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Vitality Stadium

Dean Court, currently known as the Vitality Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football stadium in Bournemouth, England and the home ground of Bournemouth.

Park land surrounds both the south and main stand, with the east and north stands backing onto residential areas. Vitality Stadium is approximately 3.2 miles from Bournemouth Town Centre, and 7.8 miles from Poole.

Club Factfile

  • NAME: AFC Bournemouth
  • NICKNAME: The Cherries
  • FOUNDED: 1899
  • TRADITIONAL COLOURS: Red and black
  • LOCAL RIVALRY: Southampton

Ground Factfile

  • CAPACITY: 11,464
  • RECORD ATTENDANCE: 28,799 (v Manchester United, 1957)
  • ADDRESS: King's Park Dr, Bournemouth BH7 7AF, UK
  • YEAR OPENED: December 31, 1910
  • PITCH SIZE: 115 x 71 yards


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Ground Information

The Vitality Stadium had 3 stands in 2003 when I first visited but with the addition of the new Ted MacDougall stand the stadium now looks almost complete.

The new stand does have a number of pillars across the front of it so hopefully this will be improved in the near future. The remaining three stands were all built in 2001 over the course of approximated 4 months.

Away fans

Visiting supporters are housed in the far right of the East Stand where up to 2,000 supporters can be accommodated.

Away pubs

In nearby Boscombe town centre. For fans walking from the main station in Bournemouth, there are several pubs ideally situated on the main road (Holdenhurst Rd) that leads to the ground.

The Portman Hotel is another popular haunt for Cherries fans and away supporters alike.

Car Parks & Public transport

Parking is freely available with 600 spaces on site in Kings Park. It is a council car park however and is pay and display at all times, although prices are very reasonable and parking tickets are very common so it's a small price to pay.

Alternatively, there is a limited amount of street parking spaces within a 10-15 minutes’ walk of the stadium. In my opinion however, it's not worth the extra walk as it rarely takes any time to exit the car park at the ground after the game.

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