Bristol Flyers venue guide

Information to help plan your trip to see a basketball game at the SGS WISE Arena, home of the Bristol Flyers in the BBL.

? Address ∙ ? The venue ∙ ? Seating ∙ ? Tickets ∙ ? Food and drink ∙ ? Entertainment ∙ ? Public transport ∙ ? By car ∙ ? Parking ∙ ? Accommodation ∙ ? Previous visits

? Address

SGS WISE Arena, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP

? The venue

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.

? Seating

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.

The limited capacity doesn’t quite extend to a seat for coach Andreas Kapoulas, who has to watch the game crouched on the floor.

? Tickets

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.

? Food and drink

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.

The Fox Den opposite the Holiday Inn Express is a Vintage Inn chain pub serving food until 9:30pm and open until 11pm.

Cheaper, The Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford close to Bristol Parkway station is an Ember Inns chain pub serving food until 10pm and open until midnight.

? 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. ??

? Entertainment

Occasional big-head human mascot complete with flying goggles, Freddie the Flyer. So that’s what happened to Jason Manford.

The Flyers cheerleaders. Half-time Feed the Family competition to win a Subway voucher.

? Public transport

Bristol Parkway is a 10-15 minute walk from the venue. Filton Abbey Wood railway station is 1 mile away from the venue.

? By car

Sat nav reference: BS34 8LP

? Parking

Limited paid parking availability on campus. Free parking is available specifically for Flyers games at The Aviva Centre between 6-10pm, 5 minutes walk away.

Four hours free parking is available to shoppers at the Abbey Wood Shopping Park.

? Accommodation

There are plenty of hotels nearby. Closest is the Holiday Inn Express Bristol North. Travelodge Bristol Filton is 2.4 miles away. Three Premier Inns and a Holiday Inn are also in the area.

? Previous visits

  1. Fri 20/11/2015: Bristol Flyers 57 – 84 London Lions (BBL Championship)
  2. 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.