Almondvale Stadium

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Almondvale Stadium
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Scotland U17 football team lining up before a match against Liechtenstein in 2007
Almondvale Stadium is located in West Lothian
Almondvale Stadium
Location in West Lothian
Location Almondvale
Livingston, West Lothian
Scotland
Coordinates 55°53′10.20″N 3°31′22.34″W / 55.8861667°N 3.5228722°W / 55.8861667; -3.5228722
Owner West Lothian Council
Capacity 9,865[1]
Record attendance 10,112 v Rangers
(27 October 2001)
Field size 98m x 69m
Surface Grass
Opened 1995
Tenants
Livingston F.C. (1995–)

Almondvale Stadium also known as the The Energy Assets Arena for sponsorship reasons, is a sports stadium, primarily used for football, located in the Almondvale district of the Scottish new town of Livingston in West Lothian. It is currently the home ground of Scottish Championship club Livingston and has an all-seater capacity of 9,865.[1]

History[edit]

The stadium was constructed in 1995 as a joint venture between Meadowbank Thistle and the Livingston Development Corporation (LDC). Part of the deal involved the relocation of Meadowbank Thistle to the town and a name change to Livingston. When the LDC was wound up, ownership of the Stadium was transferred to West Lothian Council.

The stadium has previously officially been titled the City Stadium due to a sponsorship deal with the City group; it had also previously been called the West Lothian Courier Stadium. However since The club were taken over by the Lionheart Consortium, it reverted to its original name, Almondvale Stadium. It was renamed the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium in a three-year naming rights deal in May 2010.[2] However, supporters of the club will continue to call it Almondvale or the 'Vale.

It is hired by Livingston from West Lothian Council every year. As Livingston moved up the divisions into the top flight of Scottish Football, they expanded the stadium to meet Scottish Premier League standards.

The record attendance for a Livingston match at Almondvale is 10,112 (against Rangers on 27 October 2001).

On 7 April 2011, there were rumours that the stadium could be sold off to a supermarket development, and in turn finance a new stadium, of slightly smaller design, a mile away.[3]

In June 2013, it was renamed again for sponsorship reasons to 'The Energy Assets Arena'[4]

Structure and facilities[edit]

Almondvale is a 9,865 capacity all-seater ground. It has four stands which are all roughly of the same height and two corners of the ground are filled with covered seating. There is an open corner on one side of the West Stand and there is also the 5 storey stadium house in the other corner of the ground which is primarily used for conferences and offices. All the stands are one tier high and the stadium has four large floodlights situated at each corner of the ground. The stadium is covered and shielded from the weather elements by the roof and the windshields at the side of the stands. Almondvale also has a red blaze pitch and fully operational under-soil heating.

Other uses[edit]

In 2008, Gretna played one match in the stadium, a 3–0 loss against champions Celtic, when their temporary home (Fir Park) had problems with its pitch.[5]

In 2013, Albion Rovers played their cup tie against Rangers at Almondvale in front of a crowd of 5,345.[6]

Over the years it has also been chosen to host Scotland U21s, U19s, U17s and Ladies matches. In recent years, the stadium has hosted the 2012 and the 2013 Challenge Cup finals. On 27 May 2012, the stadium hosted the 2012 Scottish Junior Cup Final.[7]

Hibernian F.C. Reserves also use the Stadium

Location and transport[edit]

The town of Livingston is situated in the central belt of Scotland, approximately 18 miles west of Edinburgh and 33 miles east of Glasgow,[8] and easily accessible from the M8 motorway.[9] The stadium is located at the centre of the town, in the Almondvale district, near the shopping centre and situated by the River Almond. The ground is signposted reasonably well around the town for the convenience of road traffic. Parking spaces are abundantly found in close proximity to the stadium, either near the shopping centre or at the stadium.[10]

There are two railway stations in reach of the ground; Livingston North and Livingston South. The North station is served by trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow and is about a 30 minute walk away from the ground. The South station also receives trains from both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is about a 40 minute walk away from the stadium.[11] In addition to the train stations, the central bus terminal at Livingston is located on Almondvale Avenue, 5 minutes walk from the ground.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Livingstone Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Livi confirm stadium name change in three-year deal". BBC Sport. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Livingston poised for switch to a new stadium". BBC News. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Livingston FC Main Sponsorship Deal". Livingston FC. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Moffat, Colin (23 March 2008). "Gretna 0–3 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Albion 0-4 Rangers". BBC Sport. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Emirates Junior Cup Final 2012". Scottish Junior Football Association. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "About the Centre, Livingston". Visit West Lothian. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Find your way here". Livingston F.C. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "New Fans". Livingston F.C. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Livingston: Almondvale Stadium". Scottish Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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