Ten Acres

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Ten Acres
Full name Silverlake Stadium
Location Eastleigh, England
Coordinates 50°57′08.26″N 1°22′18.37″W / 50.9522944°N 1.3717694°W / 50.9522944; -1.3717694
Capacity 5,200
Record attendance 3,260
Surface Grass
Opened 1957
Tenants
Eastleigh F.C.

Ten Acres, known as the Silverlake Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football ground in Eastleigh, England. It has been the home of Eastleigh F.C. of the Conference Premier since 1957 when they moved from Walnut Avenue.[1] The ground's record attendance of 3,260 was set for a friendly match against Southampton in July 2007; the competitive record match is 2,621, which was set on 30 September 2014, against Bristol Rovers.

Description[edit]

Eastleigh FC moved to Ten Acres in 1957 from their previous ground Walnut Avenue.

In 1976 floodlights were added to Ten Acres. In 2004, following promotion to the Ryman premier league a 352-seat grandstand was built on the halfway line and stretches for just under a third of the pitch. To the sides of this is uncovered hard pitchside standing. To the right of this, behind the goal the Silverlake Stand was constructed. In 2006, the roof was widened to cover the whole length of the stand, and in 2009, 150 seats were added to the middle to give Eastleigh the necessary ground grading to compete in the Conference premier playoffs. Until 2006, the area opposite the grandstand was just hard standing backing into a hedge. During the summer of 2006, a metal back and roof were added, along with an electronic scoreboard on the roof which was the Premier Telecom stand. Opposite the Silverlake Stand, behind the other goal is the Clubhouse End.

On 20 December 2012, concerning the situation regarding the stadium, the club announced that an offer had previously been made to the board at ‘Ten Acre Holdings’ (the current owners). Following discussions the board of Ten Acre Holdings felt that they were willing to accept the offer presented to them as long as the remaining shareholders also felt a desire to sell the ground at this stage. On this basis a full shareholders meeting was called and the outcome was that a clear large majority were in favour of accepting the offer and that the sale of the freehold should progress.

Ten Acre Holdings had been set up to safeguard the club and enable it to get back on a sound financial footing, which it has achieved over recent years. The proposed purchase was intended to provide the football club with the strongest possible opportunity to continue its progression.[10]

The ground was extensively redeveloped over the 2014 close season. The former East stand at Sandy Park (home of Exeter chiefs RFC) was rebuilt along the premier telecom side of the ground as well as behind the clubhouse goal providing a covered terraced accommodation for 2,000 spectators. On 2 December 2014, the newly completed 2,290-seater South Stand was opened for the first time in a Conference Premier game against Dartford F.C. with the club allowing spectators in for free to celebrate the occasion.[2]

The stand behind the clubhouse goal has been affectionately named the "shed end" and is where most vocal home fans congregate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eastleigh Pyramid Passion
  2. ^ Gee, Wendy (2 December 2014). "Eastleigh's new stand open free of charge to spectators tonight". Daily Echo. Retrieved 2 December 2014.