Tannadice Park

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Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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Corner view of Tannadice Park pitch

Stadium Overview

Team: Dundee United

Address: Tannadice Street, Dundee

Capacity: 14,229

Opened: 1883

Further Reading

Dundee United FC

Tannadice Park often simply referred to as just Tannadice is a football stadium located in the Scottish City of Dundee. Home to one of two main football teams in the city, Dundee United F.C, the two rival clubs and stadiums are linked by a common road – Tannadice Street.

Stadium Guide

History

The site on which Tannadice Park sits was first used for football in the 1870s when the Dundee city was yet to be fully urbanised with the ground then known as Cleptingon park surrounded by open countryside.  Used originally by two football teams Dundee Our Boys and Dundee East End who would later merge to become Dundee United, the newly formed club first occupied the site in 1909 and have made Tannadice Stadium their home ever since.

With local rivals Dundee F.C situated less than 200 yards up the road at Dens Park stadium competition for local supporters was fierce and United, then known as Hibs quickly opted to enclose the pitch with basic stands and facilities in order to begin the process of generating matchday revenue. Stadium developments throughout the 20th century were typically piecemeal with the most notable being the introduction of the new Main stand in 1962 – the first in the country to feature a cantilever roof with unrestricted views of the pitch.

In the stadium’s centenary year, Dundee United surprisingly won the league title for the 1982-1983 season, a triumph which is yet to be repeated by the club with the club reinvesting revenues in under soil heating following the lead of Rangers, Hibernians and Queen’s Park. When the Taylor Report was published in January 1990 which declared that all stadiums should be seated the club were in a rather unfortunate position with only 2,252 seats in the stadium out of the then 22,310 capacity.

The club considered building and ground-sharing a new stadium with local rivals Dundee F.C but instead opted to redevelop Tannadice with the construction of three new stands: George Fox Stand 1992, East Stand 1994 and the Fair Play Stand 1997. After satisfying current ground regulations the stadium hasn’t undergone many major developments since with the addition of roof mounted flood lights in 2009 and plastic seats in the Jerry Kerr Stand  in 2010 the only two examples of recent modernisation.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Dundee United’s Tannadice Park:

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Stands

Tannadice Park Stadium is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

Matchday Experience

Away Fans

Away fans are housed within the Jim Mclean Fair Play Stand which sits to the left of Jerry Kerr Stand closest to the West Stand, and is capable of accommodating around 1,000 supporters. Combined both of these stands run for the length of the pitch to the south.

Best Pubs

The city centre is blessed with an abundance of places to drink before the match, with the train station ideally placed to take advantage of this fact.  The Nether Inn outside the station exit is a good place to start, followed by The Old Bank Bar, and The Counting House just off of The Howff Burial Ground, both of which are  traditional boozers which specialise in real ale.

As back up there is the likes of Ticket Boo’s which sells classic pub grub and boasts of stained glass windows for a classy feel, and then a Lloyd’s Bar known as The Capitol. This is a familiar chain housed within a former Cinema giving it a really spacious interior.

If you walk to the ground and proceed along Hilltown Road which later becomes Mains Road you will encounter half a dozen watering holes on-route  such as The Barrels, The Maltman and Bowbridge Bar. This road will then take you past Dens Road Stadium and onro Sandeman Street where The Tangerine’s ground is located.

Food

There are too many fast-food options to mention within the city centre, but rest assured that all the familiar franchises are there. Similar to the pub situation there are quite a few independent eateries along the preferred walking path to the stadium such as the popular Cinnamon Indian a Restaurant, a few chippies and a Greggs which is a slightly anomaly.

Club Shop

Dundee United run a club store at Tannadice Park in addition to their very own online store, the very stylish The Tangerine Clubshop. Both have an excellent range of official merchandise, and combined should more than have you covered.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Saturday: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Matchday: 9.00 am until kick-off and for a minimum of 30 minutes after the full time whistle.

For more information, to query an order or to confirm opening times please send an email to dufcclubshop@justsport-group.com or phone 01382 889926.

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Dundee United Fans celebrating a joyous moment on the pitch.

Stadium Tour

Dundee United don’t currently offer fans and the general public the chance to undertake a stadium tour of Tannadice Park, however if this ever changes we’ll be sure to amend this section.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see Dundee United play football at Tannadice Park can be purchased via the usual channels including online, by phone (01382 833166 and selecting options 1 or 3), or by visiting the club’s box office in person during the week leading up to the match.

It used to be the case that you could pay on the turnstiles, however due to increased demand all stands require a ticket purchased in advanced with the exception of the Jerry Kerr Stand. Ticket prices are as follows for the 2014/2015 season:

Upper

Refers to the George Fox Stand and Eddie Thompson Upper.

  • Adults: £21.00
  • Concessions: £12.00

Lower

Applies to the Eddie Thompson Lower and Jerry Kerr Stands.

  • Adults: £19.00
  • Concessions: £10.00
  • Under 12s: £3.00

For more information or to confirm prices please feel free to send an email to boxoffice@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk.

Matchday Travel

Tannadice Park is located around 1.8 miles from the centre of Dundee and the bordering River Tay. Situated within a stones-throw from Dundee FC’s Den’s Park, the two rival grounds are connected by Sandeman Street.

Outside Dundee United's Tannadice Park Stadium.

Outside Dundee United’s Tannadice Park Stadium.

Driving

The address for satnav is as follows:

  • Tannadice Park, Tannadice Street, Dundee, DD3 7JW

Car Parks

On-street parking is available in limited amounts within the immediate environs of the stadium, but please be respectful of any residents and make sure you double-check any signs regarding parking.  You can always ditch your car in one of the city centres many car parks, and make the 30 minute journey by foot.

Train

Dundee Train Station is located approximately 1.6 miles south of Tannadice street where the ground is, with the resulting distance likely to take the average fan no more than 30 minutes by foot without pub-crawling.

The exterior of Dundee Train Station.

The exterior of Dundee Train Station.

As one of Scotland’s busiest stations there are frequent services to Glasgow (Queen Street), Edinburgh and Aberdeen, as well as direct connections to English cities such as Newcastle, York and London via King’s Cross.

Bus

From the city centre fans can use the 1A National Express Bus service to travel to the stadium.  For fans travelling from Glasgow you can either catch a bus service from Buchanan Station within the city centre. For further information and to find complete timetables please visit the City Link website.

Hotels

The closest hotel to Tannadice Park is the cheap and cheerful Travelodge located on Strathmore Avenue, however if you’re planning on making a weekend of it then you might as well walk five minutes further into the centre of Dundee. Here there is everything from a Premier Inn, Travelodge, Holiday Inn and even an affordable Hostel for backpackers.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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