Dundee

Dens Park

Capacity: 11,850 (all seated)
Address: Sandeman St, Dundee, DD3 7JY
Telephone: 01382 889 966
Fax: 01382 832 284
Pitch Size: 101m x 66m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Dark Blues or The Dees
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: McEwan Fraser
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Dark Blue, Red & White
Away Kit: Red and Navy Blue

Dens Park
Dens Park
The Dundee Football Grounds
The Dundee Football Grounds

The overall look of Dens Park was greatly improved with the re-development of both ends in the late 1990's. The Bobby Cox & Bob Shankly Stands are similar looking, both being single tiered and roughly of the same height. Both sides are quite old looking stands that date back to the 1920's. The Main (North) Stand is a covered seated stand, unusual in that it is oval in shape, meaning that those sitting on the half way line are furthest away from the playing action. In fact at one time the whole ground was oval. It also has only a small amount of seats in the lower portion of the stand, with the bulk of the seating in the upper part. On the other side is a more conventional single tiered stand, that only runs for about two thirds of the length of the pitch. Both these stands have many supporting pillars that may hinder your view. Dens Park is completed with a set of four tall old fashioned looking floodlights.

The clubs owners have purchased land near Camperdown Park and Dundee Ice Arena, with a view to possibly building a new stadium for the Club. The site is located on the North Western edge of Dundee, around two and half miles away from Dens Park.

Away fans are housed in the Bob Shankly Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 3,000 supporters can be accommodated. If required then a further 1,000 seats can be allocated in the Main (North) Stand towards the Bob Shankly End. The facilities within the Bob Shankly Stand are quite good and the view of the playing action excellent. The great thing about this stand is that even a relatively small number of away fans can really generate some noise. George Hobb a visiting Hearts supporter adds. 'normally a relaxed and friendly day out and the atmosphere generated within the ground can be quite good'. However, I have received reports that the stewarding can be a bit strict if away fans persistently stand.

The Centenary bar near to the ground welcomes both home and away supporters. The bar has two rooms within it, one of which is used for home fans and one for away supporters. George Hobb recommends 'The Clep bar on Clepington Road. Great pies, friendly bar staff and very reasonable prices. It is only five minutes walk from the ground'. Willie Douglas adds; 'The Stobswell Sports Club in Raglan Street is a ten minute walk from Dens Park. It is family friendly and also allows away supporters buses.'

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Follow the A90 through Dundee. Leave the A90 at the junction with the B960 (sign posted 'Football Traffic'/Dundee), and turn right onto Clepington Road (B960). Continue along Clepington Road for one mile where you will reach a roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout and after a short distance you should be able to see some floodlights over beyond the houses on your right. Take the 2nd right into Arklay Street and then right into Tannadice Steet. Dens Park is up at the end of this street on the left. There is no parking available for supporters at the ground so it is a case of finding some street parking.

Dundee Railway Station is over two miles away from Dens Park and is quite a walk away (25-30mins). Best to jump in a taxi. Leave the station and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing. Take the exit to the right before the Nethergate centre, this exit has steps  leading down to Union Street. Walk up to the top of Union Street and turn right onto the High Street, after a couple of hundred yards veer left into the pedestrianised Murraygate and proceed to the Wellgate centre. Go via the escalators in the Wellgate centre to the top floor of the centre and exit onto Victoria Road. (If Wellgate is closed, turn left along Panmure Street, right up Meadowside and right onto Victoria Road to rear of Wellgate Shopping Centre). 

Here you have two choices, via the Hilltown (Shorter distance but like climbing the north face of the Eiger) or via Dens Road (much longer but far less likely to induce a heart attack): Option 1 (for those fit enough) cross Victoria Road to the foot of the Hilltown walk up this for approx 1/3 mile (it feels like 3) till you reach the junction of Main St & Strathmartine Road this is easily recognisable by the ornamental clock near the junction. Turn right onto Main St and proceed until you reach the junction with Isla St (Church on the corner opposite the excellent Snug Bar). Turn left into Isla Street (at Clepington Church). Continue across Dens Road into North Isla Street and turn left at Tannadice, Dens Park is just up the road.   Option 2 Turn right onto Victoria Road proceed about 1/4 mile, veer left at the Eagle Mills into Dens Road. Pass Dura Street, Alexander Street and Dens Road Market then right into Arklay Street. Once you reach Tannadice Street turn left past Tannadice, Dens Park is just up the road.

Neil Gellatly adds; 'Alternatively frequent bus services are available from Albert Square. Visit the Dundee Travel website for more information.  

Thanks to Neil Gellatly for providing the directions.

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Record Attendance

43,024 v Glasgow Rangers, Scottish Cup, February 1953.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 6,410 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 6,122 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 6,966 (Premier League)

The Club operate a category system (A & B) whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. The ticket prices are the same for all areas of Dens Park.

Category A Games (Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United, Hearts)
Adults £25, Over 65's/Students £18, Under 16's £15 

Category B Games (Other SPL Clubs)
Adults £22, Over 65's/Students £15, Under 16's £12

Dundee United.

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

Spaces are available in both the East & West Stands. Wheelchair users are admitted free, whilst helpers are charged £13. Spaces must be booked in advance by calling: 01382 826104.

 

 

Official Programme £3

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.

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing a photo and ground layout diagram of Dens Park Dundee.

Dundee v Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Premiership League
Friday 23rd December 2016, 7.45pm
Brian May (Hearts fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Dens Park?

This was my first chance to see how Hearts were going to play under new management with Ian Cathro having recently taken over. Also, I had never been to Dens Park before and had heard good things about it.

