Milton Keynes Dons – Stadium MK

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stadium mk milton keynesIn 2007, MK Dons moved to a new, purpose-built, all-seater stadium in the Denbigh district, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. It was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport), the same architects responsible for the Emirates & Wembley stadiums and cost in excess of £50 million to build. The stadium is totally enclosed and has a bowl-like design.

Externally, it is a modern design, with good use of silver-coloured cladding and a large amount of glass. Three sides have a large lower tier with a smaller overhanging upper tier. On the West side the upper tier houses the Directors’ box and corporate hospitality areas. Phase one of the stadium uses only the lower tier, giving a capacity of 22,000.

However, installation of seating in the upper tier will increase the capacity to 32,000. Also planned is an hotel and indoor basketball arena at the South end of the ground.

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How to get to Stadium: MK

By Road:
stadium mk directionsThe address of Stadium: MK is Denbigh, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST.

Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M1 at junction 15, turning right onto the A508 (signed Stony Stratford). Follow the A508 for about 14 miles as far as the roundabout at the A5. Turn left and head South, leaving the A5 at its junction with the A421, following AA signs for Stadium: MK. Alternatively, continue on the southbound M1 as far as junction 14, taking the A509 towards Milton Keynes. The stadium is signposted from the next roundabout.

Visiting fans driving from the South should exit the M1 at junction 13, taking the 2nd exit onto the A421. After about 3 miles, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, onto H9 Groveway and follow this through 4 roundabouts. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout over the A5 and the ground is left at the lights.


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By Rail:
milton keynes train stationBletchley is the nearest station, about 2 miles and a 20-25 minute walk from the ground. The station is served by trains from London Euston and Birmingham New Street. On exiting the station, turn left and go down the steps. At the bottom, turn left under the railway bridge.

At the roundabout (by the Park pub) turn left onto Saxon Street and cross the road. Keep straight on for the stadium, passing Bletchley Bus Station on the right. Go straight on at the double mini-roundabout and the stadium is on the left. For the less energetic, there is a taxi rank directly outside the station and MK Metro Route no. 7 operates to the ground every 20 minutes from Bletchley Bus Station. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Luton, just over 20 miles away. Regular bus and rail links are available to Bletchley, with a journey time of about 75 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Milton Keynes that can take you to and from stadium:mk. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

stadium mk parkingThe stadium has a good-sized car park with about 2,000 spaces. Otherwise, visiting fans advise parking in the nearby Denbigh West industrial estate.

Away Friendly Pubs near Stadium: MK

pubs near stadium mkGiven the ground’s location on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, nearby pubs are rather limited. The nearest pub is the Beacon, on the industrial estate behind the ground, about a 10-minute walk away. However, it has received mixed reviews, and while it is modern and the welcome friendly, it lacks character, with beer served in plastic glasses.

For early arrivals, there are several pubs in Bletchley (a 20-minute walk) but none of these have received rave reviews. Several fans have recommended pubs in the Fenny Stratford area, about a mile south of the stadium. Alcohol is not served in the away section of the ground.

Hotels near Stadium: MK

hilton milton keynesThe Hilton Milton Keynes, Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes MK7 6HL is situated just off the M1, but within 2 miles of the ground. Guest reviews suggest that this hotel is clean and comfortable with helpful staff and excellent facilities, including gym and indoor pool. Free on-site parking is available. holiday inn milton keynes

The Holiday Inn Milton Keynes, 500 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes MK9 2HQ is in the centre of Milton Keynes, about 2½ miles from the ground and a 10-minute drive from junction 14 of the M1. This spacious hotel has impressive facilities including indoor pool, gym and sauna. Guest reviews suggest that it offers excellent value for money


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What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans mk donsThe only major complaint about the new stadium appears to be its location, meaning that it is well away from pubs and food outlets. The vast majority of visiting fans have been greatly impressed, commenting on the comfort and legroom in the seating, with excellent views of the action and a great atmosphere. The concourses are spacious and offer a good range of food, served from plentiful, well-organised outlets. The toilet facilities have been especially praised by many fans, offering wide entrances, soap and hot running water.

