Logo


Bradford City FC
Coral Windows Stadium

But still known to a number of fans as Valley Parade
Capacity: 25,136 (all seated)
Address: Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7DY
Main Telephone No: 0871 978 1911
Fax No: 01274 773 356
Ticket Office: 0871 978 8000
Club Nickname: The Bantams
Year Ground Opened: 1903
Pitch Size: 113 x 70 yards
Shirt Sponsors: JCT 600
Home Kit Colours: Claret & Amber with Black Trim
Away Kit Colours: White and Claret
Kit Manufacturers: Nike
Official Web Site: www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Supporters Trust
The City Gent
Vital Bradford City (Vital Football Network)
The Width Of A Post


Map


Find Hotels in Bradford
Contents
What is Valley Parade Like?
Co-operative & Kop Stands (photo) 
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Northern Commercials & TL Dallas Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?

Northern Commercials (Midland Road) Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
A Closer Look At The TL Dallas Stand (photo) 
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzine
Ground Layout

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Valley Parade Location Map



Share


What Is Valley Parade Like?
The term 'a game of two halves' is often applied to a football game; in the case of Valley Parade, a stadium of 'two halves' comes to mind. The ground has been now been completely re-built since the mid 80's, but the initial impression is that one side is twice as big as the other. The Kop End, is a relatively new two tiered stand, that is simply huge and looks quite superb. It once towered over the rest of the ground, but the addition of another tier to the Co-Operative Main Stand during 2001 has led to it meeting its once larger neighbour. With the corner between these stands also being filled, one has a truly impressive spectacle.

The rest of the ground now looks somehow rather out of place. The Northern Commercials (Midland Road) Stand is a covered single tiered stand, which has windshields to each side. At some other grounds this would look impressive, as it is of a fair size and is free of supporting pillars. However it almost is lost in the shadow of its larger newer neighbours. At the remaining end is the TL Dallas stand which is an odd looking small 'double decker' type stand. This two tiered covered stand has the upper tier largely overhanging the lower tier, giving this 'double decker' effect. There is also a large electric scoreboard in one corner of the ground, between the Midland Road and TL Dallas Stands.

Top Of Page

Co-operative & Kop Stands


Co-operative & Carlsberg Kop Stands

Top Of Page

What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
After an absence of a few seasons, away fans now find themselves back in the TL Dallas Stand at one end of the ground, where 1,840 fans can be accommodated. If possible try to get tickets for the upper tier, as the view of the action is far better. On the downside there are a number of supporting pillars that could impede your view. Roger Mulrooney a visiting Barnsley fan adds; 'On my last visit I found the home crowd friendly and non threatening. The stewards were particularly good natured and helpful. Still a very good away day for a visiting fan'.

Having been a student in Bradford and having watched them win the old Third Division, I have a bit of a soft spot for this club. And having been there on the day of that fateful fire in 1985, Valley Parade will always stay deep in my memory. Pleasingly I have found Bradford to have become rather more friendly towards away supporters in recent years. It is quite an enjoyable day out especially if you enjoy what the city has to offer. Make sure that you wrap up well unless the weather forecast is 80 degrees. This is because Bradford is situated at a bottom of a valley, down which a rather cold wind normally prevails.

Top Of Page

Northern Commercials & TL Dallas Stands


The Midland Road (East) & TL Dallas
                    Stands

Top Of Page

Where To Drink?
Chris O'Sullivan a visiting Bury fan recommends the Bradford Arms on Manningham Lane; 'It is only about two minutes from the ground and was welcoming to away fans'.

About a ten minute walk away from the stadium along Manningham Road (going away from the City Centre) is the Cartwright Hotel, which has a sizeable bar. Also about a ten minute walk away (this time towards the City Centre) is the 'Corn Dolly' on Bolton Road, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, as is the New Beehive on Westgate. The New Beehive is somewhat of a 'step back in time' still having gas lighting.

Near to Bradford Forster Square Station on North Parade is another pub to feature in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the Sparrow Bier Bar. This bar offers up to four real ales, plus ciders and continental lagers. Neil Le Milliere a visiting Exeter City fan adds; 'The Sparrow was superb. Although on the small side (it is probably only good for 50 or so supporters), it is still an excellent place to visit with a superb choice of ales and special drinks. Plus the pork pies were to die for!'

