Bournemouth

Vitality Stadium

Capacity: 11,329 (all seated)
Address: Dean Court, Kings Park, Bournemouth, BH7 7AF
Telephone: 0844 576 1910
Fax: 01202 726373
Ticket Office: 0344 576 1910
Pitch Size: 115 x 71 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Cherries
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: M88 Mansion
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Red & Black Stripes
Away Kit: White and Blue
Third Kit: Light Green & White

External View
External View
Main and Steve Fletcher Stands
Main and Steve Fletcher Stands
Looking Towards The Ted MacDougall Stand
Looking Towards The Ted MacDougall Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
East Stand
East Stand
Steve Fletcher Stand
Steve Fletcher Stand
Ted MacDougall Stand
Ted MacDougall Stand
Southampton Fans At The Vitality Stadium Bournemouth
East Stand External View
East Stand External View

Vitality Stadium BournemouthThe Vitality Stadium has been greatly improved with the addition of the Ted MacDougall Stand at the South End of the ground. Although temporary in nature, the stand which is named after a former centre forward, fills what was an open end, making the ground four-sided. The stand itself was erected in the Summer of 2013 and looks quite impressive. Having a capacity of 2,400 seats it is of a decent size and is all seated. The only drawback is that it has a couple of supporting pillars at its front.

The rest of the stadium was literally built in 2001 in a matter of months. All three stands are of roughly the same design and height and are quite smart looking, with the Main Stand having a row of executive boxes to its rear. Each is a covered single tiered stand, with good views of the playing action with perspex windshields at each side. One nice touch is that the windshields to either sides of the stands have been brightened up with the addition of some huge player photos. The stand roofs have perspex panels allowing more light to reach the pitch. There is also a small video screen installed beneath the roof of the Main Stand towards the South End.

When the new stadium was built the pitch was rotated 90 degrees from its old position. So if you ever visited the old ground, try figuring out where the old Brighton Beach End was located! Originally known as Dean Court the ground was renamed the Vitality Stadium in 2015 under a three year corporate sponsorship deal. The stadium is completed with a set of unusual looking floodlights that are situated in the open corners.

The Club have announced their intention to leave Dean Court and build a new a 25,000 capacity stadium. As the Club do not own Dean Court, they have decided that the future long term growth and security of the Club would be best achieved by having a ground that they owned. The Club have identified a site quite close to the current ground in Kings Park in an area which includes an existing athletics stadium. It is expected that detailed plans will soon be announced. The Club have signalled their aim to be kicking off the 2020/21 season at the new ground.

Away fans are located on one side of the Energy Consulting East Stand, which is situated at one side of the pitch. The normal allocation for this area is 1,500 seats, but this can be increased to 2,000 if required. The stand is shared with home supporters and offers a good view of the playing action. The facilities are okay and normally there is a good atmosphere. Please bear in mind though that if you have tickets for the lower rows in this stand, then at the beginning and towards the end of each season, the sun can shine quite brightly into this area, so make sure you bring your shades and a cap! For the bigger FA Cup games then visiting supporters are housed in the Ted MacDougall Stand at one end of the ground, which has a capacity of 2,150. I had a fairly relaxing visit to the stadium with no problems experienced. 

Food on offer inside the ground includes a range of Pies which are 'homemade' at the Stadium; Steak and Ale, Chicken & Mushroom (all £3.50), Burger/Cheeseburgers (£4), and Hot Dogs (£4). Ian Holt a visiting Reading fan adds; 'Compared to other grounds there is little in the way of burger vans outside the ground or in the vicinity of the stadium. Although inside the menu looked quite good only Steak & Ale Pies, Sausage Rolls or Hot Dogs were available when we visited'.

For night games in the build-up to kick off, the stadium puts on a short lights show. Which although entertaining, doesn't really resemble a stadium light show as such, but more of a very large disco!

There is the 1910 Supporters Bar at the ground, but this is for home fans only. Similarly, the closest pub to the stadium, the Queens Park Hotel on Holdenhurst Road (alongside the A338 Wessex Way) also does not allow in away supporters.

Around a 10-15 minute walk away in nearby Boscombe is the Mello Mello Bar on Christchurch Road. Away fans are welcome at this pub as well as Baxters which is a little further down on the opposite side of the road. The Mello Mello Bar also has the added benefit of showing televised sport on a number of screens. Otherwise it may be the case of drinking in Bournemouth Town Centre before the game, although it is around three miles away from the Vitality Stadium. 

