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Memorial Stadium, Bristol

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The Memorial Stadium, also commonly known by its previous name of the Memorial Ground, is a sports ground in Bristol, England. It opened in 1921 dedicated to the memory of local rugby union players killed during the First World War, and was the home of Bristol Rugby until they moved to Ashton Gate in 2014. It is currently the home stadium of Bristol Rovers F.C., who moved there in 1996.
The site was created on an area of land called Buffalo Bill's Field, after Colonel William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West Show was held there between 28 September and 3 October 1891. Two years later in September 1893 Clifton RFC played on the site for the first time.
During the First World War the site was converted into allotments but after the war Buffalo Bill's Field was bought by Sir Francis Nicholas Cowlin (then the Sheriff of Bristol) and given to Bristol Rugby Club.
In 1921 it became the Memorial Ground, home of Bristol Rugby Club, and was opened on 24 September that year by G. B. Britton, the Lord Mayor of Bristol, as a home for Bristol Rugby Club.
Situated on Filton Avenue in Horfield, Bristol, it has developed significantly over the years. A massive crowd turned out to watch the first (Bristol Rugby) game ever game to be held there against Cardiff, but did so from wooden terraces and stands. With the advent of leagues in the late 1980s, Bristol looked to develop the ground, replacing the old Shed on the north side with the Centenary Stand to mark the club's 100th anniversary in 1988. The West Stand, an original feature of the ground, was demolished in 1995 having been condemned, and replaced.
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  • During our visit to Bristol a race of the robbers visited in this typical English stadium. Pitches, good atmosphere, close to the field and finally a pity that it was a draw. A football match during a city trip is always a must.
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  • Thank you Smart Computers for the hospitality, and thank you Rovers for some great food before the match The football however is as it is, let’s get a win for the fantastic crowd  more »
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  • For some reason the away end entrance is blocked off so you have to walk all the way round to get in! If you're driving I'd suggest parking round the home end cos you might as well. Mismatched stands, uncovered away stand (seating had a cover) but nice old ground all the same. Luckily for us it was blazing sunshine the day Luton travelled over so no complaints. Kiosk food OK and they stay open after the game too which is great if you're hoarse from singing and need a drink.
  • I'm not sure how many people review football grounds who aren't fans (I mean who aren't there for the football). I made a joke to a stranger outside the ground, along the lines of why have they got so many car parking places with so few fans (luckily he wasn't a Rovers fan either but he did suggest it was a bit rude) and for my sins got a nudge from my partner about appropriateness - we were attending a funeral after all. Anyways, the facilities were great, the beer excellently kept, the staff all courteous and polite and the buffet just kept coming. Perfect venue for a great send-off for a very decent bloke.
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