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"DTS Stadium"

has rated Federation Park 3.5 out of 5.

facebook-user-68804's review of Federation Park

Now known as DTS Stadium, the ground is on the doorstep of Gateshead Metro Centre.

It's not a place for those that enjoy nice views accross open countryside! Bordered by the main road from the A1 to the Metrocentre on one side a car park, a goods yard and housing on the other 3. Most people though prefer to come and watch football.

At the time of my first visit in 15 years, Dunston were 5th in the Northern League with Whitley Bay, the away team, 2nd. This being a top of the table clash, and the visitors once again going well in the FA Vase, the game drew a crowd of 281. Entrance is via Wellington Road and on the right is the changing rooms, with a clubhouse/tea hut just beyond that. There is a small grandstand on one side with appx 250 seats. This also has a small press box. On the other side, behind the dugouts is covered accomodation for about 200 standing spectators.

Location

Right on the doorstep of the Metrocentre, and just round the bend from the A1 you'd probably struggle to find an easier ground to reach. There is a car park on site, though the club website recommends that on days when Metrocentre is busy, and Dunston have a cup game to park on nearby streets. I went to a midweek game and parked at the shopping centre and took a 10 minute walk to the ground.

By rail: nearest station Metrocentre and than a 15 minute walk. (only one or two trains daily stop at Dunston!)

By bus: plenty of services from Newcastle and Gateshead pass the ground (or take one to Metrocentre and again 10/15 min walk!)

View

Tight ground but afforded good views from anywhere so no problems here.

Facilities

As you'd expect from a ground at this level. Clubhouse/tea hut. The use of a press box to announce team line ups scorers, subs etc was very welcome at this level!

Food & Drink

Usual fare on offer, I had a hot dog and bovril both were 60p each, a cheeseburger was 80p. also offered crisps, mars bars and pop, along with tea and coffee etc

Police & Stewards

N/A

Atmosphere

With the visitors 2-0 up after an hour all the noise was being generated by the Seahorses followers, the tide (no pun intended, honest!) turned though. And the Dunston supporters started getting behind their side. It must have worked - Dunston won the game with a goal in injury time to win 3-2 and close the gap on the teams above them.

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Ratings for Federation Park

ApsectRating
LocationAspect 1 rating: 5.0 stars
ViewAspect 2 rating: 4.5 stars
FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 4.5 stars
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 4.5 stars
Police & StewardsN/A
AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 5.0 stars
OverallOverall rating: 0.0 stars

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