|10,832 (Lansdown Stand)|
|4,240 (Atyeo Stand)|
|6,484 (Dolman Stand)|
|6,143 (South Stand)|
|Clubs||Bristol City FC|
|Renovations||1928, 1958, 1970, 1994, 2007, 2014-2016|
|Record attendance||43,335 (Bristol City - Preston North End, 1935)|
|Address||Ashton Road, Bristol, BS3 2EJ|
Description: Ashton Gate
Ashton Gate Stadium was built at the turn of the 19th century, but inhabited by Bristol City FC after several years, in 1904. First revamp came in 1928 with a new covered terrace being added at the south-eastern side. 30 more years passed before another big change – erection of a new main stand with press and executive seats. Then in 1970 another one was mounted on the opposite side of the pitch. Last new section came in 1994, when uncovered terraces behind one goal were replaced with a new seated stand. Also around that time came other changes forced by the Taylor Report.
Glory years have already passed at Ashton Gate. Bristol City could not dream of a crowd similar to the record attendance from 1930’s, so no wonder plans for relocation were put in place along with England's efforts to host the 2018 World Cup. Eventually they fell through, forcing City to consider expansion of Ashton Gate.
The venue is also important for British rugby – since 1920 it’s used regularly by Bristol Rugby club and is also the place where largest rugby crowd in Britain outside Twickenham was seen.
In 2014-2016 the above-mentioned expansion of Ashton Gate finally came to fruition, becoming the single most expensive (and extensive) operation to ever be carried out at the stadium. Massive new main grandstand and south end were both built, while the east stand was improved, altogether giving the stadium a new, modern look and prolonging its lifespan by no less than 2-3 decades.
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England: "Old but new" Ashton Gate now open
Promotion in 2015, now victory to begin the new chapter with. 2 goals against Wigan inaugurated the redeveloped Ashton Gate, following its largest change to date.
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Bristol: Key phase begins at Ashton Gate
While first new stand is almost ready, demolition begins to make way for massive 11,000-seat main grandstand.
Bristol: East stand’s truss lifted into place
This was the most spectacular operation so far at Ashton Gate. Yesterday two cranes lifted the massive main truss atop the east stand. See it on film, thanks to Bristol Sport.
Bristol: South stand skeleton begins to grow at Ashton Gate
Exactly 3 months after demolition crews started dismantling the old stand, first steel beams were mounted on site. Now Bristol City owners are inviting local companies to become subcontractors.
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New construction: Ashton Gate transformation begins
The famous 86-year-old Wedlock Stand is no more. Or at least won’t be in 6 weeks, when demolition crews are done with it and make way for the first new stand. An (almost) brand new Ashton Gate should come in 2016.
Bristol: Contractor named, City prepare for demolition
As expected by local media, Barr Construction will redevelop Ashton Gate into a 27,000-capacity modern stadium. Works on new south end will begin in July.
Bristol: No opposition, construction to start in May
With no legal challenge raised within the 6-week period, complete redevelopment of Ashton Gate can begin as planned, by the end of May.
England: First safe standing section installed in Bristol
It may be only 30 seats, but they’re all over the news across Europe. After all, how often can you read that “standing sections are back to England”?
Bristol: Decision made, Ashton Gate remodelling starting in May?
If no-one officially objects within 6 weeks, complete redevelopment of the existing Bristol City stadium will begin already this Spring. The project worth £40 million will raise capacity to almost 27,000 and provide new facilities.
Bristol: Ashton Gate revamp approved unanimously
As hoped by Bristol City, the council approved the Ashton Gate scheme without even one objection, praising the club's consultation process. Decision on whether works start on current stadium redevelopment or the Ashton Vale project is expected in February.
Bristol: Good news for City, bad news for Rovers
While one of the clubs is getting closer to implementing their stadium plans, the other sees more and more obstacles. However, both City and Rovers may still see their new stadiums rise soon, according to the Bristol Post.
England: Bristol City submit planning application for Ashton Gate
Plans submitted for Bristol City FC's £40m redevelopment of Ashton Gate stadium could be approved by October, according to BBC. Will this project be more lucky than Ashton Vale?
Bristol: City to be the first club introducing 'safe standing'?
As part of their current stadium's redevelopment, Bristol City plan to establish significant standing sections with so called 'rail seating'. If the plans are approved and the proposed timetable met, rail seats could be installed by August 2015.
Bristol: City asking everyone for feedback on new Ashton Gate
While waiting for final outcome of their new stadium plans, the club aren't wasting time and run open consultations on their only alternative – Ashton Gate redevelopment. Heart.co.uk report.
New design: Alternative for Bristol City
After their relocation plans suffered numerous blows, the club prepared an alternative vision. This time a complete revamp of existing stands would result in 26,000 seats and modern facilities “ready for the next 100 years”.
England: Further clubs support safe standing
The list of clubs appealing to test and potentially allow standing areas back inside English stadia is growing. Back in January it was just Aston Villa, now it’s 10 clubs in England and Scottish Premier League.
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.