Ashton Gate Stadium
Club: Bristol City FC | Opening: 1890s (est.) | Capacity: 21,497 seats
History and description
Ashton Gate Stadium was the home of Bedminster FC until they in 1900 merged with Bristol City. The merged club first moved to Bristol City’s ground at St John’s Lane, but in 1904 back to Ashton Gate.
The ground was gradually developed in the following years and in 1913 hosted an international between England and Wales. Ashton Gate set its record attendance in 1935 when 43,335 people attended an FA Cup tie versus Preston North End.
In 1958, a new main stand, the Williams Stand, opened. Twelve years later, in 1970, the new Dolman Stand was built on the opposite side.
The ground remained largely unchanged until the 1990s when it got converted into an all-seater. At the same time (in 1994), the new Atyeo Stand was built behind one of the goals. One year later, a new lower tier got added to the Dolman Stand.
In the 2000s, Bristol City started exploring the possibilities of building a new modern stadium. Plans were made for a 30,000-seater just south of Ashton Gate in the Ashton Vale area, therefore dubbed Ashton Vale Stadium, but heavy resistance of local residents and environmental groups first delayed and ultimately cancelled the plans.
In late 2013, Bristol City instead presented plans for the redevelopment of Ashton Gate, first as a back-up for the Ashton Vale plans, but since April 2014 as their principal plans. Over a period of two years starting in the summer of 2014, both the Williams and Wedlock Stand will get rebuilt, while the other two stands will get refurbished. This will result in a modern stadium with a capacity of 26,000 seats and increased hospitality facilities.
Ashton Gate Stadium is located on the south-western edge of the city of Bristol, about two miles from its city centre and from Temple Meads rail station.
If arriving from the M5 motorway, exit at junction 18, and take the A4 toward Bristol Airport. Continue onto the Portway A4 for about 5 miles. Keep following for Bristol Airport and cross the bridge (Brunel Way). Branch left following the signs for Bristol City FC and then follow the signs to the stadium.
If coming from the M4, exit at junction 19 and take the M32 into town. Continue onto the A4032 and slight left onto Bond Street (A4044). At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Temple Gate, and at the next roundabout again the second exit onto York Road (A370). Continue for about 2 miles and take the ramp left onto Brunel Way. From there, follow the signs to the stadium.
Railway station Parson Street is located at walking distance from the stadium. Trains run once every hour from Temple Meads station. The journey takes less than 5 minutes.
On matchdays, a special shuttle bus service runs from Temple Meads station to the stadium. It runs one hour before kick-off and buses return after the match has finished.
Address: Ashton Road, Bristol, BS3 2EJ
Tickets for Bristol City games can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 117 963 0600, or at the BCFC Megastore at Ashton Gate.
Tickets are also available at the stadium on the day of the match. Bristol City only very occasionally sell out.
Bristol City have divided their home matches into two pricing categories. Tickets for category B matches, the cheapest, cost either £25.00, £28.00, or £30.00. Tickets are significantly cheaper if bought in pre-sale.
Bristol City offer guided stadium tours that include the dressing rooms, players tunnel, dugouts, and director’s box. The tours last 45 minutes.
Tours typically run on Wednesdays at 4:45 pm. Bookings are required and can be made online, by phone +44 (0) 117 963 0600, or in person at the BCFC Megastore.
The tour costs £8.00.
Relevant Internet links
Bcfc.co.uk – Official website of Bristol City FC.
Ashtongatestadium.co.uk – Official website of Ashton Gate Stadium.
Visitbristol.co.uk – Official tourist guide to Bristol.
Abus.co.uk – Bristol bus and shuttle bus information.