The 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 Westside 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. The 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 Northside, 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.
How to get to the Memorial Stadium
The 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.
The 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
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
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?
Parking 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
Reports 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
The 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.
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.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Memorial Stadium?
Several 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.