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Official Review by Robert Pryce, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Derby County are a football team who are based in the East Midlands. They play at the Ipro stadium, more commonly known as Pride Park. They are in the second tier of English football but have made appearances in the top flight, most recently setting the record for the lowest points total in Premiership. They are one of the oldest clubs in English Football and one of only 10 to appear in every English football league season.
The club was founded in 1888. They are nicknamed the Rams, a tribute to its links with the First Regiment of the Derby Militia, which had a ram as its mascot and the song "The Derby Ram" as its regimental song.
They moved to Pride Park in 1997. It has a capacity of 33,597 making it the 16th largest in the English Football league. Pride Park was renamed in late 2013. It is now called the iPro Stadium for sponsorship purposes.
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In the stadium you will find the normal food and drink options you would come across in most stadiums around the country. A normal burger or a hot dog will cost £3.20 with a cheeseburger costing £3.80. Assorted pies will cost £3.50 or a Cornish pasty is £3. A drink of lager or cider will set you back £3.80, but only comes in bottle form. Soft drinks cost £2.30 and hot drinks are £2.10.
The level of noise in the stadium is impressive as well as the design. Most seats have a great view and there are no restricted views to contend with. Leg room is good as well. Queues are reduced as there are ticket scanners to enter the stadium and plenty of food and drink points to order from. There is plenty of disabled access and toilets are clean, although queues can form when busy.
In Derby there are plenty of very good pubs and restaurants. If you enjoy ale, then some pubs are a must! The Brunswick Inn which is a few minutes from the station offer a vast amount of ales and is usually full of fans as it's close to the stadium. For food try the many fast food joints around the stadium or head a bit further into the city and visit the Exeter Arms, which has an incredible menu on offer. There is a large shopping centre and hotels are fairly cheap for a stop over.
Derby County fans are very passionate about their team. With recent good results and finishing positions and some very talented young players attendences have risen and with that the noise. They are friendly as well and knowledgeable and won't mind talking with you in the concourses.
There are plenty of car parks outside the ground which can cost between £5 and £10 for match day parking. These are private car parks, which are not run by the football team but are safe to use. The train station is also very close and only around a 10 minute walk if you turn right out of it. If you want to spend some time in the city then it is around a 20 minute walk from the local area. The city centre is around a half an hour walk away. Shuttle bus services are also on offer and taxis will always take you to the game.
Tickets cost between £19.50 and £29.50 which for Championship level football is very reasonable. Under 18 tickets can cost as little as £12.00 and senior tickets at £15. Again all very reasonable for the quality of stadium as well.
There is a huge club shop where you can buy all sorts of club merchandise. The match day programme on offer costs £3.00 and there are tours of the stadium through the year. Outside the ground there is also a statue of club legends Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.
Member Review by pompeyfox
Pride Park Stadium is home to English Championship club Derby County, nicknamed the Rams, and the complex replaced their historic Baseball Ground stadium. Opened on the 18th of July, 1997 the stadium has an all seated capacity of 33,597 and was one of the first new stadium builds in England following the Hillsborough Disaster. The stadium has hosted one England Full International and a number of England Under 21 fixtures. Other than colour, the stadium is of nearly identical build to those at Leicester City's King Power Stadium and Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium and was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen.
Member Review by leedeetee
Derby County were a major force in English football in the 1970s and were, under enigmatic manager Brian Clough, English champions twice. They play their home games at Pride Park stadium, a 34,000 seater stadium located on the outskirts of the town of Derby. It opened in 1997, and replaced the historic Baseball Ground, which had hosted Derby’s home games for 108 years.
The Baseball Ground was notorious for its playing surface, which during most winters would resemble the landscape of the Somme, circa 1916. In one particular match between the Rams (Derby’s nickname) and Manchester City, the referee had to get the grounds man to repaint the penalty spot which had been completely lost in a sea of sludge. Thankfully, those days have long gone and Pride Park Stadium has an abundance of green grass throughout the season where Championship level footballers — England’s second tier — ply their trade.
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