For most people, the association between Derby County and Pride Park was too strong to be able to easily accept calling it The iPro Stadium. It was called that for a time, however, given the 10-year sponsorship deal with the sporting drinks company iPro that was signed in 2013. That was dissolved in 2016 though, and the ground returned to being called Pride Park Stadium.
The decision to move away from the club’s former stadium, The Baseball Ground, was brought about because of two of football’s biggest tragedies: The Bradford City Stadium fire and The Hillsborough disaster. The former meant that vast portions of The Baseball Ground’s wooden components resulted in it being considered to be too big of a fire risk; whilst the latter meaning that all English football stadiums had to become all-seater. That limited Derby’s attendance to just 17,500, though that has now been increased to 33,597.
|Pride Park Stats
|33598 (England v Mexico (2001))
|105 x 68 (7140)
|Pride Park Stadium
|Derby County F.C.
|Derby v Sampdoria (04/08/1997)
|Derby County Stats
|Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United
|Racecourse Ground, Baseball Ground
|White & Black (Home) / Dark & Light Blue Cheque (Away) / Dark Green & White (Third)
|Moor Farm Training Ground
|Steve Bloomer (332)
|Kevin Hector (589)
Pride Park Photos
By Ravanellihasmymoney (Self-taken photograph) [Public domain]
By Coxy1976 at English Wikipedia [Public domain]
Pride Park Seating Plan and Where to Sit
Pride Park Stadium is, as is the vogue for most modern grounds, built in something of a bowl style. It is perhaps a touch more rectangular than other stadiums that have taken on a bowl style, and it maintains the traditional English habit of having four differently named stands. This mix of conformity and non-conformity is compounded by the fact that the ground is all single-tiered with the exception of the largest stand which has two tiers.
- The North Stand – This is a single-tier stand split into upper and lower sections and stands behind the goal at the Northern end of the stadium.
- The East Stand – Running along the side of the pitch, this stand has white seating in sections that spells out the club’s nickname, The Rams.
- The South Stand – A mirror image of The North Stand, this stand sits behind the Southern goal and normally houses the away supporters.
- The West Stand – Gaining its name thanks to sponsorship by the Japanese car manufacturer, this stand has two tiers that are separated by executive boxes. It also houses the dressing rooms and the dug-outs.
Derby County Ticket Prices
The ticket prices for Derby County matches are announced about seven weeks ahead of time. If you leave it until the day of the match itself then you’ll find that the prices go up by £3 for adults and £2 for concessions.
Derby also categorise their games A, B and C, and there are different prices depending on your age and where you want to sit. The prices in the various categories for adults and concessions are as follows:
- A: £24-£32 / £18-£24
- B: £20-£28 / £15-£21
- C: £16-£24 / £12-£18
How To Get Derby County Tickets
There is barely a club in the land that doesn’t have an excellent website via which you can buy tickets for their matches, and Derby County is no exception. If you’re not keen on using websites or buying your tickets online, though, you can call the club’s box office directly or pop in to the ticket office at the ground itself. Options are available for both young and old, tech savvy fans and old school paper ticket lovers.
Where to Buy
Getting To Pride Park
Pride Park is close to the centre of Derby, so it’s reasonably easy to get to by all of the usual routes. Here’s some guidance to help you, though, because we’re nice like that:
Train – You can reach Derby Railway Station directly from Manchester, Leeds, London and more. The good news is that it’s also less than one mile from the ground, so you’ll probably be able to walk it in about twenty minutes or so.
Bus – The number 111 bus goes from the centre of Derby out to the ground, stopping at nearby Derwent Parade. There are other options available for you too, but that’s the best one, to be honest.
Car – Pride Park is located just off the A52, so you’re not going to miss it if you want to drive and you’re heading the right way. From London you’ll get on to the A52 by taking Junction 25 of the M1, whilst from the North you’ll take the M6 and the A534.
By Air – East Midlands Airport is very close to Derby, being around nine miles away. You can get the Skyline bus service from East Midlands Airport to Derby and that takes about twenty minutes.
Taxi – Should you not fancy the walk from the train station to the ground then a taxi will set you back something in the region of £5 and will take around the same amount of time to complete its journey. It goes without saying that if the journey takes longer it will also cost you more.
Parking Near Pride Park
The club runs a number of officially sanctioned car parks that are all a short walk from the ground. There’s not a lot of on-street parking, however, with the likelihood that you’ll get towed or ticketed if you attempt to park in an unauthorised zone extremely high.
