The Memorial Stadium, also commonly known by its previous name of the Memorial Ground, is a sports ground in Bristol, England, and is the home of Bristol Rovers F.C. It opened in 1921 dedicated to the memory of local rugby union players killed during the First World War, and was the home of Bristol Bears rugby club until they moved to Ashton Gate in 2014.
Bristol Rovers moved into the Memorial Stadium back in 1996 after leaving their previous ground in Eastville. The Current stadium has a cricket pavilion stand which makes it quite different to any other stadium. Opposite the Pavilion, or West Stand, is the East Stand.
There is a row of terracing running along the lower level with seating in the upper tier. The Blackthorn Terrace behind the goal is also standing whilst the South Stand opposite is a temporary seating affair much like the builds either side of the West Stand. There has been a proposal for a £35 million refurbishment of the Memorial Stadium for the last 10 years.
Visiting supporters are situated across two areas. A limited number of seating is made available in the South stand but you'll need to arrive early to snap these up. Space for a further 1,100 is available at the south end of the Uplands stand. This is open to the elements and really makes it very difficult for visiting fans to generate any kind of atmosphere. Views are ok but there are a couple of pillars in with the seating in the south stand.
Recommended pubs and eateries include The Sportsman and Annexe Inn on the corner of Nevil Road and Seymour Road, and the Bristol Fryer on Gloucester Road.
All roads surrounding the ground are free to park in and you should have little trouble finding a space within 5-10 minutes walk.
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