Aston Villa will take a full allocation of 1,325 when they make the long trip down to the Vitality Stadium when they take on Bournemouth this weekend.
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Address: Kings Park, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7AF
Dean Court, also known as the Vitality Stadium due to sponsorship purposes is the home ground of AFC Bournemouth.
The ground was originally the home of Bournemouth when it first opened back in 1910, who was then named Boscombe FC. In 2001, the ground was completely rebuilt with the pitch rotated 90 degrees to move the ground away from the adjacent buildings. There are betting outlets in and around the ground for those who like a cheeky flutter on things like bet-grand-national.co.uk. Since promotion to the Premier League, due to the size of the ground, the club has looked at several options including a new home but have yet to find a suitable solution.
Aston Villa fans will be located in the Energy Consulting East Stand which is situated at one side of the pitch. The stand is shared with Bournemouth fans and offers a pretty decent view of the action on the field. The facilities are decent considering the size of the ground and there can be a good atmosphere created.
It is no real surprise by now when I tell you what is on offer foodwise however the Vitality Stadium takes pride in their homemade pies. They consist of Steak and Ale, as well as Chicken and mushroom (£3.50). Burgers and Hot dogs (£4) are also available.
Alcohol is available in the form of cans with John Smith’s bitter and Fosters lager (£3.50) on offer.
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The closest bar for away fans is around a 10-15 minute walk from the Vitality Stadium in the nearby Boscombe. The Mello Mello Bar on Christchurch Road has televised sport on a number of screens. It is generally pretty popular with away supporters because of the cheap beer and they also offer free wifi. The only problem is the bar is pretty small so arrive early.
Further down the road opposite Pokesdown Railway Station is the Bell Inn. Just like the other bar, they offer Sky Sports on the screens.
Otherwise, it will have to be Bournemouth City Centre which is approximately 3 miles away from the Vitality.
Follow the A338 towards Bournemouth and you will see the Vitality Stadium on your left in the outskirts of the town. If you can’t spot the ground they just keep following signs towards Kings Park/Football traffic.
There is some travel disruption on the roads depending on what direction you come from. There will be diversions around junction 3-4 of the M27 due to a bridge removal.
A train from Birmingham New Street to Bournemouth will take about 3 hours and 20 minutes. The trains aren’t much better than the roads. There has been a derailment between Southampton Central and Winchester with all lines currently blocked.
Keep an eye on our Twitter page where we will try to post any updates on the trip to Bournemouth as we get them.
Alternatively, give AVFC_WMP a follow on Twitter. This is the official Aston Villa Police, Twitter page. PC Stu Bladen will also be at the game and update you on the latest going’s on in and around the ground.