The City Ground is a football stadium in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, on the banks of the River Trent. It has been home to Nottingham Forest Football Club since 1898, and has 30,445 seats.
The stadium was a venue when England hosted Euro 96, and is only three hundred yards (270 m) away from Meadow Lane, home of Forest's neighbouring club Notts County; the two grounds are the closest professional football stadiums in England and the second-closest in the United Kingdom after the grounds of Dundee and Dundee United. They are located on opposite sides of the River Trent.
The City Ground has an all seated capacity in excess of 30,500 and is situated only three hundred yards away from Meadow Lane, home of Notts County. The Main Stand is the oldest stand in the ground and it shows when you look at the quality of the three newer builds. The Trent End is behind the goal and seems to be home to some of the more vocal fans, whilst opposite is the Bridgford stand which accommodates visiting fans. Running the other side of the field is the newish Brian Clough stand which is a very impressive two tiered build. There are very few bad seats in the house.
The City Ground is slightly unusual compared to most grounds built at the turn of the last century. It is partly a classical ‘English Style’ stadium and partly a ‘Bowl Style’ ground, with the bowl shape linking The Brian Clough Stand to The Main Stand. Here’s a description of each section:
The Brian Clough Stand - Named after the club’s most famous manager, this stand was built in 1980 and cost £2 million. It runs along the side of the pitch and has two-tiers that are divided by a row of executive boxes.
The Bridgford Stand - This stand was rebuilt in the 1992-1993 season and has an unusual look to it because the local council required the roof to dip in order to allow natural light to reach nearby houses. This is the stand that the away supporters are normally located in.
The Peter Taylor Stand - The old Main Stand running opposite the Brian Clough stand, this was redeveloped and renamed in 2020/2021 and houses the club museum and shop as well as three tiers of seating.
The Trent End Stand - This stand is so named because it is the closest to the nearby River Trent. It was re-built before the ground was used to host matches for Euro ’96 and has two-tiers that are divided by a row of executive boxes.
Visiting supporters are situated in the lower tier of the Bridgford stand and you will most likely get around 3-3,500 tickets although the full allocation if taken can stretch to 4,800. To get to the turnstiles go through The Brian Clough Stand car park via Scarrington Road off Lady Bay Bridge.
The view is very good with unobstructed views throughout. However, on a rainy day, avoid the front few rows as the roof doesn't cover them and you'll get incredibly wet. Facilities are very good and the food is well priced with the general array of burgers and pies.
The Larwood and Voce is about five minutes walk from the away end on Fox Road, just off Radcliffe Road. It welcomes away fans and serves food so it might be a good place to have some pre match banter the locals. Just down the road from the Larwood and Voce is the Stratford Haven which also does food.
Nottingham is a student city, so there are loads of brilliant pubs and clubs around to inspire your pre-match drinking and eating needs. Here are some choices:
Brewhouse and Kitchen - Being right on the bridge this place has the benefit of lovely views of the river and the stadium, as well as only being a two minute walk away from the venue. It serves great British food and plenty of tasty drinks.
Hooters - The only restaurant of the American sports bar chain in England, Hooters serves brilliant food, loads of drinks and has sport on big screens throughout the place. Well worth a visit if you’re in Nottingham.
Raglan Road Irish Bar - An Irish bar that serves real ale, pub food and shows as much sport as you could possibly want to watch.
There is a large car park at the ground where both home and away supporters are able to park. Alternatively, there is some street parking providing you arrive early enough. Another option is the secure car park on the Victoria Embankment, located near to the cricket ground.
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