Derby County – Pride Park

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Pride ParkPride 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.

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How to get to Pride Park

By Road:
pride park directionsDrivers 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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By Rail:
derby train stationPride 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

By Air:
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

Taxis
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?

pride park stadium parkingParking 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

pubs near pride park stadiumThe 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

ramada encore derbyThe 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.

days inn derbyThe 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.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Pride Park?

away fans derbyThe 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.

Your comments about Derby County – Pride Park


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  1. Dan

    Cracking atmosphere always here. Good stadium, sells beer in the away end. Police are a nuisence tho because they always hold us back before hand and gave us an escort but the stadium itself and getting to it are good. Unless the £3 car park is full.


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  3. Alex Alexander

    Having visited Colchester’s stadium earlier this year, I was a little concerned as to what to expect re facilities for away supporters near the ground – but I needn’t have worried. There are several ‘chain’ restaurants (Old Orleans, Harvester to name but two) a short distance away where you can get a drink – well if you like lager, Guinness and such like. If you don’t mind a 20 minute walk however, try the Brunswick just under the flyover for the station and turn left at the top of the steps – wonderful selection of real ales and away fans made very welcome.

    Also, if you just want something to eat, you can find the usual KFC, Burger King etc nearby.

    Facilities inside the ground were really good too – though the home fans seemedd rather quiet. Can’t comment on the beer/food, but it seemed very popular.


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  5. Martin Griffiths

    Have been to Pride Park twice to watch Derby versus City, once three seasons ago by train on my own and once this season by car. Both visits were very enjoyable. The stadium is fantastic – decent catering and drinks, toiletsm seatsm etc. Stewards were reasonable and courteous and felt safe walking to and from the ground amongsy Derby County fans. Walked from ground to Derby train station on my own but no porblems whatsoever. On the other trip we parked in a local school cost a £5 but secure safe parking and 10 min walk to ground. Brewsters Pub opp the group welcomed us both times – both sets of fans mixed well both times. Would not hesitate to return to derby in future – great ground, decent fans.


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  7. John Stevens

    Great facitilies, great stadium, home fans were very noisy especialy when singing ‘you’ll never work again’ to us thieving scouses. slightly intimidating walk to the ground, local warehouse takes advantage of limited parking by charging £8 per car.


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  9. Daniel Buck

    Didnt support either team , just went because we wanted to, Derby lost two nil to Bristol city but have to say very easy to get to from train station, great seats and great atmospher, being able to go and sit outside at half time to eat our chips was good because it was a hot day, tickets arent the best priced and the food there is quiet good. Overall good day out and watching a pitch invasion at the end was quiet amusing


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  11. Eddie Cooney

    I drove to Pride Park and parked on the street for free on the West Meadow Industrial Estate, which is about a 15 minute walk to the stadium. The postcode DE21 6HA will get you there and there is plenty of parking. If the streets fill up there are also some factory units charging £3. Nearer to the ground you’ll pay more like £6 or even £8! The walk isn’t straight-forward from here but A Derby fan showed me the way, which went past a Costco, Burger King and KFC, and we had a good natter along the way. Everybody around the ground was friendly and kind. The ground is a bit of a modern monster from the outside and not exactly pretty but there is a great statue of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor from which you get the ground’s best profile. Inside its another matter and is very attractive with dramatic black and white seating and the words ‘Derby’ and ‘The Rams’ written into the stands. There’s a giant TV that on my visit was showing Sky TV. I watched the TV match as I ate my £3 Holland’s chicken Balti pie, which was over-cooked and more or less rock hard. The match attracted less than 12,000 spectators and the ground was less than half full so the atmosphere was a bit weird and not as loud as I expected. Most of the Derby fans congregated next to the away end which meant most of the noise was made down one end of the ground with the rest of the stadium more or less silent. The Derby fans bated the away support with tedious hostile chants and a portion of our own yobbos were only too happy to respond. I hate all that perochial hostile chanting and it spoilt the game for me. Too be honest, I thought the stewards ought to have thrown a few of our fans out for provoking the Derby fans but nothing was done. After the match I walked back to the car with thousands of Derby fans without any problems and then drove to The Brunswick pub near the railway station for a post-match pint. The Brunswick can be found along from the railway station and has some great real ale on offer. Sometimes the staff can be a bit slow to serve you and if so I recommend the Alexandra next door, which is just as good with as large a selection of beers. DE1 2RU is the postcode although this takes you to a private residential cul-de-sac so beware. The Alexandra has a small car park but there is also some limited on street parking around the back of both pubs. It’s possible to walk to Pride Park in about 15 minutes from the railway station so these pubs are also great for a pre-match drink if you’re on the train.


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  13. stu

    Love derby away and in particular the pre match drinking at the navigation inn. Well worth adding to your list of away pubs. There’s parking in the fairly small pub car park and you can also park opposite the pub on the road for free. It’s a 10 min walk to the ground as well.

    Roll on tomorrow


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  15. Ben Cairns

    I really enjoyed pride park (despite a 3-0 drubbing). I took the train and walked from the station, which was about a 15 minute walk in and amongst derby fans, but there was no aggression and I felt fully comfortable. The ground itself is very modern with all the amenities you’d expect, as well as a greggs and starbucks in the ground itself. During the game itself, the stewards and police were unobtrusive, none of this shouting at us to sit down rubbish and the derby fans were in full voice with great banter between home and away fans. Overall a really enjoyable day out and I look forward to returning next season, hopefully with a better result!

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