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Utilita Energy Stadium: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

It was redeveloped in the early 2000s and now hosts concerts, rugby, football, and cricket matches. The Utilita Energy Stadium is commonly known as Valley Parade and was built in 1886. It was redeveloped in the early 2000s and now hosts concerts, rugby, football, and cricket matches.

Valleyparade

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Thursday, 07.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The stadium officially opened on 1st May 1903 and has seen many events through the years, including cricket, football and rugby. Utilizing Energy Stadium, more commonly referred to as Valley Parade, began in 1886 when a local rugby club was transformed into Bradford City Football Club. The stadium officially opened on 1st May 1903 and has since seen a variety of events play out, including cricket, football, and rugby. Valley Parade was then still a modest stadium, but this changed in 1908 when the club promoted to Division One and hired Archibald Leitch to restructure the stadium.

In 1911, Valley Parade recorded its highest attendance when 39,146 spectators witnessed a Cup quarter-final between Bradford and Burnley. This remains the longest-standing record attendance of any professional club in England.

Valley Parade remained unchanged for many years, though its capacity was reduced because of safety measures following the Burnden Park stadium disaster.

The stadium fell into disrepair in the 1980s and in 1985 was the site of one of the worst stadium disasters in English history. On a league match with Lincoln, a fire broke out at the wooden main stand, which was engulfed in flames in less than 4 minutes. 56 fans lost their lives in the blaze.

Bradford City went on exile while the disaster got investigated, the main stand rebuilt, and improvements made to the Kop stand. The club moved back in December 1986 after the disaster was investigated, the main stand rebuilt, and improvements made to the Kop stand.

Work on the new all-seater stand at the Bradford end started in 1991 and was completed in 1997. The new stand at the Midland Road side was also built in 1997. Finally, work on the redevelopment of the Kop stand into an all-seater stand was completed in 2005.

Valley Parade has had several sponsors names in the last decade, most notably Bradford & Bingley Stadium and between 2007 and 2019 Coral Windows Stadium. The stadium has been called Utilita Energy Stadium since 2019.

How to get to Utilita Energy Stadium

Utilize the Energy Stadium is located just north of Bradford City's city centre. The walk from the center takes 15 to 20 minutes. Bradford Forster Station is the closest rail station to the stadium. It is a 15-minute walk away, but only has service from Leeds. Bradford Interchange station with connections to other parts of England is not much further away, but from London a transfer of trains in Leeds is required.

Address: Valley Parade, Bradford, BD8 7DY

Bradford City Tickets

Tickets for Bradford City games can be bought online, or in person at the Ticket Office at Valley Parade. Tickets cost £20.00 for all stands. 

Photos of Utilita Energy Stadium

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Useful Internet links

The Bradford City FC website is the official website of Bradford City Football Club. The Bradford.com website is the official tourism website for the city of Bradford in England.

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Utilita Energy Stadium: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022).

It was redeveloped in the early 2000s and now hosts concerts, rugby, football, and cricket matches. The Utilita Energy Stadium is commonly known as Valley Parade and was built in 1886. It was redeveloped in the early 2000s and now hosts concerts, rugby, football, and cricket matches.

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