Home of Nottingham Forest FC

Opened 1898

Capacity 30,445

Rating: 4.7

(909) Google Reviews

Easy to get to number 1 Carston bus leaves you at Trent Bridge. 5 min walk to the ground Friendly and helpful staff Majority lovely fan's unfortunately like all club's bad element who try ruin it for everyone else Best of luck for the rest of the season
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8 months ago
Nice stadium, lovely city with plenty to see and do. Parking is excellent, and close by aswell. Only downside was a small minority of home fans. When they scored we was pelted with coins and drinks from above us. Granted the excitement, but my daughter wanted to leave on the 82nd minute. The police we're more interested in our response as opposed to the home fan's behaviour. So unfortunately we left due to this. Other then that we had a lovely day out.
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10 months ago
The most picturesque stadium in England without doubt. Food and drink are very average but the atmosphere more than makes up for it.
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9 months ago
As A Forest Fan ,,, I'm Bound 2 Say FANTASTIC!!! X LOL X 😍😍 Crackin Atmosphere,,, Plenty Of Facilities/ Drink's & Food / In & Out Ground !!! X Lovely Sat On River Bank ,,, B 4 Kick-Off ,,, My Dad Took Me ,,, When I Was A Kid & I'm Still Comin ,,, With My Daughter Now ,,, She Love's It !!! X 😍😍 FANTASTIC 1ST HOME PREMIERSHIP WIN IN 23 YEAR'S !!! X C'MON U RED'S!!! X ❤⚽️❤
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3 months ago
Excellent Day at the City ground. Walking down the trent side, you can feel, the excitement, history and passion of the forest fans past and present. The wall plaques, gives you sense of what it means to be passiona about Forest. A very nice and friendly welcome at the main entrances. Started, with welcome drinks in the Munich Lounge. The wall pictures are amazing. Our executive boxe, was well set out and perfect. Lunch in the European Restaurant, was nice and all catrtraing staff members, were very friendly and curtious, the meal experiences, add to the whole experiences for the day. Also nice to see family's, also their and this is what football, should also be about. I must say, all staff members, from arrival, bar staff and meal were very professional and friendly, thid is what makes a day at the Forest city ground, a great day.
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History (from Wikipedia)

Nottingham Forest moved to their new ground on 3 September 1898 – 33 years after their formation and six years after election to the Football League.

To raise the £3,000 required to finance the move the club asked members, supporters and businessmen to subscribe to "New Ground Scheme" bearer bonds which cost £5 each. Over £2,000 was raised this way.

The new ground was called the City Ground. It was only a few hundred yards from the old 
Town Ground at the opposite end of Trent Bridge, which had been named after the Town Arms pub. Nottingham was granted its Charter as a City in 1897 and it was called the City Ground to commemorate this as the land on which it stands was at that time within the City boundary. In 1952 boundary changes resulted in the ground coming under the local council of West Bridgford (Rushcliffe Borough Council) rather than the City. Opposite the City Ground, still within the City boundaries, lies Meadow Lane, home of Notts County. The City Ground was wide open on three sides with no protection from the weather but the pitch was one of the finest in the country. This was due to the presence on the committee of J. W. Bardill, a nurseryman whose family firm still exists in Stapleford near Nottingham and whose company was given the task of preparing the pitch.

In 1935, the club had the opportunity to buy the ground from Nottingham Corporation for £7,000 but they declined.

On 12 October 1957, a new East Stand opened at the City Ground, costing £40,000 and having benches to seat up to 2,500 fans. The visitors for the opening were 
Manchester United’s "Busby Babes", just four months before eight of them died in the Munich air disaster. On 11 September 1961, the floodlights at the ground were officially turned on for the first time as Forest faced Gillingham in the League Cup.[7] A new record attendance of 49,946 was set in October 1967 when Forest beat Manchester Utd 3-1 in a First Division fixture, five months after Forest had finished second to United in the league. In December 1967 the City Ground was host to an England U23 match against Italy.[8]

The Main Stand was largely rebuilt in 1965 but, on 24 August 1968, fire broke out during a First Division game against 
Leeds United.[9] It started in the boiler room, just before half-time. The stand was damaged but, despite a crowd numbering 31,126, none of them were injured.[9] The only reported injuries were to a television crew on the TV gantry, who had to scramble down it because the access ladder was stored in the boiler room. The gantry was extended the length of the stand and now has access at both ends. As a result of the fire, Forest played six 'home' matches at nearby Meadow Lane and did not win one of them. Sadly many of the club's records, trophies and other memorabilia were lost in the fire. The stand was refurbished.

