge suggests; 'supporters travelling via Leeds should catch the Leeds - Bradford Forster Square service (two trains per hour during the day) rather than those to Bradford Interchange. Forster Square is only 10 minutes walk from the ground'.

Walking directions:

From Bradford Forster Square (Trains from Leeds, Skipton & Ilkley)
Leave the station to the right of the ticket office, either up the six or so flights of stairs or up the long ramp further on. This brings you out on Manor Row, where you should turn right. Keep on this road passed the City Gent pub to a massive crossroads. Here, you can either go straight over and walk all the way down Manningham Lane, passed The Bradford Arms Pub to Valley Parade, just before the Petrol Station. Alternatively, fans in sitting in Dallas or Midland Road Stands (away end) will find it easier to turn right at the main cross roads, then turn left on to Midland Road after 100 yards and follow the road all the way to the turnstiles.  

From Bradford Interchange (Trains from Everywhere else)  
Leave the station walking towards the city centre, with the Queen pub on your left and St. Georges  Hall on the right. Walk down the hill, and take a right just after the Ginger Goose pub, on to Market Street. Follow this road round to the mini round about and go up the hill. You will come on to Manor Row, where Bradford Forster Square Station is…and can follow the instructions above.

Thanks to Chris Eveleigh for providing the walking directions above.

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All areas of the stadium

Adults £20*
OAP's/Students £15
Under 16's £10
Under 11's £5**

* When purchased by 5pm the day before matchday. Adult tickets bought on the day of the game cost £5 more.

** Under 11's can be admitted free, providing that they are accompanied a paying adult. Please also note that children under two years old are not allowed inside the stadium.

Official Programme: £3.

City Gent Fanzine: £2. The longest established fanzine still running in England.  

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

Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.

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

Record Attendance

39,146 v Burnley, FA Cup 4th Round, March 11th, 1911.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

24,321 v Reading FA Cup 6th Round, March 7th, 2015.

Average Attendance

2015-2016: 18,090 (League One)
2014-2015: 13,353 (League One)
2013-2014: 14,121 (League One)

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Bradford City v Reading
FA Cup 6th Round
Saturday 7th March 2015, 12.45pm
Adam Dymock (Neutral fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Valley Parade Football Ground? 

It seemed an interesting cup contest. Plus I 'inherited' my son's match ticket, as although he is a season ticket holder at Reading, he was unable to attend!

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

We traveled up from london by car, which was pretty straight forward. Valley Parade is quite well sign posted going into Bradford and the ground itself can be seen from quite a distance away! There was loads of free parking very close to the ground too.

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

Before the game I went for a lovely breakfast, at a cafe on Manningham Lane. It was very good food, very cheap and everyone we saw were very friendly and pleasant!

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

I had seen Valley Parade on television and on this website, before we departed, so I knew what to expect. The away stand is very dated inside, but clean and tidy and all the staff on the concoursehad a smile!

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

The game was awful, a dull 0-0 draw. I think that this was partly due to the condition of the pitch. Hats off to the home fans though, they sing their hearts out for the full 90 minutes and make a fantastic atmosphere!!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left about one minute before the end and sprinted to the car. Within 15 minutes we were back on the motorway!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Although it was a dull game it was still a brilliant day out. I know its a long trek but would highly recommend any fan to follow their team to Valley Parade, you won't be disappointed! Well done Bradford! Top day out. Thanks!!

Bradford City v Sheffield United
League One
Saturday, October 18th 2014, 5.15pm
Matty Desforges (Sheffield United fan)

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

It was my first away day of the season and I have never visited Valley Parade before, however I had heard it is a big stadium and a good place to go to from fellow fans.

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

We took the train from Sheffield Station to Bradford Forster Square (changing at Leeds) and got there with about half an hour to spare, the ground is a ten minute walk from the station and is within site as soon as you step off the train so not hard to find, just follow the supporters!

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

We wandered straight to the away end and into the ground to take up our seats, as we did not have much time before the beginning of the game.

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

The away supporters were allocated the smallest Stand in the stadium (a small two tiered stand behind the goal, called the TL Dallas Stand) and two blocks on the stand to the right of it. The TL Dallas Stand itself was very run down and we got seats on the top row of the bottom tier. This had a bit of a restricted view to the right hand corner flag and the roof above almost came down in the line of sight to the crossbar of the goal, which caused us a bit of bobbing up and down during the match to get a better view.

To the left and directly in front of us were two massive two tiered stands, which extended around one corner, where most of the home fans were situated.  The more hardcore Bradford supporters were located at the top of the 'Kop' Stand, opposite to us.

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

Unfortunately there wasn't much of a concourse for the stand, and the food stall wasn't much better than a few mums selling cake at a Sunday league match. By the time we entered the ground they had run out of pies which we were annoyed by, so we did not buy anything.

All in all the game was fantastic from the view of a United fan, Bradford had a player sent off within a minute of the second half and United grabbed two fantastic goals later in the half, finishing in a 2-0 victory.

