The Coral Windows Stadium is an all-seater venue, with a capacity of 25,136. It is the home ground of Bradford City FC, and despite the stadium sponsorship deal is still known locally as Valley Parade.
The stadium is divided into five all-seater stands, the Sunwin Stand, Carlsberg Stand (formerly the Kop End), Midland Road (East) Stand, Pulse Family Stand and TL Dallas Stand.
All five stands are covered and all but the East Stand are two-tiered. Most of the stands are cantilever structures, and because of the ground’s location, the East Stand overhangs the road.
How to get to the Coral Windows Stadium (Valley Parade)
The Coral Windows Stadium is located at Valley Parade, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD8 7DY.
Drivers arriving from the North should follow the M6 and M60 Manchester ring road, joining the eastbound M62, while those coming from the South should take the M1 or A1, joining the westbound.
Exit the M62 at junction 26, taking the M606 towards Bradford. At the end of the motorway (the ground is well signed), keep to the right hand lane and take the Ring Road East through the tunnel onto Rooley Lane. Go through one set of lights and turn left at the roundabout into Wakefield Road. Pass through 2 roundabouts onto the A6037 Shipley Airedale Road, which becomes Canal Road. PC World, Staples and Tesco are on the left. Go straight on at the lights and turn left onto the A6177 Station Road. Turn left into Queen’s Road and at the 3rd set of lights, left again into Manningham Lane. Valley Parade, where the ground is situated is the 1st left after the petrol station.
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Bradford Forster Square station is about ½ mile and a 10-minute walk from the ground. Visitors arriving at Bradford Interchange, which is a good 20-minute walk from the ground, are advised to take taxi or any of bus services 622, 623, 626 or 662, which operate to the ground from the adjacent bus station. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Leeds Bradford, at a distance of 6 miles. Metroconnect 747 provides a direct bus service to Bradford Forster Square railway station. Journey time is about 40 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Bradford that can take you to and from Valley Parade. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Visiting fans have advised that there is plenty of street parking available near the ground.
Away Friendly Pubs near Coral Windows Stadium (Valley Parade)
Real ale aficionados recommend the CAMRA-listed Corn Dolly, on Bolton Road, about a 10-minute walk from the ground. The Cartwright and Park Hotels, in Manningham Lane, has also been the subject of good reports. A little further away, the Fighting Cock, in Preston Street, also serves excellent real ale and its wood-burning stove is a hit in cold weather.
Hotels near Coral Windows Stadium (Valley Parade)
The 4-star Hilton Bradford, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 5SH is located in the city centre, just 2 minutes from the train station. Guest reviews suggest that this hotel is exceptionally clean, offers good food and its staff are friendly, polite and accommodating. The only drawback is the lack of a car park, as the nearby multi-storey car park is quite expensive. However, most guests have rated the hotel excellent value for money.
The Express By Holiday Inn Bradford City Centre, The Leisure Exchange, Vicar Lane, Bradford, BD1 5LD is also centrally located, directly opposite Bradford Interchange Rail and Bus Station. It is only 10 miles from Leeds Bradford airport. All room rates include continental breakfast, which is reportedly excellent. Guest reports that rooms are basic, but clean and tidy, with prompt service from friendly, polite staff. On-site parking is available for a small extra charge.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip?
Most visiting fans appear to have enjoyed their visit to the Coral Windows Stadium, though many report that the ground, situated at the bottom of a valley, usually has a cold wind blowing through it, and advise wrapping up well. The accommodation and facilities in the Midland Road Stand are generally reportedly good, with no supporting pillars to impede the view of play.
Catering facilities appear to be the exception. Few fans could find fault with the quality of fare on offer, but there is only one outlet, which is understaffed, expensive and sells out quickly. The lack of a bar also disappointed many visiting fans. The home supporters are reported friendly and few visitors have had any trouble in or around the ground. Several away fans have noted that the stewards are particularly helpful, though others report that they are overzealous, particularly with regard to standing.