Newport Stadium

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Newport Stadium
Spytty Park
Newport Stadium - larger.jpg
View of the grandstand from the Shed
(Newport County vs a Manchester United XI, 31 Mar 2004)
Location Liswerry, Newport NP19 4PT
Coordinates 51°34′26″N 2°57′34″W / 51.57389°N 2.95944°W / 51.57389; -2.95944Coordinates: 51°34′26″N 2°57′34″W / 51.57389°N 2.95944°W / 51.57389; -2.95944
Owner Newport City Council
Operator Newport City Council
Capacity 5,058 (3,246 seated)
Record attendance 4,616
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1994
Expanded 2004
Construction cost £7 million
Tenants
Llanwern AFC
Newport Harriers A.C.
Newport County A.F.C. (1994–2012)
Newport Stadium grandstand entrance

Newport Stadium, also known as Spytty Park, is an association football and athletics stadium in Newport, South Wales. It is the home of Llanwern football club and Newport Harriers Athletic Club. It was previously also used for home matches by Newport County and Albion Rovers football clubs. Newport County continue to use the stadium as a base for youth teams and senior squad training.

Facilities[edit]

The stadium is owned and managed by Newport City Council and is part of the Newport International Sports Village, which includes the Wales National Velodrome.

It was upgraded to Conference National standard for football and had a capacity of 5,058 prior to Newport County relocating to Rodney Parade in 2012.[1]

The stadium can accommodate international-standard track and field athletic events and is of Class 1 standard. The stadium floodlighting can achieve up to an average of 500 Lux.[2]

Layout[edit]

The stadium has two covered stands along the touchlines of the pitch. The west stand is all-seated with a capacity of 1,100 spectators. The east stand is a 1,600-capacity covered standing terrace, commonly referred to as The Shed. An uncovered standing terrace also exists at the north end.

The stadium is approached from Spytty Road and has a large spectator car park.

Temporary and demountable stands[edit]

When Newport County played Blackpool in the 2001–02 FA Cup, a temporary all-seated stand was erected behind the goal at the north end in front of the terrace – at that time there was only the west stand and a very small north terrace. When Newport County played Swansea City in the 2006–07 FA Cup, a temporary stand was erected behind the goal at the south end.

In 2011 further all-seated uncovered demountable stands were erected behind each goal: A 949-seater stand at the south end and a 1,197-seater stand in front of the north terrace. This took the total capacity of the stadium to 5,058 with 3,246 seated.

Football attendance records[edit]

The record attendance at the ground without temporary stands is 4,300 (a capacity crowd at the time) against Manchester United in the 2003–04 season. With the addition of a temporary stand, the record attendance stands at 4,616, set for a FA Cup match against Swansea City on 11 November 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stadium details Newport County
  2. ^ Newport Stadium at NISV Newport City Council