Home of Aberdeen FC

Opened 1899

Capacity 20,866

Rating: 4.2

(1693) Google Reviews

Great atmosphere from the home fans, non stop singing during the game. Bought a ticket on the day which was fuss free!! Good value for money for the match programme. Disappointed with the amount of dog *hit on the pavements. Pittodrie locals, shame on you!!
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2 weeks ago
Beautiful old stadium. Simply fantastic in the middle of a residential area. Unfortunately we were not allowed in as guest fans in the evening (Aberdeen - Frankfurt), but that will be made up for.....
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2 months ago
Family day out to Pittodrie, playing St Johnstone. Was 0-0! Should have done better against bottom team, but kids enjoyed it, and wife liked the half time pie, very tasty apparently. Rain was constant... Kids said a roof was a good idea.. Like the one on a car that goes up and down! Loved the displays of years and teams gone by!
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4 months ago
The Richard Donald stand is not good for a view of the nearest goals. I would steer clear of that stand if you can! You can also find that your seat is extremely high up so it was not a good experience!
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4 months ago
Been 20+ years since I was last in the function suite but it's certainly improved. Very nice meal (great soup) and efficient service. Only criticism I'd make was the PA system was hard to make out for tables, such as ours, which were at the far end. An enjoyable evening, overall.
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2 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

The original Aberdeen football club was formed in 1881. They played at various venues within the city, until a former dung hill for police horses was cleared and readied for football in 1899.[4] The land was leased from Mr Knight Erskine of Pittodrie,[4] with an agreement to construct a terrace on what is now the site of the Richard Donald Stand. The first game, a 7–1 win over Dumbarton, was played on 2 September 1899.[4] The club was merged on 18 April 1903 with two other local clubs, Victoria United and Orion, to form Aberdeen FC.[4] 8000 spectators turned up to watch the new Aberdeen FC play its first game at Pittodrie, a 1–1 draw in the Northern League against Stenhousemuir on 15 August 1903.[4] The club joined the Scottish Football League in 1904.[4]

Increasing popularity of the team and rising attendances led to major developments at Pittodrie in the 1920s. The club purchased the ground, which they had been leasing, with the final payment made on 1 December 1920. The Main Stand, where the club offices, dressing rooms and trophy room are located, was constructed in 1925.
[4] This was partly funded by the sale of Alex Jackson to Huddersfield Town.[4] Also in the 1920s, the dugout was introduced to football by Aberdeen coach Donald Colman, who was interested in sitting lower to the pitch in order to inspect the players' footwork.[4][5]

The club won its first major trophy in 1947, when it won the 
Scottish Cup. With increased success came more additions to Pittodrie. The record attendance occurred on 13 March 1954, when 45,061 spectators turned up for a Scottish Cup match against HeartsFloodlights were introduced at Pittodrie on 21 October 1959, when English league side Luton Town were beaten 3–2 in a friendly. By 1 August 1968, the Main Stand had become all-seated as part of a £100,000 improvement of the ground. This coincided with a change of name from Pittodrie Park to Pittodrie Stadium.[4] On 6 February 1971, a fire destroyed part of the Main Stand, and gutted the dressing rooms and club offices. The Scottish Cup trophy, which was held by Aberdeen at the time, had to be rescued by firemen.

In 1978, Pittodrie became the second 
all-seated stadium in Great Britain, after the south terracing was fitted with bench style seating.[4] (Clydebank had done something similar two years before as a response to being promoted to the Premier Division). This improvement pre-dated the Taylor Report on British football grounds by a decade and coincided with a distinct upturn in the fortunes of the home team, now managed by Alex Ferguson. The south side became the South Stand in 1980, following the installation of a cantilever roof which covered most of the seats.[4] A year later, the benches were replaced by individual seats.[4]

Both during the subsequent run in the 1980s and at numerous other times over the century the stadium has been in operation, there have been many memorable nights for the local fans. However, Pittodrie’s greatest night is generally regarded as 16 March 1983. Aberdeen fought back from 2–1 down in a 
European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final second leg tie against Bayern Munich to win 3–2. A full house witnessed this victory, which took the Dons through to the semi-finals, and they went on to win the trophy by defeating Real Madrid in the final. The club installed 24 executive boxes in the Main Stand, and built a new roof over the Merkland Road End in 1985.[6] Undersoil heating was installed in 1987.[6]

The most recent development of the stadium came in the 
1992-93 season when the Beach End stand on the east side of the ground was demolished, with the new Richard Donald stand - named after the club's long serving chairman - constructed in its place. On 1 August 1993, the new stand was opened with a League Cup tie against Clydebank. The official opening was carried out later in 1993 by Princess Anne. It is currently the only two tier stand in the stadium. The stadium has remained relatively unchanged since then, although some minor improvements, such as the introduction of an electronic stadium entry system for the 2006–07 season, have been carried out.

The site of the stadium is only 550 yards away from the 
North Sea, and with only the King's Links golf course between the stadium and the beach, the ground is one of the coldest football grounds in Britain.

As a result of a 
ground sharing agreement, Pittodrie was used by Inverness Caledonian Thistle for their home matches during the early part of the 2004–05 season. This was required because Inverness CT's own Caledonian Stadium did not meet the requirements for entry into the Scottish Premier League until improvements were carried out and the seating capacity increased. In 2005 the stadium size criterion for entry to the SPL was reduced to 6,000, thereby allowing Inverness Caledonian Thistle to return to their home stadium partway during the season.

In March 2020 the club announced plans to reduce the operational capacity of Pittodrie to 15,500.
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