Dumbarton

Cheaper Insurance Stadium

Capacity: 2,050 (all seated)
Address: Castle Road, Dumbarton, G82 1JJ
Telephone: 01389 762 569
Fax: 01389 762 629
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Club Nickname: The Sons
Year Ground Opened: 2000
Home Kit: Yellow and Black

Main Stand
Main Stand

The ground, opened in 2000, is situated spectacularly under the Castle Rock. It currently comprises of one stand which sits at one side of the pitch. However the stand is of a fair size, is covered and all seated. The space & height between rows is ample, giving fans a good view of the action. One unusual aspect of the ground is that the team dugouts are on the opposite side of the ground to the dressing rooms and this results in a large procession at half and full time. The ground was built by Barr Construction and there is plenty of space around the area, which could be used for future expansion, however the Club have signalled their intent to build a new stadium elsewhere. David Carson adds; 'most fans refer to the ground name as being The Rock Stadium'.

In 2015 the stadium was renamed the Cheaper Insurance Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal.

In a surprise announcement the Club have revealed a plan to build a new stadium on the west side of Dumbarton. The proposed stadium would have a capacity of 4,000 (3,000 seats and 1,000 terrace) and would be located at a site known as Young's Farm. The Club have argued that the site of present stadium, makes it difficult to expand and therefore a new stadium is needed. If things progress, then the Club will make a formal planning application. The existing site of the Dumbarton Football Stadium would be redeveloped for housing.

Away fans are situated in sections one and two, at one end of the new stand. Around 500 fans can be accommodated in this area. As you would expect from a modern stand, the facilities are good and you should experience a hassle free day at the ground.

There is a bar located at the ground but this is for home fans only. Popular with away supporters is the nearby Rock Bowling Club. This is situated a little further down the road from the ground, opposite the entrance to the castle. A bit further away is the Stags Head, which is situated opposite the entrance to East Dumbarton station. It is a good sized bar, with TV's and a pool table.

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Castle Rock dominates the Dumbarton skyline, and with the ground sitting just beneath, it is fairly easy to find your bearings. Follow the A814 into Dumbarton and just after you go under a railway bridge, you will see a sign pointing left for Dumbarton Castle. Turn left here (Victoria Street) and the ground is down the bottom of this road on the right. There is a fair sized car park at the ground.

Dumbarton East Railway Station is only five minutes walk from the ground. As you come out the station turn right along the main street, left into Victoria Street and the ground is down the bottom of this road on the right.

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.

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Official Programme £2.50

The Club operate a category (A & B) of ticket pricing, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below, with Category B prices shown in brackets:

Adults £20 (£18)
Concessions £11 (£9)
Parent and Child £24*

* Only available for Category B fixtures.

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

Greenock Morton.

Record Attendance

At Dumbarton Football Stadium: 1,978 v Rangers, Championship League, September 19th 2015.

At Boghead Park: 18,000 v Raith Rovers, 1957.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 1,041 (Championship League0
2014-2015: 1,072 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 938 (Championship League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Dumbarton v Middlesbrough
Pre-Season Friendly
Tuesday July 23rd, 2009, 7.30pm
Graeme Patterson (Middlesbrough fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
When this fixture was announced, it didn't really appeal due to the fact it was a 400+ mile round trip for a midweek friendly but as I missed football throughout the summer and the chance to see 'The Boro' again was too good to turn down.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking
 
The journey was a lot easier than I expected. Two of us left Teesside around 12:30pm and headed west to join the M6 which would take take me north of the border. We fancied a spot of lunch so opted for a 'Toby Carvery' just off the M6 at junction 43 which was a godsend and I'd highly recommend this to anyone travelling either to or near Carlisle. We continued our journey and hit Glasgow around 4:30pm and Dumbarton was easily signposted from there. We knew that the ground was located next the the famous Dumbarton Rock which stood out in the distance therefore was very easy to find. The stadium had space for around 200 cars behind the Main Stand at no cost, perfect.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
There wasn't an awful lot around the ground so we opted for a nearby Morrisons which was around 10/15 minutes walk away and stocked up with food/drink. Once the turnstiles opened, the stewards allowed you to use the club bar which was getting busier with teessider's as kick off approached. Until kick off, we didnt see any home supporters.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
Being a Middlesbrough fan, a lot of the grounds were used to visit over the past 10/15 years are usually of a high standard. Dumbarton's ground only had one stand, which looked quite new and of a decent standard. The other three sides were just fenced round but I would expect that the stand holding around 2/3k would be sufficient for them.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
The game itself turned out to be a comfortable 5-0 win for Middlesbrough. Dumbarton had a bit of play at times but never looked like scoring. The atmosphere was helped by a few hundred making the journey from Teesside that got behind the team from the first minute. There was no issues with the home support of stewards. The food inside the ground was just your run of the mill food, Burgers, Pies etc for around £2 but was well worth the money. The toilet facilities were very clean.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The ground was easy to get away from. We applauded the Boro players off the field and made the short journey back to the car. Dumbarton's ground is on a 'one road in, one road out' system but after a short queue to get back onto the main highstreet, we were away. We arrived back home about 12:30am which was helped by very little traffic on the road due to the time of day.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Very enjoyable night out and a Boro win which always helps. Would recommend a trip to Dumbarton to any Scottish supporter or an English fan if your team plays there in a friendly. I wouldn't think twice about returning. 

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Updated 20th July 2016

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