A Guide for Disabled Away Supporters visiting Bradford City FC
This document aims to make your visit to the city of Bradford and the stadium as enjoyable and accessible as possible.
The document is written with the needs of disabled supporters in mind, though we hope it will be of use to other visiting fans.
Bradford City Football Club
Northern Commercial Stadium
Full directions to the ground are available via the Bradford City Football Club website. They can be found here
The Away End
In general, visiting supporters are allocated the TL Dallas Stand, often also referred to as the Bradford End. This stand has two tiers and can accommodate 1840 supporters. For matches where the visiting support is expected to exceed the capacity of the TL Dallas stand, the club have previously allocated one or two sections of the Northern Commercials (Midland Road) stand to visiting supporters. Disabled supporters in wheelchairs or with mobility issues have dedicated spaces allocated within the lower tier of the TL Dallas Stand. Access to the area is via a gate at the upper end of Hollywell Ash Lane, which runs adjacent to the stand. Access to the ground via this gate is down a reasonably steep ramp: sadly the ground was built on the side of a hill so little can be done about this. Wheelchair users are advised to have an assistant with them as they enter the ground due to the gradient of the slope. The TL Dallas Stand has disabled toilets and all of the usual features of a football stand. Visitors in wheelchairs or with mobility issues are advised that the refreshment kiosk is difficult to access and that it is advisable to have an assistant present to make this journey.
Directions to the Stadium (by car)
Directions can be found on the Bradford City Football Club website. (Link above). Please note that there isn’t a public car park at the stadium and as the ground is in a residential area there is limited roadside parking close to the ground.
Monitored parking facilities are provided by:
The closest of these car parks to the stadium are the ones by the Oastler Centre and off Drewton Road. These car parks are roughly ten minutes (walking) from the stadium and are close to many of the places frequented by fans on a match day.
These car parks are located in central Bradford. They are close to many of the pubs, bars and restaurants frequented by football fans but are twenty to thirty minutes (walking) away from the stadium.
There are dropped kerbs on these routes but sometimes paths are inaccessible due to inconsiderate parking.
Drop Off Points
Should visiting supporters wish to arrange a drop off point adjacent to the ground please contact Bradford City Football Club. The earlier this contact is made, the easier it will be for an arrangement to be made. Drop Off for supporters with mobility issues or for wheelchair users is usually next to the Club Shop. This is located on and is adjacent to the away end. The vehicle will need to be moved away from this area so please bear this in mind if the driver is also your assistant. Fans should also note that this area can be extremely busy just before kick off so early arrival is encouraged.
Blue Badge Use: These cannot be used on roads adjoining the ground as parking here creates an obstruction and hinders emergency service access to the Stadium.
Travelling to and in Bradford
Travelling to Bradford by public transport
Bradford is served by two railway stations. Bradford Interchange is on the Northern Rail route between Leeds and Manchester Victoria/Blackpool North and Bradford Forster Square is on the Airedale Line (from Skipton) and the Wharfedale Line (from Leeds/Ilkley). Most supporters travelling to Bradford by train will change at Leeds station. There are services from Leeds to both Bradford stations. Forster Square is closer to the stadium, though trains are more frequent to Bradford Interchange.
Changing at Leeds:
Leeds is a large railway station. There are accessible lifts on each platform. Trains that stop at Bradford Interchange include services to Manchester Victoria, Brighouse and Blackpool North. Allow 30 minutes for travel from Leeds to Bradford Interchange. These services are frequent but are also very busy and often crowded. Services to Bradford Forster Square run every half hour. At the time of writing, these trains are at 10 past and 40 past every hour, but these times are obviously subject to timetable changes. The latest information is available from West Yorkshire Metro.. The service from Leeds terminates at Bradford Forster Square. Allow 30 minutes for travel to Forster Square from Leeds.
Bradford Interchange: upon leaving the station you can exit via stairs, a lift or a ramp. Taxis, including those that accommodate wheelchair users, are available directly outside the main entrance to the Interchange. The Interchange is also the main bus terminal in Bradford and accessible buses to the stadium are available here. (Details of bus services are available from West Yorkshire Metro.)
Bradford Forster Square: a lift is available upon exiting the platforms. Use this and upon exiting the lift turn right onto Manor Row and follow this up the hill and across Hamm Strasse onto Mannigham lane. The Stadium is just under a mile from the station and the walk takes approximately twenty minutes. In the event that the lift is not in use (usually following evening games), you should turn left at the bottom of the hill, immediately before the Midland Hotel and follow the footpath to the entrance. This will bring you out on the platform.
Arriving by coach:
Organised football coaches for away supporters are escorted to Midland Road, adjacent to the stadium.
Arrivals for services such as National Express are at Bradford Interchange or Hall Ings, which is next to the Interchange.
Walking to the Stadium from the City Centre
Whilst the city centre is flat the route to does include walking up a steep hill.
Walking directions from Bradford Interchange:
Proceed down the hill from the Interchange onto Bridge Street.
