Tannadice Park: Dundee United

Tannadice Street, Dundee, Dundee City, DD3 7JW, Scotland
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Tannadice Park is one of the oldest grounds in football. It was first used to host matches in the 1870s, though not much is known about the games that were played back then. In fact, information about the ground is hard to come by before the arrival of Dundee East End F.C. in 1882. What we can tell you is that if you think well-known rivalries such as that between Liverpool and Everton are made more combustible because of the proximity of the two club’s grounds to each other, they’ve got nothing on the city of Dundee.

Tannadice Park can be found just 200 yards from Dens Park, the home of Dundee United’s city rivals, Dundee Football Club. They are the two senior football stadiums that are closest to each other in the entirety of the UK. Originally known as Clepington Park, admission was free until the site was taken over by Johnstone Wanderers and they made the decision to enclose it in order to charge an admission free from 1891 onwards.

Stats

Tannadice Park Stats
Year Opened1870
Capacity14,223
Average Attendance5,505
Record Attendance28,000 (Dundee United v Barcelona (1966))
Pitch Size100 x 66 (6600)
Former NameClepington Park
OwnerDundee United F.C.
Clubs HostedDundee East End, Dundee Violet, Johnstone Wanderers, Dundee Wanderers, Dundee United, Dundee United Juniors
First FixtureUnknown
Dundee United Stats
Year Founded1909
NicknameThe Tangerines, The Terrors
Club MascotTerry the Terror
RivalsDundee, Aberdeen F.C., St. Johnstone
KitOrange (Home) / Black (Away)
Training GroundSaint Andrews
Shirt SponsorMcEwan Fraser Legal
Team OwnerStephen Thompson
Record GoalscorerPeter McKay (203)
Record AppearancesDavid Narey (872)

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Tannadice Park Seating Plan & Where to Sit

There are four individual stands at Tannadice Park. The George Fox Stand is two-tiered and runs along the side of the pitch, whilst opposite it are two stands that run into each other - The Jerry Kerr Stand and The Jim McLean Fair Play Stand. Behind one of the goals is the Eddie Thomspon Stand, which has two tiers and welcomes Dundee United’s most passionate fans. Behind the other goal is The West Stand, where opposition supporters are housed.

Dundee United Ticket Prices

Prices often change at Tannadice Park depending on the opposition. As an example, when Dundee United welcomed Motherwell for a Premiership match in the 2016-2017 season the cheapest adult ticket was £19, with seats in the Upper Tier priced at £21. Concessions paid £10 or £12 and Under-12s had to part with just £3 to watch the game. However, prices were £22, £12 & £6 respectively when they played Aberdeen. There doesn't seem to be any concrete information on the method behind the madness though.

How To Get Dundee United Tickets

As is the case with most football clubs in the modern era, the best way to get tickets is through the club’s website, although there is a £2.25 handling charge per ticket. There’s also a ticket shop on Tannadice Street that is open until kick-off on match days.

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Getting To Tannadice Park

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Train - You can get to Dundee’s main railway station from most places on the UK mainland, though you might need to change at some point. Once there it’s a thirty minute walk to the ground.

Bus - Buses 1A and 22 will travel from the centre of Dundee to within a few minutes walk of the stadium.

Car - You’ll want the A90 until you reach the junction with the B960. Exit, get onto Arklay Street before getting onto Tanadice Street and keeping an eye out for the ground.

By Air - Domestic flights can land at Dundee Airport, nine miles from the city centre. Edinburgh Airport might be a safer bet, though, even if it is sixty miles away.

Taxi - A taxi from Dundee centre out to the ground will take less than ten minutes if the traffic’s clear enough and will cost you about £7.

Parking Near Tannadice Park

There’s no parking at the ground but you might be able to find somewhere to leave your car nearby. Do be aware that parking restrictions may be in place, however.

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Tannadice Park Hotels

As well as being the home of Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition ship the RRS Discovery, Dundee is also home to some well placed hotels, take a look.

Holiday Inn Express Dundee - £50+

41 Dock Street, Dundee, DD1 3DR
A mile from the ground is this member of the Holiday Inn chain of hotels. It’s got a bar and a business centre as well as a meeting room and self-parking. There’s free Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast included in the cost of your room. More details.

