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SOUTH STAND TEST


By Ian Todd
August 9 2015

The Friday evening test event was not well attended, but those who turned up were treated to a preview of what the revamped Ashton Gate will have to offer.  Food and drink were available from several areas, the weather was lovely, some rugby training took place and the stand provided an excellent view of the mass ascent from the Balloon Fiesta.

A few pictures:

Queuing to get in, only one turnstile was in use, but that entire space you can see had turnstiles installed so you won't see anything like this for a while

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The South Stand looking west towards the control room

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The concourse looking at the shutter of the Dolman Stand

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The concourse looking west

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A view of the Dolman Stand, there'll be some fighting over the seats in the new lower tier because they are so much better than the ones up in the top.

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Clearly returning to fitness

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The first pasty of the season!  £3.40.

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A flying penguin.  When the West Stand is complete this would not have been visible.

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The South Stand looking to the Dolman

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A couple of players.  Does anyone recognise them?

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09/08/2015 10:34
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2015:08:22:10:48:23 by SenorJuan.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 11:14
Nice piece of writing.

Thanks, Ian,

Derek.

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Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
airdog (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 12:53
wrong decision to restrict it to season ticket holders which meant it was never likely to prove a meaningful test , I am sure I am not the only one who would have liked to attend but could not due to this stipulation .

 
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Peter_B (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 13:08
I don't think it was in the end. We were just given a ticket outside for the turnstile. Nobody checked anything.

Peter

C'mon you Bristol Boys!

 
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WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 13:28
As I suggested would happen.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 13:44
No, you said they would check a database!

 
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Based on... (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 14:39
Derek Data-Base AKA known as Database Derek

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 16:34
Shut it. Impersonating another poster again? Can't you just give up??

 
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Also based on. (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 18:05
Derik Datulbase innit.....

 
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WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 19:14
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Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
The Old Rascal (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 21:01
With you on that airdog, would have loved to have gone but not allowed.
Does anyone know how many went ?
I have not seen any feedback yet. Was it any good?
On another tack, what sort of reception did Marco Mama get?

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Back on topic please! (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 21:02
I hope they will complete/re-think a couple of things:

1. I hope they will render the concourse as it currently looks and feels too cold and uninviting.

2. I feel that the Alcohol and food should be sold as a separate entity's as you now have enough outlets to make this happen.

3. Where you have the seats at the very top of the steps and they jut out due to the uprights being there i think this may cause a health and safety issue when people are trying to get past the person sat in the said seat. The gap is so small it will only take a slight nudge and the person may become unstable and topple onto the supporters below.

4. Yes some of the views are compromised near the vomitories though i think these are being addressed.

5. there is too much silicone used in the men's and women's toilets. It seems to me the builders have been lazy with the butting up of corners and thus used what i can describe as wadding's of the stuff to fill it all in. Not very nice at all as the spell was quite overwhelming.

And of course there is probably a snagging list longer than 5 lengths of the rugby pitch.

However, a much improved and up to date stadium only time will tell how everything will work and not work.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Peter_B (IP Logged)
09/08/2015 22:07
Pay attention Old Rascal.

I think there's more work to do in the concourse.

Peter

C'mon you Bristol Boys!

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Graham_U (IP Logged)
10/08/2015 14:46
Having read the quotes of modifying the vomitories, does anything one know if this also applies to the Lower Dolman. They originally invite for this session said the Dolman would be open, but the later announcements said only the South Stand so not worth a 60 mile round trip. My new ST is in the back row of the lower Dolman at the end of the row, but from what I can work out from the webcam on Bris Sport it looks like these seats will have severely restricted views.

Graham

C'mon Bris,

http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/file/s100.htm?102,file=399.jpg

Stand out in a crowd, wear the Hoops!

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
EverOptimistic (IP Logged)
10/08/2015 16:18
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Graham_U
My new ST is in the back row of the lower Dolman at the end of the row, but from what I can work out from the webcam on Bris Sport it looks like these seats will have severely restricted views.

Likewise didn't go on Friday (a) because my route in was gridlocked due to balloons and (b) my ST is in the new seats at the Dolman and the Dolman was not open.

I have a seat in an equivalent position to yours Graham and share your concerns. Interestingly all the seats in the back rows of the Lower Domlan blocks were not available to purchase for the Cardiff match when I logged in at 10:30 this morning. Either sold already or still being worked on?

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Seedub (IP Logged)
10/08/2015 17:10
Aren't the lower dolman and sides of upper dolman still unrestricted??? in which case you can sit wherever you want.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
10/08/2015 18:04
Just turn up I would.

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Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
EverOptimistic (IP Logged)
10/08/2015 18:42
Quote:
Seedub
Aren't the lower dolman and sides of upper dolman still unrestricted??? in which case you can sit wherever you want.

I believe its only the sides of both lower and upper Dolman now. Could be wrong, but my season ticket is Lower Dolman and an allocated seat.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Seedub (IP Logged)
10/08/2015 22:13
Mine has an allocated seat number but previously I was lower dolman which was unallocated and yet also had a seat number on it.
To be frank I have moved that many times I've lost the plot.

I was pretty sure that mine is unallocated but thought I could sit in any lower dolman seat.

 
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Bristol Cornish (IP Logged)
11/08/2015 09:47
The Cardiff game is all unallocated.

For all other games this season in the Dolman stand it is only the wings which are unallocated (upper and lower Dolman) - by 'wings' they mean the blocks with 'B', 'R', 'O' and 'L'.

We have tickets in the Dolman wings and we had to select a seat, but it is not allocated to us. We can sit in any of the seats in those blocks.

Does that make sense?!

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
EverOptimistic (IP Logged)
11/08/2015 09:58
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Bristol Cornish
The Cardiff game is all unallocated.

That's a complete surprise to me. Did you get this info from the ticket office because I can't see it written anywhere? I bought a seat close as possible to my season ticket seat, to see what the view is like, but seems like I may find I wont be able to sit there anyway.

 
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Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
11/08/2015 10:01
All seats unreserved

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
EverOptimistic (IP Logged)
11/08/2015 12:43
Thanks - I'll read the announcements properly in future.

Can't wait to see some live rugby now.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Seedub (IP Logged)
11/08/2015 17:02
Thanks BC. looks like I got it half right.

 
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11/08/2015 17:06
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Only saying (IP Logged)
11/08/2015 21:33
Shame there isn't a reduction for season ticket holders.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Graham_U (IP Logged)
12/08/2015 10:51
Just in case anyone is now confused about the Lower Dolman, in terms of the ticket allocation there is no such thing as the Lower Dolman any more, each block has an id that applies to the complete block top to bottom. As can be seen in current Ground layout from the offy. or the layout that used with the ST announcement that shows the unreserved areas with **

So for the regular season matches only the wings of the Dolman (Upper and Lower in old money) are unallocated after the fans revolt. I wonder how they will steward it, else I can see there being a lot of arguments.

Graham

C'mon Bris,

http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/file/s100.htm?102,file=399.jpg

Stand out in a crowd, wear the Hoops!

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
airdog (IP Logged)
16/08/2015 09:12
just checked on the City fans forum and most on there following there first home game seem very impressed with the new facilities

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
16/08/2015 10:15
[www.otib.co.uk]

Not sure which thread applies.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
Jay Jay (IP Logged)
16/08/2015 11:47
Thread titled " Views on SS/Dolman concourse.

 
Re: SOUTH STAND TEST
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
16/08/2015 18:00
Thanks

Views On The Dolman/south Stand Concourse

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Fair play (IP Logged)
16/08/2015 18:35
Seemed to go well by all accounts.

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