Scottish Ground Guide


Aberdeen FC
Pittodrie Stadium

Capacity: 22,199 (all seated)
Address:
Pittodrie Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5QH
Telephone No: 01224 650 400
Fax No: 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 Manufacturers: Adidas
Home Kit Colours:
Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Black With White Trim
Official Web Site:
www.afc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
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Contents

What's Pittodrie Like?
Future Developments

The Granite Ground Entrance
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
The Main & Richard Donald Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?

How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Looking Towards The Richard Donald Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzines
Layout Of The Ground
Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Fans Reviews
Record & Average Attendance
Stadium Tours
Hotel Accommodation

Pittodrie Location Map

What's Pittodrie Like?

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.

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Future Developments

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.

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The Granite Ground Entrance


Merkland Family Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
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'.

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The Main & Richard Donald Stands


Main And Richard Donald Stands Photo

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Where To Drink?
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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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

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.

Map showing the location of the Pittodrie football ground
(at the bottom of this page).

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By Train
Aberdeen train 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.

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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Local Rivals
Although not local in distance, Glasgow Rangers.

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Looking Towards The Richard Donald Stand


Looking Towards The Richard Donald Stand

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Admission Prices 

Home Fans*:
Main Stand: Adults 28, Over 60's 20, Under 18's/Full Time Students  15, Under 12's 8
Richard Donald Stand: Adults 24,
Over 60's 18, Under 18's/Full Time Students  13, Under 12's 6
South Stand:
Adults 24, Over 60's 18, Under 18's/Full Time Students  13, Under 12's 6
Merkland Family Stand: Adults 20, 
Over 60's 12, Under 18's/Full Time Students  10, Under 12's 6

Away Fans*:
South Stand:
Adults 24, Over 60's 18, Under 18's/Full Time Students  13, Under 12's 6

* Please note that the ticket prices quoted above are for those tickets purchased prior to matchday. Adult  and Over 60's tickets bought on the day of the game itself can cost up to 2 more, whilst Under 18's and Under 12's will have to pay the full Over 60's price.

**Please note that Family tickets must be purchased from the ticket office or online prior to kick off. They are not available at the turnstiles.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme 2.50
Ten Men Went To Mow (10MWTM) 1.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Aberdeen FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Disabled Facilities

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.

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Fans Reviews
Martin McNab (Dundee United) 3/1/13
James Kidd (Neutral) 11/8/12

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Record & Average Attendance

Record Attendance:

45,061 v Heart Of Midlothian,

Scottish Cup, March 3rd 1954.

Average Attendance:

2013-2014: 12,918 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 9,611 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 9,296 (Premier League)

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Stadium Tours

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.

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. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Aberdeen Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map showing the location of the Pittodrie Football Ground




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



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Last Revised:  26 July 2014