I am a regular visitor to Pride Park Stadium and it is a very nice spacious stadium. The ground holds over 33,000 people and has mainly black seating. The stadium is ideally placed in the centre of Derby just a ten minute walk from the town. The bus and train stations are 10 minutes walk away also. There are not any good old fashioned pubs on Pride Park itself but there is a Brewster's, Old Orleans and a Harvester just 2 minutes away with Frankie and Bennies outside the stadium. The ground itself sells alcohol but it is over £3 a pint along with soft drinks and burgers, pies and hotdogs but again all highly priced. There are a few restaurants near by, Subway is across the road and Burger King and McDonalds are little further down.
The views in the stadium are excellent all the way round, as it is a modern stadium there are no supporting pillars in view and the leg room in the seating is average. The ground has a medium sized car park but this is for staff and permit holders only. Some of the surrounding companies offer parking and there is street parking available once off the Pride park estate. Like most modern grounds the atmosphere inside the stadium isn't always that great. One of the corners is filled in with private boxes and these boxes also run down the centre of the main stand which is the only two tiered stand in the stadium. The ground has one basic scoreboard but no big screen. There are TV's below the stand in the concourse area. The concourse are quite spacious but normally fill up and become very congested as do the toilets which are normally quite clean and in good condition unlike most grounds. The entrance through turnstiles is now by barcode scanning and this normally causes queues to get in.
Pride Park is the home of Derby County FC, it is an all seater stadium with a capacity of 33,597. I have visited the ground twice, and most recently in January 2010.
Like most new grounds, the transport links are pretty good, if not a little slow. The ground is just off the A52 and is well signposted, but the queues do back up on a match day. If you are going by train, it is around a 10 minute walk from the station to the ground.
There is official car parking at the stadium, however, this is in short supply and places usually have to be booked in advance, it is £6 to park at the ground and that includes disabled parking spaces. The disabled car park for away fans is behind the goal and whilst it is a little walk away, they have golf buggies to take fans to and from the car park. There is a large car park just after you pull into the area where the ground is (next to KFC) which costs £6 and also a few others in the office blocks around the ground.
Tickets range from £24 to £35 for adults, £9 to £18 for under 16s and for over 60s and under 21s the prices range from £14 to £21. The lowest prices are around average for the Championship however the top end prices (for Platinum Plus games) are rather expensive. The prices above are for tickets bought in advance of match day and can rise by upto £3 more on the day of the match.
The ground itself
Pride Park is another new stadium, which means that it is similar to all other stadiums built within the last 10 years. It is a bowl design and 3 of the 4 stands are all single tiered stands of the same height. The 4th stand is a 2 tier stand and the most expensive area of the stadium to sit. This stand houses the dressing rooms and dug outs as well as the corporate hospitality sections. Around the top of all the stands are Perspex panels which allow natural light to come into the stadium. In one of the corners (opposit the away end) there is an electronic scoreboard and also the press boxes/police control room etc. Despite it being a new stadium, the leg room left a bit to be desired and the stands are not as steep as it some newer grounds meaning that your view can be impaired if there is someone tall infront of you. There are no supporting pilars etc to obstruct the view.
The ground has been designed so that an extra tier can be added to the 3 single tier stands, taking the capacity to 44,000 however it is not envisaged that they will be doing this anytime soon, especially now they have lost out on being a potential host city for the World Cup in 2018.
The usual array of food and drink is available at pretty average prices (£3 for a pie/burger etc) and they also sell alcohol on the concourses and do a pie and a pint meal deal.
The womens toilets are of normal standard, they have toilet roll and ot running water.
The concourses are not that large meaning it can get cramped, they do have tele's on which show the game so if you nip to the loo or to get some food whilst the game is in play you can see what is going on. They also have a bookies on the concourses to place your bets pre match.
Getting away from the ground
Like getting to the ground, getting away from the ground is very slow, especially if you are parked near to it. The first time we visited it took over an hour, and the latter time around 30 minutes which can be quite tedious.
