All the information you will need when travelling to Bournemouth this weekend
Venue: Goldsands Stadium, N Power League One
Saturday 9th March 2013, K.O 3PM
Capacity – 10,700 (All seated)
Address – Dean Court, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7AF
Main Telephone – 01202 726300
Official Website – www.afcb.c.uk
The Dean Court ground, known currently as Goldsands Stadium for sponsorship reasons, has been in existence since 1910 on the site originally granted by the Cooper-Dean family. This was the case until 2001 when a modernising and restructuring project took place that saw among the complete rebuilding of the stands, a 90 degree rotation of the pitch itself to move the stadium away from local housing. The build took place in a matter of months and comprising three new stands leaving the south completely open and unused aside from occasional temporary seating.
The modernising of the stadium has included a good range of improvements in hospitality including refurbishments to the ground and a new club shop and fashion store adjacent to it called ENZI. The club also opened a new gym in the east stand area of the ground which is used by players and the general public. Plans for the redevelopment of the south end of the ground are in place which was not previously taken up due to finances and lower attendances however, it is suggested that with the inclusion of the south stand the ground’s capacity might be raised to near 15,000 in the future should the expansion be required.
The 1,500 away travelling supporters are housed in the right hand side of the East Stand although this figure can be increased to 2,000 depending on the allocation required by visiting clubs. The East stand runs along one side of the pitch and is shared with home support offering a comfortable view and good atmosphere.
Where to Drink
There is the Legends Bar located at the stadium which allows in away fans in family groups. Around a 10-15 minute walk away is the Sir Percy Florence Wetherspoons outlet on Christchurch Street, in nearby Boscombe. Away fans are welcome at this pub, but no colours are allowed. Next door to Wetherspoons is the Mello Mello bar which also admits away supporters (and with colours). Otherwise alcohol is available to visiting supporters inside the stadium at £3 a pint.
Travelling by Car
Follow the A338 towards Bournemouth. The ground is situated on the left of the A338 in the outskirts of town. You should be able to spot the tops of the ground floodlights on the left. Otherwise leave the A338 via the slip road which is signposted Kings Park/Football traffic. You will then reach a small roundabout at which you take the second exit into Kings Park Drive. The entrance to the stadium and car park are down this road on the left
The stadium Car park is of a good size and can hold a good number of away supporters and costs only 50p per hour. Otherwise Street parking is available in certain areas but always check for restrictions and penalty signs before taking this option.
Travelling by Train/Metro Links/Bus
The nearest train station is Pokesdown which is roughly a mile from the ground and is around a 15 minute walk away. However, most trains arrive at Bournemouth Central, which is around a half an hour walk to the ground. Either try to get a train to Pokesdown or grab a cab (£7-£8). If you do arrive at Pokesdown Station (which is served by trains from London Waterloo), then exit the station (there is only one exit) and turn right down the main Christchurch Road (A35). Proceed for about 400 metres and then turn right into Gloucester Road.
If you arrive at Bournemouth Central, then leave the station by the South exit, thereby facing an Asda Supermarket. Turn left and walk down to the main Holdenhurst Road. Turn left (going away from the town centre) and then keep straight on along Holdenhurst Road for around 25 minutes, reaching the Queens Parkpub (recommended by this Guide). Continue straight on past the pub until you reach a roundabout at which you turn right into Kings Park Drive. The ground is down the bottom of this road on the left.
Alternatively you can catch a Yellow Number 33 bus to the ground, normally a half hourly service. Come out of Station again by the South exit, facing Asda and turn left until you get to a Texaco Garage. There is a bus stop with shelter on the same side of the road. Ask the driver to be let off near Kings Park Drive. Please note that if you decide to use the same service coming back, take a yellow number 2 bus as this is a circular service'.
Enjoy your visit to Goldsands Stadium on behalf of Doncaster Rovers FC