Capacity: 14,209 (all seated)
Address: Tannadice Street, Dundee, DD3 7JW
Telephone: 01382 833 166
Fax: 01382 889 398
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Terrors or The Arabs
Year Ground Opened: 1909*
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Home Kit: Tangerine and Black
The ground was improved in the 1990's with the construction of two new stands and an extension to the existing Main Stand. One of these is the impressive two tiered George Fox Stand, running along one side of the pitch. This stand has a large lower tier and a smaller top tier. It opened in 1992 and was named after a former Chairman of the Club. On the other side is the Main (South) Stand, which was renamed the Jerry Kerr Stand in 2003, after a former player and manager. As Aidan Hegarty informs me; 'The original Main Stand was opened in 1962 and holds a place in the history of Scottish football grounds in being the first in Scotland to be constructed with a cantilever roof to provide column free viewing'. It is also unusual in that the stand is slightly 'L'-shaped, just extending around the South East corner of the stadium. Niall Wallace adds; 'It was intended at the time that the whole ground would be re-built in a similar manner to the Main Stand, but due to lack of finance it never happened. It is worth noting though that the Club was the first ever to have a glass fronted lounge in the Main Stand for the benefit of sponsors. This was opened in 1971 and overlooked the pitch, something that is now a common sight in grounds across the country today'.
The Main Stand was extended in 1997 so that it now runs the full length of the pitch. The extension replaced what was known as the 'Fair Play Enclosure', so named as it was funded from an award made to the Club from UEFA in 1987. The stand is two tiered and has a strip of perspex running across the back of it, just below the roof to allow more light to reach the pitch. The relatively new extension to the stand can be identified as it has an unusual roof jutting out towards the pitch. At one end of the ground is the West Stand (known affectionately as 'The Shed'), a former terrace with seating now fitted to it. Parts of the original terrace that are no longer used for spectators can be seen on either side of it. There are a couple of supporting pillars in this stand that could hinder your view of the pitch. Opposite is the covered two tiered East Stand, opened in 1994. This was renamed the Eddie Thompson Stand in 2008 after the Club Chairman.
Away fans are normally housed in the Jim McLean Stand, which is on one side of the Jerry Kerr (Main) Stand on one side of the pitch. Around 1,400 supporters can be accommodated in this area. For old firm games and local derbies, then the West Stand at one end can also be given to the away support, as well as additional blocks in the Main Stand, increasing the allocation to around 3,500. George Hobb a visiting Hearts supporter adds; 'the ground can sometimes lack a little atmosphere. Plus try to avoid arriving at the ground early, so that you get to miss that awful club mascot!'. I have also received reports of fans being ejected from the ground for persistently standing during the game, so be on your best behaviour.
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'.
From The South
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 for the ground. Street parking.
From The North
Follow the A90 through Dundee. Leave the A90 at the junction with the B960 (sign posted 'Football Traffic'/Dundee), and turn left onto Clepington Road (B960). Then as directions above.
Post Code For Sat-Nav: DD3 7JW
Dundee Railway Station is over two miles away from Tannadice Park 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 walkway enters 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 St & you will see the ground directly ahead of you.
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 you can see the Tannadice ground.
Aidan Hegarty adds; 'when progressing through the Wellgate centre the security staff can get a bit over-zealous on matchdays so hide those team colours at that stage'. Iain Thomson adds; 'Bus Number 18 runs past Tannadice Park and bus 1a drops you off right below Dens Park. It leaves from Bus Stop A3 next to the High School of Dundee in Albert Square in Dundee City Centre. A single Adult fare costs £1.60'. Visit www.dundeetravelinfo.com for more information.
Thanks to Aidan Hegarty and Neil Gellatly for providing the directions.
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George Fox Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £25, Concessions £13
George Fox Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £20, Concessions £10
Eddie Thompson Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £22, Concessions £12
Eddie Thompson Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £20, Concessions £10
Jim McLean Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £22, Concessions £12
Jim McLean Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £20, Concessions £10
Concessions apply to Over 65's and Under 18's. Full Time Students can also qualify for the concessionary price for this part of the stadium providing they have a valid matriculation card.
Official Programme £3.
There are 24 wheelchair spaces made available for away supporters in the rear of West Stand, which is the traditional home end of the ground. Disabled supporters are admitted free, whilst helpers are charged the normal ticket price. Spaces should be booked through your own club prior to matchday.
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2018-2019: 5,079 (Championship League)
2017-2018: 5,505 (Championship League)
2016-2017: 6,584 (Championship League)
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Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the layout diagram of Tannadice Park, Dundee United.
Dundee United v Aberdeen
Scottish Premier League
Saturday, April 6th 2013, 3pm
Ben Mackenzie (Aberdeen fan)
Why you were looking forward to going to Tannadice Park?
I was looking forward to visiting Tannadice Park again, as I had been once before over a year ago and the atmosphere that day was incredible, so for the entire month before the game I was looking forward to it, it was also 'a top six decider' as Kimarnock lost at home to Dundee therefore one of the teams at Tannadice had to win to get a top six place, or a draw would see Kilmarnock get the top six. There was a huge travelling support expected with added to my excitement for the game.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I was travelling on a supporters bus and didn't pay much attention but parking was easy enough for cars and buses and finding the ground is easy.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I actually went and got something to eat as I hadn't had anything and they were accepting of away support however we were asked to leave the Tesco because we were wearing the away support colours but other than that there were no problems.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Tannadice Park?
When you first see Tannadice Park, then it looks very impressive and outside it maybe even appears bigger. I was seated in the West Stand which is given to Aberdeen when we visit because we sell so many tickets, I had previously bought tickets and entry through the turnstile was fine but I was surprised there were very few turnstiles to get into the stand, probably because it is a small stand. The seats in the West Stand are well kept and it is quite a nice small stadium, the two double-tiered home stands looked in good condition.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc...
It was a scrappy game and the atmosphere was brilliant in the away end. The home crowd didn't sing all game but in fairness, they are much more vocal when they come to Pittodrie. The stewards were trying to pick out the smallest things to give people into trouble, but that seems to happen at every ground in Scotland now. The snack bar was one small stall which I didn't bother joining the large queue for and I would expect that they sold out pies immediately, again the facilities are more adequate for when the stand isn't so full, but as we sold it out, the facilities just weren't enough, but there isn't anything they could do about it.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
It took a very long time to leave through the thin exits, again the stand was too small for the sell-out and leaving Dundee seemed to take far too long but overall Dundee United did their best to help us and I'm sure it is much easier to leave when there isn't such a big away crowd.
7.Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I loved the day out largely because of the atmosphere, but losing the game to a 93rd minute goal did dampen the journey, but a few months on I've recovered as we managed to beat them 1-0 next time we played. A good away day that I would recommend.
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* Although the ground was officially opened as Tannadice Park, by the newly formed Dundee Hibernian Club in 1909, football had been played at the ground which was originally called Clepington Park, for some 20 years prior to this date.