AFC Bournemouth Football Club - Fitness First Stadium

Fitness First Stadium, Dean Court, Kings Park, Bournmouth, Dorset, England, BH7 7AF







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Our Impressions of Fitness First Stadium

The Fitness First Stadium is a massive improvement from the days of the old Dean Court, and as away fans will remember the uncovered terraces. It is a modern purpose built stadium, with pretty much all the mod-cons expected in a brand new stadium, although most AFCB fans will admit you can tell the ground was done on a budget, and isn't quite as glamorous as such new grounds as The Britannia Stadium and The Madejski Stadium. The pitch was actually rotated 90 degrees and moved slightly from the original position. The clubs finances has meant the ground has only three sides, and at present (Mar 2002) there are no immediate plans to build a forth. The current capacity is 9,600. This would increase to 12,000 with the addition of the fourth side, and the club have stated the ultimate aim would be to fill in the corners and finish with a final capacity of 14,000. All seats in the ground have a good view as there are no pillars or obstructions any where in the ground. Away fans are housed in the East stand, and the away capacity varies with the amount of away fans expected. This ranges from 500 to 2,000 approx. The majority of the vocal home support is housed within the North stand behind the goal. The new ground has brought with it new caterers, and a vast improvement on the grub side. The new caterers serve a much bigger range and the quality is a lot better. They also serve beer (£2-25 pint) in the ground as well. Other new facilities include a new club shop, 'The Score Store' (a huge improvement on the old portacabin) and a pub built into the outside of the ground that also opens on non matchdays, 'The Chery Tree'. Data supplied by Gary Chapman & Cherries Mad Chris - 30th March 2002

Directions to Fitness First Stadium

By Rail

The closest station to the ground is Pokesdown, which is a 15 minute walk across Kings Park.

Local Area around Fitness First Stadium

Car Parking

Parking at Dean court is not usually a problem, with a huge car park next to the ground.

Pubs Near Fitness First Stadium

Mary Percy Shelly

Harry, a Bournemouth fan has e-mailed us and says 'Wetherspoon's 'Mary Percy Shelly' in Boscombe High Street, at eastern end of pedestrianised section near Ashley Road. This is a good, big pub with cheap food and jugs of beer. Fan friendly, but you may have to take off your colours to get in.

The Queens Park Hotel

This pub is the closest to the ground (3 mins walk from the ground) and is located on Holdenhurst road. There is a good mix of home and away fans, and rarely any trouble. The is good beer, snacks and rolls on matchday, a big screen TV, and a great atmosphere.

The Portman

Located in Ashley road, this pub is a 5 minute walk from the ground. The pub is away fan friendly, with a few home fans. Big pub, food, and good beer.

The Dolphin

Located in Holdenhurst road, this is a good pub for anyone travelling by train. It's a big pub, with loud music, and was described as 'very trendy' - so you pay a fortune for American bottled beer.

The White Horse

This one is idea for supporters travelling by train, as it's located at Pokesdown Station.

Fast Food Near Fitness First Stadium


There a McDonald's in nearby Boscombe, which is about a 15 minute walk from the ground.

General Advice

If you're looking for Fast food outlets, then your best bet is probably the town centre.

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