The City Ground is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 30,500. It has been the home of Nottingham Forest since its opening in 1898.
The Executive Stand, at the North side of the ground was built in 1980, costing some £2 million, largely from the proceeds of European Cup victories in 1979 and 1980. Following Brian Clough’s retirement, the stand was renamed after Forest’s legendary manager.
The two-tier Bridgford Stand at the East end was rebuilt in 1992, with the lower tier being allocated to away supporters.
The Western Trent End was the most recent stand to be rebuilt, in time for Euro 96. The new stand is a large two-tiered structure with a tinted glass area running across the middle. The much older Main Stand, at the Southern side of the ground, now looks tired in the company of the more contemporary developments.
How to get to the City Ground
For satnav purposes, the postcode of the City Ground is NG2 5FJ.
From the North, leave the M1 at junction 26, taking the A610 towards Nottingham and following signage for Melton Mowbray. On crossing the River Trent, the ground is visible on the left. Alternatively, follow signage for “Football Traffic” from the A610. This circuitous route arrives at the City Ground via the A6011.
From the South, leave the M1 at Junction 24, following the A453 towards Nottingham. Take the A52 towards Grantham and the A6011 into Nottingham, on which the ground is located. Alternatively, northbound drivers can leave the M1 at Junction 21a and follow the A46 towards Newark. After some 20 miles, join the A606 towards Nottingham. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the A52. Turn left at the next roundabout onto the A6011 and the ground is a about a mile.
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Nottingham mainline station is less than a mile from the City Ground and a 15-20 minute walk. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Nottingham, at a distance of just under 3 miles. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Nottingham that can take you to and from the City Ground. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
The City Ground has a large car park and there is also limited on-street parking. The local authority operates a match day car park on Victoria Embankment, near Trent Bridge cricket ground, just a couple of minutes from the stadium.
Away Friendly Pubs near the City Ground
The majority of the pubs close to the ground are “home fans only.” Several fans have reported experiencing trouble in the area of the station and advise to keep colours covered. The Waterfront complex, which offers some good “away friendly” bars, is a short walk from the station. On exiting, turn right and right again at the top of the road.
For rail travellers arriving early, the Olde Trip To Jerusalem is reportedly worth investigating. Dating back to the 1100s this historic pub serves real ale and quality food. On exiting the station, turn right. Turn left at the top of the road and take the 2nd right into Castle Road. The pub is on the left. The Stratford Haven, on Stratford Road, reportedly serves great beer and food and offers a vibrant atmosphere with both home and away fans. Hooters, on the main A6011, serves good beer and excellent food. Alcohol is also available inside the ground.
Hotels near the City Ground
Jurys Inn Nottingham (pictured left), Waterfront Plaza, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ is within easy walking distance of the City Ground. It apparently offers excellent 3-star accommodation at a budget price and is situated close to the railway station. Nearby parking is available.
The Holiday Inn Nottingham (pictured, right), Castle Marina Park, Nottingham NG7 1GX is located at the Castle Marina, a mile from the city centre. Guest reviews indicate that this refurbished hotel offers luxury accommodation and excellent service at competitive prices.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the City Ground?
Most visiting fans have enjoyed their trip to the City Ground, but a significant minority have experienced some form of trouble in or around the ground. This has ranged from fights to missiles being thrown from the upper tier by Forest “fans.” Others have remarked upon continual abuse from home supporters in the Main Stand, which they found intimidating. Catering and toilet facilities are reportedly adequate, but lengthy queues form at half-time.