Links Park

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Links Park
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Montrose playing Aberdeen at Links Park in 2006
Links Park is located in Angus
Links Park
Location in Angus
Location Montrose, Scotland
Coordinates 56°42′50.17″N 2°27′32.70″W / 56.7139361°N 2.4590833°W / 56.7139361; -2.4590833
Owner Bryan Keith[1]
Capacity 3,292[2] (1,338 seated)
Surface Artificial Turf
Opened 1887[1]
Tenants
Montrose F.C. (1887–present)[1]

Links Park is a football stadium in Montrose, Scotland. It has been the home ground of Montrose Football Club since 1887.

Links Park was opened in 1887.[1] To help finance the new ground, Montrose F.C. rented the pitch out for circuses and livestock grazing.[1] The club was eventually able to raise £150 in 1920 to buy a stand, that had been previously used by the Highland Games.[1] A roof was built over the Wellington Street end of the ground in the 1960s.[1] Floodlights were installed in 1971 and first used in a match against Stranraer.[1] The record attendance at the ground was 8,983, for a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Dundee in March 1973.[1]

Links Park was significantly improved in the 1990s, after the club was taken over by Bryan Keith.[1] The wooden Main Stand was replaced by a cantilevered stand, seating 1,258 people.[1] Other improvements brought the total investment to nearly £1 million, of which the Football Trust provided £400,000.[1] Keith bought the ground in 1995 for £500,000 and granted the club a 25 year lease, without rent.[1] GlaxoSmithKline provided a £250,000 grant in 2006 for the club to install an all-weather surface at Links Park.[3] The turf is a FIFA two-star artificial surface.

The current stadium capacity is 3,292.[2] The all-seated Main Stand (South) has a capacity of 1,338 with the West Stand terrace holding a maximum of 1,582 spectators. There is also uncovered standing areas on the North and East sides off the ground. The pitch at the stadium measures 113 x 70 yards.

References[edit]

Further Reading
  • Inglis, Simon (1996). Football Grounds of Britain. Collins Willow. ISBN 0-00-218426-5. 
Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Inglis 1996, p. 456
  2. ^ a b "Montrose Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Club receives new pitch donation". BBC News (BBC). 20 December 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2011.