Information to help plan your trip to see a basketball game at the SGS WISE Arena, home of the Bristol Flyers in the BBL.
SGS WISE Arena, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP
Based 5 miles north of the city at the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College WISE Campus. Part of a sports complex, it’s one of the smallest and most limited venues in the BBL. Other sports hosted on the campus include Bristol City Women’s football at the Stoke Gilford Stadium, and Bristol Jets badminton. All teams are under the umbrella of Bristol Sport, which also owns Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club. Plans for a 3,000-capacity arena to be built in the south of the city have been proposed.
— Steve Devereux (@BristolSportSD) April 8, 2017
— JMPUK (@jmp_uk) February 26, 2017
Capacity: 750. Tightly packed bleachers on one side of the court and even standing tickets sold on the concourse above. Courtside chairs around the rest of the court.
— Mike Edkins (@MikeEdkins) March 28, 2015
The limited capacity doesn’t quite extend to a seat for coach Andreas Kapoulas, who has to watch the game crouched on the floor.
The visiting team may offer a small number of its tickets to travelling fans, usually priced at £10 adults / £8 children. Your name will then be on the team’s guest list at the venue’s ticket desk, where they will issue you your ticket. Where seating is allocated, tickets bought through the visiting team are usually grouped together behind their bench.
Alternatively, you can buy tickets through the home team. Prices are a little more expensive this way.
Hot dogs and fries are advertised, available from a small food stand on the half-way line. A beer cart at the end corner sells draught lager and bottles. Great to avoid missing any of the action.
The venue has a sports bar serving draught beer and other standard alcoholic and soft drinks, which can be taken to your seat.
Costa Coffee and Subway at the nearby Abbey Wood Shopping Park are open before the game, while Bella Italia, Nando’s and Frankie & Benny’s are open until 11pm and McDonald’s is 24-hour.
? Izzy’s vegan choice: Bristol appears to have a very good range of vegan-friendly eateries. Among them in the city, Pepenero, found at both The Beer Emporium and The Full Moon, offers a wide selection of pizza (using mozzarella style cheese) and pasta dishes alongside its meat and vegetarian menus. It’s a bit out of the way but Matter Battered is a 100% vegan chip shop, serving tofish. Looking at the pub menus nearer to the venue, The Fox Den appears to offer a cous cous dish, and The Beaufort Arms has a puy lentil and vegetable pie and beetroot burger. If staying over, The Bristolian‘s vegan breakfast is reputedly the best. For other suggestions, visit HappyCow or download their app, or see Vegan Bristol. ??
Occasional big-head human mascot complete with flying goggles, Freddie the Flyer. So that’s what happened to Jason Manford.
— Gloucester Saxons (@GlosSaxons) March 16, 2013
— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) October 10, 2015
Freddie the Flyer. Doesn't make an appearance at all last season.
— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) September 24, 2017
The Flyers cheerleaders. Half-time Feed the Family competition to win a Subway voucher.
Bristol Parkway is a 10-15 minute walk from the venue. Filton Abbey Wood railway station is 1 mile away from the venue.
Sat nav reference: BS34 8LP
Four hours free parking is available to shoppers at the Abbey Wood Shopping Park.
- Fri 20/11/2015: Bristol Flyers 57 – 84 London Lions (BBL Championship)
- Sat 25/02/2017: Bristol Flyers 73 – 72 London Lions (BBL Championship)
I strive to offer useful information based on past personal experience and secondary sources. All information is given in best faith and I hope is as accurate as possible for you to plan and enjoy your day. Please let me know of any corrections or other suggestions.