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Ground guide – Valley Parade

Tenants – Bradford City

Capacity – 25,136 (all seated)

Address – Valley Parade, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7DY

Year Opened – 1886

Other Names – Coral Windows Stadium

IT WAS not so long ago that Bradford City were in the Premier League. But now they find themselves in League 2 and Valley Parade has seen a lot of sides over the past decade.

The stadium is dominated by the Carlsberg Stand which towers over the pitch and creates a good sense of a big occasion. The stand that runs along side the pitch is the East Stand which is fairly well constructed despite being vastly inferior to the huge Carlsberg Stand. Finally the TL Dallas Stand is the smallest stand in the ground and is a strange looking two decked stand behind one of the goals.

The stadium and the city go hand in hand and are way too big for League 2. It might not be long before we see Bradford back on the rise.

Here is a little bit more information if you are thinking of going.

  • I’m a Leeds fan and anticipating a big following. What’s the allocation like?

Away fans are now housed in the East Stand which runs alongside the pitch. Usually the allocation is around 1,300 but can easily be extended to around 1,700 if needed.

  • Where can we park?

Around the ground there is a lot of street parking to be had. If you have problems finding this, alternatively you can park in the city centre and walk out to the ground which takes around 15 minutes.

  • If we come on the train, how far away is the ground?

The stadium is about a 25 minutes walk from the train station so you might be best to catch one of the buses going in the direction of Bradford Forster Square, which is about a 10 minute walk from the ground.

  • I’m a Huddersfield fan and I need a beer.

There are plenty of watering holes in and around Valley Parade, most of which welcome away fans. The Carlton pub is located behind the away stand and is about 10 minutes away from the ground. Further afield there are one or two hotels with bars that are usually more then happy to have away fans. The Park and Cartwright hotels are about a 10 minute walk down the main road.

  • It’s half time, we’re 3-0 down. I need comfort food.

You can but pies inside the ground for £2 but apart from that there isn’t much else. On my visit they were only selling pies and one or two other bits. Food spots outside the ground are a little sparse so if you are travelling from the city centre, you might want to pick up something there.

  • How much does the match programme cost?

The matchday programme will cost you £2.50.

Video – pitch scan from the TL Dallas Stand

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One Response

  1. A very strange ground, have visited in numerous times and one stand towers over the rest of the stadium. Good review, keep it up!

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