Your comments about Milton Keynes Dons – Stadium MK


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  1. Valerie de Burgh

    Up-to-date info regarding food availability at Stadium:MK. There are now two new food outlets – KFC and MacDonalds. These are located at the back of the ground. There is also a cafe in Asda and one in IKEA. The best pub in Fenny Stratford is The Foundry. It serves really good Guinness – it doesn’t serve food. If you like fish and chips then get them from Napoli Fish Bar on Aylesbury Street. From the Foundry pub, turn right, walk up Denmark Street and at the top of the street, turn left – keep walking until you get to the pedestrian crossing, cross over and Napoli’s is on the right a few steps down. I know there is a fish bar opposite the Foundry which is OK but the best one is Napoli’s.


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  3. Ian

    I went last season, we parked up in a nearby retail park and walked about 10 minutes to the ground . As expected its a nice modern stadium but a very poor atmosphere was generated inside, we were able to sit wherever we wanted within the away end and I cant recall the home fans making a noise except for about 30 seconds after they scored. They were serving beer in the away end, but long queues and they seemed to run out of everything within five minutes. Really easy to exit and get away so overall despite the result it was okay but really nothing to write home about!


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  5. Alby

    By train the ground is relatively easy to get to from Bletchley Station. About a 20 minute walk though there are one or two pubs on the way.

    Around the ground there is a huge ASDA and an IKEA, each with a cafe. The ASDA at points can get ridiculously packed and paying can take a long time as the staff are extremley slow and behind the cigarette counter often only have one or two staff members serving.
    There is a McDonalds and KFC to the east side of the ground, and despite them both being over full most of the time the staff are actually very fast and professional at their job so don’t feel the need to avoid either if they look full.

    Around the ground the home fans are incredibly fiendly and you’ll never hear or see anybody keen to partake in any violence, never be worried to show your colours anywhere at Stadium:MK, the supporters are often happy to see the supporters of the away team and almost everybody you stop to ask for something will kindly help you out, or even gladly have a chat. Despite the club being judged to be a bad club, the fans are a credit to themselfs and MK Dons.

    Pubs around the ground are limited. Around 10 minutes walk away from Stadium:MK is a pub formally called The Beacon, but now I believe it to be called something along the line sof ‘Inn on the lake’ though don’t take my word.
    However despite the lack of pubs around the ground, there is a bar within the ground situated at the West side of the stadium called ‘Red Dot Bar’ where away fans are openly welcome to wear their colours and access the bar without any fuss and again the home fans won’t bother and will gladly chat with you. The prices are okay and affordable, and there are a few seats and tables including a few sofas. It’s a very flash modern bar. They also show 12:00 kick offs on a number of screens and Sky Sports News. I’d definatley reccommend the Red Dot Bar if you’re an away fan coming to Stadium:MK, especially if you’re friendly and willing to have a decent conversation.

    Other things around the ground include several money give away sellers called GOAL-DON GOAL as well as programme sellers, there is also a pick n mix candy stall, burger van and box office and club shop each situated at the south west area of the ground.

    Inside the ground the home fans are admittedly poor a lot of the time, only a small section of the fans sing, behind the goal and in the corners of the home end, not too many in the Easy+West wings sing so atmosphere is often quiet and usually the away fans are responsible for creating a good atmosphere, though with the stadium being unfinished the sound and accoustics aren’t fantastic, though the PA announcer is frustratingly loud.
    There is a small screen behind the away stand displaying the score.
    I would suggest you brind a coat and keep as warm as possible as on a winters night (Even a spring evening) he stadium can get ridiculously cold, and if raining the concourse can get extremley wet and hazardous to slips.
    The concourse by the way is fantastic and very spaceous and if you decide to leave before half time for a pint you can still see the game as you que.

    Seats are fantastic and leather padded, legroom amazing.

    Do hope I’ve helped and enjoy your experience at MK Dons.