Alcohol is made available to visiting supporters inside the stadium, in the form of cans of John Smith’s Bitter or Fosters Lager (£3.50).

Follow the A338 towards Bournemouth. The ground is situated on the left of the A338 in the outskirts of town. You should be able to spot the tops of the ground floodlights on the left. Otherwise leave the A338 via the slip road which is signposted  Kings Park/Football traffic. You will then reach a small roundabout at which you take the second exit into Kings Park Drive. The entrance to the stadium and car park are down this road on the left. The car park at the ground is of a good size, however please note that this is a pay and display car park that costs £3.50 for 4 hours or £5 all day. As you would expect that though it fills up pretty quickly So if you don't get to the car park until at least 90 minutes before kick off you may end up disappointed. A ten minute walk across the park is Harewood College on Harewood Avenue, which offers free matchday parking. Some fans are also parking in Boscombe itself and walking to the ground. There is the Sovereign Shopping Centre on Christchurch Road which costs £2 for 4 hours.

Post Code for SAT NAV: BH7 7AF

The nearest train station is Pokesdown which is roughly a mile from the ground and is around a 15 minute walk away. However, most trains arrive at Bournemouth Central, which is around a half an hour walk to the ground. Either try to get a train to Pokesdown or grab a cab (£7-£8). If you do arrive at Pokesdown Station (which is served by trains from London Waterloo), then exit the station (there is only one exit) and turn right down the main Christchurch Road (A35). Proceed for about 400 metres and then turn right into Gloucester Road. Dean Court is located down the bottom of this road. Thanks to Andy Young for providing the directions from Pokesdown Station.

If you arrive at Bournemouth Central, then leave the station by the South exit, thereby facing an Asda Supermarket. Turn left and walk down to the main Holdenhurst Road. Turn left (going away from the town centre) and then keep straight on along Holdenhurst Road for around 25 minutes, reaching the Queens Park pub (recommended by this Guide). Continue straight on past the pub until you reach a roundabout at which you turn right into Kings Park Drive. The ground is down the bottom of this road on the left. Alternatively you can catch a Yellow Number 33 bus to the ground, normally a half hourly service. Come out of Station again by the South exit, facing Asda and turn left until you get to a Texaco Garage. There is a bus stop with shelter on the same side of the road. Ask the driver to be let off near Kings Park Drive. Please note that if you decide to use the same service coming back, take a yellow number 2 bus as this is a circular service'. Latest bus timetables can be accessed by visiting the Yellow Buses website. Thanks to Richard Barnes for supplying the directions from Bournemouth Central.

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Home Fans
Main Stand (Centre): Adults £45, Concessions £34, Junior Cherries £12
Main Stand (Wings): Adults £37, Concessions £30, Junior Cherries £7
Main Stand (Family Area): Adults £32, Concessions £19, Junior Cherries £6
Steve Fletcher (North) Stand: Adults £32, Concessions £19, Junior Cherries £7
East Stand (Centre): Adults £38, Concessions £30, Junior Cherries £12
East Stand (Wings): Adults £33, Concessions £19, Junior Cherries £7
Ted MacDougall (South) Stand: Adults £32, Concessions £19, Junior Cherries £7 

Away Fans
As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:

Adults £30
Over 65's £20
Under 16's £20

* Concessions apply to over 65's, Under 16's, and full time students (providing that NUS proof of student status can be shown). 

Official Programme: £3.50

Southampton and Brighton.

AFC Bournemouth fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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

Record Attendance

11,772 v Real Madrid
Friendly, July 21st, 2013.

Before the ground was re-developed:
28,799 v Manchester United
FA Cup 6th Round, 2nd March 1957.

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 10,532 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 10,641 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 11,182 (Premier League)

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The Awaydays video of Southampton fans at the Vitality Stadium Bournemouth was produced by the Ugly Inside and made publicly available via YouTube.

Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Premier League
Saturday 16th March 2019, 3pm
Ryan Dodds (Newcastle United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Vitality Stadium?
 
