Aberdeen

Pittodrie Stadium

Capacity: 22,199 (all seated)
Address: Pittodrie Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5QH
Telephone: 01224 650 400
Fax: 01224 644 173
Ticket Office: 01224 631 903
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Dons
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Saltire Energy
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: Black/Grey With Orange Trim

Richard Donald Stand
Richard Donald Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Merkland Stand
Merkland Stand
Main & Richard Donald Stands
Main & Richard Donald Stands
External View
External View

At one end of the ground is the newest and largest stand, the impressive looking Richard Donald Stand,  named after a former Club Chairman. It was opened in 1993 and replaced what was known as the Beach End. This is two tiered with a row of executive boxes running across the middle. There is a particularly large lower tier, with a smaller upper tier and overall this stand tends to dwarf the others around it. The other end is a much smaller older single tiered stand called the Merkland Stand. On one side is the old Main Stand, originally built in 1925. As you would expect from an older stand, it has a fair few supporting pillars running along the front of it. Opposite is a large single tiered cantilever stand, called the South Stand. The corner between this and the Merkland Stand is filled with seating, but this area is the only uncovered area of the ground.

The Club in partnership with Aberdeen City Council have announced proposals to build a new stadium near Loirston Loch. The proposed community stadium, which is very much still at the drawing board stage, would have an initial capacity of 22,000, which could be increased to 30,000 at a later time. Pittodrie would be sold off for residential re-development.

Away fans are housed on the one side of the South Stand. Up to 4,500 supporters can be accommodated in this part of the ground (although the normal allocation is around 2,500). Peter Llewellyn adds 'there is normally an excellent atmosphere within Pittodrie, although it is sometimes lacking for the smaller games'. I think Pittodrie gets the vote as one of the most coldest grounds in Britain. Even in spring the biting breeze off the North Sea which is only a few hundred yards away from the perimeter of the ground, can go right through you. Outside look out for the granite entrance to the Merkland Family Stand. Erected in 1928 they celebrate Aberdeen being known as the 'Granite City.'

Scott McKenzie informs me; 'The away coaches are parked on the beach boulevard, which is close to a bar called the Saltoun which is popular with away fans. Otherwise what pubs there are near to the ground are for home fans only. Otherwise there are plenty of bars located in the city centre, which is about a 20 minute walk away.'

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The ground is located in the North part of the city (close to Old Aberdeen) and near to the coast line. It is close to the A956.

From The South:

Follow the A90 towards Aberdeen. Just south of Aberdeen join the A956. Keep on the A956 through Aberdeen and eventually you will come to Pittodrie over on your right. Turn right into Pittodrie Street for the ground.

From The North:  

Follow the A956 into Aberdeen. You will reach Pittodrie over on your left. Turn left into Pittodrie Street for the ground.

From The West:  

Follow the A96 into Aberdeen. At the large roundabout with the A978 turn left into Machar Drive (A978). Proceed along the A978 and then turn right onto the A956 (King Street). Pittodrie Street and the ground is the 5th turning on the left.

There is a large car park at the ground but this is for pass holders only. There is though a fair amount of street parking in side streets and on the Esplanade along the sea front, which is on the other side of the golf course.

Aberdeen Railway Station is over two miles from the ground and is quite a walk (around 25-30 mins). Best to jump in a taxi up to the ground. However if you want to brave the walk:

Upon leaving the station turn left and walk across the bridge and then turn right. This brings you into Union Street, where you should walk down until its end, where you will reach Castle Gate. Home supporters should bear left into King Street (A956) and continue down this street before turning right into Merkland Road for the ground. Away supporters should proceed through the Castle Gate and into Park Street. This street eventually becomes Golf Road and you will come to Pittodrie on your left.

Thanks to Tom Widdows for providing the directions.  

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Home Fans
Main Stand (Centre):
Adults £28, Over 65's £20, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £16, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Main Stand (Wings):
Adults £26, Over 65's £19, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £15, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Richard Donald/South Stands (Covered Seating):
Adults £25, Over 65's £19, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £15, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Richard Donald/South Stands (Uncovered Seating):
Adults £24, Over 65's £18, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £14, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Merkland Stand:
Adults £22, Over 65's £14, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £13, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6

Away Fans  
Adults £25, Over 65's £19, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £15, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6

Please note that Under 18's and Under 12's tickets for the home areas will require proof of age ID to be shown on purchase.

Official Programme £3

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

Although not local in distance, Glasgow Rangers.

26 wheelchair spaces are available in front of the Richard Donald & Merkland Road Stands, plus seven more in front of the away section. These also include provision for one helper per wheelchair space. Disabled fans are admitted free, although helpers are required to pay. Disabled toilet facilities are available in these stands. Places need to be booked in advance by calling 01224 650423.  

Record Attendance:

45,061 v Heart Of Midlothian, Scottish Cup, March 3rd 1954.

Average Attendance:

2015-2016: 13,094 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 13,359 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 12,918 (Premier League)

The Club offer free tours of the stadium on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. For further information and to book call the club on 01224 650 400.

