Dumbarton

The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium

Capacity: 2,050 (all seated)
Address: Castle Road, Dumbarton, G82 1JJ
Telephone: 01389 762 569
Fax: 01389 762 629
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Sons
Year Ground Opened: 2000
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Yellow and Black

Main Stand
Main Stand

The ground, opened in 2000, is situated spectacularly under the Castle Rock. It currently comprises of one stand which sits at one side of the pitch. However the stand is of a fair size, is covered and all seated. The space & height between rows is ample, giving fans a good view of the action. One unusual aspect of the ground is that the team dugouts are on the opposite side of the ground to the dressing rooms and this results in a large procession at half and full time. The ground was built by Barr Construction and there is plenty of space around the area, which could be used for future expansion, however, the Club have signalled their intent to build a new stadium elsewhere. David Carson adds; 'most fans refer to the ground name as being The Rock Stadium'.

In 2017 the stadium was renamed the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium in a two year corporate sponsorship deal.

In a surprise announcement the Club have revealed a plan to build a new stadium on the west side of Dumbarton. The proposed stadium would have a capacity of 4,000 (3,000 seats and 1,000 terrace) and would be located at a site known as Young's Farm. The Club have argued that the site of present stadium, makes it difficult to expand and therefore a new stadium is needed. If things progress, then the Club will make a formal planning application. The existing site of the Dumbarton Football Stadium would be redeveloped for housing.

Away fans are situated in sections one and two, at one end of the new stand. Around 500 fans can be accommodated in this area. As you would expect from a modern stand, the facilities are good and you should experience a hassle free day at the ground.

There is a bar located at the ground but this is for home fans only. Popular with away supporters is the nearby Rock Bowling Club. This is situated a little further down the road from the ground, opposite the entrance to the castle. A bit further away is the Stags Head, which is situated opposite the entrance to East Dumbarton station. It is a good sized bar, with TV's and a pool table.

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Castle Rock dominates the Dumbarton skyline, and with the ground sitting just beneath, it is fairly easy to find your bearings. Follow the A814 into Dumbarton and just after you go under a railway bridge, you will see a sign pointing left for Dumbarton Castle. Turn left here (Victoria Street) and the ground is down the bottom of this road on the right. There is a fair sized car park at the ground.

Dumbarton East Railway Station is only five minutes walk from the ground. As you come out the station turn right along the main street, left into Victoria Street and the ground is down the bottom of this road on the right.

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Official Programme £2.50

The Club operate a category (A & B) of ticket pricing, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below, with Category B prices shown in brackets:

Adults £20 (£18)
Concessions £11 (£9)
Parent and Child £24*

* Only available for Category B fixtures.

Dumbarton FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Greenock Morton.

Record Attendance

At Dumbarton Football Stadium: 1,978 v Rangers, Championship League, September 19th 2015.

At Boghead Park: 18,000 v Raith Rovers, 1957.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 1,130 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 1,041 (Championship League) 
2014-2015: 1,072 (Championship League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Dumbarton v Stranraer
Scottish Challenge Cup
Friday 6th October 2017, 7.45pm
Phil Graham (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium?
 
Another of the Scottish 42 to tick off.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I got a direct Train from Edinburgh, although expensive at £27.80 return. The Rock Stadium was an easy ten minute walk from Dumbarton East Station. Turn right out the Station cross the Road and head down Victoria Street.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I headed straight to the ground. I bought a couple of the excellent Matchday Programmes (£2.50) and a Club Pennant (£6) as I do at most new grounds to send back to my old club in New Zealand. I bought them from the small club shop inside the Club Bar before paying the reduced cup entry fee of £10.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Rock Stadium?
 
The ground was as I expected only one stand of 13 rows that runs the length of the pitch. Its a shame they didn't build the stand on the opposite side of the stadium so you could see the impressive looking Dumbarton Rock in the background. There is talk of a new Stadium for Dumbarton, Not sure why when the current one easily copes with there average crowds of 600.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
 
I didnt have any food but looked like the usual fare available at Scottish Stadiums. Scotch Pies and Bovril. Dumbarton won a fairly poor game 2-1 in front of less than 500 fans.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was an easy exit from the ground and walk back to the station, as expected with a sub 500 attendance.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Not my most enjoyable game of the 20 Scottish Grounds so far. And not a Ground I would rush back too either! Friendly enough place but lacking any atmosphere or character.

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Updated 1st December 2017

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