It is not very often that I visit the South Coast, and as there's now limited time left to visit Dean Court I thought I'd take the opportunity before Bournemouth possibly shift to a new ground in the near future.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took a train from Durham to London Kings Cross which was a breeze. But the notorious South West Rail journey from Waterloo to Bournemouth took a lot longer than planned as our train was cancelled after arriving into Southampton, so we were forced onto a different train running at a reduced speed with extra stops.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
After our delays, we headed to Mello Mello Bar in Boscombe for a quick one pre-match. The pub was fairly subdued and a little on the neglected side but it did the trick before our 10 minute walk to the ground. The home fans after the game were very friendly and had a little bit of a chat with one that agreed the result was fair and was good to see Matt Ritchie getting a goal, probably a rare comment from oppositions supporters!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Vitality Stadium?
 
Of course, it's the smallest ground in the division by far and this is obvious when you cross the park towards the away turnstiles. It's a good little ground with a bit about it, being directly opposite the first team training complex, which I thought added character. Our away allocation was right next to the press seats and TV cameras which was a unique situation.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere from both sets of fans was quite quiet throughout. This possibly due to a dull first half and fairly nasty weather conditions thanks to storm Gareth. I ended up missing our opening goal at 45 +5 to go down for a half time pint, which was a Fosters costing £3.50, possibly the cheapest pint in the Premier League? 
 
The second half heard a bit of noise from the home fans after their two goals saw them going into second half injury time 2-1 up. Fortunately for us Matt Ritchie came back to haunt his old club by netting an equaliser with the last kick of the game sending the away section into raptures. The stewards apprehended a number of fans that spilled over the advertising boards and the police made 7 subsequent arrests, possibly a bit harsh given that nobody seemed to encroach onto the pitch or attempt to do anything other than celebrate in between the 200 fans squashing behind them and the 2-foot high advert boards. Nonetheless, this late goal made our long trip worth it.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The traffic around the ground and Bournemouth town centre was quite bad, so we jumped on a bus to Bournemouth Square for a post-match beer, then to a fantastic Chinese restaurant in the town named Mandarin Fusion before continuing our night among the many bars around that part of town.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good ground with pleasant fans and a great little town to suit all the needs of eating and drinking. In future would probably drive instead of putting faith in trains as this seemed too stressful to be worthwhile.

AFC Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove Albion
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 5th January 2019, 12.30pm
Andrew Walker (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Vitality Stadium?
 
Always a bit of a buzz visiting other grounds. This was my 16th away ground over the years and even though it's 100 miles away it's sort of a local derby and we took over 2000 fans.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
An early kick off meant hardly any traffic. We even had time for a comfort break that wasn't really necessary. Stepped off the coach and straight into the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Walked around the outside of the stands as we were so early we weren't allowed in. Watched the Brighton and Hove Albion bus arrive and welcomed the team. Eat a quick hot dog from a kiosk and then into the ground. I think most of the Bournemouth fans were still at home. It was empty!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Vitality Stadium?
 
It was a little bit reminiscent of our old Goldstone ground. Very square stands with open corners, and small. Brighton supporters had to endure a lot of hardship since the nineties and now we are spoilt with one of the best stadiums in the country. Coming to Bournemouth was a bit like visiting the poor relations. Having said that it was comfortable and the view was good.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The result was good if a little unexpected, 3-1 to us. Quite an even game overall and exciting. "Is this a library?" and "Shhh hh!" was continuously sung by the away support. Away facilities were adequate but in very high demand. The stewards seemed very attentive.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It took about 45 minutes to get clear of the traffic leaving the ground. Once on the open road again it was a breeze.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very enjoyable day out. I would go back but probably only for a league game. There are plenty of other grounds to visit first.

Bournemouth v Manchester City
Premier League
Saturday 26th August 2017, 12.30pm
Stephen Welch (Manchester City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Vitality Stadium?
 
We usually do well against Bournemouth. No other particular reason for visiting the Vitality Stadium, this being my third visit there in a row.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was horrendous with traffic problems, probably due to the M1 being closed and with Wigan playing in the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. The M27 had a long tail back too.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Having took six hours to get to Bournemouth and with kick off looming, we went straight into the ground. The home fans were friendly enough. I was surprised the ground wasn't full, with the crowd being 10,419 (the stadium holds 11,464).
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Vitality Stadium?
 
