|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|
Ashton Gate – stadium description
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.
How Ashton Gate compares to other Championship venues?
England: Safe standing trials in Premier League and Championship
There has been talk for some time about introducing safe standing in the two highest leagues in the country. In 2019, the government assured about the imminent change of the regulations, but these were not introduced until 2 years later.
Bristol: New investments bring football, rugby and basketball together
Building a sporting quarter around Ashton Gate will allow football, rugby and basketball teams to play their games on one site. The works should be completed in 4 years at the latest.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
England: 341 games in five “regional hubs”?
In case not all stadiums are available to host games of Championship, League One and League Two, the EFL is considering using stadium clusters to hold the 341 remaining league games of 2019/20.
England: Safe standing in Premier League and Championship from 2021?
Though physically safe standing is already in Premier League, legally it's still prohibited. But that might change as the government is expected to act quickly, possibly introducing legal standing in 2021.
Bristol: Ashton Gate also going cashless
Bristol City fans can expect to see a speedier service at Ashton Gate Stadium as the club introduces cashless payment options on matchdays. Cash will remain an option in some points of the stadium.
Bristol: Indoor arena to join Ashton Gate
A 4,000-seat permanent indoor hall is expected to join Ashton Gate, along with offices, flats and two hotels. The latest, £100-million development should increase Bristol City's commercial advantage over local rivals.
Safe standing: Government to rethink all-seating
By all means the debate was predictable, but that's fine, we'll take it. The most important thing is: British authorities will review the all-seater rule, which officially opens the case for legal standing in top leagues of England and Wales.
England: Supporters force parliament to debate safe standing!
It took only several days of momentum to reach immense support of 100,000 British citizens and thus force the British government to officially debate safe standing in Premier League and Championship.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Reason 4, Ashton Gate
Quintessentially British, this robust makeover extended Bristol City stadium’s lifespan for decades and is well worth being on our list!
Stadium of the Year 2016: Join the global vote!
It’s time to make your voice heard and select the best stadium opened in 2016 around the world. Public Vote is now open and will last until March 4.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Name your nominees!
For 10 days you’re welcome to share your favourite stadiums opened in 2016. We know of over 30 stadiums eligible for the competition, now let’s see your candidates.
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.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
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.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
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.