Utilita Energy Stadium (capacity 25,136)
The Utilita Energy Stadium (still known locally as Valley Parade) has officially been home to Bradford City since the club was formed in 1903. However, it was previously home to Manningham FC, which became Bradford City when they switched codes from Rugby to Football, since 1886.
The stadium itself has undergone major transformation since the fire disaster in 1985 which tragically claimed 56 lives. It is now an all seater stadium, and one half of the stadium looks considerably larger than the other. The Kop End is a relatively new two tiered stand which is huge and is joined to the Co-Operative Main Stand.
Away fans visiting the Utilita Energy Stadium are located in either the TL Dallas Stand behind one of the goals, or one side of the Midland Road Stand, depending on the allocation, which is typically around 1,800.
Parking options are reasonably limited around the stadium, with street parking at your own risk. Away fans are generally advised to park in the town centre and then either walk or get the bus to the stadium.
We’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near to the Utilita Energy Stadium for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|Kirkgate Shopping Centre||BD1 3PT||£1.50||1.3km|
Kirkgate Shopping Centre is a secure car park and is just £1.50 for 4 hours parking for a weekend match, and £3 for midweek matches. The stadium is around a 15 minute walk from here.
Please note: Kirkgate’s Car Park closes Monday – Saturday at 6.30pm, and Sunday closes at 5pm. Any cars left in the carpark after 6.30pm/5pm will be locked in.
|Forster Square Shopping Centre||BD1 4RN||Free for 3 hours||1.1km||Forster Square has 1,300 car parking spaces which are free for up to 3 hours. This is a popular choice for away fans and is just a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium.|
|The Broadway Shopping Centre||BD1 1JR||£1.50||1.6km||The Broadway Shopping Centre is another popular choice with away fans as it is a secure car park and costs only £1.50 all day on a weekend (£3 on a weekday). However, it’s around a 20 minute walk from the stadium.|
The closest railway stations to the Utilita Energy Stadium are Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square. Those travelling via Leeds should head to Bradford Forster Square as this is much closer to the stadium. Fans on trains from elsewhere will arrive into Bradford Interchange.
From Bradford Interchange, walk towards the city centre, with St George’s Hall on your right, and the Queen pub on your left. Continue down the hill, and turn right on to Market Street which is just after the Ginger Goose pub. Follow this road to the mini roundabout, then go up the hill. You will then be on Manor Row, which is where Bradford Forster Square Station is.
From Bradford Forster Square Station, leave via the Manor Row exit, and turn right. Continue along the road until you reach a large crossroads. Turn right here, and continue for around 100 metres, then turn left on to Midland Road, which will lead you to the turnstiles for away fans
Find train times and book your tickets for the best available prices by clicking through to the trainline website below:
There are a number of away friendly pubs near the Utilita Energy Stadium, all of which cater to different needs. 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 Utilita Energy Stadium.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to Bradford City, 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.
See what other away fans think of Bradford City’s Utilita Energy 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 Bradford City 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!