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Milton Keynes Dons FC
stadium:mk

Capacity: 30,500 (all seated)
Address: Denbigh, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
Main Telephone No: 01908 622 922
Main Fax No: 01908 622 933
Ticket Office: 01908 622 900
Team Nickname: The Dons
Year Ground Opened: 2007
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Suzuki
Home Kit Colours: All White
Away Kit Colours: Red With White Trim
3rd Kit Colours: Yellow With Red Trim
Kit Manufacturers: Sondico
Official Web Site:
www.mkdons.co.uk

Unofficial Web Sites:
Supporters Association
The Zone MK
GD's MK Dons Blog
Concrete Roundabout Forum

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Contents
External View (photo)
What's Stadium:mk Like?
West & South Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East & North Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Bletchley Working Mens Club
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

East & South Stands (photo)
By Train

West Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews

Hotel Accommodation
stadium:mk Location Map



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External View

External View

What's Stadium:mk Like?
The Club moved to the new stadium in 2007. The stadium cost in the region of £50m to build, and the money has been well spent. As in my opinion it is a 'cut above' some other new comparable stadiums, in terms of quality and standards of spectator facilities. 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.

The overall look of the stadium has recently benefited from the installation of seating into the previously unused upper tier. It certainly now looks a large and imposing stadium, one that is worthy of football at a higher level. 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 spacious 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. 

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West & South Stands


West and South Stands

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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. 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 recently opened behind the North Stand, is an Odeon Cinema that also has seven eating places in front, including Nandos and Pizza Express. 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 entrance.

Alan Burgess a visiting Sheffield Wednesday fan adds; '
the seating is marvelous 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'.

James 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.' Food available on the concourse includes Pukka Pies; Chicken Balti (£3), Meat and Potato (£3), Cornish Pasties (£3), Cheese and Onion Pasties (£3), Quarter Pounder Cheeseburger with salad (£3.50), Rollover Hot Dogs (£3.50) and Bacon Rolls (£2.50).

In keeping with the infamous concrete cows of Milton Keynes, the Club have a mascot called
Mooie, whilst the South Stand is called the 'cowshed'. No wonder that the locals have christened the stadium 'The MooCamp!'

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East & North Stands


North and East Stands


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Where To Drink?
Ian Townsend 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). However it no longer welcomes football fans on matchdays.
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. If arriving into Bletchley Railway station then nearby, is the Park Inn and Bletchley Working Mens Club. The latter postively welcomes away fans and shows both Sky and BT Sports (see advert below).

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. Right by the station is the ‘The Red Lion’. This is in a lovely setting right beside a Canal Lock – 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'.

Mary McConnell a Sheffield United fan informs me; 'I would recommend the Swan Hotel in Fenny Stratford, its  on the corner of Watling Street and Simpson Road (this road runs down to the railway station). The locals were friendly and the landlord most accommodating. It has a large car park that accommodated our supporters coach. and part from the usual fayre of drinks, they offered nice fresh rolls, which makes a nice change to the usual chips and a burger that's offered in most places! Its not often that we find some where so nice to away supporters but this place couldn't of done more, big thumbs up to The Swan Hotel.'  To get to both the Red Lion and Swan Hotel 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'. Also nearby on the High Street is the Chequers pub, which has the benefit of having both Sky and BT Sports.

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. Wayne Bowen a visiting Southend United fans adds; 'Alcohol was available to away fans, at £3.20 for a bottle of Carlsberg and £3.20 for a can of Tetley. However, there were long queues at half time.'

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Bletchley Working Mens Club
Bletchley
                  Working Mens Club

Bletchley Working Mens Club is located 500 yards from Bletchley Rail Station, and just over a mile from Stadium:mk. On Saturday match days, a comfortable function room is opened for away supporters from 11am. The bar prices are competitive, and we offer a selection of filled rolls, so you can eat and drink whilst watching Sky and BT Sports. There is no entrance fee and families are welcome. Coaches can be accommodated by prior appointment.

Please Contact 01908-377344 for further information or visit the Bletchley Working Mens Club website. Location Map.

