By Josh Ellis, The MK Fellas
The home of Bradford city is known as The Valley Parade Stadium.
Built in 1886, it was the home of Manningham Rugby Football Club until 1903, when they changed code from rugby football to association football and became Bradford City. The capacity is 25,136 however it had a record attendance of 39,146 (Bradford City–Burnley, 11 March 1911)
The stadium is divided into five all-seater stands, the JCT600 Stand, the Kop, the Midland Road Stand, the North West Corner and the TL Dallas Stand.
1. The Morrisons Family Stand
Commonly known as the University of Bradford Stadium’s main stand, the Morrisons Family Stand holds 9,004 supporters across its two tiers, while also housing the club’s press box, executive boxes and conference, banqueting, directors’ and hospitality suites.
2. The Bradford Lifts Stand (East) – Away Supporters
The Bradford Lifts Stand – situated on Midland Road – has one tier which houses both home and visiting supporters. It holds a maximum of 4,500 people.
3. The Kop (North)
The ‘home end’ is on the north side of the University of Bradford Stadium and has a capacity of 7,392 spectators. The Kop is also home to the Bantams Bar, open to supporters on matchdays.
4. The TL Dallas Stand (South) – Away Supporters (subject to demand)
The smallest of the ground’s five stands is situated at ‘the Bradford end’ of the University of Bradford Stadium. It is a two-tiered structure holding 1,644 supporters.
5. North West Corner
Having first opened in 2000, the North West Corner is situated between The Kop and The Morrisons Family Stand and became the home of Valley Parade’s atmosphere section, from the beginning of the 2021/22 season. Its two tiers hold 2,300 spectators.
From the north east take the A1 southbound to join the A1/M1 link then join the M62 westbound.
From the south take the M1 or A1 northbound to join the M62 westbound.
From the north west / west take the M6 then the M60 towards Manchester.
Join the M62 eastbound from the ring road then exit the M62 from junction 26.
At end of the motorway take the middle or right-hand lane and follow signs for Ring Road East (under the tunnel) onto Rooley Lane (signs for Leeds Bradford Airport).
McDonald’s is on your left. Go through the traffic lights at Asda Superstore and turn left at the roundabout onto Wakefield Road, staying in middle lane.
Cross two roundabouts staying in middle lane (following signs to Shipley and Skipton) on to Shipley Airedale Road (A6037) which then becomes Canal Road.
After Tesco and Smyths Toys Superstores (on the left) go through the traffic lights and turn left onto Station Road (A6177) and left again into Queens Road.
Continue up the hill to third set of traffic lights and turn left onto Manningham Lane.
After the Gulf Petrol Station (on your left), take the first left onto Valley Parade for the University of Bradford Stadium.
First Bus and Keighley & District Travel operate frequent bus services from Bradford city centre, Bradford Interchange and outlying areas to the University of Bradford Stadium (buses stop on Manningham Lane or Queens Road).
The nearest railway stations for the stadium are Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange.
Services are operated by Northern Rail. Both stations connect with Leeds station for National Express East Coast, Midland Mainline, and Virgin Trains services.
The kiosks inside the University of Bradford Stadium open at the same time as turnstiles on a matchday, and are run by the club’s official kiosk catering partner, Tiffin Stadium Catering.