Heritage Park (Bishop Auckland)

This was a flying visit made one morning on a drive much further south and I’m reasonably undecided on it.

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Bishop moved from their Kingsway ground to here in 2010 and it’s an immaculate stadium but also fairly devoid of real character. The main stand seems wonderful and there’s a lovely covered terrace behind one of the goals, but that’s about it. Maybe how new it is means the club hasn’t quite grown around its new home yet and made it its own.

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One thing that is worth noting is the optimist who thought that uncovered seating behind the other goal was definitely a good idea. No offence to County Durham and your wonderful weather, but I suspect those seats must be in fairly new condition.

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As it is, an immaculate surface, that covered terrace and some friendly staff (one of whom I frightened half to death as she turned a corner to find me there taking some photos) save this.

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Yes, there’s the horrible sight of a Sainsbury’s looking over the ground, and it’s out of town, but it’s homely and well kept if a little nondescript.

 

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