Bristol Rovers – Memorial Stadium

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bristol rovers memorial stadiumThe Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 12,011, with seating for 2,500.

Bristol Rovers moved to the Memorial Stadium in 1996, purchasing the ground from Bristol Rugby Club two years later. The West side is occupied by the DAS Stand, which runs for about half the length of the pitch, straddling the halfway line. It is predominantly terraced, topped by a row of hospitality boxes fronted by a few rows of seats. Opposite is the taller Uplands Stand.

This has covered seating to its rear and terracing at the front. It has open terraces to either side, one of which is allocated to away supporters. On the North side, towards the Bass End, is a small covered terrace used as a family area, whilst the other side has a small covered area of temporary seating, called the Guinness Stand. Behind one goal is the unusual looking Becks (South) Stand. This was originally erected as a temporary stand, to fill the previously empty end. The stand only runs for just over half the width of the pitch, has several supporting pillars running across the front and has been nicknamed the “tent” by home supporters.

The club originally had planning permission for a complete redevelopment of the ground, but this was delayed by financial difficulties. However, the club have now submitted plans for a brand new stadium on the outskirts of Bristol, and hope to complete in time for the 2014/15 season.

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How to get to the Memorial Stadium

By Road:
memorial stadium directionsThe Memorial Stadium is situated in Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0BF.

Drivers coming from North, East and West should exit the M4 at junction 19, joining the M32 for 2 miles as far as junction 2. Exit the motorway, taking the 3rd exit at the roundabout and following signage for Horfield, Southmead and the Memorial Stadium. Continue along Muller Road for 1½ miles, turning left at the light-controlled crossroads into Filton Avenue where the ground is immediately on the left.

From the South, exit the M5 at junction 16, joining the A38 towards Filton. Follow the A38 for about 4½ miles, turning left at the lights into Filton Avenue.


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By Rail:
bristol train stationThe nearest railway station is Filton Abbey Wood, which is approximately 1½ miles and a 25-minute walk from the ground. However, most rail travellers are likely to arrive at Bristol Parkway station. Bus services 73 and 74 run past the stadium. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Bristol, at a distance of some 9 miles. The “Bristol International Flyer” offers an express bus link to Bristol city centre, with a journey time of about 30 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Bristol that can take you to and from the Memorial Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

memorial stadium parkingParking directly around the ground is limited due to its residential setting. However, nearby street parking is available on Muller Road, Gloucester Road and several others in the same area.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Memorial Stadium

pubs near memorial stadiumReports suggest that away fans should avoid the John Cabot pub in Gloucester Road. The nearby Victoria pub offers a congenial mix of home and away fans, but is quite small and gets very crowded. The Annexe Inn, on Nevil Road is also recommended, with a range of real ales on tap. About a 10-minute walk from the ground, it can be found by following signs for the County Cricket ground.

Hotels near the Memorial Stadium

marriott bristol city centreThe 4-star Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol BS1 3AD is located in the heart of Bristol, within 2 miles of the Memorial Stadium and close to all the city’s attractions. Guest reviews suggest that it offers spacious accommodation and modern facilities, with air conditioning and a mini bar in all rooms.
holiday inn express bristol north
The Express By Holiday Inn Bristol North, New Road, Bristol Parkway Business Park, Bristol BS34 8SJ provides a less expensive alternative at a similar distance from the ground. It has air conditioned bedrooms, Wi-Fi internet (charges apply) and free car parking. The well-stocked licensed bar and the coffee lounge have been extensively refurbished.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Memorial Stadium?

away fans bristol roversSeveral fans have encountered difficulties in getting into the ground as it only has one entrance, shared by both home and away fans. Many visitors have been disappointed by the poor condition of the away section, though views of the playing action are reported good.

There is little vocal support from the home supporters, so the general atmosphere within the ground is poor. Catering facilities are described as adequate, but toilets, consisting of hired cubicles, have been described as very dirty and unpleasant. On the upside, stewards appear to be friendly and helpful.

Your comments about Bristol Rovers – Memorial Stadium


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  1. jk

    I normally avoid local derbies as i find them tedious affairs with fans of tin pot clubs getting over excited about nothing!
    However i was outnumbered and went to this ground to tick it off the list and be done with it.
    The area surrounding the ground is a little run down, stewards and catering staff were pleasant, but the ground is shabby at best, there are about 5 mini stands, ours being a marquee with an average view.
    For the females amongst your group make sure you go to the loo before entering this ground as the cubicles are disgusting!!


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  3. Jake T

    There is a pub near by called the Annex, which welcomes both home and away fans. The home fans are very friendly and welcoming and they are very passionate of their pirate heritage. At the time of my visit, there was a record attempt to try and get as many people dressed as pirates in one place (The Memorial Stadium). This was also open to the Norwich fans. The away stands themselves aren’t really stands. The end stand is a seat-filled tent/marquee and the side stand is standing scaffolding. The stewards are friendly and the ground staff are friendly too. Half time food is limited and toilets are of poor quality as they are small grubby portaloos and few of them for that matter. The ground is shared with Bristol Rugby Club, so the pitch is rather worn and damaged from the rugby players.


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  5. Mark Simpson

    My first thoughts of the ground was that it was abit weird, after a while tho i must admit it grew on me abit as it offered a traditional football day out. The home fans where very passionate, at one point they sailed a huge surfer flag across the.home end, u found this very impressive. The giant pasties available from the stalls around the ground were good value for money. Overall I would love to return to the ground should we ever draw them in the cup again.

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