Bangor University Stadium

By | 12th April 2017

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Bangor University Stadium

Main Stand

Bangor City opened their new stadium in 2012, after spending 92 years at their former Farrar Road ground. The new stadium is located around 1.5 miles to the West of Bangor town centre. The ground is set in pleasant sloping woodlands alongside Holyhead Road, around about halfway between Upper Bangor and the famous Menai Suspension Bridge. Entering from the Georges Roundabout on Holyhead Road the new approach road slopes downhill with the vast Menai Straits and distant shoreline of Anglesey dominating the horizon, with the Suspension Bridge visible on the far left. Continuing down the approach road there are two car parks set into the landscape on the right hand side with a floodlit all weather training pitch in the background. The road leads down to the rear of the Main Stand with its club offices and reception flanked by turnstile and toilet blocks.

The road continues round to the right of the Main Stand and finishes at a small car park at the Bangor City End. Entering through turnstiles next to the Police Control box we enter the ground behind the goal on shallow concrete steps which form the City End. This side will become the traditional home end over time but is currently lacking any spectator cover.

To the right running along pitch side is the Menai Straits side, which has a pleasing backdrop of woodland. On one side towards the Menai Bridge End, are two small separate covered stands, which hold in total 600 blue seats. On the other side towards the City End is a flat standing area. Separating these two areas is a tall enclosed television gantry which sits astride the half way line. The Menai Bridge End, mirrors the City End, in having just a couple of steps of terrace and being uncovered.

On the remaining side the Main Stand holds pride of place on the pitch centre line, with a single tier of 800 blue plastic seats raised on a concrete deck, with windows for the executive viewing facilities at the rear. Unusually considering the stand does not run full pitch length, the stand roof runs flat and is not antlered, with three columns supporting the front edge. This means that if it rains you stay dry but you have a partly obstructed view of the pitch. The roof also does not cover the whole of the seating area, meaning that 100 seats on each wing are open to the elements. This side of the ground is currently landscaped with grass banks flanking the Main Stand leading back to the corners of the ground. The stadium has a set of eight floodlights, four of which are located on each side of the ground.

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