Future Ground Developments
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
The North & East Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
West Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Looking Towards The South Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
stadium:mk Location Map
|What's Stadium:mk Like?|
|The Club moved to the new
stadium in 2007. At a cost of around £50m, the
22,000 all seated stadium, certainly looks a quality
one and one that does look a bit different to other
new stadiums that have been built. It was designed
by HOK, the same firm of architects responsible for
the Emirates & Wembley stadiums. From the
outside it has a modern look, with good use of
silver coloured cladding and a large amount of glass
on view. The most striking feature of the stadium is
its roof, which sits high up above the football
ground with a large gap between in and the back roof
of seating. This allows more natural light to reach
the pitch. The stadium is totally enclosed and has a
bowl like design.
It is two tiered, with on three sides having a large lower tier being over hung by a smaller upper tier. The West side of the stadium is slightly different, with the seating areas in the upper tier being replaced by the Director's Box and executive and corporate hospitality areas. Unusually the concourse areas at the back of the lower tier see directly into the stadium, so there is what seems a noticeable gap between the lower and upper tiers is where the concourse is located.
|Future Ground Developments|
|The Club have announced that they are to increase the capacity of stadium:mk to 32,000. This will be achieved by installing seats in the upper tier, which has been largely left empty since the stadium was originally built in 2007. This should have a big positive impact on the overall look of the ground. It is hoped that the seating will be in place before the start of the 2013/14 season.|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away supporters are located
in the North Stand at one end of the stadium where
normally around 3,000 fans can be accommodated. If
demand requires it then the corners to either side
of this stand can also be allocated increasing the
allocation to over 6,000. On the plus side the
stadium is a quality one i.e. it has not been built
on the cheap. So the facilities are first class. The
stadium has such creature comforts as big 'Emirates
Style' comfy seats and the ability to continue to
watch the game in progress, whilst eating a burger
on the concourse. The view of the playing action and
leg room are both good and the atmosphere not bad.
The concourses are spacious and offer a good range
of food. However,
with only the lower tier of seating so far being
installed and with work still to be done to the West
Stand, then it may well have an odd unfinished look.
Like a number of new stadiums though, its main
drawback is location, It is located adjacent to the
A5, but well away from the centre of Milton Keynes,
so there is little on offer in the way of pubs.
Very nearby though are KFC & McDonalds
outlets, plus a cafe in the Asda next door! The
stadium also has electronic turnstiles, so no paying
at the gate here! Instead you gain entrance by
putting your tickets into a bar code reader to gain
Alan Burgess a visiting Sheffield Wednesday fan adds; 'the seating is marvellous both for comfort and leg room, the concourses very impressive and the sight lines fantastic. The food was the standard football ground offering but at least the serving areas were plentiful and well organised; there wasn't a bad atmosphere either from a crowd of 6,500 (though the PA system is deafening) and I can't end without a tribute to the bogs - separate, wide entrances and exits, plenty of space, soap and hot running water - luxury!. A cut above almost all of the modern football stadiums'.
Brook informs me; 'Away fans can buy tickets on
the day by gates
3 and 4.
All fans are searched on entering the stadium and
flags are not allowed in
unless they come with their fire certificate! The Club operate automatic
turnstiles, where you have to put your ticket
(which has a bar code on it) into a slot reader and
a green light will signify that one can enter. This
should be done speedily as the revolving turnstile
will then come up behind
you and whack you on the backside,
which has left some fans rather bemused.
Programmes are bought outside the stadium.'
|Where To Drink?|
informs me; 'There is a hotel connected
to the stadium, of which some of the rooms
have views of the pitch. But more importantly it
also has the Red Dot Bar, into
which away fans are usually welcomed provided
any colours are kept reasonably
discrete. This bar also shows Sky Sports.'
The nearest pub to the ground is the 'Inn on the Lake' (previously called the Beacon) which is around a 10 minute walk away, in the nearby Mount Farm area. This pub offers food and has recently been refurbished. With the stadium entrance in front of you and Asda over to the right, then the pub is located on an industrial estate behind the stadium, next to a small lake. From the back of the the stadium cross over the road and go down Dawson Road which is in front of you. At the bottom of Dawson Road turn right into Bond Avenue and the pub is down on the right.
About a 15 minute walk away towards Bletchley is the Enigma Tavern on Saxon Street. This pub also offers food, has a large beer garden and is child friendly. To find this pub, just follow the signs for Bletchley by Asda and you will reach the pub on your left.
Guy Plumb adds; 'There is also Fenny Stratford which is located a mile south of the stadium along Watling Street. Fenny has seven pubs within a five minute walk of each other plus a fish and chip shop'. Caroline Charlesworth a visiting Leicester fan tells me; 'Many Leicester fans headed to Fenny Startford, as it is about a 20 minute walk from the ground and seems to be the better bet of all the areas round the ground after speaking to others who went elsewhere. We actually caught the train and got off at Fenny Stratford. There are a number of pubs but there are two in particular worth an extra mention. ‘The Swan Hotel’ is on the junction of Watling Street, Aylesbury Road and Simpson Road. It has a basic range of beers but they serve good value food on a match day. The menu is the usual Pub stuff of sandwiches and main meals and they also serve a fantastic Breakfast until 1.30pm. I also recommend ‘The Red Lion’ which is on Simpson Road. This is a lovely setting right on the Lock – be nice for those early and end of season days out as they have a decent size garden and plenty of room to stand around outside. To get to both pubs from Fenny Stratford station you need to turn left as you step off the train. Walk down to the level crossing and turn right for The Swan Hotel and left for The Red Lion. Both pubs are just a couple of minutes from the level crossing'.