The ground is one of the better grounds in the Championship and is slightly different to a lot of the new style stadiums, and the black seats make it look a little more classy. It provides a decent setting to watch football, its a shame that the team playing there week in week out are so poor!
Continuing my reviews from an away fan....
Ticket Price (Adult): £24
Match: Derby v Coventry
I never got to go to the Baseball ground so can't compare it to that but Pride Park follows the usual new build Stadium design. The only thing that I feel makes it 'unique' is there are some 'boxes' in one corner (which is why the left corner is raised in the picture).
Getting To The Stadium - Finding Pride Park is easy enough and it's pretty well signposted. Traffic also seems to be pretty low on the way in as we were able to drive right up to the stadium without facing many (if any) wait times. There's quite a few £5 car parks available to both home and away fans within 5 mins walk from the stadium.
Before The game - Decided to go straight in as there's wasn't all that long before kick off. There are a number of eateries around the ground. Frankie & Benny's is the closest (it's pretty much in the car park!) but it gets VERY crowded on match days. DW Sports & Fitness is also situated behind the restaurant if you fancy some shopping. Burger King, Pizza Hut & a little further away, McDonalds are all available. New places of interest seem to be added every season we go there, they are really making an effort in that area. There is also a starbucks by the club shop.
In The Concourse - Derby operate a digital entry system at turnstiles where it scans the barcode on your ticket. Being an evening game and shown live on Sky, the attendance of away fans was way down on previous years so part of the concourse was closed off. Unfortunately, the part that was closed housed the only bookies in the away end. The one side that was left open had one plasma screen showing a mixture of a Derby Club channel and Sky Sports while there was also one refreshment counter open. I feel even though our numbers were down, 1 counter serving 700 people was poor. That's not half as bad as the prices they charge though.
Double Cheeseburger - £4.70
A bottle of beer (which equated to HALF a plastic pint glass) - £3.25!!!
Footlong Hot Dog - £4
Soft Drinks - £2
Pies - £2.60 (which isn't all that bad)
To me, that is daylight robbery and I'm sure I wasn't the only one who refused to buy anything.
Smokers are catered for by the stewards allowing you to go outside the stadium at HT to smoke. (This has caused problems in the past as home and away fans are both outside)
In The Stand - New Stadium = No Pillars. This obviously means the view is good wherever you are seated. Away fans have home fans immediately to the left, although there is a large wall as they are at a higher level and away fans to the right on the other side of 'no mans land', an area sectioned off for one reason or another. No mans land decreases for bigger attendances. There is a big notice on your ticket that states PERSISTENT STANDING IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. We stood for the whole game without any problems. This hasn't always been the case though. Police also stand on the stairs between each block. The acoustics inside are excellent and a lot of noise can be made. The main singing section for Derby are situated in the corner to our right. They are very quiet when they're not winning however! If you choose to sit down there is a decent amount of leg room so you should have comfortable viewing of the game.
Safety - Not a hostile atmosphere what so ever but those easily intimidated might be uneasy being flanked by home fans. There have been 'problems' between Derby & Cov in the past so there is definitely a chance of some misbehaviour but it would be very rare to experience it.
Some other notes....
I always feel that Derby is the coldest stadium in the league so wrap up warm!
Take a Gun. Shoot Robbie Savage. What a cheat. What a 'insert naughty word'.
A decent stadium that has also staged a full England international but a little on the pricey side!
Final Score: Derby 2 - 1 Coventry
Pride Park is the home to my football club Derby County one of the original members of the football league. It was constructed in 1996 and was opened in 1997 and was constructed by the same company that built the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.
The location of the stadium is very good, it is situated near the A52 road between Nottingham and Derby, the stadium is also very close to Derby train station which makes it very useful for visiting fans.
The catering facilities around Pride Park are ample, with such well known chains as Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds, Frankie and Benny's and Subway. Whilst this doesn't always appeal to those who are interested in keeping themselves healthy it does offer convenience.
The stadium itself is very modern and it is very easy to find your seats and if you do have any trouble then the staff there are very helpful and would be happy to direct you to where you are supposed to be going.
There is a few negatives:
The quality of football offered by the home side is not so good, but that is something out of my control.
