Bradford City FC - Northern Commercials Stadium

Northern Commercials Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

Valley Parade has undergone a number of changes since the fire back in 1985 that claimed 56 lives. It has an all seated capacity in excess of 25,000 which is well advanced from the needs of a side as far down the league rankings as they are. Both the Carlsberg Kop and the Main Stand are huge builds and are joined together with the corner filled in. The Midland Rd stand offers unrestricted views but the TL Dallas stand behind the goal has a number of supporting posts.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are once again accommodated within the TL Dallas Stand behind one of the goals. Up to 1,850 can be catered for, although given the opportunity, I would choose to sit in the upper tier of this stand rather than the lower, as the view of the action is significantly better. The facilities are generally very good although there are a couple of supporting pillars that may impede your view.

Stadium Layout

Northern Commercials Stadium seating plan:

Northern Commercials Stadium Seating Plan

Where To Drink

Pubs that are safe to drink in for away fans with children welcome close to the ground are the Oakleigh and Park Hotel (both off Manningham Lane towards Shipley), the New Beehive in Westgate at the top end of town, Haigy’s (a little closer as you walk to the ground from Westgate), and The Bolton, Goldsbourgh, and Corn Dolly which are to the east of the ground.

Parking

Parking is limited around the stadium on match days and local supporters suggest parking up and getting a bus to the stadium from one of the local routes. However, if you arrive early, you may find street parking nearby.


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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Bradford City's Northern Commercials Stadium is Bradford Forster Square. Services are operated by northern rail. Bradford interchange also connects with Leeds city station for national express east coast and cross country services.

For more information telephone national rail enquiries on 08457 484950

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Fans Reviews

  • Travel: Bit of a trek through the City once you leave the M606, but as long as you follow the signs (or pick up the ones for Keighley A650) you can't miss it. As far as parking goes, a lot of street parking, but there really is a lot of it. There was a small crowd when I went though, so maybe a bit more difficult on a normal match day.

    Refreshments: Didnt have anything to eat inside or out, as I had my tea before I left home. There didn't seem to be an awful lot around the ground anyway, had a good walk down Manningham Lane, and didn't see anything but a Tesco and a petrol station, but then again, the city centre isnt that far away, so maybe better heading there.

    Impressions: The ground has been heavily redeveloped, especially after getting to the Premier League, so the ground has a strange top heavy feel. The Kop and Main Stand are absolutely huge two tiered stands, the Midland Road is dwarfed in comparison, while the old Bradford End, rebuilt in the early 90s, looks very out of place. Its a decent ground all round though, good views, and even with a tiny crowd, the atmosphere was decent.

    Atmosphere: As above, despite a pretty tiny crowd in such a big ground,the atmosphere was decent. Probably helped thatonly the one stand was open for home fans, so with everyone being bunched together,the noise wasnt all spread out. The Wednesday fans made plenty of noise as well, so the atmosphere was surprisingly good.

    Anything Else: Bradford are seemingly pretty unique in the sense that inside the club shop, they have a cafe, and even better, a club museum. Thought it was brilliant, really well done, quality little exhibition, and well worth anyone having a look.

    Enjoy: I liked it, decent little ground and trip and would enjoy going back.

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Ground Name: Northern Commercials Stadium
Capacity: 25,136 (all seated)
Address: Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7DY
Main Tel No.: 01274 773 355
Team Nickname: The Bantams
Year Ground Opened: 1903
Site: www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk

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