AFC Bournemouth vs Stoke City
Saturday 6th May 2017 | Kick Off 3.00pm
King's Park Drive
CURRENTLY KNOWN as the Vitality Stadium for sponsorship purposes, Dean Court has been a home for football since 1910.
Back then it was Boscombe FC who moved from the adjacent King's Park onto the site of an old gravel pit which went on to be named after club president at the time, J.E. Cooper-Dean.
In a bid to make the team more representative of the district, they changed their name to Bournemouth and Boscombe AFC in 1923 and played their first ever Football League game at the venue that year, drawing 0-0 with Swindon Town.
It was not long after this where Dean Court got its first 3,700-seat stand, when fittings were purchased from the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, whilst a covered terrace was later added to the South Stand in 1936. A club record attendance of 28,799 for an FA Cup tie with Manchester United in 1957 then enabled them to add a roof to the West Stand.
A further name change came in 1972, with the AFC Bournemouth title we know today brought into operation after the side's promotion from England's basement division.
This didn't help with attendances though and plans to enlarge the North Stand with an adjoining leisure centre were scrapped midway through construction in 1984.
Redevelopment did finally come about just after the turn of the millennium, with Bournemouth opting to rotate the pitch 90 degrees to give themselves more space away from the surrounding houses.
Initially completed in 2001 as a three-sided stadium similar to Oxford United, temporary seats were added behind the goal of the fourth side four years later, lasting until 2011.
The side's promotion to the Championship in 2013 led to the construction of a permanent 2,400 seated stand - named after their former striker Ted MacDougall - to give the stadium its current capacity of just shy of 11,500.
Visiting supporters are housed in Blocks 23 and 24 of the East Stand with entry available through Turnstile F.
JOURNEY BY ROAD
208 miles from the bet365 Stadium - 3 hours 13 minutes
From the bet365 Stadium, travel South on the M6 via the A50 and A500.
Join the M6 Toll at Junction 11 before merging onto the M42 at Junction 9. At Junction 3A join the M40 and continue heading South.
Leave the M40 and Junction 9 and take the third exit at the roundabout onto the A34 towards Oxford.
Join the M3 at Junction 9 at Winchester before keeping left to join the M27 at Junction 14 near Eastleigh.
Continue on the road as the M27 turns into the A23 in the New Forest National Park.
Pass through Ringwood once out of the forest and then exit at the next junction, taking the first left at the roundabout onto the A338 (Wessex Way) for Bournemouth.
Pass the turn off for Bournemouth Hospital, with it visible on the left hand side, before exiting at the next junction for the stadium.
Take a left at the roundabout and then an immediate right onto Thistlebarrow Road with the stadium at the end of the road.
Parking is available to the south of the stadium upon production of a valid match ticket.
Alternative sites are the Sovereign Centre on Christchurch Road and Harewood College.
Several residential roads in the surrounding areas have parking restrictions and AFC Bournemouth ask visitors to respect its neighbours at all times.
JOURNEY BY TRAIN
The nearest train station to the Vitality Stadium is Pokesdown which is around a 15-minute walk away.
Direct trains are available from Stoke-on-Trent to Bournemouth, taking around four hours, with connections then available to Pokesdown.
Buses and taxis are available from both stations and they may prove cheaper than any connecting train.
The journey can also be completed by travelling via London Euston to London Waterloo and then on directly to Pokesdown.
From Pokesdown: Exit the station and turn right into Christchurch Road (A35). After 400 metres turn right into Gloucester Road and follow the road to the stadium.
From Bournemouth: Leave the station at the South exit (facing Asda) and turn left to head up to the main road. Turn left again and walk up Holdenhurst Road for around 25 minutes. Turn right at the roundabout onto King's Park Drive where the stadium is on the left.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for more information or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
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