By Henry Edwards, Sport Editor and third year History student
Want to enjoy some great sport that is right on your doorstep? Epigram gives you the lowdown.
Bristol City FC
Bristol’s most high profile football side, Lee Johnson’s men will need plenty of support as they seek to continue their startling run of form in search of the Premier League’s promised land. The Robins play their football at the immaculate Ashton Gate stadium, located just South of the River Avon – an enjoyable stroll from Clifton. The family-friendly ground, which has a capacity of 27,000, feels ready-made for the top flight, although fans wanting a grittier atmosphere may be left disappointed. Tickets are not the cheapest, although there should be great spectacle as Bristol enter the final few months of the season with promotion very much on their minds. A visit from pacesetters Leeds United in early March may well be the pick of the remaining 2018/19 fixtures.
Bristol City WFC
Unlike the male Bristol City team, the city’s women currently play their football in the nation’s top-flight. They are currently doing very well; they sit in a very commendable mid-table, ahead of sides such as Liverpool and Everton. The ‘Vixens’ play their football at the Stoke Gifford stadium, north of Bristol in Filton. The distance should not put off potential supporters, however; ticket prices are far cheaper than games played at Ashton Gate. Winnable matches against teams including Everton and West Ham may well tempt fans to pay a visit in the coming months.
Bristol’s newly named rugby club ply their trade in the Gallagher Premiership having achieved promotion last season. Sharing a stadium with Bristol City, ticket prices are similarly a little pricey, but the best rugby in the country is on offer. An April match against league challengers Saracens will follow mouthwatering visits from rivals Gloucester and Worcester in March.
Bristol’s basketball team plays at the SGS College Arena, next to the Stoke Gifford stadium. In terms of tickets, the prices are fairly reasonable, while seats are often in high demand: their March game against Surrey Scorchers in the BBL Championship is already sold out. The side wins about as many games as they lose, so could do with as much support as possible.
Bristol Rovers FC
Bristol’s older football club faces a heated battle to remain in League One. Of their remaining home fixtures, Sunderland’s visits to Memorial Stadium – one in late February and another at the beginning of March – look like some of the tastiest. Adult ticket prices vary around the £20 mark, while under-21s could get a match ticket for the lowest price of £14.
🔍 All the pre-match content heading into Tuesday's fixture at Fratton Park. https://t.co/baNlM4byFG— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) February 18, 2019
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