The Vitality Stadium is a nice neat ground but pity it hasn't got two tiers all the way around, to get a bigger capacity.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Bournemouth had the better of the first 15 minutes when they scored a cracker with Daniels hitting it in from way out on the wing and then celebrated with their fans, which I will come to later. Jesus equalised eight minutes later. At half time I has a beef and ale pie which cost £3.50 which was good. With a few seconds left of  time added onto the second half, Sterling hit the winner which resulted in scenes of unbridled joy in the City end with some fans spilling onto the pitch. This resulted in one fan being held to the ground by a steward with an arm lock, whilst Sterling was sent off by the referee!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I was driving a minibus, so decided to drive about 100 yards towards the main road, otherwise, you are there for ages. All the lads knew where I was, so no problems.
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Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great last gasp goal improved the day, but was spoiled by over zealous stewarding, and Bournemouth constantly time wasting going down so many times and their keeper taking so much time releasing the ball. At one point he held the ball for 12 seconds. The referee Mike Dean needs to look at his own performance as it should have been better.

Bournemouth v Manchester City
Premier League
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 3pm
Stephen Welch (Manchester City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Vitality Stadium?

I hadn't been to Dean Court since the late 1980's so I was intrigued to see how it had changed. Plus it was a game that City really needed to win.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was very easy, but very long! M6 M42 M40 M3 and M27 motorways plus a couple of 'A' roads. We left Manchester at 7.30am and after a couple of stops and driving a minibus that was limited to 62mph, we arrived at the stadium at 12.50pm. On arrival we were informed by the stewards that if any alcohol was found on the bus that it could be impounded by the Police, which seemed a bit over the top. A steward then proceeded to look around the bus, but didn't find anything. On the plus side the minibus was allowed to park in the club car park for free!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to a Wetherspoons which was around a 10-15 minute walk away. This Guide advised that away colours were not allowed inside the pub, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn't the case. In fact the pub was packed with City fans, with hardly any home fans in attendance. Plus at £1.79 for a pint of the guest ale, you couldn't go wrong! There were so few fans walking up to the ground that you could easily have assumed that there wasn't a game on. Still the few Bournemouth fans that we did encounter, seemed friendly enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Vitality Stadium?

The Vitality Stadium is probably the smallest ground that I have been to for years. It was unrecognisable from the Dean Court of old and I had difficulty in figuring out how the new stadium had been turned around 90 degrees, compared to the old one. Still it did make a change from other Premier stadiums, it was more like a League One ground. Inside it was very welcoming, with none of the hatred that you sometimes get at away grounds. My guess is that there are less arrests at Bournemouth than there are at any of the other Premier League football grounds. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

City romped to a 4-0 win. City supporters made the atmosphere, I hardly heard anything from the Bournemouth fans. Still I guess they didn't have much to shout about! I wish I had brought sunglasses, or a cap, as the sun shone directly into our eyes for most of the game. At half time I went to get something to eat. They had no steak pies, so instead I had a chicken/mushroom pie which cost £3.50. It was nice and contained large chunks of chicken.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Although there was only 11,000 there, it was quite difficult getting out of the car park away and back on the A338. It must have taken at least 20 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Memorable day, great result, no trouble at all, cheap beer and I am already looking forward to returning next season. However Bournemouth really need to extend their ground, it is far to small for the Premier League.

AFC Bournemouth v Blackpool
Football Championship League
Saturday 14th March 2015, 3pm
Stuart Griffin (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Dean Court Ground?

Bournemouth were riding high in the Championship, experiencing their most successful season ever. Plus being a local club I wanted to go see what all the fuss was about. For me it was an easy ground to do with Dean Court being my fifth ground visited out of the 92.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The drive was easy, driving through the New Forest and parking at a friends house in Boscombe. I then walked to Dean Court, taking around 20 minutes.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Dean Court?

Dean Court itself is a modest tidy affair, set in beautiful park surroundings. Although not intimidating, it is quite a symmetrical stadium, with only the temporary South Stand providing any differentiation. Still with space to develop in a great town, you could see the potential of the place.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was very relaxed (partly down to the the fact it was top vs bottom), with the home crowd expecting an easy victory. They were not to be disappointed as the Cherries demolished Blackpool 4-1, with the Blackpool goal occurring only after a mistake from Boruc (he made a few near howlers). Still Bournemouth demonstrated their flowing attacking football, and even on a grey day in Bournemouth, the atmosphere at Dean Court was bright and sunny as fans contemplated the clubs first ever promotion to the top flight.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy, walked back to the car amongst jubilant atmosphere, where I then caught up with my friend for a couple of hours. Drive back through the New Forest was pleasant with little traffic.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out at the second nearest 92 ground to my home. Bournemouth were set up for success, with the only negative being the quiet fans (however I willing to forgive them as the game was not a very competitive one).