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

The movement of the away fans was slow until we were out of the stand, then it was fine. However after a certain time trains stop running from Bradford Forster Square station, so we had to treck across the city centre to Bradford Interchange (about 10 minutes further but easy to find if one of you has an GPS on their phones). Got home for 10:30pm which was fine, considering the game didn't finish until 7pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Fantastic day out with a fantastic result for United, would definitely revisit Valley Parade on further opportunity. 

Bradford City v  Crewe Alexandra
League One
Saturday, October 4th 2014, 3pm
Sam Page (Crewe Alexandra fan)

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

Bradford was a new ground for me, so I was looking forward to it.

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

Me and a mate of mine took a train from Crewe and arrived at Bradford interchange station around 1.25pm. We decided to walk to the ground from there. It was a good 20-30min walk and when we got a little lost the Bradford fans were nice enough to point us in the right direction.

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

We walked through the city centre, and took a detour to an arcade where I took part in a football slots game in which I won a whistle! Good times. That only took a couple of minutes and before long we were back on our way. 

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

First impressions of the ground were good, the two main stands towers over the ground and is very impressive. The rest of the ground is pretty average but still on the larger side, you can defiantly tell it once hosted Premier League football. The annoying thing about this stadium is that it is set into the side of a hill, resulting in some tiring walking up it.

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

Me and my mate enjoyed the Bradford fans singing their version of “take me home” before the game. Was decent, the Bradford fans were loud. First half Bradford dominated the game and was really a case of Crewe hanging in there. They must have had 8-10 chances and just as many corners and probably should have scored a couple in the first 20 minutes alone. Crewe had a couple of counter attacks which got the 162 Crewe fans on their feet briefly. Because of this the Bradford supporters were good, singing most the time, mainly from the Kop Stand behind the goal and occasionally all three sides got going which was very loud at times.

I didn’t get anything to eat a half time so cannot comment. However my mate commented that the food kiosk is hidden round a corner towards the right hand side of the stand, took him a little while to find it.

Second half, Crewe had a little more of the possession and tried to attack, but again Bradford were comfortable in all honesty. Two goals in as many minutes killed the game and Bradford eased to probably their most comfortable win for a long time. No wonder we were bottom of the league by a long way we were dreadful.

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

No issues on leaving the ground and walking back to the railway station.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great stadium, one of the best I’ve been too, very noisy home fans as well which is good to see (hear) and very friendly. I personally enjoyed my experience at the Coral Windows Stadium despite the result and will consider it on my next away tour if we don’t get relegated. Good luck to Bradford,  a club like this deserves to be playing at a higher level.

Bradford City v Gillingham
League Two
Saturday, September 18th 2010, 3pm
James Grimshaw (Gillingham fan)

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

I have been to this ground a few times now in recent years and once again I am never failed to be impressed by the size of the two large stands there. It is well worth the 200 mile 4 hour trip up and is one of my favourite away days. I was particularly looking forward to today's visit after hearing we would now be housed in the East Stand rather than the small "Dallas" stand that was the away end on my last visits. I must say the east stand answers all the problems with the "Dallas" stand e.g leg room, facilities.

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

As ever I was on the supporters coach which handily pulled up outside the away turnstiles so there was no problems. You can spot the ground from a mile off due to the two large stands and the floodlights.

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

We arrived in plenty of time and I chose to eat in the ground but on previous occasions I have been to a pub called The Bradford Arms which is always very friendly with no problems from home fans. There are a selection of fast food places within a few minutes of the ground and a McDonalds in a retail park next to Bradford Forster Square railway station which is only about a ten minute walk from the ground, however I doubt there will be many Gills fans travelling there on the train!

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

The ground is fantastic and obviously towers over many grounds in this league however the facilities in the small Dallas Stand are very poor compared to the rest of the ground. It looks out of place however it now houses the more vocal of their supporters. The bottom tier was not open which leads to a packed top tier. The two large stands are a lot bigger than the rest of the ground and the view from our end was mixed as you could see one goal mouth very clear but the other was quite far away. We were sharing the stand with their fans with little but a line of stewards separating us but there was little to worry about as the fans in the stand were more bothered about the football.

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

Unfortunately we experienced one of the worst things in football: conceding in the last minute. The stewards were friendly and were never really called upon as both sets of fans behaved perfectly. They were very vocal but you expect that with an attendance of over 10,000 compared to our 4,000 at home but as ever we did our bit to try and make ourselves heard. I bought a burger which fortunately lived up to its high price tag! There was plenty on offer with friendly kiosk staff. The game wasn't the best and obviously the goal in the last minute stung after we had battled to what had seemed to be a deserved point. The game was perhaps marred by a few decisions by the officials against both teams and a few harsh challenges.

