Kingston Park (stadium)

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Kingston Park
Kingston Park - 3 - geograph-1813910.jpg
West stand
Location Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Coordinates 55°1′7″N 1°40′20″W / 55.01861°N 1.67222°W / 55.01861; -1.67222Coordinates: 55°1′7″N 1°40′20″W / 55.01861°N 1.67222°W / 55.01861; -1.67222
Opened 1990
Owner Northumbria University
Surface Grass
Architect TTH Architects, Gateshead, UK
Capacity 10,200
Tenants
Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle United Reserves

Kingston Park is a multi-purpose stadium in Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is used mostly for rugby union matches and is the home stadium of Newcastle Falcons. The stadium is also used for the Newcastle United Reserves to play their home matches. From 2007 to 2009 it was home to semi-professional football team Newcastle Blue Star.

The ground[edit]

In 1990 Newcastle Gosforth, as the Falcons were then known, moved into their new ground Kingston Park, which they had purchased for £55,000.[1] Prior to Newcastle Gosforth moving in, the site had been the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal Sports Ground.

View of exterior of West and South stands

The stadium has a capacity of 10,200 people. The stadium was built in stages, with the West Stand being the newest and most modern. There are plans to expand the exposed North Stand to give more protection from the elements and to provide more facilities for the fans. The South Stand (John Smith's stand) is all standing but it has good protection from the elements and facilities for the fans underneath the stand.

The nearest Tyne and Wear Metro station is the Bank Foot station.

Northumbria University and the club are to develop the UK’s first ever rugby-based Centre of Sporting Excellence at Kingston Park.

Ownership[edit]

The stadium is owned by Northumbria University who bought it in late 2008 for an undisclosed fee.[2] Newcastle Falcons lease the site back from Northumbria University, in a similar fashion to the agreement with the previous owner. Included in the university deal for the 23-acre (93,000 m2) site is the rugby stadium, the land around the stadium and the car park. The former owner was the Northern Rock bank, who purchased it in 2007 for £14,756,646.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Stewart Martin (2007). Pride in the lion : the history of Newcastle University Rugby Football Club. Newcastle University. ISBN 978-0-7017-0217-5. 
  2. ^ "Northumbria University buys Newcastle Falcons’ ground". The Journal. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Northern Rock paid £15m for rugby ground". The Evening Chronicle. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  4. ^ Bond, David (2008-02-21). "Newcastle seek Northern Rock talks". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 

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