Capacity: 3,400 (Seats 1,400)
Address: Holyhead Road, Bangor, LL57 2HQ
Telephone: 01248 355852
Pitch Size: 118 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: Citizens
Year Ground Opened: 2012
Home Kit: Blue and White
Bangor City opened their new stadium in 2012, after spending 92 years at their former Farrar Road ground. The new stadium is located around 1.5 miles to the West of Bangor town centre. The ground is set in pleasant sloping woodlands alongside Holyhead Road, around about halfway between Upper Bangor and the famous Menai Suspension Bridge. Entering from the Georges Roundabout on Holyhead Road the new approach road slopes downhill with the vast Menai Straits and distant shoreline of Anglesey dominating the horizon, with the Suspension Bridge visible on the far left. Continuing down the approach road there are two car parks set into the landscape on the right hand side with a floodlit all weather training pitch in the background. The road leads down to the rear of the Main Stand with its club offices and reception flanked by turnstile and toilet blocks.
The road continues round to the right of the Main Stand and finishes at a small car park at the Bangor City End. Entering through turnstiles next to the Police Control box we enter the ground behind the goal on shallow concrete steps which form the City End. This side will become the traditional home end over time but is currently lacking any spectator cover.
To the right running along pitch side is the Menai Straits side, which has a pleasing backdrop of woodland. On one side towards the Menai Bridge End, are two small separate covered stands, which hold in total 600 blue seats. On the other side towards the City End is a flat standing area. Separating these two areas is a tall enclosed television gantry which sits astride the half way line. The Menai Bridge End, mirrors the City End, in having just a couple of steps of terrace and being uncovered.
On the remaining side the Main Stand holds pride of place on the pitch centre line, with a single tier of 800 blue plastic seats raised on a concrete deck, with windows for the executive viewing facilities at the rear. Unusually considering the stand does not run full pitch length, the stand roof runs flat and is not antlered, with three columns supporting the front edge. This means that if it rains you stay dry but you have a partly obstructed view of the pitch. The roof also does not cover the whole of the seating area, meaning that 100 seats on each wing are open to the elements. This side of the ground is currently landscaped with grass banks flanking the Main Stand leading back to the corners of the ground. The stadium has a set of eight floodlights, four of which are located on each side of the ground.
Barry Jones informs me; 'Planning applications have been submitted to add covered terraces behind both goals. With a larger one to be constructed behind the Menai Bridge End. This is to be named the Citizens Terrace, due to the fact that the supporters association is raising a large sum of money to help pay for it.'
If crowd segregation is in force, then visiting supporters are allocated the Menai Bridge End which is a shallow concrete terrace behind the goal. This area is open to the elements so it may be a better idea to head for one of the covered seats made available in the small prefabricated stands on the Menai Straits side of the stadium. Normally a visit to Bangor is a relaxed and pleasant day out. If walking to the stadium from the town centre, then unless it is a night match you will enjoy some fine views across the Menai Straits and the Menai Bridge.
There is a club house at the stadium that welcomes away fans. Otherwise there are no pubs, or eating establishments in the immediate vicinity of the ground. The nearest pub is the Antelope Inn, situated next to the Menai Bridge Suspension Bridge. This is around a ten minute walk from the stadium along Holyhead Road, heading further away from the town centre. In the opposite direction (going towards the University and town centre) on Holyhead Road, is Patrick's Bar. This Irish themed pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, also has the added benefits of serving local real ales and showing televised sport. It is around a 15 minute walk away from the stadium. If arriving by train, then there are plenty of the pubs in the nearby town centre, which is around a 20 minute walk away. On the High Street is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Black Bull Inn.
From The East
Take the A55 towards Holyhead. Exit at Junction 9 just before the Britannia Bridge, and follow signposts for A487/A5 towards Bangor Town. Continue along the A487 and on reaching the roundabout with the Antelope Inn and the Menai Bridge on the left, continue straight on along the A5 towards Bangor. This road becomes Holyhead Road and after passing the University Of Wales Campus, you will reach the stadium entrance at the Georges Roundabout on your left.
From The West
Take the A55 from Holyhead over Britannia Bridge, then exit at Junction 9 and follow signposts for A5 towards Bangor. Then as East above.
There are two small car parks behind the Main Stand, which hold around 150 cars between them.
Bangor Railway Station is served by train services provided by the South Wales-Chester-Holyhead service.
Around a 20 minute walk, but mostly uphill. As you come out of the railway station entrance you will see signposts pointing directly ahead to the town centre (and the former ground site along Farrar Road) But instead of carrying on, turn to your left and follow Station Road, walking up the hill passing Morrisons on your right hand side. Go straight across the mini roundabout and follow the road as it curves around to the left as it approaches Upper Bangor. After 10 minutes walk the road straightens out onto Holyhead Road with woodlands to your left and right hand side.At the Georges Roundabout take the right turn and walk into the new stadium approach road. The road leads down slope towards the Menai Straits with the car parks and training pitch to your right, with the ground at the end of the road.
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Bangor is well connected to surrounding towns in the area by the local Arriva bus network.
5, X5 Llundudno-Bangor-Caernarfon
X32 Aberystwyth-Bangor Traws Cambria Service
Bangor’s Bus Station lies on a curved road corner opposite Debenhams in the town centre. The ground is around 30 minutes walk from here. Take the road past Subway leading into the town centre,then turn right into the High Street. As you walk past Bangor Cathedral take a left turn and keep following the High Street towards the railway station. Turn right into Station Road just before you get to the railway bridge and walk past the railway station entrance. Continue walking up the hill with Morrisons on your right hand side. The road curves round to the left as it approaches Upper Bangor.After 10 minutes walk the road straightens out onto Holyhead Road with woodlands to your left and right hand side. At the Georges Roundabout take the right turn and walk into the new stadium approach road. The road leads down slope towards the Menai Straits with the car parks and training pitch to your right, with the ground at the end of the road.
Under 12's £2
Official Matchday Programme £2.
Rhyl, Llundudno, Prestatyn, Conwy United and Caenarfon Town.
At University Of Bangor Stadium:
1,452 v Rhyl
Premier League Europa Cup play off, 17th May 2014
At Farrar Road:
10,000 v Wrexham
Welsh Cup Final, 1979.
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