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

We got away fine after the game and waited about 5 minutes for the crowds to clear off the road. They gave us no trouble and were obviously relieved to get the win. The journey back was surprisingly quick and the defeat didn't spoil our mood as we were still optimistic for the season looking to bounce back.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all a great day out I recommend all fans pick this as one of their away days a fantastic stadium with a great support they are ex premier league and some smaller teams may not have had many opportunities to go to stadiums as large as this so they should take the chance. (as a Gills fan I am used to bad away results take last season for example no wins away so I try to stay optimistic about every away trip!).

Bradford City v  Nottingham Forest
Carling Cup Round 1
Tuesday, August 10th 2010, 7.45pm
Martyn Greenwood (Nottingham Forest fan)

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

I'd never been to Valley Parade and heard it was a decent sized stadium and seeing as tickets were priced at £10 with it being a first round cup game, so I thought I would go.

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

I went on the coach so the journey wasn't anything to worry about, as we got nearer to the ground we could see it on the hill to the left, we arrived 2 hours prior to kick off and parked down the road to the left of the Midland Road Stand.

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

Many of the other Forest fans headed for the Bradford arms pub but we decided to pop into the city centre for a bite to eat, passing a few Bradford fans who were no trouble at all, after that we made the short walk back to the Bradford Arms pub an hour or so before kick off, the pub consisted of both sets of supporters and found myself talking to a Bradford fan who seemed friendly enough.

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

As I came into the ground the first thing that caught my eye were the two massive stands straight across and to the right which were joint in the corner, our stand wasn't too bad although the stand to the left appeared to be an odd looking two tiered stand called the TL Dallas stand, you could tell the ground was used to higher league football.

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

The home fans were only allocated a lower tier straight ahead and the upper tier to the right of us in the big stands, but they managed to fill them and made a fair bit of noise, around 600 of our fans made the journey and were mostly in full voice. The game itself won't be remembered fondly for our fans as we were beaten 2-1 in extra time having earlier been a goal up, apart from that the facilities were fine and the ground staff were always on hand.

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

No problems getting away from the ground, as we came out the back onto midland road, the coach was waiting across the road for us, Bradford fans passed us clearly happy about the result and letting us know it.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed the trip up to Bradford, there were a lot of places to eat and drink within close proximity of the ground, and the stadium itself was fantastic. Shame about the result but would really like to visit Bradford in a league fixture and hopefully taking more supporters up there.

Bradford City v Cheltenham Town
League Two
Saturday, January 2nd 2010, 3pm
Tony Rastelli (Cheltenham Town fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to Bradford because I've never been to their ground before and I usually now don't have the time to follow my team away from home anymore, so this was a chance to go.

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

My journey was easy, I went on the supporters travel coach from Cheltenham to the game.  The ground is pretty easy to find as their floodlights stand out from far away and is also well signposted, our coach pulled up right outside our section of the stadium so there was no trouble there.

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

I went straight into the ground, brought a programme and watched our players warm up, didn't really come into contact with many home fans as when we got there it was more or less empty!

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

Arriving at the ground, then there were two very large stands opposite. Our section and the stand we were in, was similar to the In2print stand at Cheltenham. The "Dallas" stand which was to our left looked very poor I think if you were to sit in the lower tier you would struggle to see the game, The Upper tier didn't look much better.  The only thing that bugged me about the away section was you had to climb up 3 set of stairs to get to pitch level and then if you wanted to go to the top you had to climb another long set of stairs to get there, if your terribly unfit you may struggle for breath afterwards!

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

I enjoyed the game overall and would come to Bradford again.  We drew 1-1 with them taking the lead 10 minutes before HT after we failed to clear our lines from a free kick.  Had a Hotdog as a half time snack which cost £3, I don't usually buy food at grounds so I thought that was expensive.  I didn't need to go to the toilet at all so on with the second half.. we came out with a bit more desire and got ourselves level when our striker was pulled down by their right back (which I thought was outside the box) But the referee deemed the infringement happened in the penalty area, their player who had been cautioned before picked up his second yellow and got sent off, so we got a penalty and thankfully scored!

It was soft, but It was a foul though so we'll take that and get on with the rest of the game.. apart from a half chance later on with our other striker heading wide whilst facing back to goal we didn't really threaten their goalkeeper at all.  They had 2 or 3 good chances in the second half, and on another day they would have gone in but fortunately they didn't and we came away with a well deserved point, we didn't threat much but the effort was put in and at the end of the day that's all you can ask for.
The atmosphere I thought was quite flat, their fans didn't sing much, and when they did you couldn't really hear what they were saying!  Our fans made an effort to sing and got through a couple of songs but apart from that there was nothing much.
Stewards seemed quite relaxed with us all the way through the game before and after.  The only thing I would pick them up on was that if you plan to take a drum inside their ground they would make you sign some sort of contract paper! before you can take it in, which I thought was bizarre to be honest, but oh well these things happen.

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

There was a small delay getting away from the ground as they get big attendances for a League 2 club but after that we hit the main roads and got home fairly easily.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I enjoyed my visit to Valley Parade and would come again, taking a point I thought was a very good result for us as Bradford is a hard place to come and play football so well done Robins!

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Updated 6th November 2016