Ashton Gate is a versatile stadium in Bristol, England, and it’s where Bristol City football club and the Bristol Bears rugby union team play their home games. It’s located in the southwest part of the city, near the River Avon, and it can hold 27,000 seated spectators.
A long time ago, Bedminster used to play at Ashton Gate until they merged with Bristol South End in 1900. After that, the combined club played at St John’s Lane for a few years before moving to Ashton Gate in 1903. This stadium has also been important for rugby in Bristol. Bristol’s rugby team played there a few times, and one match in 2006 against Bath Rugby set a record for the biggest crowd ever outside of Twickenham for a Premiership game. Ashton Gate has even hosted international rugby matches, starting with England versus Wales in 1899. In 2014–2015, Bristol Rugby moved to Ashton Gate permanently.
The stadium has also been used for England under-21 international friendlies. They played Italy there in 1997 and won 1-0. Another game in 2007 against Romania ended in a 1–1 draw. Then, in 2010, they faced Uzbekistan and won 2–0. Ashton Gate also hosted the 2021 National League play-off final when it got moved from Wembley Stadium.
Recently, Bristol City Women, who were promoted to the Women’s Super League, decided to play all their home games at Ashton Gate for the 2023-24 season instead of their usual place, the High Performance Centre.
Current stands: Lansdown Stand,Dolman Stand,Atyeo Stand and South Stand