Turn right onto Tyrell Street
Continue onto Bank Street
Continue onto Darley Street (Steep)
Continue onto North Parade
Cross Hamm Strasse onto Mannigham Lane
After half a mile turn right onto Valley Parade (turning immediately before the Gulf Petrol Station).
Travelling on public transport within the City of Bradford
There are several bus services that make their way along Mannigham Lane and have a stop near the ground. When using these buses, the stop that you need is shortly after the Tesco store (on your left) and the Gulf Petrol Station (on your right).
Bus services from Bradford City Centre: 662, 623, 625, 626, 653, 662, 680.
Bus services from Keighley: 662
Bus services from Shipley: 622, 623, 625, 653, 662
These buses all run very frequently on a Saturday and prior to kick off for mid week / evening games. Full timetables are available via West Yorkshire Metro.. Most of these services depart from Bradford Interchange. All of the buses are fitted with ramps to enable access for wheelchair users.
Taxi companies with Wheelchair access
Rank taxis that are adapted for wheelchair users can be found at Bradford Interchange. Wheelchair adapted rank taxis can also be found to the rear or City Hall which is close to many of the accessible pubs and bars that visiting supporters may wish to visit in and around the City Centre.
Bradford City Taxis. Pre-Bookable taxis that we have found to be reliable and reasonably priced. Wheelchair adapted taxis are available. Early booking is recommended. 01274 726095
The TL Dallas Stand has a refreshment bar. The club advises that access to this facility is limited and it is recommended that visiting supporters who use wheelchairs have an assistant with them to make use of this facility. At present, the only bars within the stadium are all in areas designated for home supporters.
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Places to eat and drink before / after a match
Note: These are subject to segregation of fans on occasion.
Turl’s Green, City Park.
A large JD Wetherspoon pub. The ground floor is accessible to all. A lift is available to the first floor. Disabled toilets are available. Food is served throughout the day. There is a reasonably large seating area outside. Turl’s Green is conveniently located near the Bradford City Fire Memorial for any visiting supporters who choose to pay their respects.
Located just off City Park to the side of City Hall, the Ginger Goose is a public house that is accessible for all, though there are only limited tables that are accessible for all types of wheelchair. These can be accessed via the door that faces City Hall.
Adjacent to Bradford Interchange. Wheelchair access is via a side door.
The Titus Salt
A Wetherspoons Pub located to the rear of the Alhambra Theatre. Wheelchair users are advised to take the road to the right of the Alhambra Theatre to access the Titus Salt. Access to the pub is available via stairs for visitors taking the road to the left of the Alhambra Theatre.
Shoulder of Mutton
Hugely popular with home supporters on a match day. A Samuel Smiths pub with a beer garden to the rear. Welcoming venue, though unfortunately not accessible for all wheelchair users.
The Old Bank, Market Street
Large real ale pub close to City Park. As there is a step, this venue is not suitable for all types of wheelchair.
The Corn Dolly
Located just outside the City Centre this is ideal for visitors who have arrived at Bradford Forster Square railway station. Hugely popular venue with Bradford supporters. The pub is accessible for all, Wheelchair users via the side door. Please note that this venue is incredibly busy prior to matches.
North parade: On route to the Stadium (from the City Centre)
The Beer House, North Parade
Large and accessible to all. Serves real ales and has a reasonably priced food menu. Disabled toilet facilities are available.
The Sparrow, North Parade
‘Hip bar dedicated to craft ales and beer’. Small but delightful real ale pub that has a selection of bar snacks and pizzas available. Due to planning restrictions, the Sparrow is not able to provide disabled toilet facilities and is not accessible to all – ok, many – types of wheelchair. Visitors with mobility issues may find the toilets awkward as they are downstairs.
Twitter – @thesparrowbd1
The Record Café, North Parade
‘Vinyl, Ale, Ham’ As the name and punch line suggests this is a small venue that combines a bar with café and record sales. Owned and run by ardent City supporters, this is a popular venue on match days. There is a small kerb on entry that may pose some problems for larger and heavier wheelchairs. If an assistant asks at the bar, assistance in gaining entry will be given whenever possible. They have an improvised ramp tucked away for us!!!
Twitter – @therecordcafe
Micro Brewery located roughly ten minutes away (on foot) from the ground.
On 11th May 1985, 54 Bradford City and 2 Lincoln City supporters lost their lives in the Bradford City Fire Disaster. There are a number of memorials that football supporters may wish to visit.
City Park, Bradford City Centre
The main memorial and location of the annual service of remembrance. The memorial is located in City Park, which is in front of City Hall. It is a short walk from both railway stations. City Park and City Hall are well signposted within the city centre.
Located to the side of the Directors / Suite entrances in the JCT 600 (Main Stand).
The Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit
The Burns Unit was established following the fire disaster. It is funded by charitable donations. Its work has had a positive impact worldwide. Donations can be made via the Burns Unit website
Places to stay that are accessible
Visitbradford.co.uk lists hotels within the vicinity of the ground and / or City Centre. Please contact the hotels / guesthouses directly about any accessibility requirements. Recommendations will be added to this guide as and when hotels have been reviewed.