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa - £70+

1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, DD1 3JP
Also around a mile from the stadium is this luxurious hotel with over 150 rooms and an indoor pool. There’s a restaurant and bar as well as a full service spa. You can park here for free and there’s also the virtually compulsory free Wi-Fi, should you need it. More details.

Malmaison Dundee - £85+

44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, DD1 4AY
Slightly further away from Tannadice Park than the other options is this Malmaison hotel. It’s less than five minutes from Dundee’s famous Discovery Point and offers free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, a bar and seven meeting rooms. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Tannadice Park

What's that - you want a quick drink before the game? We've got you covered:

Tickety Boo’s

51 Commercial Street, Dundee, DD1 2AA (01382 227119)
This pub is a lovely mix of the traditional and the new. It’s got a horseshoe shaped bar and stained-glass windows and promises a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere. The food’s great and there are both cask ales and craft beers to be enjoyed. Oh and they show the football, too.

The Counting House

67 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1SP (+44 1382 225251)
The Counting House is a Wetherspoon’s, so you know what you’re going to get. You won’t be able to watch live sport here but you’ll get a cheap pint and some equally cheap food. It’s worth a visit if you’re in Dundee and fancy chatting to some ‘interesting’ locals.

The Old Bank Bar

34 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1RH (01382 226552)
No prizes for guessing what this place was before it became a pub. This former bank has retained plenty of its original charm and is a family friendly place to grab a drink and a bite to eat before heading to watch some football. You can catch a game here, too, as there are plenty of big screens all around.

Hospitality

Tannadice Park isn’t the most luxurious of football stadiums but there are still some decent hospitality options available to you. The Premier Level has a warm and welcoming match day atmosphere, whilst The Centenary Club is where you’d want to go with business clients. Finally, The Captain’s Box is a family friendly area to enjoy before and after the game. All include various food/drink options, seating with the best views, and even club legend visits at Premier Level. There are some cool mascot packages available too if you want to spoil the kids.

Private Hire

The Hegarty Suite is the main area available for functions and meetings, and can comfortably hold up to 120 people. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christenings and funerals have all been held there in the past.

Stadium Tours & Museum

If you want to learn the history of the club and see areas of the stadium not usually available to members of the pubic then tours run every Wednesday at 1pm, but you will have to book in advance rather than just turning up on the day. There is no charge but donations are welcomed. There is no museum on site.

About Dundee United

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Dundee United was formed in 1909 as Dundee Hibernian. They changed their name in 1923 and they are known by the nickname The Tangerines, on account of their orange kit, or The Terrors, on account of who knows what. Their supporters are known as The Arabs, so that might give you some idea of how off beat they are.

They have enjoyed a wee bit of success over the years, including being one of the handful of teams to have broken the Celtic - Rangers monopoly on the Scottish top-flight. They won the first division title in 1983 and have also won the Scottish Cup on two occasions. They missed out on the UEFA Cup in 1987 when IFK Göteborg beat them in the final and they made is as far as the semi-finals of the European Championships in 1984.

Tannadice Park History

Dens Park nearest (Dundee) and Dundee United's Tannadice - Richard Webb [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stadium was used by any number of local teams in the 19th century before Dundee East End started using it regularly in 1882. It has housed numerous Dundee-based teams over the years, including Dundee East End F.C., Dundee Violet F.C., Johnstone Wanderers F.C. and Dundee Wanderers F.C. It was when Dundee Hibernian, as United were then known, took over the ground in 1909 that things started to look up and it was given a significant facelift.

The biggest change in the ground’s history occurred at the start of the 1990s. The Taylor Report into The Hillsborough Disaster declared that all top-flight stadia in the UK should become all-seater affairs. At the time it only had 2252 seats despite its capacity of 22,310. The club considered ground-sharing with Dundee for a time but instead opted to develop Tannadice Park, building two new grandstands. The Fair Play Stand was added in 1997.

Future Developments

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There are no major plans in place to develop Tannadice Park in the immediate future, with minor changes to cosmetic aspects expected from time to time.

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