|Ashton Gate Stadium|
|Full name||Ashton Gate Stadium|
|Location||Ashton Road, Bristol BS3 2EJ|
|Tenants||Bristol City F.C.|
|Field dimensions||115 x 75 yards|
Ashton Gate Stadium is a stadium in Ashton Gate, Bristol, England, and is the home of Bristol City F.C. and Bristol Rugby. Located in the south-west of the city, just south of the River Avon, it currently has an all-seated capacity of 16,600, due to redevelopment, which should increase to a capacity of 27,000 by the start of the 2016-17 season of English football and rugby.
History and arrangement
Ashton Gate was the home of Bedminster F.C. until their 1900 merger with Bristol South End who played at St John's Lane, and the merged club played at St John's Lane until the end of the 1903–04 season, when they moved to Ashton Gate.
The ground has also played a part in the history of rugby in the city. Bristol Rugby have played there on a number of occasions since the 1920s, the most recent being on 27 December 2006 when they defeated local rivals Bath Rugby 16–6 whilst selling out the stadium for an all-time record Premiership crowd outside of Twickenham. Several rugby internationals have been held, starting with England versus Wales in 1899. 100 years later, the All Blacks took on Tonga in a 1999 Rugby World Cup pool match.
It has hosted two England under-21 international friendlies. The first was against Romania’s under-21’s on August 21, 2007. It ended in a 1 - 1 draw with Matt Derbyshire giving the hosts the lead on the eighth minute but Joe Hart’s 25th minute own goal gifted the visitors a draw but they had Cristian Scutaru sent off on the seventy second minute for a second bookable offence. There were 18,640 in attendance. The other was against Uzbekistan’s under-21’s on August 10, 2010. The hosts beat the visitors 2 - 0 with Danny Rose scoring on the 64th minute and Martin Kelly scoring on the 78th minute. There were 9,821 in attendance.
|Bristol City Football Club|