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  7. Anthony

    20 minute walk to te ground from Bletchley train station can be slightly confusing, it’s a quality stadium, one of the best in the league, the seats are comfortable but as Pompey fans do, I stood up for the match, plenty of room. Home fans arent very vocal, only heard them when they scored, after that they went quiet again, food is good, decent price too. Can be good day out if the home fans decide to be a bit more vocal


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  9. Kevin Halls

    I went yesterday to this stadium and can honestly say I think it is one of the best I’ve been to in this and other divisions.
    Admittedly it is a bit remote in it’s location,but once inside it is very impressive.
    We took almost 5,000 Coventry fans there which created a great atmosphere as there fans aren’t that noisy,but they do get behind their team during the game. And we all stood up throughout the whole match and the stewards are relaxed and not in your face like some are around the country.
    The views are good and although it’s not completely covered it is really well designed,and similar to our stadium the Ricoh Arena. There are plenty of bars and the toilets are superb something you’d expect to see in a hotel and not a football ground ! There is a really friendly feel about the whole place and hopefully I will go back there again as I enjoyed the whole experience.


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  11. BIRT

    DO NOT PARK YOUR CARS IN DENBIGH WEST AS SUGGESTED – OR ANY OTHER NEIGHBOURING ESTATE. IF YOU’RE GOING TO STADIUM:MK THEN GO THERE AND PARK. WHY SHOULD WE SMALL BUSINESSES ON DENBIGH WEST HAVE OUR TAKINGS TRASHED EVERYTIME STADIUM:MK HAS AN EVENT BECAUSE OUR CUSTOMERS CAN’T GET ANYWHERE NEAR US. WE, LIKE HUNDREDS OF OTHER BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS OPPOSED THE BUILDING OF STADIUM MK BUT THEY BUILT IT ANYWAY.

    DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE OTHER THAN OFFICIAL CAR PARKS FOR STADIUM MK OTHERWISE YOU MAY WELL INCUR THE WRATH OF FRUSTRATED BUSINESS PEOPLE LIKE ME!!!!!!! FROM AUGUST WE AND SEVERAL OTHER BUSINESSES ‘RE GOING TO START TICKETING CARS PARKED WITHOUT PERMISSION ON PRIVATE LAND AND WE ARE GOING TO LOBBY THE COUNCIL TO HAVE PARKING RULES ENFORCED.


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  13. Tom

    Yes, I was there last Tuesday to witness the biggest ever defeat I’ve seen United receive live! Moving on from the result and United’s “performance”……

    26,000+ crowd, and the atmosphere created by both sets of fans was very good….United’s away following a credit to the team/club again, in full voice especially in the final 15 minutes when the game had gone, but stayed with the team regardless.

    To be fair the MK fans also knew a song or two, despite the fact I’m sure many of their fans were going to the ground for the first time. One young lad about 8 years old even turned up to “support” MK wearing his Liverpool shirt……naive from the kid, bordering on stupid from the parents for being so ignorant of the level of “passion” between United and Liverpool!

    Let’s hope for the sake the club many of the home fans from Tuesday now turn up more often. If that performance and result doesn’t inspire them to keep turning up and supporting their club nothing will.

    The ground itself is superb, can’t speak highly enough about it and the facilities inside. I went to the Bayer Arena to support United in Leverkusen last November and it is very similar in size and quality……except MK has padded seats! Not that United’s away following uses the seats apart from half time.

    The location of the stadium makes it very easy to get to and, despite the size of the crowd on Tuesday, parking was very easy and free. Plenty of places to eat right next to the ground as long you’re happy with KFC or McDonalds or whatever the ASDA cafe has to offer.

    We managed to find what I believe is the nearest pub to the stadium, The Inn of the Lake, which is about a 10 minute walk from the ground, beyond KFC and McDs through the underpass. However, on Tuesday the pub was closed! Unbelievable……I’m not sure of the logic on what would have been a massive pay day for the pub…..United’s massive away following do like a drink.

    To summarize, I would definitely recommend a trip to MK…….just hope the team you follow turn up, unlike United’s shambolic effort!

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