Vitality Stadium (capacity 12,000)
Built in 2001, Vitality Stadium (also known as Dean Court to some) is a reasonably new stadium, and with a capacity of around 12,000 is the smallest in the Premier League, as well as being the most southerly. Despite its size, it has a fantastic atmosphere on match day, and is one of the newer away days for fans of other Premier League teams.
Each stand is single tiered, with huge player images covering the perspex windshields at each side of the stands. The stadium also has a small video screen in the Main Stand, and towering floodlights in each corner of the stadium.
Away fans visiting the Vitality Stadium are located on one side of the East Stand, with a typical allocation of 1,500, though this can be raised to 2,000 if required.
A popular option for away fans is to park at the stadium itself, but there are other parking options, including a limited amount of street parking available.
We’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near to the Vitality Stadium for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|Vitality Stadium Car Park||BH7 7AF||£1||0.1km||Parking is available to the south of the ground and costs just £1 for the whole of the match. This fee is payable on entrance and you must have a valid match ticket. However, the amount of spaces are limited and it fills up quickly so get there early to avoid disappointment.|
|Sovereign Centre||BH1 4SX||£2.50||1.5km||An alternative to parking at the stadium itself is the Sovereign Centre on Christchurch Road, which provides match day parking for £2.50, and is a 10-15 minute walk to the stadium.|
Pokesdown is the closest Railway station to Vitality Stadium, and it will take around 15 minutes to walk between the two. Simply exit the station, turning right down Christchurch Road, and then turning right again onto Gloucester Road, and continue until you reach the stadium.
However, the majority of trains arrive at Bournemouth Central which is a little further away, at around a 30 minute walk. If you’re walking, turn left and walk down Holdenhurst Road for around 25 minutes, then turn right at Kings Park Drive. Continue and you will find the stadium at the bottom of this road on the left. Alternatively, a taxi from Bournemouth Central to the Vitality Stadium will cost around £8.
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There are a number of away friendly pubs near the Vitality Stadium, all of which cater to different needs. A popular area is Christchurch Road in nearby Boscombe, with a number of pubs for away fans. Please note, however, that some bars require club colours to be covered and some do not allow children.
However, rather than take our word for it, we want to give you the view from other away fans who have visited the Vitality Stadium.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to AFC Bournemouth, and you’ll be able to find them here.
In the meantime, we’ve included a map below with all the best away pubs highlighted for you.
Bournemouth offers a variety of overnight accommodation to suit all budgets. Whilst there isn’t much in the immediate surrounds of the stadium itself, there are plenty of options in Bournemouth Town Centre, and also in Boscombe. Both of these options are just a short walk from the Vitality Stadium itself.
Use our Booking.com panel to get availability and to book at the best prices:
See what other away fans think of AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium in our ‘Away Day Reviews’.
If you’ve already been, then you can share your experience with us by writing your own review.
See how AFC Bournemouth perform in our away day rankings, where away fans rate the pie, pint, cuppa and away day overall.
Check out our photo gallery where you can view other away fans’ photos. You can also share your own experience by uploading your own!