Stebonheath Park

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Stebonheath Park
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Location Evans Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA15 1EY
Owner Llanelli Town Council
Operator Llanelli A.F.C.
Surface Grass
Capacity 3,700 (1,005 seated)
Tenants
Llanelli A.F.C.
Llanelli AAC
19??-2013
1979-present

Stebonheath Park (Welsh: Parc Stebonheath) is a multi-use stadium in Llanelli, West Wales with a capacity of 3,700. It is primarily used as a football ground and was the home of Llanelli A.F.C. until the club folded in April 2013. It is also used for athletics and Llanelli Amateur Athletic Club (Llanelli AAC) are based at the stadium. It is owned by Llanelli Town Council.

History[edit]

Stebonheath Park has been used as a football ground since 1920.[1] It almost hosted League football in the 1930s but the club lost out coming second in the vote. At the time the ground had a large wooden grandstand, a covered end terrace and a large bank on the south side, and it could easily have been developed into a Third Division ground.[citation needed] The stand was subsequently demolished and the ground re-shaped to allow the building of an adjacent by-pass road.[citation needed]

Stebonheath Park was home to the Wales national rugby league team in the 1930's. Here Wales where crowned European Champions, after defeating England 17–9, on 10 November 1938. The Great Frank Whitcombe made his debut for Wales in this game.

The stadium has been owned by Llanelli Town Council since 1977. The council undertook major redevelopmemts of the stadium which included floodlighting, a new 700 seater main stand, new terracing, a function room social club as well as all-weather training facilities for the athletics club.[1][2] In July 2008, a new open seated stand was built on existing terracing along one side of the ground with about 300 seats.[citation needed]

Around the pitch is a narrow 400 metre running track with four lanes on each straight. It is the narrowest 400m track in the United Kingdom.[3]

On 28 February 2006 the stadium hosted an international match between Wales Under-21s and Northern Ireland Under-21s, with the Northern Irish side winning 1-0.[4]

Local junior football finals are held at the stadium.[citation needed] The Welsh Cup final has been staged at the stadium including the 2002-03 season final between Barry Town and Cwmbran Town as well as the 2004-05 final between Total Network Solutions and Carmarthen Town.[5] On 6 May 2007 Stebonheath Park staged the 120th Welsh Cup final between Carmarthen Town and Afan Lido.[6]

On 31 October 2008 the stadium hosted a Victory Shield match between Wales under-16 and England under-16 which was shown live on Sky Sports.[7]

Llanelli AFC[edit]

Although the stadium was the home of Llanelli AFC, they used to play major games at Stradey Park which had a capacity of 10,800. Stradey Park was demolished in late 2008 and an option for major games was the then newly built 14,340 capacity Parc y Scarlets.

The new open seated stand at Stebonheath Park enabled Llanelli to host European matches, the first being a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Latvian club FK Ventspils in July 2008.

Llanelli AAC[edit]

Lanelli AAC, which was formed in 1978, is based at the stadium and caters for all standards of track and field athletics, cross-country running and road running.[8]

Records[edit]

The record attendance at Stebonheath Park is 1,410 for a Welsh Premier League football match between Llanelli and Barry Town on 14 January 2000.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Football & Athletics - Stebonheath Park". Llanelli Town Council. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Stebonheath Report". Welsh Premier Football. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Stebonheath Park Track". UK Running Track Directory. 12 January 2002. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Wales U21 0-1 N Ireland U21". BBC Sport. 28 February 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "TNS face long haul for final". Welsh Premier Football. 12 April 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Carmarthen 3-2 Afan Lido". Carmarthen Town A.F.C. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Lavery, Glen (31 October 2008). "Afobe wins it for Lions". The Football Association. Retrieved 31 October 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Llanelli Athletic Club". Llanelli Athletic Club. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Stebonheath Park". Welsh Premier Football. Retrieved 31 October 2008. [dead link]

Coordinates: 51°41′02″N 4°08′51″W / 51.6839°N 4.1476°W / 51.6839; -4.1476