Pride Park is an all-seater football stadium in Derby, England, that is the home ground of English Football League club Derby County. With a capacity of 33,597, it is the 16th-largest football ground in England.
Located on Pride Park, a business park on the outskirts of Derby city centre, the stadium was built as part of the commercial redevelopment of the area in the 1990s. Derby County have played at the ground since it opened in 1997 as a replacement for their former home, the Baseball Ground. Due to sponsorship, the venue was officially known as the iPro Stadium between 2013 and 2016.
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The iPro Stadium, previously known as Pride Park Stadium, replaced Derby’s old Baseball Ground, which was left after further renovations to turn it into an all-seater turned out to be impractical. First plans for a move away from the Baseball Ground were made in the early 1990s, but it took several unsuccessful attempts before the club found a suitable site for a new stadium. Construction of Pride Park Stadium finally started in 1996, and it took just one year for the stadium to be completed.
Pride Park Stadium was officially opened on 18 July 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II. The first match was played about two weeks later when Italian side Sampdoria visited the stadium for a friendly. Vincenzo Montella scored the first goal at the stadium, and the only one during the match. In 2006, Derby announced plans to expand the stadium with another 10,000 seats, though contingent on Derby staying in the Premier League. The relegation of the club following their first season in the Premier League ended these plans.
Pride Park Stadium got renamed iPro Stadium in December 2013 following the agreement of a £7-million sponsorship deal with iPro. Much like the new stadiums at Coventry, Reading and Cardiff, 3 sides of the bowl-shaped Pride Park are single tier with an extra level above the Main stand. Visiting supporters are situated in the corner between the East and South Stands. General league allocation limit's visiting teams to 2,700 although in excess of 5,500 can be catered for on cup games.
Parking is freely available in local car parks priced between £2 at the cattle market and £6 at the local KFC. There are a few spaces to be had in the surrounding roads however if you're willing to arrive early enough.
If you arrive by train, turn right as you leave the station and you'll come across a couple of away supporter friendly pubs such as The Brunswick or The Alexandra Hotel. Both serve a wide range of food and drink.
Away fans are also very welcome at the pub "Cross Keys.' They offer an array of food and drinks and a very warm welcome is guaranteed. The pub is 20 minutes away from the ground with large car parking facilities. Post code is DE55 1BG.
I have been to the Pride Park Stadium once as a Southampton fan. Below was the result:
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