Pirelli Stadium is an association football stadium on Princess Way in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. It was built in 2005 and is the current home of Burton Albion FC, replacing the club's old Eton Park home, also on Princess Way, which was demolished and developed into housing.
The ground has seen minor capacity changes since its construction, and the current capacity stands at 6,912, with 2,034 being seated in the South (Main) Stand.
Unusually for such a new build, 3 of the stands are terracing and only the main stand is all seated. The three terraced stands are on a fairly generous gradient and are primarily favoured by the more vociferous home fans. Despite the terracing it's a nice modern stadium able to cope with large crowds and is a traditional lower league English football ground. There are 9 executive boxes and a large conference room big enough to hold 300 people built into the main stand.
Despite being built reasonably recently, The Pirelli Stadium has a typical ‘English Style’ to its design rather than the typically European ‘Bowl Style’ that is common in more modern grounds. The stands tend to have names thanks to sponsorship that can change at any moment, so for the purposes of ease we’ll just talk about them according to their geographical location. Here’s a bit of information about each section of the stadium:
The Main Stand - This is the only stand in the ground that is all-seater and houses the club’s main facilities, such as the club shop and the dressing rooms. It’s also where the club recommends you go if you’re with your family.
The East Stand - This terraced section houses the away supporters and is behind the Eastern goal. The club’s electronic scoreboard is contained within the roof.
The West Stand - This is located behind one of the goals and is where the more vocal Burton supporters hang out. As it’s a terraced section, the fans stand whilst they cheer on their team.
The North Stand - This single-tiered section of terracing runs along the length of the pitch and is fully covered by a roof.
Up to 1,200 visiting supporters are offered terraced accommodation in the East Stand Terrace behind the goal. There is a small number of seats made available within the main stand if demand requires the extra tickets. Views of the pitch are excellent whilst facilities and acoustics within the stand are as you would expect for a new ground.
The town centre has plenty of pubs including a Wetherspoon's The Lord Burton which has good food for a decent price and offers free WiFi. Nearer the ground is the choice of the Great Northern Inn on Wetmore Road. From the ground, walk down Princess Way towards the roundabout at the junction with Derby Road. Another favourite is the Beech Inn on Derby Road which you'll pass on the walk from the station.
If you're early enough, there are approximately 400 car parking spaces on site. Overflow car parking is located at the nearby Rykneld Trading Estate (first exit at the roundabout before turning right into Princess Way). The Pirelli Stadium is located opposite the old Eton Park Ground.
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