A great little stadium and complex. As away fans we were made to feel welcome by stewards, assistants and home fans alike making it a real family day. Parking is very limited but there are a few spaces available next to the ground for disabled visitors which can be booked in advance for £15.
On the concourse outside the ground there is a wonderful wide choice of food outlets- burgers, fish and chips, pulled pork, pies and more. There was a dedicated bar for away fans too outside the away stand. A small stage played live music outside in the run up to the match.
Inside too the food was not just the run of the mill pie choice but there was also a wide choice.
In all, a great stadium to visit.
Ashton Gate is a great modern football ground, whilst it lacks some of the atmosphere of your old school grounds, it makes up for in modern facilities and being in great nick and well looked after.
The food options are really good compared to your average football ground, lots of leg room for the seats and also really comfy seats.
I've been for football, rugby and a concert and it's been a great venue for all of these - I can't comment on how it is as a rugby ground because I haven't been to any other rugby games. I must say I enjoy the two pinters at the rugby though!
In terms of a concert venue, I not only got to watch the concert but also volunteered as a ticket scanner so got to see behind the scenes a bit and I can tell you that it's really professionally run, even as a volunteer we got a clear safety briefing and were looked after well, provided free bottles of water and sun cream and with free tickets in good areas once we had finished scanning. Obviously, as you'd expect, a lot of the food and drink options inside the venue are quite expensive for the concert but overall it was really good.
Went to see the Arctic Monkeys, what a fantastic event! Do give yourself a little extra time as the layout can be slightly confusing. With that said it has great facilities and it handled 31,000 people really well.
It's pretty good as far stadiums go. Lots of choice eateries around the ground and fairly easy to get a decent beer. Discount for season ticket holders too. Only gripe is it's a pain to get to from North Bristol - need to bring back the bus they used to put on or make the 505 more regular
Ashton Gate was the home of Bedminster F.C. until their 1900 merger with Bristol South End who played at St John's Lane, and the merged club played at St John's Lane until the end of the 1903–04 season, when they moved to Ashton Gate.
The ground has also played a part in the history of rugby in the city. Bristol played there on a number of occasions since the 1920s, one occasion being on 27 December 2006 when they defeated local rivals Bath Rugby 16–6 whilst selling out the stadium for an all-time record Premiership crowd outside of Twickenham. Several rugby internationals have been held, starting with England versus Wales in 1899. 100 years later, the All Blacks took on Tonga in a 1999 Rugby World Cup pool match. As of the 2014–2015 season, Bristol Rugby permanently moved to Ashton Gate.
It has hosted two England under-21 international friendlies. The first was against Romania's under-21s on 21 August 2007. It ended in a 1–1 draw with Matt Derbyshire giving the hosts the lead on the eighth minute but Joe Hart's 25th minute own goal gifted the visitors a draw but they had Cristian Scutaru sent off on the seventy second minute for a second bookable offence. There were 18,640 in attendance. The other was against Uzbekistan's under-21s on 10 August 2010. The hosts beat the visitors 2–0 with Danny Rose scoring on the 64th minute and Martin Kelly scoring on the 78th minute. There were 9,821 in attendance.
Current stands Lansdown Stand The West Stand was completed in time for the start of the 2016–17 season and when it was completed was renamed The Lansdown Stand in honour of the majority shareholder, Stephen Lansdown, who funded the Ashton Gate redevelopment. It marked the completion of the redevelopment of Ashton Gate and the Lansdown Stand is the largest in the stadium and has a capacity of 11,000. It has two tiers and is equipped with multiple executive boxes. The roof is covered in solar panels to provide a renewable energy source to power the entire stadium. The stand houses the tunnel, team benches, and beneath the stand are the changing rooms and offices. 3 blocks of the upper tier of the Landsdown stand is designated as the family area for football matches, and 1 block of the lower tier is designated as the family area for rugby matches. Dolman Stand The Dolman Stand, which lies opposite the Lansdown Stand, was built in 1970, making it the oldest stand at Ashton Gate. At that time it was built it had a small, flat Family Enclosure in front of it, which was later built up and converted to seating. In the summer of 2007, the original wooden seats in the upper area were replaced by modern plastic seats. It is named after the former club chairman and president Harry Dolman. This stand was redeveloped over the summer of 2015 as part of the redevelopment of Ashton Gate and has a capacity of around 6,200. Atyeo Stand The Atyeo stand is the smallest in the stadium with a capacity of around 4,200. It was built in 1994 to replace an open terrace and still contains the old dressing rooms and a large gymnasium. It is named after Bristol City legend John Atyeo, who played 645 times for City and scored 351 goals, making him the club's top goalscorer ever. He died in 1993, a year before the new stand opened. After the demolition of the Wedlock Stand, the north-east section of this stand was used to house the away fans. After construction of the Lansdown Stand, away fans were situated in the western three-quarters of the Atyeo stand. The whole stand was made available for away fans from the 2017/18 season onwards and is closed for rugby matches. South Stand The South Stand was completed just after the end of the 2014–15 season as part of the redevelopment of Ashton Gate. It has a capacity of 6,071. Unlike the other stands at Ashton Gate, it is not named after a person who had strong ties with the club. The stand is linked to the neighbouring Dolman and Lansdown stands via a concourse.