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

We travelled to the game on a Hearts supporters bus which parked just along the street from the ground. It didn't look as though there was any official car parking for supporters and the local streets were coned off so if you drive, you should probably be prepared to walk a fair distance from your car.

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

As usual, I had my children with me so didn't visit any of the local pubs, but there doesn't appear to be very much else to do in the immediate vicinity. Instead, we took a walk around the Dens Park ground (including taking a look at nearby Tannadice Park), visited the club shop and then made our way into the ground. Whilst not overly friendly, the home fans seemed pretty calm overall.

South Stand

South Stand

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

Dens Park is a classic example of an old ground that has been modernised yet retains some 'old school' character. We were with the Hearts fans behind one goal in the modern Bob Shankly stand which had good facilities and although set slightly back from the pitch offered a great view of the action. The seating bank is fairly steep and the roof is free of supporting pillars and amplified the noise nicely. At the opposite end is a mirror image new stand. To one side, the classic old Main Stand (I presume it's a Leitch) has a seated former terrace in the lower level, whilst seats in the upper level would have an obstructed view due to pillars supporting the roof. The stand has quite an unusual angled shape and the players tunnel is found towards the end of the stand near the away end and is more like a fenced pathway through the lower tier of seats. The last stand is a fairly simple 'cowshed' but this seemed to be where Dundee's most vociferous supporters were to be found.

Main Stand

Main (North) Stand

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

The pre-match pie was a fairly grim offering - bland, gristly and not worth the £2.20 charged. However, queues moved quickly and toilet facilities were decent enough. The stewards outside the ground were very friendly but things changed once inside. Tickets had been sold in advance to Hearts fans but as the allocation had not sold out, a cash gate was opened and those using it apparently told to sit anywhere rather than issuing the spare tickets or allocating a specific block. This then created confusion approaching kick-off as those with pre-bought tickets arrived to find their seats occupied. The stewards were fairly dismissive towards the displaced supporters and called in the Police who seemed to be very impatient and a bit heavy-handed. To be fair, a minority of the fans had been drinking and were probably not the most co-operative but overall this was disappointing handling of a problem of the club's own making.

For the first half, there was a good amount of noise created by the Hearts fans especially as they took an early lead and Dundee's fans didn't really make themselves heard until booing their team off at half-time! Early in the second half Hearts went 2-0 ahead but the game turned on it's head around 55 minutes as Dundee staged a comeback and their support found their voices. So, a long time coming, but the atmosphere for the final third was cracking with both sets of support urging their team on. Eventually, the home side ran out 3-2 winners with some Hearts fans taking a turn to boo their team at the final whistle!

View From the Away Stand

View From The Away End

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We took our coach home which got away from Dens Park and out of Dundee within a few minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, a good night out despite the problems before the game and the disappointing result for Hearts.

Dundee v Dundee United
Scottish Premier League
Monday 2nd May 2016, 7.45pm
Welsh Exile (Dundee fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Dens Park?

This game was billed as the "Down Derby" as United couldn't afford to lose or they would get relegated by their bitter rivals. This is my home ground these days and I absolutely love the place.

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

There is no car park at the ground itself, but there is street parking available all around the stadium. It's less than a 5 minute walk for me, though from the train and bus station it is a good 20 minute plus walk. You can get the 1a and 1b bus from the city centre along with the 22 and 18 which stops nearby also taxis are available.  I find that if you need to order one then try Tay taxis on 01382 450450 they are normally very quick and reliable.

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

I went to my local before the game where both fans mix although the Dee fans mainly drink on the Hilltown. I have yet to find a local pub that isn't friendly and welcoming to both home and away fans for any match. The High Corner is normally a good pub to go to as it welcomes all supporters and families and is now ran by ex-Dundee goalkeeper Derek Souter. This bar is well priced as well and the atmosphere is always welcoming. It also has lots of Dundee memorabilia on display throughout the pub.

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

The Dens Park ground consists of the old and the new. The first thing you will notice are the floodlights and the fact that three ends of the ground share the same entrance road with Uniteds ground not far away. Dens Park itself was designed by the famous football ground architect Archibald Leitch. The Main Stand which dates back to the 1920's is a unique design with the middle of the stand being further away from the pitch than the ends. The main part is raised. It also has supporting pillars running along the stand and a small seated section at the front of the stand and club offices. The ends behind the goal are Bobby Cox and the Bob Shankly Stands. They are both a large single tiered stands with disabled facilities and modern facilities such as bookies in the concourse. The away fans are house in the Shankly Stand and when demand is required are also allocated a portion of the Main Stand also. Opposite the Main Stand is the South (Derry) Stand. This stand only runs half the pitch and has half bucket seats bolted to benches, this is where most the atmosphere is created from the home fans. A proper old fashioned stand. The facilities in the two older stands are basic and both are accessed vis narrow stairwells.

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

The game started as any Derby game very nervy, it was 0-0 at half time, United scored shortly after half time and it gave their fans belief that they could hold off relegation for at least another week. Then the Dee's equalised you could see the realisations kicking into the United fans and as they again stared relegation in the face. Then to top off the game a local lad and Dundee fan Craig Wighton popped up and scored the winner in the 93rd minute to put the icing on the cake and send them down. The atmosphere was one of a party from a Dundee point of view and after years of gloating from United after they once won the League at Dens Park this was in someways a dose of karma and one which will live in the memory forever. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Most the home support stayed a while after the game to celebrate. Getting out of the ground can be congested and roads around Dens Park will be busy up until around 15-30 minutes after the final whistle.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day - redemption for the long suffering Dundee fan. This one will live in the memory forever.

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Updated 19th July 2017

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