Central Park, Cowdenbeath

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Central Park
Central Park stand - geograph-477764.jpg
Main Stand and Alex Menzies Stand
Central Park, Cowdenbeath is located in Fife
Central Park, Cowdenbeath
Location in Fife
Location Cowdenbeath, Fife
KY4 9QQ
Coordinates 56°06′31.46″N 3°20′49.55″W / 56.1087389°N 3.3470972°W / 56.1087389; -3.3470972
Opened 1917
Renovated 1995 (Alex Menzies Stand)
Owner Cowdenbeath F.C.
Surface Grass
Capacity 12,370 Standing (4,309 Seated)[1]
Tenants
Cowdenbeath F.C.

Central Park is a football stadium in Cowdenbeath, Scotland. It is the home ground of Cowdenbeath. The ground is situated in the centre of the town, just off the High Street.[2] Central Park has a capacity of 4,309. The most unusual feature of the ground is a tarmac race-track circling the pitch, which is because the stadium is regularly used for stock car racing.[2] The track means fans on the east and west terraces are quite far away from the pitch. The pitch size is 107 x 66 yards.

History[edit]

Originally, Cowdenbeath F.C. played at another ground called North End Park. The club moved to Central Park when it was opened in 1917.[3] A main stand was built in 1921.[3] A record crowd of 25,586 attended a Scottish League Cup tie against Rangers in 1949.[2][3] Floodlights were first used in 1968, in a match against Celtic.[3] Central Park was also used for greyhound racing and speedway.[3] It became a stock car racing track in 1970, and has since hosted four world championships.[3]

Half of the main stand was destroyed by a fire in 1992.[3] The surviving section of this stand is called the West Stand, or the Old Stand. Beside this the ' Alex Menzies Stand' (or New Stand) was opened in March 1995,[3] giving a total seated capacity of 1,622. Along with this the club built new dressing rooms, a board room, function suite, and office facilities. Both stands have a row of floodlight pylons in front of them, which can obstruct supporters views.[2] Three sides of the ground are uncovered terraces.[3]

Future[edit]

There are currently[dated info] plans for Cowdenbeath to move to a new stadium which will be located on the outskirts of Cowdenbeath.[4][5]

Transport[edit]

Cowdenbeath railway station is five minutes' walk from Central Park.[2] The M90 motorway passes near Cowdenbeath, with Central Park reached by leaving the motorway at junction 3, taking the A92 for Kirkcaldy.[2] The A909 road then leads into Cowdenbeath and free car parking is provided at the ground.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://spfl.co.uk/clubs/cowdenbeath/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Cowdenbeath". Scottish Ground Guide (Duncan Adams). Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Inglis 1996, p. 437
  4. ^ Social networks... Facebook Twitter. "News". Central Fife Times. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  5. ^ Cowdenbeath take step towards new stadium, BBC Sport, 11 April 2011
Sources
  • Inglis, Simon (1996). Football Grounds of Britain. Collins Willow. ISBN 0-00-218426-5.