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|Full name||Griffin Park Stadium|
|Location||Brentford, Hounslow, London
|Field dimensions||110 x 73 yd (100 x 67 metres)|
|Brentford F.C. (1904 – present)
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. It 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, in the logo of Fuller's Brewery, which at one point owned the orchard on which the stadium was built.
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.
In the last 5 seasons, the highest attendances have been: 2012/13 Doncaster Rovers 12300 & Chelsea 12146, 2011/12 Charlton Athletic 8095, 2010/11 Everton (football league cup) 8960 & Southampton 7015, 2009/10, Leeds United 9031, 2008/09 Wycombe Wanderers 10642 & Luton Town 10223.
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.
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 1,850) (aka 'The Wendy House'), a double tiered stand, comprising terracing at the lower level and seating in the upper sections.
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.
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 (30,800 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. It remains to be seen where the future lies for the home of Brentford.
- 1948 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 45-6.
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- 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.