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Premier League
Saturday 26th December 2015, 3pm
Laurence Page (Crystal Palace fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Vitality Stadium?    

A new ground and opponent for me, I can't say I was looking forward to it that much as Boxing day away games mean hours sitting on a dry coach for a non driver like me!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Club coach from Selhurst Park, easy enough, the coaches park straight outside the away end.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Normally I would have got the train and probably had some beers and fish and chips on the seafront. But with no train services running on Boxing Day, I was at the mercy of an official coach which meant I was stuck within the immediate area around the Vitality Stadium. The surrounding area is quite residential and a steward told us the best/only place to eat and drink was in the ground so we queued at the turnstile. Strangely though, these didn't open until one hour before kick off meaning a lot of thirsty people waiting impatiently outside. I didn't encounter too many home fans apart from a couple trying to goad the away support from the comfort of their seats for most of the game, they did eventually sit down and shut up as instructed.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Vitality stadium?    

My first thought was that it looked completely out of place in the Premier League, more so than Selhurst Park even. That isn't a bad thing though at all, it's a proper local community stadium. The away end is in one end of a side stand, very close to the action.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game was fairly nervy and finished goalies, neither team taking many risks and I was relieved to see our former hero Glenn Murray get a great reception from the visiting fans and also miss a very presentable chance. They sell John Smith's or Foster's in cans which they pour into plastic cups and I think there was cider, it was £3.50 a go which was pretty cheap by football ground standards, it was fine getting served as well.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took half an hour to get out of the car park in the coach due to the bottleneck into the main road outside.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a fair point and an average day, I would like to go there again on a day when the trains are running and experience a bit more of Bournemouth town itself.

AFC Bournemouth v  Newcastle United
Premier League
Saturday 7th November 2015, 12.45pm
Stephen Harvey (Newcastle United Fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Dean Court Football Ground?    

It was one of the first fixtures I looked for, when the Premier League fixtures were released in June. I had previously visited Dean Court when Newcastle last played there in 1992. I had made a weekend of it on that occasion and remembered that we had a great time on the South Coast.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

We travelled down on the day before the match. The drive took us the best part of seven hours from County Durham. We got parked opposite the hotel and decided to leave then car there.and make our own way to the ground the next morning.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?  

We took a ten minute walk from our hotel to a Wetherspoons pub called the Christopher Creek. We go there early as those wonderful television executives had decided to make the longest journey in the premier league this season to a game, an early 12.45pm kick off. We had breakfast and a coffee as this Wetherspoons didn't serve alcohol until 9am. This wasn't a problem for some off us as we were a bit worse for wear from the previous night our. Round about midday we caught a bus just outside that took us to within ten minutes walk from Dean Court. So we popped into the Sir Percy Florence (another Wetherspoons) which was packed with noisy Toon fans on there best behavior as always. There were Bournemouth fans drinking in there as well, but both sets of fans seemed to be getting along fine.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Dean Court?    

I couldn't remember much of my previous visit to Dean Court. But what I do remember was the weather was the same. Teaming down with rain!. But this time we were under cover. I had a great view from Row P.near the back of the stand and could have few complaints.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Newcastle fans were quite noise throughout game.We managed to steal  three points, after a first half strike from Perez became the only goal of the game . But we won't complain. Stewarding was never any problem.I didn't use facilities. I don't normally do even at home games, as they always have long queues and I like to be able to watch the full match.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After match we walked away from ground speaking to Bournemouth fans in away felt a bit sorry for them as they played well and dominated the match from start to finish with no reward. But that's the cruel side of football. And we had our fair share over the years. We managed to get into the Queens Park Hotel, near to the ground, where the locals were fine. Had a couple of pints and then out for another great night in town. We travelled home early Sunday morning, arriving at 2.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great friendly place and nice fans. We will be back again next year!

Bournemouth v Watford
Premier league
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 3pm
Stephen Barrow (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Vitality Stadium?    

