Scottish Ground Guide


Dundee FC
Dens Park

Capacity:  11,850 (all seated)
Address: Sandeman St, Dundee, DD3 7JY
Telephone No:  01382 889 966
Fax No: 01382 832 284
Club Nickname: Dark Blues or The Dees
Pitch Size: 101m x 66m
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Home Kit Colours: Dark Blue, Red & White
Away Kit Colours: Sky Blue and White Stripes
Shirt Sponsors: Hangar Records
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Official Web Site:
www.dundeefc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Dee-licious
Glasgow Dees


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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Looking Towards The Bobby Cox Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

Layout Of The Ground
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
The Dundee Grounds

Hotel Accommodation

What's The Ground Like?

The overall look of the ground has greatly improved with the re-development of both ends. 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. 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 2/3rds of the length of the pitch. Both these stands have many supporting pillars that may hinder your view.

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Looking Towards The Bobby Cox Stand


Dens Park

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
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.

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Where To Drink?

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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Ground Layout


Layout

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

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.

Map showing the location of Dens Park
(takes you to the Google Maps website).

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By Train
Dundee train station is over two miles away from the ground and is quite a walk away from the ground (25-30mins). Best to jump in a taxi.
 
Leave the station and cross the road at the predestrian crossing. Take the exit to the right before the Nethergate centre, this exit has steps down to Union Street. Go to the top of Union St & turn right into the High St, 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 www.dundeetravelinfo.com for more information.
 
Thanks to Neil Gellatly for providing the directions.

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Local Rivals
Dundee United.

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Admission Prices 

All Areas Of The Ground:
Adults 20
Over 60's/Under 16's 10

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2.

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

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Disabled Facilities

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.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
43,024 v Glasgow Rangers, Scottish Cup, February 1953.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 4,738 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 5,958 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 4,223 (Division One)

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The Dundee Grounds
One of the most unusual aspects of visiting Dundee is seeing how close the ground is to their rivals United. They are literally a few hundred yards apart on the same road. I believe that these two grounds are the closest together of any in the country. An aerial photo showing the close proximity of the Dundee Football Grounds.

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Hotel Accommodation
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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:  24 July 2014