Inside the stadium where the concourse is very bland and full of concrete which can make it unattractive to the eye.
In order to get to the stadium by car you would have to park between 1 and 2 miles away unless you can aquire a parking pass.
Being a massive Derby County Fan, i am afraid that this review may become a little bit rose tinted and if at any point i start declaring my love for the club then i apologise profusely!
However, this fact does not take away from the point i am trying to make. Pride Park is a great stadium in every way, and is far too good for a championship side.
I have visitied many Championship and Premiership stadiums and i often go and think: "Wow, this isnt as nice as at home". So below i will try and explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of Pride Park Stadium.
1) Great location
Set just outside derby and on the major A52 road it makes getting to and from the stadium extremely easy. There are also very few traffic jams when coming out of the ground after the match. Something which cannot be said for many clubs in todays top flights and 2nd leagues.
No matter where your sat at Pride park, you are going to have a good view. I sit behind the goal, as its where all the noise comes from and yet i still have a brilliant view. The seats are arched in such a way that despite being about 100m away, you can easily see whats going on at the other end of the stadium.
3)Good pitchside food
As i often go straight to the match after a day at work or uni, i dont have time to get any food. Therefore its imperative to me that theres a good KFC, Maccies or something similar for me to get some food on board. Pride park promises this with abundance, with Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC, Macdonalds and others all about 50 yards from the stadium.
1) Currently, the only disadvantage from going to watch Derby play at Pride Park is the football. However, if your an away fan, your guaranteed to leave happy; which promotes your experience even further!!!!
Pride Park Stadium is the home of my favourite football team, Derby County FC. It replaced the Baseball Ground as the home of Derby County (The Rams). The stadium was opened in 1997 by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in front of a massive crowd on onlookers.
The stadium has a fantastic atmosphere, and has seen some very exciting players play week-in, week-out over the years. Players include Igor Stimac, Paulo Wanchope, Francesco Baiano, Stefano Eranio, Mart Poom and Taribo West.
Even though Derby County are now a bottom half Championship team (the second level in English football), the ground is always near to full capacity on match days. It's quite rare these days for the attendance to be under 30,000.
The Stadium has also been used for an England friends, England Under 21 internationals and concerts. Artists that have played at Pride Park so far are Rod Stewart and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
If you've never been to the stadium before, I would definitely recommend giving it a try!
I started University in Derby in September 1997, just a month after Derby County Football Club started the new Premiership season in a new stadium. From the main entrance of the Pride Park stadium you can still just see the floodlights of the now derelict former home ground, The Baseball Ground. Although, as many other clubs moving to a completely new ground feel, it is not easy moving from a ground that holds so many great memories but just pulling up outside the new stadium you realise that this is a move forward for the club. Whether you support Manchester United or Hereford United, you can?t help but be impressed with the fine looking structure that would look more at home in Milan or Rome than on the outskirts of Derby. My first trip holds mixed feelings. October 1997 and Derby were riding high in the Premiership under Jim Smith, but Arsenal were looking to consolidate their Championship credentials and seeing as I was now a local I knew I couldn?t miss the chance of seeing my beloved Arsenal. Unfortunately the Derby players hadn?t read the same script as me and after Ian Wright smacked the crossbar with a first half spot kick Arsenal were destroyed by the then fearsome partnership of Paolo Wanchope and Dean Sturridge as the home side ran out 3-0 winners. Just in case you wonder why a 3-0 drubbing holds mix feelings for me then you might not recall that this defeat was the catalyst for Arsenal to go on a record breaking unbeaten run (only broken this season) which resulted in Premier League trophy going back to North London. Although this was my first trip there, in its first two months Pride Park already had a few stories to tell. Not content with being opened by the Queen earlier that Summer, the big news story was that whilst 2-1 down to Wimbledon in the first competitive match to be staged there, the floodlights went out and the game had to be abandoned which meant the slate was wiped clean and they would have to replay a few mont
