Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Bristol City FC- Ashton Gate

Visits: 2
Bristol City 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion (Championship, March 5th 2013)
Bristol City 1-2 Hull City (League Cup 4th Round, October 25th 2016)
Stands I’ve Been in:  Atyeo Stand, Dolman Stand
Ticket Price (1st Official Visit): £22
Attendance (1st Visit): 12,267
Address: Ashton Road, Bristol, BS3 2EJ

Transport

Had been advised that parking near the ground is a bit thin on the ground, especially street parking, so parked at Bedminster Cricket Club down the road for a fiver. Wasnt bad really, and was pretty quick getting out, and still managed to get in there even getting there quite late.


Approaching Ashton Gate, 2016

Food & Drink

As I was late, I never really got to have much of a look around the ground. The cricket club I parked at did allow in away fans though, so that will always be a plus, and inside the ground, it seems southerners have finally learned how to make decent pies! City’s steak and ale pie comes very highly recommended!
The Atyeo Stand, 2016

Inside the Ground

Fantastic ground, four very different stands with a decent balance to it. The Dolman and Atyeo Stands are big in size and with good views all around, while the older Williams and Wedlock Stands liven it up. Away fans currently share the Wedlock Stand (popularly known as the East End) with home fans, so instead of having the whole lot, they are tucked away in the corner. With all those pillars at the front of the stand, I cant imagine the facilities in the away end are quite as good as in the Atyeo!

By the time of my second visit, the Atyeo was the only stand unchanged! City have rebuilt the other 3 sides, and have to say, it's an excellent development. The new Dolman, Lansdown and South Stands are all modern and unrestricted, huge and spacious underneath, and all open, so you can walk all the way around the ground once inside (except the Atyeo) some very good touches like murals and things on the ceilings, its been modernised, but still retains a lot of individuality. The atmosphere doesnt seem to have suffered either.
The South Stand, 2016

Atmosphere

Pretty poor to be honest. The City fans in the East End seemed to be the most vocal, but even then it wasnt much. The banter from the Atyeo at Brighton’s keeper Kuszczak was great fun, after he made a big deal out of holding his nose after catching a high ball, the Atyeo gave a very unsympathetic ‘aaaaww’ every time he touched his face for the rest of the game, and he started doing it on purpose then and even clapped the Atyeo at the end, so a sense of humour in the atmosphere at least!
The Dolman Stand

Anything Else

Surrounded by alleyways and underpasses, I imagine this place was a pretty nasty place to go back in the hooligan days!


Ashton Gate in 2013, before the 3 stands visible were redeveloped

Overall

Lovely ground, and a brilliant redevelopment. Bristol is a great city to visit for football too.

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