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Pride Park Hotels
Derby is a nice East Midlands city, so there are a few hotel options for your consideration. Here are some of our picks:
Pubs and Bars Near Pride Park
Derby is a nice city to head to for a bite to eat and a drink. Here are some of the places that we think you should consider, if you don’t know the city that well:
Harvester Pride Park
The Brunswick Inn
The Alexandra Hotel
Built in 1997 but refurbished quite a bit in the intervening years, Pride Park has the sort of facilities that you’d expect from a club that is trying to position itself at the top end of the market. The concourses are reasonable enough and have numerous stalls and shops from which you can buy drinks and snacks. The views of the pitch are reasonably good from anywhere inside the arena.
- Programme: £3
- Pie: £3.8
- Cup of tea: £2.3
- Beer: £4.2
Derby County’s hospitality packages promise a good mix of luxury and entertainment. There are options available to pretty much every budget, within reason, and how much you get out of the day will depend on how much you’re willing to put in. From sponsoring the match ball through to sponsoring the entire match day experience, there are numerous ways that you can get your business’ name out and about through Derby County. There are three main areas that you’ll want to consider spending your 90 minutes:
- Captains Club – The most informal option, this cash bar facility will grant you an unlimited buffet plus dessert, matchday program, and premium seating.
- Igor’s Lounge – Igor Stimac is a Derby legend, and this lounge is named after him. You get a 3 course bistro menu, padded leather seats on the balcony, a pay bar facility, and occasional visits from Derby ambassadors.
- Toyota Suite – You will witness the man of the match presentation in here and enjoy a sumptuous 4 course meal.
As a state-of-the-art facility it’s no surprise that Pride Park Stadium caters for pretty much any private event that you could think of. From prom nights for school students through to banquets and dinner dances, if you’re looking for a private hire location in Derby then you’d do well to consider the home of the city’s football club.
If you’re looking for somewhere to host a business event then Derby’s lounges can cater for small meetings of four or so people up to much larger conferences for up to 450 delegates. The executive boxes offer ideal break-out rooms, should you wish to explore the possibility of taking your larger meeting down to a smaller scale.
Pride Park Stadium also offers wedding services, including a specialisation in Asian celebrations. If you’re a huge Rams fan then why not consider spending your special day in the most special of locations? If you’re not looking to host a wedding but have an exhibition that you’d like to put on then fear not! The club has got you covered there, too.
Stadium Tours & Museum
If you choose to do a tour of Pride Park Stadium then you’ll get a chance to follow in the footsteps of your heroes: having a look around the home dressing room, walking down the tunnel and emerging on to the side of the pitch before sitting in the dug-out. You’ll also get to spend some time in the Director’s Box, have a look at some of the hospitality lounges and even go inside the ground’s own police cell.
Tours are available on particular dates that change throughout the year, so get in touch with the club directly to find out when you can go. You can organise a one-off private tour, but these will cost a minimum of £25 when tours normally cost £10 per person. The tour lasts an hour.
Derby County don’t have a museum of their own, though you may sometimes be able to see some club memorabilia on display at the city’s Museum and Art Gallery. There is also an online museum that you can visit if you’re keen to learn about the club’s history.
About Derby County
Derby County were one of the founding members of the Football League when it was formed in 1888. Because of that it has the odd claim to fame that it os one of only ten football clubs that has competed every season of the English Football League since its foundation. The club itself was formed in 1884 as a separate section of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
In spite of the fact that the club’s heyday was in the 1970s, they’ve spent only four season outside of English football’s top two divisions. The club won the First Division championship twice in the ‘70s, and also competed in European competition during the same period. They reached the semi-final of the European Cup once, too.
In 2021, the club faced the very real danger of going into liquidation, after a 21 point deduction for financial fair play breaches saw them relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time since the 1980s. Luckily, David Clowes stepped in to buy the club and invest in its future, but the success of this is yet to be seen.
Pride Park History
Pride Park was at one point the sixteenth largest ground in England by capacity. It was also the twentieth largest in the United Kingdom and the 121st largest in Europe. Not bad for what is normally a Championship ground. It’s also not bad when you consider that, for a time, it wasn’t even going to be built.
When the aftermath of the Taylor Report made it clear that the capacity of The Baseball Ground was going to be reduced considerably, it seemed obvious that a new stadium would be the way forward. It looked like it was going to be very expensive, however, so redevelopment of the old stadium seemed the best thing to do. In the end they reigned in their designs and Pride Park was built.
Pride Park was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on the 18th of July 1997. The first competitive fixture at the ground came on the 30th of August when the home side beat Barnsley by one goal to nil. Though the record attendance at club level was set during a game between Derby and Liverpool in March of 2000, the overall attendance record came when the stadium was used to host a full England international between the home nation and Mexico in a friendly in May of 2001.
Owing to the fact that only one of the stand at the ground has a second tier, it would be reasonably easy for the club to expand the stadium’s capacity to around 44,000. Unless Derby County become an established Premier League presence, though, that’s not likely to happen any time soon.