First trip to Bournemouth away with both clubs in the Premier. A chance to collect another ground and with an Indian Summer's day in prospect by the seaside, it was one to look forward to. 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Advance warning of terrible roadwork trouble on the way into Bournemouth persuaded us to opt for a car and train combination. Drove to Southampton Airport Parkway (easy to get to and loads of parking) followed by a 45 minute journey to Bournemouth.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Arriving early we strolled down to the promenade in lovely warm sunshine and had lunch overlooking the sea. The walk from the seafront to the ground is quite a trek and all uphill so we grabbed a taxi. Traffic towards the ground was very bad, so we were dropped off and walked the final half mile through the park to the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Vitality Stadium?    

The Vitality Stadium sits in the suburbs near a large park so very few facilities nearby. The surroundings are pleasant enough but don't really lend themselves to a big match atmosphere. In my opinion this extends to the atmosphere in the ground. The view etc.. is perfectly good but the stadium is just too small for this level.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Bournemouth impressed in the first half, took a deserved lead via a clever header from Murray, before a terrible error from Boruc gifted Watford an equaliser just before half time. The second half was much more even before Bournemouth got a controversial penalty. Fortunately for the hornets Gomes came to the rescue of the team, and the referee. Atmosphere was ok, only really picking up in a frantic final ten minutes with both sides looking for the win.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was very straightforward. The away end is convenient for the walk across the main car park, along the side of the local cemetery and into Pokesdown where there are a couple of trains that stop at the local station en route from Bournemouth to all parts east. We had to be on our toes, but made it in time to catch the first train back to Southampton.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Lovely weather, an okay game with plenty of incident, but overall only an average match day experience for me. Another ground ticked off, but won't be at the top of my list. I hope that Bournemouth continue their top flight adventure but I'm not sure if I would go every time.

AFC Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest
Championship League
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 7.45pm
Gary Exton (Nottingham Forest fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It is a ground I have never been to. Plus a Tuesday night game to a ground 215 miles away, then what was there not to look forward to?
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was a very easy drive down to the South Coast. There were no traffic problems and it took almost fours hours to get there. The stadium itself is located just off the main road as you enter Bournemouth. We chose not to park at the ground car park as it looked like it might be a pain to get out of at the end of the game. Instead we found some street parking about five minute walk away  and that was about an hour before kick off.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
We drove in to Bournemouth as we were a little early and stopped at the car park on the sea front and visited the Harry Ramsdens for some overpriced fish and chips.  I had my Forest shirt on an had no problems there were a few Forest fans around and we had even had one Bournemouth come up to us for a quick chat which was nice.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The ground is small and compact but set in a really nice setting, it couldn’t be any more pleasant.  Away fans are housing in half of the East Stand running along the side of the pitch. Great view and very close to the action and fans can really drum up some noise from this stand.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
For the first 65mins of the game were a non-event for Forest fans as Bournemouth passed us to death, got one nil up and really should have out the game out of sight for us. But somehow we found from somewhere a goal to get us back in it and before you knew it we were winning 2-1 and that’s how it stayed. It felt good to win 'ugly' for a change not normally the type of game we get anything from. The stewarding was very relaxed which and pleasant which is how it should be. In my experience half the problems are sometimes caused by a steward wanting to throw his weight around. The atmosphere inside the ground was good, with plenty of banter between the two sets of fans.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Parking on the street was a huge benefit on getting away. It took only 5-10 mins to get back on the main dual carriageway, then we were off and we didn’t stop again until we arrived home at 1.30 am
 
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a really good away trip. There is something about going a long way for an away game at night that gives you a real buzz. We didn’t play great but somehow won and that’s what it is going to take to get out of this league.

AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Championship League
Saturday, March 15th, 2014, 3pm
Alex Royal (Middlesbrough fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Another away-day, another ground to tick off on my quest to do the 92.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went with the official club coaches which left from the Riverside at 05.15am. We stopped twice on the way, once at at Leicester Forest Services on the M1 and and then at Rownhams Services on the M24. This was about 40 minutes drive from the ground where we arrived at 12.30pm. We were greeted by parking attendants who directed us to our coach park, just next to the away end.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As we arrived at the ground quite early, I decided to go and along and meet some of the Bournemouth players, who were arriving at the stadium. All of whom I met were quite happy to have a 'selfie' taken with me. We also to gave the 'Boro players a warm reception off the team coach, when it arrived just before 1pm. I also got chatting to quite a few of the home fans who turned out to be very friendly, I was wearing my Middlesbrough shirt so there was some good banter. My main highlight of the day was getting a warm welcome off Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn, who congratulated me on making the long trip south!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Dean Court is a neat little ground, and is now 'complete' with the introduction of the Ted MacDougall Stand. Away fans are housed in the East Stand, towards the Ted MacDougall Stand, where up to 1500 fans can be allocated. One of the nice features of the ground is that all the stands are the same size, one stand doesn't stand out like other away grounds I have been to.  The only real downside of where we were sat was that the sun was right in our eyes! I would recommend bringing a hat as I had to use my programme as a sun visor!

Steve Fletcher Stand

Steve Fletcher Stand

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was pretty abysmal, Middlesbrough were abysmal, and Bournemouth deserved to win 2 or 3 nil, they wanted it more, and had 2 good chances, both of which brought the best out of our veteran goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos! I honesty don't think Boro had one shot on target all game, that's how bad we were, a point was lucky in my opinion. The atmosphere around the ground is good, and is boosted by the presence of a drummer in the Steve Fletcher Stand, there is little segregation between home and away fans, so there was plenty of banter. 

On the bright side, Middlesbrough played in a one-off third kit, after referee Fred Graham deemed both our kits to be too similar to Bournemouth's home colours of red and black. At the end of the game most of our players threw theirs into the crowd, and I was lucky enough to get Albert Adomah's!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took out 45 minutes to get out of the ground after the game, it was a bit of a mad scramble to get out of the car park. We eventually got back on the motorway at about 1730, we continued along the motorway until a brief stop for a driver change at Leicester Forest services at 2045, back onto the coach at 9pm, arriving back in Teesside at quarter to midnight!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Fantastic away day, real shame about the result, Middlesbrough were absolutely dreadful, and we were lucky to come away with a point to be quite honest. Will be returning next year! 9/10.


AFC Bournemouth v Watford
Championship League
Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 3pm
Thomas Murphy (Watford fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I was looking forward to going to this match because I saw the ground photos on this website first and it looked like a nice stadium. It was also a new ground for me as well, along with most other Watford fans who were going down to the game, so I was buzzing to go. Last time Watford played Bournemouth we won 6-1, although Bournemouth had played well in that match and didn't deserve to lose that badly, therefore I could see it being a really close game.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went down by supporters coach. The two hour journey was straightforward enough, as there was little traffic. We arrived at the stadium around 1.45pm, which was good. The ground seemed well sign posted and easy to find. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game I walked around the stadium and the local area, the home fans seemed friendly enough and seemed to be in good spirits, especially after their Liverpool tickets went on sale that morning. After that I decided to go into the ground about half an hour early, and I got myself something to eat and drink before the game started. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I thought the ground looked like a good League One/okay Championship ground. It was quite small, but I though that was good because it made the atmosphere all the better. The away end was very small and us Watford fans were only allocated with about 1,300 seats. You can get a good view of the pitch from where ever you sit in the ground, and as the away end is on the touch line you could have an even better view. On the left of the away stand is the temporary stand, which really completes the stadium, and makes it look all the more neat and compact.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game its self was stacked with controversy. Two penalties were given against us (the second one in my eyes a blatant dive) and for the first penalty, we also had a player sent off! Watford were first to score, through a headed goal by Angella, right on the stroke of half time, however Lewis Grabban scored for the home side from the spot to make it  
1-1. Goalkeeper Almunia then stopped Lewis Grabban's second penalty and made a fantastic double save after that. The match ended 1-1, which I probably would of took before the match started. 

The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic in my opinion, there was good banter with the home fans, and it was our best atmosphere in a long time. The stand is also quite small, which adds to the occasion as it means the fans are closer together. There were loads of stewards in attendance after the referee gave the second penalty. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Getting away from the ground was alright, we had to wait for everyone to get back on the coach. it took a bit of time trying to get around all the traffic, and then out of Bournemouth. it didn't take long to get away from the ground at all.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

I thought it was a fantastic day out, and probably my favourite away day of this season. cracking atmosphere from our fans and a good match. Nice ground and I cant wait to go back there next season.

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Updated 13th June 2019

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