hs later. Those of you in the football know will also recall this was the time that several other games fell foul of floodlight failure and if you look back at the games and the times of the failures, it makes the possible reports of Malaysian betting scandals look slightly worrying. Over the next few years Derby cemented their place in the Premier League and the stadium was finished, with the corner filled in, to make the total capacity 33,597. The stadium is well designed and although queues are inevitable at any large sporting venue, there are more than enough turnstiles to cater for the fans. Inside the design is actually quite simple, but more importantly works well to keep crowding down. Everything you need is vast compared to many other top grounds, including catering, betting booths and toilets. The food is your usual average stadium grub. Small portions, probably too expensive, but edible. The beer is good but isn?t helped by health and safety laws that dictate it has to be served in a plastic pint glass. Also inside you are greeted by plenty of televisions, some programmed to Sky Sports, others to Ram TV ? a TV programme dedicated to the stadium for match days which gives details of team news and shows the match whilst it is in progress. Everything is also well sign posted but should you need them I?m sure you?ll find the stewards both friendly and knowledgeable like I have on the many times I?ve been there. If you were impressed from the outside then you?ll be bowled over when you get to your seat. I?ve sat all over the stadium and have yet to find a seat that didn?t provide an excellent view. This is a plus and means that even lower priced tickets are worth purchasing, not like other grounds where I?ve found myself behind large posts or so far away from the pitch that I need binoculars. Disabled facilities are also vast and special sections of the ground are saved for disabled visitors and their guests, whilst special
entrances are also made available to ensure your day goes without any problems. I have been to games against local rivals and have always found the security to be excellent. The away fans are segregated and intense police operations are used where the possibility of crowd violence is apparent - again usually for local derbys. For home fans buses from the city centre are provided on match days although you could walk it in ten minutes. Away fans can get a train to Derby central station, again leaving a ten minute walk or by car you are literally ten minutes from M1 with the ground well sign posted from quite far out. Parking is well stewarded and vast but the surrounding areas can become busy on match days and I would suggest leaving your car in the town centre or using public transport where possible. As many football fans will know the fortunes of the team on the pitch over the last few seasons has gone from bad to worse, mainly due to having to sell their best players due to major financial troubles. Unfortunately this isn?t reflected in the ticket prices and adults should expect to pay between £16 and £27 for a ticket ? depending on the quality of your seat and the opposition. Children and seniors get it a little better although with prices lowered to between £8 and £14. Due to the teams current poor form, attendences are down so tickets are fairly easy to get - but this wasn't always the case with the big games in the Premiership. For away tickets you should contact your local team for details. If your team faces an away game to Derby County then I would say that it would be well worth you travelling to the stadium. Its location in the East Midlands is ideal for many clubs and from North London you can be there by car in around two hours. The ground has also impressed the FA and after successfully staging an Under 21 England fixture against the Germans it was granted full International status in 2001 when it stag
ed the England match against Mexico, which the home side won 4-0!! The queen also visited Pride Park during her Golden Jubilee tour of 2002. Whilst the fortunes of the team on the pitch have nose-dived drastically in the past few seasons I?m sure that the future will provide many great more great memories. Even if your team doesn?t come back from Pride Park with a win I?m sure you?ll enjoy the experience.
It was my first time at Derby's new ground Pride Park when I travelled there to watch Liverpool win on Sunday. I must say I was very impressed with its modern design and easy to access location. The stewards were very friendly and there was plenty of space between rows. The tickets were also fairly cheap in this day of extortionate prices. Its just a pity that it looks as though this stadium will be gracing the first division next year as its team are absolutely awful!
This is the home of Derby County football club. A new modern stadium built to replace the old baseball ground. It as an excellent pitch which won best pitch of the year this time. A comfortable stadium that can hold around30,000 fans. They have there own family stand which is away from both season ticket holders and away fans, my six year old son throughly enjoys going to watch the match and have always felt safe. At present the area surronding the ground is open but we soon be a thriving area due to the development the ground as encouraged. The only thing i dislike is the food is very basic and tends to generate large queues which is the same at most grounds, i tend to take coffee with me. On non match days you can go on tours of the ground and thet also do choldrens parties with a tour of the ground and guest appearance by Rammie, the derby mascot.