Ashton Gate, Bristol, England, is the home of Bristol City F.C. and the Bristol Bears. Located in the south-west of the city, just south of the River Avon, it currently has an all-seated capacity of 27,000.
Ashton Gate was the home of Bedminster F.C. until their 1900 merger with Bristol South End who played at St John's Lane, and the merged club played at St John's Lane until the end of the 1903–04 season, when they moved to Ashton Gate.
Ashton Gate Stadium has undergone some major transformation recently with the building of two new stands and the refurbishment of a third. The most recent and largest edition is the new Lansdown Stand on the West side of the ground. Opened in August 2016 this huge stand has a capacity of around 11,000, spread over two tiers. It has a large lower tier, with a smaller one above, whilst in-between the tiers there is a row of corporate boxes stretching across its middle. The stand has quite a high roof with a strip of perspex running across the top of the upper tier just below, to allow more light to get to the pitch. The upper tier also has large transparent windshields to either side. At one end is another new stand. The South Stand was opened in August 2015 and has replaced the former Wedlock End. This new South Stand is a good sized single tiered stand, having a capacity of just over 6,000 seats. It extends around both corners of this end of the stadium. It has perspex panels built into the front of the roof, to allow more sunlight onto the playing surface.
Of the remaining parts of the ground, then the Atyeo Stand at one end of Ashton Gate is a handsome, covered all seated single tiered stand, albeit now the smallest stand at Ashton Gate. It was opened in 1994 and is named after former playing legend John Atyeo. On the remaining side is the Dolman Stand which was opened in 1970. It is a two-tiered all seated stand that has a large upper tier and a smaller lower tier. As part of the development works at the ground, its roof was further extended to meet the new stand in the South East corner and the stand itself was refurbished. Ashton Gate Stadium is shared with Bristol Rugby Club.
Visiting supporters are housed at one end of the Atyeo stand. Views are unrestricted and as a result you should have superb views of the plating surface from all areas. Unless the away section is large/sold out, a 'sit anywhere' policy is generally in play.
Away fans are advised to steer clear of the Hen & Chicken and BS3 Bar which are in the immediate vicinity of the ground and instead head to the north of the ground and over the Plimsoll bridge over the River Avon. In between the various stretches of water there are a couple of really nice pubs which welcome away fans and are only within 10 minutes’ walk of the away turnstiles.
On the very far side of the bridge is the Pumphouse and the Rose of Denmark. The Pumphouse is a rather nice pub which overlooks the harbour and has a pleasant outdoor seating area. As an alternative, try the Nova Scotia.
Bedminster Cricket Club (BS3 2EJ) is the designated car park for the stadium on match days and is priced at £5 per car and is approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from the stadium. However, there is plenty of street parking available if you arrive early enough to claim a space.
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