Home of Bristol Rovers FC

Opened 1921

Capacity 12,300

Rating: 4.1

(1239) Google Reviews

Proper football. Honest, hard working professionals, a thoroughly enjoyable game. Great support from both sets of fans. A lot going on catering and entertainment outside the ground before the game.
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a month ago
No Club parking for visiting fans as seriously short of space. Street parking only and suggest you get there early to get a space somewhere. Lovely pasties. Crowd love a sing song, decent DJ. Fans know their stuff and decent stewards. Terrace not covered so check weather forecast. Limited (circa 300) covered away seating.
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2 weeks ago
Really peculiar mish mash of a stadium with random different shaped stands everywhere. It's a real shame as Bristol rovers are a big club. Indeed huge for league 2. The away end is atrocious. Not much going for it apart from the atmosphere.
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a year ago
Great little stadium with very friendly staff who took time out to show me inside and allow me to take pics I didnt feel rushed either. Really appreciate that. Well done Pirates 👏
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4 months ago
Not a great stadium by a long shot. Too many gormless security who like me veing a first time visitor didn't know where anything was situated. The view we had was poor. Parking in and around the ground was impossible due to permits. The stands appeared to be an after thought & must have been added at intermittent points during the last 30 years. I went in the home end. They lost.
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History (from Wikipedia)

The site was created on an area of land called Buffalo Bill's Field, after Colonel William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West Show was held there between 28 September and 3 October 1891.[3] Two years later in September 1893 Clifton RFC played on the site for the first time.

During the First World War the site was converted into allotments, but after the war Buffalo Bill's Field was bought by Sir Francis Nicholas Cowlin (then the Sheriff of Bristol) and given to 
Bristol Rugby Club. It was opened as the Memorial Ground on 24 September that year by G. B. Britton, the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

Situated on Filton Avenue in 
Horfield, Bristol, it has developed significantly over the years. A massive crowd turned out to watch the first Bristol game to be held there against Cardiff, but did so from wooden terraces and stands.[4] With the advent of leagues in the late 1980s, Bristol looked to develop the ground, replacing the old Shed on the north side with the Centenary Stand to mark the club's 100th anniversary in 1988. The West Stand, an original feature of the ground, was demolished in 1995 having been condemned, and replaced.

In 1996, 
Bristol Rovers moved in as tenants of Bristol Rugby Club, and then entered into joint ownership through the Memorial Stadium Company. After just two years, in 1998, the rugby club was relegated from the Premiership (causing them severe financial difficulties) and under the terms of the agreement Bristol Rovers were able to buy Bristol Rugby's share of the stadium for a 'nominal fee', a clause designed to protect either party should one or the other fall into financial difficulties. The rugby club became tenants in their original home.

By 2005, the Memorial Stadium was hosting Bristol Rugby Club back in the 
Guinness Premiership, with Bristol Rovers continuing to compete in the lower levels of the Football League. A roof was added to the Clubhouse Terrace (paid for by Bristol Rovers supporters' efforts) and temporary stands at the south and south-west of the ground have brought capacity up to 11,916. Bristol Rugby were again relegated out of the Premiership in 2009.

In February 2013, after months of speculation,
[5] Bristol Rugby announced that they would move and share a ground with Bristol City at the redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium.[6] The rugby club played their final game at the Mem on 4 June 2014, a Championship play-off final second leg against London Welsh.[7] There was no fairytale ending for Bristol though as London Welsh won the game 21–20 to condemn the side to a sixth straight season outside the Premiership.[8]

The ground has remained a focal point for the wider Bristol community, and a minute's silence is held annually at the closest game to 
Remembrance Sunday, while on 11 November a service of remembrance is held at the Memorial Gates with players and officials from both Bristol Rovers and Bristol Rugby attending the service each year.[9] On Christmas Eve 2015, the memorial gates were vandalized by supporters of Bristol City.[10]

Things to do near the stadium.

The Royal Oak.

8 Reviews
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I have recently moved from one side of Bristol to the other and this was the first and last place I went to in search of my new local. Drinks: Wide... Read More

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A very swish establishment! The paint is still drying on the walls having not been open for too long, means that the whole establishment is absolubtley... Read More

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A classy contemporary pub down the furthest ends of the gloucester road night life. It's certainly shed the image of the days when it was the John Cabot... Read More

St Andrews Park.

12 Reviews
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St Andrews park is great, it's a luscious green haven just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Gloucester road. The park has lots of green grassy... Read More

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A square of green, surrounded by terraces on all sides, St. Andrews Park is probably deserving of the 'green oasis' cliché. Big old conker trees at the top... Read More

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We took our first trip to St Andrews park over the bank holiday weekend, the weather was beautiful which definitely made the experience much better. The... Read More