It sounds like a broken record but Aston Villa has once again sold their allocation of 3,000 for their short trip across the Midlands to take on Derby County at Pride Park.
Pride Park is the 16th biggest football stadium and the 20th biggest in the United Kingdom and has been the home of Derby since it was built in 1997 for £28 million.
The stadium has a capacity of 33,597 and has only recently regained its original name of Pride Park. Due to sponsorship, it was named the iPro Stadium between 2013-2016.
Away supporters are located in one corner of the stand between the East and South Stands where up to 3,00 fans can be housed. The seating and facilities are generally pretty good, what you would expect from a modern built stadium.
I have visited Pride Park on several occasions now and have never personally experienced any issues. There were a few scuffles by the local pub after last years fixture between a very small group of men but it was nothing to really worry about.
The concourse offers your usual pukka pies and burgers. Alcohol wasn’t served last season to supporters in the ground at half-time so it is unclear if it will be the same this time around. Fans are usually allowed outside of the stadium in a cordoned off area at half-time where there is a burger can offering you the usual.
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The Navigation is usually pretty popular with Villa supporters, located on the London Road. They have Sky television and offer food as well as a BBQ outside. This place gets very busy, very quickly and it becomes virtually impossible to get served at the bar.
The Tiffany Lounge is also another option and is a five-minute walk down the road from the Navigation. It is very small in here and gets packed extremely quickly.
Another option is The Mansion. It is located on the Midland Road. I have never personally visited here before and on the website, it does describe the place as a Wine bar so I am unsure how suitable it is for football fans.
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HOW DO I GET THERE?
Leave the M1 at Junction 25 and then take the A52 towards Derby. After around 7 miles you should come across signs towards Pride Park.
A train from Birmingham New Street to Derby will take approximately 30-40 minutes.
Official match day parking can be found at The Derby Conference Centre, London Road, DE24 8UX, which is approximately fifteen minutes’ walk from the iPro Stadium. There are spaces there for two hundred cars and parking your vehicle there costs £5. As you enter Derby, you will see brown signs for away supporters’ parking, which will direct you to the Conference Centre.
There are other options available within walking distance of the stadium. Click here for more details.
If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.