Griffin Park

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Griffin Park
Griffin Park aerial 2011.jpg
Full name Griffin Park
Location Brentford, Hounslow, London
TW8 0NT
Coordinates 51°29′17.46″N 0°18′9.50″W / 51.4881833°N 0.3026389°W / 51.4881833; -0.3026389Coordinates: 51°29′17.46″N 0°18′9.50″W / 51.4881833°N 0.3026389°W / 51.4881833; -0.3026389
Built 1904
Opened 1904
Owner Brentford F.C.
Capacity 12,300
Field size 110 x 73 yd (100 x 67 metres)
Tenants
Brentford F.C. (1904 – 2016)
London Broncos (2002–2006)
Chelsea Reserves (2007–2010)

Griffin Park is a football ground, in Brentford, which is situated in the London Borough of Hounslow, west London. It has been the home ground of League One side Brentford since it was built in 1904 and the first match played there was a Western League match versus Plymouth Argyle in 1904/05. The ground is known for being the only English league football ground to have a pub on each corner, and is situated in a predominantly residential area. The ground gets its name from the griffin, featured in the logo of Fuller's Brewery, which at one point owned the orchard on which the stadium was built.

Stadium structure[edit]

Griffin Park in 1982

It comprises four stands. The home fans are allocated the Bees United Stand (the main stand, formerly known as the Braemar Road Stand) an all-seated single tier stand, the Ealing Road End, a covered terrace and the Bill Axbey Stand (formerly the New Road Stand), a single tier seated stand. Away fans are housed in the Brook Road Stand (capacity 1,600 - reduced from 1,850 in 2013/14) (aka 'The Wendy House'), a double tiered stand, comprising terracing at the lower level (Approx. 1000) and seating in the upper sections (Approx 600.

Attendances[edit]

The highest ever attendance at the ground was 38,678 when Brentford played Leicester City on 26 February 1949. The ground currently has a capacity of 12,219. The highest attendances in recent years have been: 2013/14 - 11393 vs Stevenage Football Club (League One), 2012/13 - 12300 vs Doncaster Rovers (League One), 2011/12 - 8095 vs Charlton Athletic (League One), 2010/11 - 8960 vs Everton (League Cup), 2009/10 - 9031 vs Leeds United (League One) and 2008/09 - 10642 vs Wycombe Wanderers (League Two).

Other tenants[edit]

The Italy v USA match in the first round of the 1948 Olympic football competition was held at Griffin Park. Italy won 9-0.[1]

The ground has hosted three international friendlies in recent times, the most recent of these being a game between Nigeria and Ghana.

South Africa lost 1-0 to Egypt in the 2006 Nelson Mandela Challenge.

In 2002, London Broncos rugby league team moved to Griffin Park as tenants of Brentford F.C. The club stayed at Griffin Park until the 2006 season until they became Harlequins Rugby League when they vacated Griffin Park and ground shared with Harlequin F.C..

Chelsea Reserves and Chelsea Youth Team played their home games at Griffin Park from the 2007–08 season until the end of the 2009-10 season. This agreement included the upgrading of the Home changing rooms in 2007.

Advertising[edit]

Griffin Park is beneath the flightpath of London Heathrow Airport and the roofs of the stadium are used as a large advertising space because of this. The space is currently available for sponsorship and the last company to use the roof for advertising was Qatar Airways.

Future[edit]

Brentford's hopes of moving to a new 20,000-capacity stadium were boosted after they were given an option to buy a 7.6-acre (31,000 m2) site at Lionel Road. The proposed new home for the Bees is close to their current Griffin Park ground, which would be redeveloped into residential housing if they relocate. Plans were put on hold in 2010 because of the worldwide financial crisis.

Outline planning approval was given, by the London Borough of Hounslow, on 5 December 2013, by 8 votes to 5, and so this planning application now goes to the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for final approval. On 18 February 2014, the Mayor of London's office officially gave their approval for the stadium to be built. The planning application then went to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for final approval, which was given on Friday, 14th March 2014. Building work is expected to commence in the summer of 2014.

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External links[edit]

  • Map sources for Griffin Park can be seen as a square on the west side of Ealing Road (i.e. left side on the map). It may be labelled Brentford FC rather than Griffin Park.