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

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photos and ground plan of the Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen v Dundee United
Premier League
Wednesday January 2nd 2013, 3pm 
Martin McNab (Dundee United fan)

Pittodrie Aberdeen FC

Being a loyal Dundee United fan, a trip to the home of our 'New Firm' rivals Aberdeen is an occasion not to be missed. Along with around 2,200 fellow Arabs I made the one and a half hour trip up north to the granite city and was looking forward to the match. Being my first trip to Pitodrie I was not to sure what to expect when I entered the ground however I had heard from some friends that the condition of the stadium (or atl east the away section) was not the most welcoming places to be. 

Finding the ground was not too difficult. We followed the main road through the city's harbour area and the stadium is quite well signposted. Before the game we had hoped to go to a for a bite to eat but because of the bad traffic on the roads we did not get to the stadium till about 20 minutes before kick off. 

My first sight of the ground was from the south side. Seeing the impressive Richard Donald stand I thought that the the away fans area would not be too bad. However when we got into the away end I was not impressed. The seats are in a state of dissrepair and some of them can be a bit hard to pull down becaue of them being so rusty although this did not prove to be a problem because we were standing up for the duration of the match. The view of the pitch is decent and there is a lot of legroom for those who chose to sit. 

The game itself was a cracking game, by half time Dundee United were leading 2-1, thanks to a Jaime Langfield (the Aberdeen keeper) own goal. Being rivals the atmosphere was brilliant, helped by the fact that the fans are separated by no more than a fence meaning that the banter flying back and forth between the home and away fans was brilliant. The stewards were not the best of people to deal with however that seems to be the case at more and more grounds in Scotland nowadays.

Just before half time I went to get myself a pie and bovril, the queue however was enormous due to the fact that there was only 3 serving stations to cater for the 2,000-2,500 away fans. After a wait of almost 20 minutes I reached the serving station only to find out that they had ran out of pies, hotdogs and all hot food just before half time, something that was not pleasing the fans. The toilets in the ground were not that bad however, like the food stalls there was by no means enough toilets to cater for a large away support which meant more waiting in queues. 

Getting out of the ground was fine despite a 5 minute wait for them to open the gates and overall with the game ending 2-2 it was a good day out and I cant wait to go again. 

Aberdeen v Ross County
Premier League
Saturday August 11th, 2012, 3pm 
James Kidd (Neutral fan)

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

Although I'm from Newcastle and primarily a Newcastle supporter I've followed Aberdeen for the best part of 30 years now and try to watch them as often as possible when their fixtures don't clash with Newcastles although that isn't very often so it's always exciting when I get the chance to visit Pittodrie. The fact that this was the first League meeting ever between the two sides added to the occasion and I was looking forward to seeing how good Ross County were with them being on the back of a 32 game unbeaten run stretching back through the previous season.

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

We left Newcastle at 7:40am and the 4hr 30m train journey meant we were in Aberdeen just after midday. We found our hotel easily enough and made our way to the pub to watch Peterhead v Rangers in the Scottish 3rd Division.

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

There aren't many pubs near the stadium and since Pittodrie as around a 20 minute walk from the centre we decided to head to Archibald Simpsons which is a Wetherspoons pub situated on the corner of Union Street and Castle Street and is around a 15 minute walk from the stadium. The pub was very busy with a good mix of home and away supporters who were all in very good spirits, especially when Peterhead took the lead against Rangers!

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

The stadium is a bit dated in all honesty. It was of course the first all seater stadium in the UK but other than the Richard Donald Stand which was built in 1993 the rest of the stadium is looking a bit tired these days. Ross County brought around 1,000 fans with them and they were all situated in the South Stand, towards the Richard Donald stand.

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

The game was pretty poor. Aberdeen were marginally the better side but Ross County were very determined and showed why they were unbeaten for so long and it was no surprise that it fizzled out into a 0-0 draw. The crowd were pretty subdued for the most part, despite the attendance being over 14,000 but the poor football on display meant it was difficult to get excited about what was happening on the pitch. We were in the Richard Donald Stand, four rows from the front of the Upper tier and had a railing which runs the full length of the stand obstructing our view of the goal we were behind. You would probably need to sit at least six rows from the front to get a totally unobstructed view of the match. The facilities in the stand are pretty good though.

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

We walked back into the city centre after the match for a few more drinks. Obviously we were on foot but noticed that the traffic around the stadium was all flowing freely and it is quite an easy stadium to get out of, even with a larger than normal crowd. The atmosphere was very relaxed with both sets of supporters mingling and wishing each other well for the rest of the season.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I love Aberdeen! It's a very nice city although even in the summer it can get pretty nippy so it's always worth bringing a coat with you! It wasn't a great game but the day on the whole was very enjoyable. We took the opportunity to visit several of the many pubs the city has to offer after the match and also found a great Indian restaurant which is where we ended our night. It's a long way to travel for many people in the UK but it's certainly a trip I would recommend taking. 

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Updated 19th July 2016

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