Bedford International Athletics Stadium is the venue for the Bedford International Games, British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) Championships and a plethora of England Athletics championships. Tickets are very reasonably prices and programmes are provided for most events.
All seating is unreserved. There is a covered stand along the last half of the home straight and an uncovered stand further towards the 100m start on the home straight. There are benches located around the outside of the track fencing. Full circulation is available around the track and you can stand outside the track fence at any point –spectators should take full advantage of this. Be prepared for all weather eventualities. Bedford can be notoriously breezy and is somewhat exposed so the stands can be a little chilly even in the summer. On the other hand, the sun often shines and it is very easy to get burned as the breeze can be deceptive.
Horizontal jumps take place on the home straight. They are best viewed from the uncovered stand. The pole vault is located on the back straight. There are benches and a grass bank from which to watch. The high jump takes place in the fan insider the first bend. The throwing cage is adjacent to the 1500m start. The javelin can be located either at either end. The two shot circles are located adjacent to the 200m start. There is a second throwing area with a double-ended javelin runway and a throwing circle in an adjacent field beyond the hedge running along the back straight boundary.
Facilities are generally very good as you would expect from an international stadium. There is no shortage of toilet facilities and a first aid point is usually provided. There is a café and bar located above the uncovered stand serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks. At most events there is outside catering and an ice cream van located outside the first bend. Oftentimes, there are other concessions selling sports clothing etc. There is a McDonalds directly opposite the venue and a large supermarket nearby.
The stadium is located 10 minutes from the M1 and A1 road links. The hard standing car parking is often taken by athletes and officials, unless you arrive early, but there is ample stewarded parking on the adjacent rugby field. If the weather is inclement, the field can get somewhat muddy.
Bedford railway station – on the London St Pancras line - is 2 miles from the venue, a 10-minute taxi ride from the railway station.
There are a number of quality hotels within easy walking distance of the venue. The Premier Inn Bedford Priory Marina Hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from the venue.
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