Alternatively, it may be an idea instead to drink on the way or in Milton Keynes itself. There are a number of bars located adjacent to the main shopping centre (although many of them do not allow fans in wearing colours), or in walking distance of Milton Keynes Central station. If coming out of the station you go straight up Midsummer Boulevard in front of you, then after around five minutes walk you will find a Wetherspoons outlet located on the left. This pub also has the added benefit that the shuttle buses running from the station to the stadium also pick up at the pub. Wayne Bowen a visiting Southend United fans adds; 'Alcohol was available to away fans, but a bit pricey at £3.20 for a bottle of Carlsberg and £3.20 for a can of Tetley. However, there were long queues at half time.'
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
The stadium is situated at Denbigh North, just off the A5, south of Central Milton Keynes and just north of Bletchley. It is adjacent to a Retail Park with ASDA and IKEA, so expect some traffic congestion. For those familiar with MK’s grid road system the ground is on V6 Grafton Street on the junction with H9 Groveway
Official Club Route (this is signposted from Junction 14 of the M1):
Leave the M1 at Junction 14 and head towards Milton Keynes. Go straight over the first roundabout and at the next (where there is a Total Garage on the corner) turn left onto the V11 Tongwell Street. Proceed across one roundabout and at the next turn right onto the H8 Standing Way (A421). Continue alone the Standing Way going across a number of roundabouts. On reaching the Bleak Hall Roundabout turn left into the V6 Grafton Street. At the next roundabout, turn right and the stadium entrance is further down on the left.
Potential alternative/quicker routes
From the North:
Please note that the
stadium is no where near the centre of Milton Keynes.
If you do get lost
follow directions to Bletchley and/or
James a visiting
Portsmouth fan adds; 'If you are a visiting
supporter then follow the signs for "football coaches" as this will take you to the
back of the stadium which is nearer the away fans turnstiles.
Following signs for "stadium mk"
will take you round to the front of the ground
where most of the parking is for permit holders
only. With regards to parking, if you dont want
to pay, and arrive early enough,
then you can park on the industrial
estate which is on the opposite side of the
road, to this rear stadium entrance'.
Alternative ParkingThere are 2,000 car parking spaces at the stadium, which cost £7 per vehicle. Otherwise you can street park in the Denbigh West industrial estate. After passing the stadium entrance on your left, turn right at the next roundabout, called Granby roundabout, and then take the next turn left, and immediately left again onto the industrial estate called Denbigh West. Don't be tempted to park at the adjacent Asda Store as it is patrolled on matchdays and you may end up with a parking ticket for your trouble.
Thanks to Dan McCalla for providing the above directions.
Map showing the location of stadium:mk (at the bottom of this page).
nearest station is Fenny Stratford which is just
over a mile away from the stadium, however this is
on the local Bletchley to Bedford line. As you
exit the station turn right and at the top of the
road turn right onto the main Watling Street. Just
go straight along this road and you will see the
stadium over on your right.
is also Bletchley which is around about two miles
away from the stadium. Bill's Minibuses runs
a bus a service from Bletchley and
Milton Keynes Central Stations to the football
stadium every 30 minutes on the run up to
kick off on matchdays (at 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm and
2.30pm). A one way ticket costs £1 and the
minibuses go from just outside the station
entrances. Surprisingly taxis are scarce
outside Bletchley station so best to pre-book
one in advance (Skyline
01908 222111 are a local taxi firm).
Otherwise you can
embark on the 35-40 minute walk to the stadium.
The station is served by trains from London Euston
& Birmingham New Street.
Adults £23, Over 60's £18, Under 18's £8
All other areas of the stadium:
Over 60's £15
Under 18's £5
7's will be admitted free in some of the
home areas of the stadium as long as they are a
member of the Club and accompanied by an
adult. Maximum of two Under 7's per adult.
addition Under 21'a can gain admission for £10 if
they are club members.
|Official Programme £3|
|Northampton Town & Peterborough United.|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|MK Dons fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
22,220 Northampton Saints v Munster
Heineken Cup Pool Stage, January 21st 2012
For an MK Dons game:
19,506 v Queens Park Rangers
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 7th 2012
2011-2012: 8,659 (League One)
2010-2011: 8,512 (League One)
2009-2010: 10,290 (League One)
(Preston North End) 2/3/13
Jonny Shuttleworth (Coventry City) 29/12/12
Martin Rawlings (Portsmouth) 6/10/12
Robert McNeil (Oldham Athletic) 18/8/12
Sam Ferguson (Brentford) 31/3/12
Kristian Ramsingh (Tottenham Hotspur) 26/7/11
Richard Furse (Plymouth Argyle) 18/1/11
David Prior (Colchester United) 22/8/09
Gavin Hugill (Leicester City) 28/2/09
Ryan Godwin (Cheltenham Town) 25/10/08
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