The iPro Stadium
Club: Derby County FC | Opening: 1997 | Capacity: 33,010 seats
History and description
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 the 18th of 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 later years, a few thousand additional seats were added to the stadium, resulting in its current capacity.
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 shelved these plans.
Pride Park Stadium got renamed iPro Stadium in December 2013 following the agreement of a £7 million sponsorship deal with iPro.
The iPro Stadium is located slightly over 1 mile south-east from Derby’s city centre, and slightly less from Derby Rail station. From the rail station, the stadium can be reached by foot in 15 minutes. The walk from the city centre takes 10 to 15 minutes longer. On matchdays shuttle buses run from the city centre.
If arriving by car from the M1, take either junction 25 or 28. From junction 25, take the A52 to Derby. From junction 28, the A38 and then A61. Then follow the signs to Pride Park Stadium.
Address: Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL
Tickets for Derby County games can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 871 472 1884, or in person at the ticket office at Pride Park Stadium.
If tickets remain, these can be bought at the gates of the stadium on the day of the match. Derby only sell out the occasional high-profile match like the derby with Nottingham Forest.
Derby use a dynamic pricing system, which means that ticket prices can fluctuate based on demand.
Expect to pay between £23.00 and £27.00 for the least popular matches, and between £35.00 and £38.00 for in-demand matches. Tickets are somewhat cheaper for a small section in the South West Upper corner, and £3.00 cheaper if bought in pre-sale.
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Derby County offer guided stadium tours that include the changing rooms, players tunnel, directors box, dugouts, press areas, and police cells. The tour lasts about 60 minutes.
Tours run about once or twice a month. Dates and hours are announced on the Derby County website. For reservations call +44 (0) 871 472 1884. The tour costs £8.00.
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