Year Ground Opened: 1910 (renovated in 2001)
Address: Kings Park, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7AF
Telephone: 0844 576 1910
Dean Court has been the home of Bournemouth since 1910 when the club was given the land by the Cooper-Dean family, after whom the ground is named.
The ground was completely rebuilt in 2001, when the pitch was rotated a full 90 degrees, and originally there were only three stands. Seats were added on the undeveloped land in 2005.
Dean Court has been renamed a few times due to advertising rights, becoming the Fitness First Stadium in 2001. In 2011 the naming rights were then sold to the Seward Motor Group and it became the Seward Stadium but that deal came to an end in 2012 when the motor group went into administration. The ground was subsequently renamed the Goldsands Stadium in a two-year deal.
A new deal was recently agreed and Bournemouth’s ground is now officially known as the Vitality Stadium, although it will always be Dean Court to the supporters.
Away fans visiting Bournemouth are seated within the East stand. Running the length of the pitch, the standard allocation there for away fans is 1,300 with 2,000 home fans situated nearby.
The concourse is not one of the better ones in the Football League, with a limited number of toilets and below-average catering facilities.
The stand is easily identifiable by the Bournemouth wall of fame on the back of the stand.
The closest pub that admits away fans is in the nearby suburb of Boscombe. This is a 10-15 minute walk from the ground with the Sir Percy Florence Wetherspoon’s on Christchurch Street accepting away fans. There is also the option of visiting Mello Mello bar, which is next door to Wetherspoon’s.
Christchurch Street is again the best place to go to eat. The road has numerous food outlets and take-aways, along with a Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Parking is something of a nightmare at the Vitality Stadium (Dean Court). The club suggests the use of the council-owned pay and display parking facilities on Kings Park, where the stadium is situated. Apart from this, there is street parking that is within 10-15 minutes of the ground. Alternatively, the Boscombe suburb offers some parking spaces too.
Bournemouth Central Station is around 30 minutes’ walk from the Vitality Stadium. The best option from the town centre is to catch a train to Pokesdown from Bournemouth Central. The train to Pokesdown will only take five minutes or so. Upon exiting the train station turn right down the main Christchurch Road (A35). Proceed for approximately 400 metres and then turn right into Gloucester Road. The stadium is located at the bottom of this road.