The Den, or The New Den as it was known at first, was built following the recommendations of the Taylor Report back in 1992/93 and stands only a quarter of a mile from the Old Den.
Millwall played their last game at the old ground on May 8th 1993 having been there for 83 years. £16million was spent on the New Den which was opened on August 4th 1993 in advance of a friendly against Sporting Lisbon, a game the home side lost 2-1.
Even the New Den is now in danger following the possibility of a compulsory purchase order being enforced as part of the regeneration of the area. Millwall have said that the loss of land near The Den could mean the Lions being forced to move from an area that has been the club’s home for 107 years.
Undersoil heating has been installed at The Den and means matches are not called off these days purely because of a frozen pitch, while the surface itself is made up of fibresand grass and is 106 metres by 68 metres – standard for a club at this level.
Over 19,700 fans can occupy The Den though that number of seats is not often needed at the ground.
The North Stand is for visiting supporters only and sits behind one of the goals, while opposite is the Cold Blow Lane Stand. Running along the length of the pitch are the Dockers Stand to the east and the Barry Kitchener Stand to the west. None of the corners are filled at The Den.
Away Fans At The Den
Millwall still suffers from its hooligan legacy, though thankfully these days away fans are treated very differently given the large police presence and the area is almost completely safe.
The away section can be as big as 4,000 strong for league games and means they basically have the North Stand all to themselves with views unrestricted and the atmosphere still good, though obviously not as vociferous as it used to be back in the 80’s.
Price bands don’t move too much at The Den making it easy for ticket buyers to know what to expect. Typical single adult prices for a Championship match range from £25 – £30 though concessions are offered for seniors and the disabled. Under-12’s get into the ground for only £6/£7.
Hospitality boxes are made available at The Den, priced at £575 plus VAT for ten people. On a single ticket basis, the VIP Matchday Experence can be purchased for £89 plus VAT and entitles each guest to the sponsor’s lounge, a stadium tour, a three-course meal, a private bar and other features.
How To Get To The Den
Situated in Bermondsey, south-east London, The Den is only four miles from the City of London and is served by the South Bermondsey train station. Trains to there connect from London Bridge station with a journey time of only 4 minutes, running up to five times an hour.
A 15-minute walk from the stadium is Surrey Quays overground station on the East London line while underground there is the Canada Water station on the Jubilee Line is a 25-minute walk to the ground.
Several bus routes serve the stadium while driving to The Den is not recommended with limited parking and plenty of traffic, especially on matchdays.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the future of The Den, no plans exist to redevelop, modernise or extend the stadium in the near future.