Looking Towards The North Stand


Looking Towards The North Stand

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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:
Leave the M1 at Junction 15 and take the A508 towards Milton Keynes and keep going until you reach the A5 roundabout. Take the first exit onto the A5 (direction London). Turn off at the third junction (signposted A421), take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto the V6 Grafton Street (towards Bletchley) and the ground is on the left. Or if you prefer more motorway driving, then continue South on the M1 to Junction 14:

From Junction 14 take the A509 towards Milton Keynes. take the A509 towards and into Milton Keynes.
After the big motorway roundabout, turn right at the next roundabout (still A509, also called H5 Portway), then keep going straight on until you reach the A5 roundabout. Turn left onto the A5 (towards London). Turn off at the first junction (signposted A421), take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto the V6 Grafton Street (towards Bletchley) and the ground is on the left.


From the South:
Leave the M1 at junction 13 and take the second exit (A421) towards Milton Keynes. At the third roundabout (there's a BP garage on the right as you approach), take the second exit onto the H9 Groveway. Keep going straight on until you reach the A5 roundabout. Take the second exit at the roundabout onto the V6 Grafton Street (towards Bletchley) and the ground is on the left. 

If you are approaching the stadium from the South along the A5, then leave the A5 at the junction of the A421 and you then really can't miss it.

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 IKEA.

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 Parking

There 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).

Post Code for SAT NAV: MK1 1ST

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East And South Stands


East And South Stands

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By Train

The 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.

There is also Bletchley which is around about two miles away from the stadium. 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.

Turn left immediately you come out of the station building and continue to and down the steps. At the bottom of the steps turn left go under the railway bridge. At the roundabout by the Park pub turn left onto Saxon Street. Keep straight on this road and you will eventually reach the stadium. However you will need to cross over to the other side, as there is only one path beside it. You will pass Bletchley Bus Station on your right and then the Enigma Pub. Go straight across the double mini roundabout following signs for the A5 and you will see the stadium over on your left. Beware though that the walk might not be best made for night games, as there are a number of underpasses enroute.

More likely though you will end up at Milton Keynes Central which is around four miles away. There is a taxi rank outside the station (Cost about £10 to the stadium). Or there is a regular Bus Service from outside the station, as Peter Durrant a visiting Plymouth Argyle supporter tells me; 'There is the Arriva Service No 1, which runs every 30 minutes (on Saturday afternoons) at 5 minutes and 35 minutes past the hour from Milton Keynes Central Rail station. The journey takes about time is 10 minutes (and is via the city centre, Oldbrook and the Hospital) to the bus stop of Grafton Street, adjacent to the stadium entrance. The return journey from the Granby, Grafton Street bus stop leaves at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour to MK Central Rail station'. Dan McCalla adds; 'The number one bus is hourly on midweek evenings. However, you can also catch the Number 6 bus too from the station to the stadium. It runs every 20 minutes on Saturday afternoons, and every 20 minutes outbound and then hourly back on midweek evenings.' Visit the Arriva website to view timetables.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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A Closer Look At The West Stand

A Closer Look At The West
                    Stand

Admission Prices
East Stand (Centre):
Adults £23, Over 60's £18, Under 18's £8
All other areas of the stadium:
Adults £20
Over 65's
£15
Under 18's £5

Under 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.

Family tickets are also available from the Club (1 or 2 Adults + 2 Under 16's).

In addition Under 21'a can gain admission for £10 if they are club members.

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Programme
Official Programme £3

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Local Rivals
Northampton Town & Peterborough United.

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Ground Layout


Stadium Layout

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Fixtures
MK Dons fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
26,969 v Manchester United
Capital One League Cup 2nd Round, August 26th 2014


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 9,047 (League One)
2012-2013: 8,612 (League One)
2011-2012: 8,659 (League One)

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Fans Reviews
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 1/11/14
Alex Smith (Coventry City) 23/8/14
Tim Sansom (England) 14/11/13
Joe Cooper (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

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

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Last Updated: 24 September 2014