One of the London "boutique" clubs for true football connoisseurs.
Worth visiting to feel the atmosphere pretty much different from the "mainstream" club stadiums.
A pity the players do not match the club reputation and are on a straight path to League One.
Watched the match against Huddersfield and it was top-notch. The atmosphere around the stadium’s just brilliant, proper local vibe. Inside, the stadium’s a gem, really stands out. And the fans? Way better than you’d expect – nothing different than other stadiums, saw plenty of families and supporters who really care for their team
The home of Millwall football club that has championship football here nice stadium with good food that is served and great views of the pitch. On matchdays the stadium and surrounding area is very busy with fans some matches here are sold out others you can get tickets on the day. Very loud inside the ground with passionate fans. The closest train station is South Bermondsey on Southern trains.
My visit to The Den, home of Millwall Football Club, was a unique experience that allowed me to immerse myself in the history and passion of this iconic football ground.
The Den is not a stadium known for its grandeur or modern architecture, but it has an undeniable charm that stems from its rich heritage. The exterior, adorned with Millwall's blue and white colors, immediately gives you a sense of the club's identity and the strong sense of community that surrounds it.
Inside the stadium, the atmosphere is electric on match days, with the dedicated fans creating an intense and passionate environment. Even when I visited on a non-match day, I could feel the echoes of past games and the anticipation of future ones.
The stadium tour provided an insightful look into The Den's history and the club's journey. Walking through the tunnel onto the pitch gave me a player's perspective, and it was easy to imagine the adrenaline and excitement that fills the air during a game.
The staff at The Den were welcoming and eager to share stories about the club's history and its importance to the local community. Their dedication to Millwall's values and traditions was evident and added depth to the visit.
In conclusion, The Den may not be the most extravagant or modern football stadium, but it embodies the heart and soul of Millwall Football Club. It's a place where tradition, passion, and community converge, creating a unique footballing experience. Whether you're a devoted Lions supporter or simply interested in football's cultural significance, The Den is a must-visit venue that leaves a lasting impression.
Cool ground. Have visited twice as an Away fan. Home fans are friendly aslong as not antagonised. Good view from behind the goal in the upper tier. Nice ground all round. Not old but not modern. Big fan of the 4 stands with 2 tiers each that are close to the pitch. Not a bad atmosphere especially when the fans get going with the "Milllllll" drone. Bit of a pain to get to from Bristol but will be back for our first away game of the season. Decent enough food and drink available in the concourse
The New Den, as it was initially known to distinguish it from its predecessor, was the first new all-seater stadium in England to be completed after the Taylor Report on the Hillsborough disaster of 1989. It was designed with effective crowd management in mind (particularly given Millwall's crowd problems at The Old Den), with the escape routes being short and direct. After chairman Reg Burr decided that it would not be viable to redevelop The Old Den as an all-seater stadium, he announced in 1990 that the club would relocate to a new stadium in the Senegal Fields area in south Bermondsey. Originally, it was planned to have a seating capacity of between 25,000 and 30,000, however, the club opted to wait so the capacity was kept to just over 20,000.
Millwall played their final game at The Old Den on 8 May 1993 after 83 years and then moved to the new stadium a quarter-of-a-mile away from Cold Blow Lane. The £16 million New Den was opened by John Smith, the leader of the Labour Party and of the Opposition at the time, on 4 August 1993 prior to a prestigious friendly against Sporting Portugal, which Sporting won 2–1. The Den was the first new stadium constructed for a professional football team in London since 1937.
Millwall have experienced mixed fortunes since relocating to The Den. Their first season at the stadium (1993–94) saw them finish third in Division One — their highest finish since relegation from the top flight four years earlier. However, their dreams of Premier League football were ended by a defeat in the playoffs and they were relegated to Division Two in 1996, not winning promotion from that level until 2001. They again came close to reaching the Premier League in 2002, finishing fourth, but once again losing in the playoffs. The Lions reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 2004, and despite a 3–0 defeat by Manchester United they qualified for European competition for the first time in their history. Millwall has been relegated twice since then; going down in 2006 and 2015, but have also won promotion in 2010 and 2017. However, the stadium has yet to host Premier League football - Millwall had played in the old First Division for two seasons from 1988 during their final few years at their previous stadium.
In September 2016 Lewisham Council approved a compulsory purchase order of land surrounding The Den rented by Millwall, as part of a major redevelopment of the "New Bermondsey" area. The plans are controversial because the developer, Renewal, is controlled by offshore companies with unclear ownership, and is seen by the club and local community to be profiteering by demolishing existing homes and businesses as well as Millwall's car-park and the highly acclaimed and well recognised Millwall Community Trust - to build up to 2,400 new private homes, with no council housing and less than 15% of 'affordable housing'. Millwall had submitted their own plans for regeneration centred around the football club itself, but the council voted in favour of Renewal's plans. In December 2016 Private Eye reported how Renewal had been founded by a former Lewisham Council leader and senior officer, suggesting potential bias, and that the decision to approve Renewal's plans may have been made as long ago as 2013 despite the fact that no due diligence had been able to be carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers due to "poor" and "limited" access to information and management at Renewal, which is registered in the Isle of Man. In October 2019 Lewisham Council terminated the conditional land sale agreement with Renewal. This allowed Millwall to prepare their own development plans, and in February 2020, Millwall announced plans for a phased expansion, adding upper tiers behind existing seating to gradually expand the Den to 34,000 seats.