Aberdeen

Pittodrie Stadium

Capacity: 22,199 (all seated)
Address: Pittodrie Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5QH
Telephone: 01224 650 400
Fax: 01224 644 173
Ticket Office: 01224 631 903
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Dons
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Saltire Energy
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: All Grey

Richard Donald Stand
Richard Donald Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Merkland Stand
Merkland Stand
Main & Richard Donald Stands
Main & Richard Donald Stands
External View
External View

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.

The Club are to proceed with the building of a new 20,000 capacity stadium at an area called Kingsford, which is located to the West of Aberdeen, around seven miles from Pittodrie, after signing agreements with the local council. The stadium will be part of a wider £50m project for the area. Works have commenced with the first phase of the project which will see the building of a new Club Academy and training pitches. Works on the new stadium should commence towards the end of 2018, with the possibility of it being ready for the start of the 2020/21 season. Pittodrie is to be sold for housing development.

New Stadium

The artists impression above of the new stadium is shown courtesy of www.afc.co.uk.

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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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.'

The ground is located in the North part of the city (close to Old Aberdeen) and near to the coastline. 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. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Pittodrie Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Aberdeen Railway Station is over two miles from the Pittodrie 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 onto 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.  

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Home Fans
Main Stand (Centre):
Adults £28, Over 65's £20, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £16, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Main Stand (Wings):
Adults £26, Over 65's £19, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £15, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Richard Donald/South Stands (Covered Seating):
Adults £25, Over 65's £19, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £15, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Richard Donald/South Stands (Uncovered Seating):
Adults £24, Over 65's £18, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £14, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6
Merkland Stand:
Adults £22, Over 65's £14, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £13, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6

Away Fans  
Adults £25, Over 65's £19, Over 75's/Full Time Students  £15, Under 18's £10, Under 12's £6

Please note that Under 18's and Under 12's tickets for the home areas will require proof of age ID to be shown on purchase.

Official Programme £3

Aberdeen FC fixture list (takes you to the official Aberdeen FC website).

Although not local in distance, Glasgow Rangers.

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.  

Record Attendance:

45,061 v Heart Of Midlothian
Scottish Cup, 3rd March 1954.

Average Attendance:

2017-2018: 15,775 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 12,453 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 13,094 (Premier League)

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.

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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.

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photos and ground plan of the Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen v West Bromwich Albion
Pre-season friendly
Friday 20th July 2018, 8pm
Steven Roper (West Bromwich Albion fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Pittodrie Stadium?
 
Aberdeen was one of the few Scottish teams I hadn't seen play, and Pittodrie was one ground that I wanted to visit. So the chance of a weekend in the city, and watching West Brom play there was too good to miss.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I stayed in a hotel outside the city and used the regular bus service, which took about 25 minutes. From Union Street, the city's main thoroughfare, it took about 20 minutes to walk.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The Albion fans met at the Saltoun Arms in Frederick Street, though there are plenty of bars along Union Street. The Aberdeen fans were friendly enough and there was a good bit of banter between both sets. All in all, they were a friendly enough set of supporters.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Pittodrie Stadium?
 
As a traditionalist the ground itself, in my opinion, is superb. The large two-tier stand looks a bit out of sync with the rest of the ground, but it isn't really modern. The brickwork all the way around the ground is dated, and the roofs of the stands were quite old-fashioned. The away fans are seated in one side of the South Stand. Part of the allocated seating though is not covered. It should also be noted though that there is nothing protecting the away fans from the wind blowing in off the north sea as this corner is open.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a typical friendly match with both sides just having a game of football, rather than anything intense. The 1-1 result was fair. The stewards were easy going and friendly enough. Caravan-type food bar selling burgers, chips, pies and hot drinks.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was a twenty minute walk back to the city centre, and the bus back to the hotel. I did notice that a lot of fans tend to park along the esplanade next to the beach where there are no restrictions.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
As far a traditional grounds go Pittodrie is now one of my favourites. Easy to get to from the city centre where there are numerous bars. It was a good night out.

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Updated 19th August 2018

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