De Montfort Park

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Leicester Road Stadium
Hinckley United Mainstand.jpg
Full name De Montfort Park
Former names Marston's Stadium (2004-2008) Greene King Stadium (2009-2013)
Location Leicester Road,
Hinckley,
Leicestershire,
LE10 3DR
Coordinates 52°33′32.82″N 1°20′25.44″W / 52.5591167°N 1.3404000°W / 52.5591167; -1.3404000
Owner Hinckley Stadium Ltd
Operator Hinckley Stadium Ltd
Capacity 4329 (630 seated)
Field size 110 yards (100 m) x
72 yards (66 m)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 2002 [1]
Built 2003-2005
Opened 5 March 2005 [2]
Construction cost £4 Million
Architect Savage Hayward
Main contractors FE Downes LTD
Tenants
Hinckley United - 2005-2013
Aston Villa Reserves - 2009-2012
Leicester City Reserves - 2006-2008
Leicester Road F.C. - Present

De Montfort Park is a football stadium in Hinckley, Leicestershire. It was the home of Hinckley United, an English football club from the town, until it was dissolved in October 2013.

The stadium complex covers 22 acres (9 ha) and includes three full size pitches, two three-quarter size pitches, three half size pitches and a full size, all-weather floodlit 3G rubber crumb surface pitch. It is named in honour of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester.

The flagship of the complex is the Leicester Road Stadium, a 4,329 capacity purpose-built football ground, also comprising gymnasium, sports injury clinic and a social club. The Stadium opened in March 2005 when Stalybridge Celtic were the first team to play Hinckley United on the ground, in front of a crowd of over 2000.[2]

Stadium Sponsorship[edit]

When the Stadium opened in 2005 it was known as the Marston's Stadium, following a sponsorship deal between Hinckley United and Marston's Brewery. The Brewery paid what Regional Sales Manager Bob Leatherland called a 'substantial six figure sum' to secure the naming rights with the money paid out at £25,000 per year over a ten-year period.[3] However, the brewery altered its sponsorship strategy, moving mainly into the cricket Twenty20 competition,[4] and the deal ended early in a mutual agreement between the brewery and football club at the end of December 2008.[5]

In January 2009 the club announced a stadium sponsorship deal with the Greene King Brewery and the stadium was renamed the Greene King Stadium.[6] The sponsorship deal with Greene King Brewery ran out at the end of the 2012-2013 season, as confirmed by Chairman Mike Sutton. The Stadium name then reverted to the Leicester Road Stadium, due to its proximity to Leicester Road.[citation needed]

Stands[edit]

  • The Main Stand - The Main Stand holds 630 covered seats. The complex houses the changing rooms, gymnasium, lounge, boardroom and offices of the football club. VP's Club Bar and the Sponsors' Lounge are located at the top of the Main Stand, overlooking the pitch.
  • The East Terrace - The East Terrace Stand holds 970 covered seats. This stand is adjoined to the Social Club, Lacey's Bar.
  • The Tom Powers Stand - The Tom Powers Stand is covered standing room with a capacity of 1095. It is named by the landowner who originally sold the land to Hinckley United, enabling them to build the ground.
the Tom Powers Stand
  • The West Stand - Currently the West Side is hard standing for 586 spectators. Plans to convert the stand into a 400-seat covered end with changing rooms for the Juniors and an all-weather pitch await finance as of January 2009. The changing rooms have been completed and the next phase will be to cover and seat the hard standing area.

The stadium has provision for segregated seating of away stands with 80 seats on the Main Stand and 850 places on the West Stand. The Away Turnstiles are only operable when segregation is in place.

Other Uses[edit]

the East Stand

Leicester City reserves have used the De Montfort Park Stadium for their home games in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The Greene King Stadium is used by the Leicestershire FA for finals of their regional competitions. It staged International Youth games in 2006. England U19s used the facilities for training in 2006 ahead of a match against the Czech Republic at Northampton's Sixfields Stadium.

In April 2007, April 2008 and April 2010 the Stadium was used by the English FA as a semi final venue for the National FA Sunday Cup.

Aston Villa Reserves use the stadium for a selection of their winter home games from 2009-2012.

In April 2012 the FA announced that the Stadium would be one of the venues for the UEFA European Women's U17 Championship Finals.[7]

In July 2012 the Stadium was selected for two international Mens U17s matches, alongside Burton's Pirelli Stadium and Northampton's Sixfields Stadium, as part of a friendly tournament involving England, Italy, Turkey and Portugal.[8] The stadium hosted the Portugal U17s 1-0 Italy U17s, and Italy U17s 3-1 Turkey U17s matches.[9]

It has also been proposed as a new home for Coventry City F.C., due to mounting debts regarding the Ricoh Arena and arguments that the rent is far too high in comparison to clubs around them and below the Premier League[10]

Record Attendance[edit]

the All Weather Floodlit pitch

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hinckley United Independent news June 2002". Hinckley United Independent. 2002-06-08. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Hinckley United Independent news March 2005". Hinckley United Independent. 2005-03-05. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Hinckley United Independent news May 2004". Hinckley United Independent. 2004-05-19. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  4. ^ "ECB Commercial News". ECB Official site. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Hinckley United Independent news December 2008". Hinckley United Independent. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Hinckley United Independent news January 2009". Hinckley United Independent. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  7. ^ "U17s Euro Venues Confirmed". TheFA.com. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  8. ^ "U17s Friendly Tournament". TheFA.com. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  9. ^ "FA International U17s Tournament". Hinckley United Official. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Coventry City hold talks with Hinckley over stadium move". BBC. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "LCFC.com match report". LCFC official site. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 

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