Thursday, 15 December 2011

Stadium MK

Visited: 2nd October 2010
Stadium: Stadium MK
Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Stadium MK is situated in a retail park in the Bletchley area of Milton Keynes. Positioned in south-central Milton Keynes, it is around 3 miles from the city centre. The ground has been home to Milton Keynes Dons since 2007.

My sole visit to Stadium MK came on 2nd October 2010 seeing Milton Keynes Dons draw 1-1 with Colchester United in a Football League One match. The nearest railway station to the stadium is Bletchley although most trains end up at Milton Keynes Central station, some three miles from the ground. Unfortunately during my visit, the staff at Milton Keynes Central had no idea how to get to the stadium and gave conflicting information about which bus to get which was rather frustrating.

The ground is bowl shaped with two tiers all the way round the venue. On my visit only the bottom tier was in use, with the top tier off limits resulting in a capacity of 22,000. In 2014 the club brought the top tier into use increasing the venue capacity to 32,000. This is clearly sufficient for the time being though there is scope to add a third tier to increase capacity further should this become necessary in the future. As the venue is pretty new, facilities are good, and the seats are amongst the most comfortable in the country for football.

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