Pride Park is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 33,500. It is the home ground of Derby County FC.
The new stadium, with a build cost of £28 million, was opened in July 1997, replacing the Baseball Ground, Derby’s home since 1895. It is completely enclosed, with executive boxes (for the Prawn Sandwich brigade) in one corner.
The large, two-tiered West Stand occupies the full length of the pitch. The remaining three stands are single-tiered, and are arranged in a horseshoe.
Away fans are located at one end of the stadium in the Cawarden (South) Stand.
How to get to Pride Park
Drivers arriving from the North should leave the M1 at junction 28, following the southbound A38 towards Derby. Pride Park stadium is well signposted from the A38.
From the North-West, leave the M6 at junction 16 and join the A50 Stoke-Derby link road. Join the A38 towards Derby following signage for the stadium.
From the South, visiting drivers are advised to leave the M1 at junction 25, taking the A52 towards Derby. The ground is well signed from a few miles along the A52.From the South-West, follow the M5 and M42/A42 as far as junction 24 of the M1. Follow the A50 towards Derby city centre. The ground is well signposted from the A50.
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Pride Park is a 15-minute walk from Derby mainline station and is well signposted. On exiting the station, turn right, right again at the bottom of the road and follow the crowd. Click here to check the current train timetables
East Midlands is the nearest airport, some 8 miles from Pride Park. The “Skylink” bus service runs to Derby city centre on a half-hourly basis. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Derby that can take you to and from Pride Park. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Parking near the ground is very limited and visiting fans recommend parking in the city centre and walking to the ground.
Several fans have recommended the reasonably-priced cattle market car park, just off the A52, which is a 15-minute walk from the ground. This car park can be reached by taking the first exit at the “Pentagon” roundabout, taking the next left and “doubling back” for some 300 yards. The car park is on the left.
Away Friendly Pubs near Pride Park
The Alexandra Hotel and the Brunswick, near the railway station, have both been recommended by visiting fans. Both have a “railway” theme and serve a wide range of real ales. The Crown and Cushion, on London Road, has also received several recommendations.
There is a Harvester outlet, within a 5-minute walk of the ground, which also admits away supporters. Within the ground, there are bars to the rear of the stands, but these can become very crowded.
Hotels near Pride Park
The Ramada Encore Derby, Locomotive Way, Derby DE24 8PU has a central location, a mere stone’s throw from Pride Park. It has received excellent reviews for comfort, cleanliness, service and value for money. All rooms have satellite TV and Internet access, while hotel facilities include a gym and sauna.
The Days Inn, Derby DE21 6DA is a contemporary hotel located next to the Derbyshire cricket ground, within a mile of Pride Park. All guestrooms are equipped with satellite television, Internet connections, direct-dial phones, clock radios, coffee/tea-makers and complimentary newspapers. Visitors have been impressed, commenting on the large, comfortable rooms and notably the bar, which is open to residents until 2 a.m. Complimentary parking is available outside the hotel.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Pride Park?
The vast majority of visiting fans appear to have thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Pride Park. The passionate home support, coupled with the stadium design makes for a lively, noisy atmosphere. However, the Derby fans are friendly and few away supporters have experienced any feeling of intimidation. Visitors have been greatly impressed with the stadium and its facilities.
Few have been disappointed with the view of play from the away section. The range and quality of food on offer are also reported as excellent, with speedy service and no lengthy queues. Numerous TVs are located near the bars, so fans miss none of the action while waiting to be served.