Alcohol is not available to away fans in the TL Dallas Stand. If there is a large following and the Club allocate a portion of the Midland Road Stand to visiting supporters, then beer is on sale in that stand.

Northern Commercials (Midland Road) Stand



 

How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M62 at Junction 26 and take the M606 for Bradford. At the end of the motorway, keep to the right hand lane and take the Ring Road East (signposted A6177 City Centre). From this point the stadium is well signposted through the use of a football image. At the next roundabout turn left continuing along the Ring Road East, passing a McDonalds on your left and then an Asda superstore. At the next roundabout turn left onto the A650 (signposted City Centre/Keighley). After crossing a further two roundabouts the road becomes three lanes. Keep in one of the two right hand lanes (signposted Keighley/Skipton). Continue straight along this road towards Skipton and eventually you will be able to see the stadium in front of you, over on the left. At the Kia Car Dealership on your left, turn immediately left into Station Road. At the top of Station Road turn left along Queens Road, then the second left into Midland Road for the away entrance. For the main offices continue along Queens Road and at the traffic lights turn left into Manningham Road. The ground is quarter a mile away on the left. Mostly street parking around the ground.

Map showing the location of the Valley Parade football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for Sat-Nav: BD8 7DY

Top Of Page

By Train
If going by train into Bradford Interchange, it is quite a walk to the ground (20 minutes).  Either take a taxi (£5) or alternatively the bus station is located next to the train station (Bus No's 622, 623, 626 or 662). Chris Hawkridge suggests; 'supporters travelling via Leeds should catch the Leeds - Bradford Forster Square service (two trains per hour during the day) rather than those to Bradford Interchange. Forster Square is only 10 minutes walk from the ground'.

Walking directions:

From Bradford Forster Square (Trains from Leeds, Skipton & Ilkley)
 
Leave the station to the right of the ticket office, either up the six or so flights of stairs or up the long ramp further on. This brings you out on Manor Row, where you should turn right. Keep on this road passed the City Gent pub to a massive crossroads. Here, you can either go straight over and walk all the way down Manningham Lane, passed The Bradford Arms Pub to Valley Parade, just before the Petrol Station. Alternatively, fans in sitting in Dallas or Midland Road Stands (away end) will find it easier to turn right at the main cross roads, then turn left on to Midland Road after 100 yards and follow the road all the way to the turnstiles.
 
From Bradford Interchange (Trains from Everywhere else)
 
Leave the station walking towards the city centre, with the Queen pub on your left and St. Georges  Hall on the right. Walk down the hill, and take a right just after the Ginger Goose pub, on to Market Street. Follow this road round to the mini round about and go up the hill. You will come on to Manor Row, where Bradford Forster Square Station is…and can follow the instructions above.

Thanks to Chris Eveleigh for providing the walking directions above.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

Top Of Page

A Closer Look At The TL Dallas Stand


A Closer Look At The TL Dallas Stand

Top Of Page

Local Rivals
Leeds United, Huddersfield Town.

Top Of Page

Admission Prices

All areas of the stadium:
Adults £20
OAP's £14
Under 16's £12*

* Under 11's can be admitted free, providing that they become club members, are accompanied a paying adult and that their match tickets are collected prior to matchday. Please also note that children under two years old are not allowed inside the stadium.

Top Of Page

Programme & Fanzine

Official Programme: £3.

City Gent Fanzine: £2.
The longest established fanzine still running in England.
 

Top Of Page

Ground Layout Of Valley Parade


Bradford City Ground Layout

Top Of Page

Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

Top Of Page

Fixtures
Bradford City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Top Of Page

Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
39,146 v Burnley,
FA Cup 4th Round, March 11th, 1911.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
23,971 v Arsenal
League Cup Quarter Final, December 11th, 2012.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 14,121 (League One)
2012-2013: 10,322
(League Two)
2011-2012: 10,171 (League Two)

Top Of Page

Fans Reviews Of Valley Parade
James Grimshaw (Gillingham) 18/9/10
Martyn Greenwood (Nottingham Forest) 10/8/10
Tony Rastelli (Cheltenham Town) 2/1/10

Top Of Page

Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Vally Parade football ground.

Access their Bradford Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


Top Of Page

Map showing the location of Valley Parade, Railway Stations And Listed Pubs



Top Of Page

Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



Return To The Main Menu



Copyright Duncan Adams
All rights reserved
Last Updated: 5 October 2014