The Executive Stand was built in 1980 at a cost of £2 million — largely from proceeds of the highly successful era in which Forest brought the 
European Cup back to Nottingham in 1979 and 1980, having won the league title in 1978. Forest also won the Football League Cup twice during that era.

Under Clough's reign, Forest had taken the English domestic game and the European scene by storm and money raised from those successes was invested in a stand that had a capacity of 10,000. It was renamed The Brian Clough Stand after his retirement, and was re-opened after refurbishment by the man himself in the mid-1990s. The stand also incorporated 36 executive boxes and a large dining area, which was designed to be the focus of the club's corporate hospitality arrangements.

Nottingham Forest had been the opposing team in the fateful 
FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at HillsboroughSheffield, on 15 April 1989, in which 96 Liverpool fans were fatally injured in a human crush on the stadium's terraces. The disaster resulted in the Taylor Report ordering that all clubs in the top two divisions of English football should have an all-seater stadium by August 1994. This resulted in the need for more redevelopment and refurbishment at the City Ground.

More major development took part in 
1992–93 with the rebuilding of the Bridgford Stand. Work started in April 1992 and when completed the Stand had a capacity of 7,710, the lower tier of 5,131 being allocated to away supporters. The unusual shape of the roof was a planning requirement to allow sunlight to reach houses in nearby Colwick Road. The Stand includes accommodation for 70 wheelchair supporters.[10] It also houses a management suite, which includes the public address systems, computerised electronic scoreboard controls and the police matchday operation.

The Trent End was the most recent stand to be rebuilt between 1994 and 1996 — in time for 
Euro 96, the European Football Championships. The new stand, such a prominent landmark by the River Trent, held 7,338 to take the ground's capacity to 30,576 all-seated.

The ground would be able to expand to up to 46,000 if ever there was ever a return to the top flight. Forest were relegated from the 
FA Premier League three times between 1993 and 1999. Although they achieved promotion at the first attempt following the first two relegations, they have yet to return to the Premier League since their relegation in 1999 and even spent three seasons in League One - English football's third tier.

On 20 June 2007, the Forest board announced plans for a possible relocation to a new 50,000-seat stadium in the city, although such a move was not expected to take place before 2014. This was part of England's bid to host the 
2018 World Cup, but in December 2010 England's World Cup bid was rejected in favour of Russia being selected as the host nation.

Several improvements to the stadium have been made since the Trent End rebuild such as two new LED Screens being installed between the Trent End and the Brian Clough Stand and in the far corner of the Bridgford Stand. A small number of seats were lost because of this. LED advertising boards were also installed around the perimeter of the pitch excluding the Main Stand. These improvements cost around £1 million.

The City Ground also hosted the 
FA Women's Cup Final for two successive years in 2007 and 2008. The 2007 final was contested by Arsenal L.F.C. and Charlton Athletic L.F.C. with the attendance of 24,529 smashing the previous record attendance for the competition of 13,824 for the final between Arsenal L.F.C. and Fulham L.F.C. at Selhurst Park in 2001. In 2008, the attendance record was broken once again when 24,582 spectators saw Arsenal L.F.C. beat Leeds United 4–1.

Aside from football, the stadium has also hosted two other large-scale events. On 28 April 2002 the stadium hosted a semi-final of 
rugby's Heineken Cup in which Leicester Tigers beat Llanelli Scarlets 13–12. Leicester Tigers once again played at City Ground when they were defeated 19-16 by Racing 92 on 24 April 2016 in the semi-final of the European Rugby Champions Cup. The stadium hosted its first music concert when R.E.M. performed there[11] in front of an audience of 20,000.

In October 2015, Forest renamed the Main Stand, "The Peter Taylor Stand" after former European Cup winning assistant-manager Peter Taylor, who died 25 years earlier.
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Following issues with the ground's safety certificate, the capacity of the stadium was reduced to 24,357 ahead of the 2016–17 season.
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