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.By using our Bristol road trip planning tool, you can arrange your visit to Memorial Stadium and other attractions in Bristol.
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.
Memorial Stadium Reviews
For a City of Bristol’s status and stature, the place is a disgrace. Thank goodness the City’s other football stadium is befitting of the City. more »
In the days of modern non descriptive concrete bowls in the middle of shopping complexes, this certainly makes a refreshing change. Shoehorned In the middle of a residential area the ground is a mix..... more »
Attended my first match and stood in the North Stand. Really entertaining match, great atmosphere. The only downside was that some of the home fans had decided to use the collar of my shirt to discard their chewing gum, some of which ended up stuck to the back of my neck. Not sure who the culprits were or why they did it, but suffice to say I won't be attending again.
We had a bereavement with a family member who had a close relationship with the club. We decided to arrange the wake using the funeral service. I was initially skeptical about using Rovers as a venue, but it was lovely. The space was bright and clear, the staff were attentive and respectful, and the catering was exactly as needed. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a venue - especially if you have a link with the club.
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