St. Mirren Park
|St Mirren Park|
View from the South Stand, looking towards the Railway End and the West Bank (left).
|Location||Greenhill Road, Paisley|
|Owner||St. Mirren FC|
|St. Mirren FC (2009–)|
The new St. Mirren Park was officially opened on 31 January 2009 by club chairman Stewart Gilmour and First Minister Alex Salmond, prior to the first match at the new ground. The game between St Mirren and Kilmarnock finished in a 1–1 draw, with the first goal at the new stadium being scored by Kilmarnock striker Kevin Kyle. Dennis Wyness scored St. Mirren's first goal at the new ground, in the same match. The opening match set the record attendance of 7,542, a record which still stands.
On the outside of the stadium, promotional plaques have been constructed on the wall including fans names and loved ones. In the undercroft areas under each of the home support sections, large plaques dedicated to the members of the club's 'Hall of fame' have been erected by members of the supporters association and the website team, detailing player profiles and stats. Also, mini outdoor pitches are located next to the car park for small-sided football games.
Structure and facilities
The Stadium has four stands with a total capacity of 8,023. The North Stand is used by away fans but for larger away supports part of the West Stand can also be given to away fans.
- Main Stand (Greenhill Road) - capacity 2,220.
- West Stand (Craigielea Drive) - capacity 2,516.
- North Stand (Ferguslie Park Avenue) - capacity 1,633. (Normally designated for away fans)
- South Stand (Drums Avenue) - capacity 1,654.
Paisley St James railway station, which is served by trains on the Inverclyde Line from Glasgow Central, is adjacent to St. Mirren Park. Since the stadium opened, some supporters campaigned for the local transport authorities to renname the station to Paisley St. Mirren. Following station improvements, the signage of the station was updated to read as "Paisley St. James, Alight here for St. Mirren Park", as a compromise between supporter groups and the local transport regulators SPT. Paisley Gilmour Street is a 15 minute walk from St. Mirren Park, but has a much more frequent service from Glasgow Central.
The ground is very near to the M8 motorway and is accessed via junction 29. Fans travelling from North Ayrshire can also access the ground via the A737 road. There is a car park at the stadium for permit holders, but street parking is also available.
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