Pride Park, Derby DE99 3GG
Derby Country FC calls Pride Park Stadium its home. Located east of Derby, just off the A52,the stadium sits just inside a bend on the River Derwent. With a capacity of 33,597, it is the 16th-largest football ground in England and the 20th-largest stadium in the United Kingdom.
Located on Pride Park, a business park on the outskirts of Derby city centre, the stadium was built as part of the commercial redevelopment of the area in the 1990s. Derby County have played at the ground since it opened in 1997.
The club was founded in 1884 by William Morley, as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club. In the club’s long history, it has spent all but four seasons in the top two divisions of English football.
The team’s mascot and crest incorporates the ram, the symbol of Derby. The club’s nickname is The Rams.
The team’s competitive peak came in the 1970s. It won the First Division twice and competed in major European competitions on four separate occasions, reaching the European Cup semi-finals as well as winning several minor trophies.
Despite being a Division Two team, an average crowd at a Derby County FC game will not fall below 20,000. The team’s fans are passionate and committed. This was particularly notable during their 2007-08 season. Despite a 32 game losing streak, almost every home match was sold out.
So, if you are visiting Derby and fancy catching a Rams game, make sure you book well in advance. The stadium has plenty of parking, as well as public transport links to and from the centre of Derby.
Fast food and soft drinks are on sale inside the concourses. There, you can watch the pre-match action on plasma screen TVs before heading into the stands.