The Pirelli stadium was opened in 2005 and has a capacity of just under 7,000 with 2,034 seats. Unusually for such a new build, 3 of the stands are terracing and only the main stand is all seated. The three terraced stands are on a fairly generous gradient and are primarily favoured by the more vociferous home fans. Despite the terracing it's a nice modern stadium able to cope with large crowds and is a traditional lower league English football ground. There are 9 executive boxes and a large conference room big enough to hold 300 people built into the main stand.
Up to 1,200 visiting supporters are offered terraced accommodation in the East Stand Terrace behind the goal. There is a small number of seats made available within the main stand if demand requires the extra tickets. Views of the pitch are excellent whilst facilities and acoustics within the stand are as you would expect for a new ground.
Pirelli Stadium seating plan:
The town centre has plenty of pubs including a Wetherspoon's The Lord Burton which has good food for a decent price and offers free WiFi. Nearer the ground is the choice of the Great Northern Inn on Wetmore Road. From the ground, walk down Princess Way towards the roundabout at the junction with Derby Road. Go straight over the roundabout (2nd on your left) and cross over the older of the two railway bridges. Take the first road on your right and it's just on your right hand side. Another favourite is the Beech Inn on Derby Road which you'll pass on the walk from the station. It has a good size car park and allows children in.
If you're early enough, there are approximately 400 car parking spaces on site. Overflow car parking is located at the nearby Rykneld Trading Estate (first exit at the roundabout before turning right into Princess Way). The Pirelli Stadium is located opposite the old Eton Park Ground.
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Burton Railway Station is served by both Virgin Trains and by Central Trains with regular services running from Nottingham and Derby down to Birmingham, via Burton on Trent, but trains from Newcastle in the north right down to Weston Super Mare in the south also serve the station.
The train station is around half a mile to the west of the town centre and around 1½ miles from the ground, which means a walk of around 25-30 minutes across town. On the positive side however, it is a fairly straight forward route on leaving the station where you turn left and roll down the hill, taking a left onto Derby Street and carry on all the way along, past the junction on the left with the A511 until the roundabout with the junction with Princess Way.
Rivals - Derby
Travel: A 480 mile round trip but quite easy to get to. There was plenty of street parking, only five minutes walk to the ground.
Refreshments: I went for a beer in the Great Northern. It is a traditional pub with some real ales and shows Sky Sports. Inside there was a mixture of away and home fans and the Burton fans were very friendly.
Impressions: I have been here a few times. The Pirelli Stadium is lovely tidy little ground, with covered standing and seating for away fans with totally unobstructed views.
Atmosphere: A bad start for us. We went 1-0 down after four minutes but fought back to draw 1-1, in an end to end game. The stewards are excellent very helpful and friendly. The catering had a good selection of hot food and a bar serving alcoholic drinks for away fans at reasonable prices.
Exit: Easy to get away from where we parked. It helped that there was only a 3,500 crowd in attendance. I was back on the motorway in 20 minutes for the 240 mile journey home.
Enjoy: I was happy with a point. I always enjoy my visits to Burton Albion. It is a very friendly club, with loyal fans. The Pirelli is a nice little stadium and the club is very professionally run.
Ground Name: Pirelli Stadium
Capacity: 6,912 (2,034 Seated)
Address: Pirelli Stadium, Burton Upon Trent, Staffs, DE13 0AR
Main Tel No.: 01283 565 938
Team Nickname: The Brewers
Year Ground Opened: 2005