Kingsholm Stadium

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Kingsholm stadium
Castle Grim
Kingsholm aerial - geograph-2132191.jpg
Aerial view of Kingsholm from Gloucester Cathedral
Location Gloucester, England
Coordinates 51°52′18″N 2°14′34″W / 51.87167°N 2.24278°W / 51.87167; -2.24278Coordinates: 51°52′18″N 2°14′34″W / 51.87167°N 2.24278°W / 51.87167; -2.24278
Built 1891
Opened 1891
Owner Gloucester Rugby
Surface Grass
Capacity 16,500 (12,000 Concerts)
Gloucester Rugby

Kingsholm Stadium is a rugby union stadium in Gloucester, England, and is the home stadium of Gloucester Rugby. The stadium has a capacity of 16,500. It is sometimes nicknamed 'Castle Grim' after the estate where the stadium is built and also in reference to Gloucester's admirable home form. The main grandstand is an all seated area along the south touchline which can hold around 5,500 people. To the left of the stand is where the away fans are usually located.

Kingsholm was used as a home stadium for England before they settled at Twickenham and also hosted New Zealand versus United States for a pool match in the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

The view from the shed

In common with many grounds of English professional Rugby Union clubs, Kingsholm features a several terraced standing areas. The North Stand is such an area and is known colloquially as 'The Shed'. It runs down the whole length of the pitch and holds around 4,000 people.

International matches[edit]

Kingsholm has hosted two international matches. It was a venue for the 1991 Rugby World Cup and has been announced as a venue for 4 pool games in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where it will host Argentina, Scotland, Tonga and 2 Nations yet to qualify.

Date Fixture
19/09/2015 Tonga v Europe 1
23/09/2015 Scotland v Asia 1
25/09/2015 Argentina v Europe 1
11/10/2015 Americas 2 v Asia 1
Date Competition Home team Away team
6 January 1900 1900 Home Nations Championship England 3 Wales 13
8 October 1991 1991 Rugby World Cup New Zealand 46 United States 6

Kingsholm was also one of the venues for the 2000 Rugby League World Cup where, on 29 October, it hosted the group 2 game between New Zealand and Lebanon. The New Zealand team included future rugby union converts and Gloucester Rugby players, Henry Paul and Lesley Vainikolo.

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