iPro Stadium (Pride Park Stadium)
|Clubs||Derby County FC|
|Inauguration||20.07.1997 (Derby County - UC Sampdoria 0-1)|
|Record attendance||33 597 (England - Mexico, 25.05.2001)|
|Cost||28 mln Ł|
|Address||Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL|
Description: iPro Stadium
As with many stadia built in Britain in the 90’s, this one was the result of Hillsborough Disaster and restrictions that followed. Capacity of the Baseball Ground was decreased from over 40,000 to just 17,500 seats for safety reasons and that wasn’t close to satisfying Derby County’s aspirations. That’s why on February 21st 1996 fans were informed that from the 1997/98 season on they will be watching “The Rams” at a new ground, located on the outskirts of Derby, in the newly created Pride Park business park.
Design was ready almost from the start as it’s basically the one of Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium that opened its doors in 1995. Architects of Miller Partnership have implemented over 30 alterations, but still similarities are visible just too well. It’s easier to name the differences, most distinctive of which are the roof line, north-western corner filled with corporate space rather than regular seating and main stand’s façade.
Construction was started with piling in September 1996, then followed by massive concrete- and steel –prefab mounting. Fans were able to see it thanks to a purpose-built visitors’ centre that took on some 75,000 guests while in operation. After a rough winter there were delays in construction, but the fast pace allowed for workers to catch up and follow the deadlines. They had a unique motivation as this ground was the first ever to be opened by Queen Elizabeth II herself.
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Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
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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?
Derby: New naming for 10 years
Derby County home will officially be renamed in less than a month, when Blackpool to to play away at Pride Park. Sorry, at iPro Stadium. The deal is longer than many throughout the Football League, spanning over 10 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.
England: Derby County next in line for safe standing
After Aston Villa, Derby County are the next to declare their support for safe standing in some areas of Pride Park. This comes after Football Supporters Federation visited the city with their campaign promoting this solution.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.