The Den (previously The New Den) is a football stadium in Bermondsey, south-east London, and the home of Millwall Football Club. It is adjacent to the South London railway originating at London Bridge, and a quarter of a mile from the Old Den, which it replaced in 1993.
Built on a previous site of housing, a church and the Senegal Fields playgrounds, it has an all-seated capacity of 20,146, although that is restricted to approximately 18,100 to allow for visiting fans segregation and crowd safety measures.
The New Den has an all seated capacity of just over 20,000 although when it was originally built, the plan was to have a seating capacity of between 25,000 to 30,000. Unfortunately, Millwall could not meet the additional cost but given their average attendances of around the 10,000 mark over the past few years, it would appear 20k is sufficient. All four stand are very similar with two tiers and identical height. There are no bad views from any seat within the stadium but advice I'm given is to sit in the upper tiers.
Most grounds built from the late ‘80s onwards tend to follow the ‘Bowl Style’ design, but this was eschewed at Millwall in favour of the more traditional ‘English Style’ of having four distinct stands on each edge of the pitch. Each stand has its own unique personality, so here’s a little bit of information about each:
The North Stand - This is a two-tiered stand with a capacity of 4,000. Ordinarily it is used solely for away supporters, though in league games they rarely fill more than one section of it.
The Dockers Stand - This two-tiered stand is named in honour of the club’s working-class docker fanbase. The tiers are separated by a row of executive boxes, ironically.
The Cold Blow Lane Stand - This is the home of Millwall’s noisiest supporters and is notable by the yellow seat that spell out ‘The Den’. It also has two tiers.
The Barry Kitchener Stand - Named in honour of the club’s record appearance holder, this is the main stand in the ground and houses the press box, executive areas and the dugouts. It also has two tiers and is home to the club’s family section.
Approximately 4,000 visiting supporters can be catered for and will be situated in the North Stand behind one of the goals. Usually, the upper tier only is given over but each seat has an excellent unrestricted view of the playing area. Facilities are quite good and the food is reasonably priced
For obvious reasons, away fans are advised to keep drinking around the ground to a minimum. A few drinks in one of the pubs around London bridge such as The Shipwright Arms on Tooley Street before heading down to the ground seems a good bet. Also, around the London Bridge area are many fast-food outlets where you'll be able to grab a decent bite to eat.
Cat and Canary - Located in Canary Wharf is this traditional English style pub. It’s got a good selection of lagers and ales and serves typical pub grub. They’ve also got TVs to show live sports, so you’re onto a winner.
Admiral Hardy - The Admiral Hardy is to be found in nearby picturesque Greenwich and promises tasty food, a nice drinks selection and big screen TVs showing all sorts of sports.
Belushi’s - This sports bar is located right next to a Dockland Light Railway station so it offers easy access to London’s transport system. There are large flatscreen TVs, good food and a fine selection of drinks on offer as well as an outdoor terrace.
Parking is difficult to come by here. Street parking is available on the estate just passed the entrance to the stadium but you'll need to arrive early to avoid a sizeable walk back. There are very few private car parks in the vicinity which offers a good insight as to why most fans take the train to the stadium.
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