Craven Park, Hull

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Craven Park
Craven Park - geograph-710492-by-Peter-Church.jpg
Former names MS3 Craven Park, KC/KCOM Lightstream Stadium
Location Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU9 5HE, England
Coordinates 53°45′14″N 0°15′53″W / 53.75389°N 0.26472°W / 53.75389; -0.26472Coordinates: 53°45′14″N 0°15′53″W / 53.75389°N 0.26472°W / 53.75389; -0.26472
Owner Hull City Council
Operator Hull Kingston Rovers
Capacity 12,225[1]
Surface Grass
Opened 1989
Tenants
Hull Kingston Rovers (1989–present)
Hull Vikings (1995–2005)
Hull United (2015–2016)[2]

Craven Park (known as KCOM Craven Park for sponsorship reasons) and also referred to as New Craven Park is the home of Hull Kingston Rovers R.F.C. It is situated on Preston Road in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Rugby League[edit]

Hull Kingston Rovers[edit]

Hull Kingston Rovers moved to the new ground in 1989 from the Old Craven Park which was sited on Holderness Road.[3] The stadium was the former home to the Hull Vikings speedway team, but they left when the ground was refurbished for Hull Kingston Rovers use in the Super League. The first match was played against Trafford Borough packing in a full capacity 8,500 crowd to watch. Rovers convincingly started the new era, and in that season were crowned Division Two champions.[4]

International matches[edit]

Craven Park has hosted five rugby league internationals.

The list of international rugby league matches played at Craven Park is:[5]

Game# Date Result Attendance Notes
1 29 October 2000  Fiji def.  Russia 38–12 2,187 2000 Rugby League World Cup Group 1
2 15 November 2000  Morocco def.  Japan 12–8 2000 Rugby League Emerging Nations Tournament
3 3 November 2012  England def.  France 44–6 7,173 2012 England vs France [6]
4 27 October 2013  France def.  Papua New Guinea 9–8 7,481 2013 Rugby League World Cup Group B
5 4 November 2013  Samoa def.  Papua New Guinea 38–4 6,871 2013 Rugby League World Cup Group B [7]
6 28 October 2016  Australia def.  Scotland 54–12 5,337 2016 Rugby League Four Nations [8]

Stadium development and layout[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2006 the ground and pitch were substantially improved as the club sought a return to the top flight of English rugby league. Plans for Hull Kingston Rovers to move from Craven Park to a new purpose-built rugby league stadium to be constructed at a new, unconfirmed site were suggested in 2007, but shortly after this, Hull City Council, in partnership with Kingston Community Developments Limited and Hull Kingston Rovers, announced that terms for lease agreements had been reached to support the long-term future of Craven Park. These terms enabled investment and development of the stadium to move forward.

The initial phase of redeveloping Craven Park was the lease purchase of a temporary seated stand which replaced the use of the inadequate south terrace for visiting away fans. Hull Kingston Rovers' second season in Super League coincided with work beginning on the extension of the standing terraced East Stand. This extension increased the capacity of the stand by 1,120 bringing its overall capacity to 4,750. A similar extension to the opposite end of the stand was completed in 2009.

A new purpose built South Stand is likely to house away supporters. This would allow the new North Stand to be used by home fans. A new South Stand is likely to have a capacity of around 2,500 with facilities that will take the club forward. Designs are yet to be announced, but it is likely to be a terraced stand. An extension to the East Stand and a new purpose built South Stand will take the grounds capacity to 14,500, which would see Craven Park become the 2nd largest Championship, only beaten by the Odsal Stadium, and should they return, it become the 7th largest Super League ground.

Layout[edit]

Colin Hutton North Stand[edit]

Colin Hutton North Stand.

Capacity- 2,600 (seated)
The North Stand was originally a temporary stand that was erected after the ground ceased being used as an athletic venue. In 2013, the new £8 million Colin Hutton North Stand opened for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup game between Papua New Guinea and France. The North Stand also deliver an Enterprise Business Centre and Training Centre. There are 42 fully furnished offices which make up the Enterprise Units, all of which are located on different floors within the North Stand.

Roger Millward West Stand[edit]

Roger Millward West Stand.

Capacity- 5,000 (seated)
The West Stand includes the main seated stand a small terraced area below executive boxes, which holds around 500 fans. The stand houses the stadium's main changing rooms that were redeveloped before the 2014 season to improve the size and facilities of the changing room. Inside the stand there is the Robins Nest & Harry Poole bar for home and away fans. This is a restaurant with pitch side views and exclusive player and coach interviews after a match. The stand also houses the TV gantry.

Joinery Depot East Stand[edit]

Joinery Depot East Stand.

Capacity- (standing)
The East Stand is considered the Kop end of the ground and is covered terrace that runs almost the full length of the pitch. The right side was extended in 2008, and the left side is due for future expansion, although no date has been given.[9]

Academics South Terrace[edit]

Academics South Terrace.

Capacity- (standing)
There is currently a small stand in the south end of the ground that goes around where the greyhound track was. While the stand has fallen out of usage, it is opened up for games with high attendance, for example, derby games. Future plans are to build a permanent stand behind the sticks for away fans.

Renaming[edit]

On 25 January 2014, Hull Kingston Rovers announced that it had secured a new stadium naming rights partnership with local communications provider, KC.[10] Under a five-year agreement, Craven Park was renamed the KC Lightstream Stadium (following re-branding, it became the KCOM Lightstream Stadium), not to be confused with the KCOM Stadium in the west of the city. On 3 February 2017, it was renamed again, and is now known as KCOM Craven Park.[11]

Other sports[edit]

Football[edit]

On 21 October 2015, it was announced that Non-League football team Hull United A.F.C. will play their home games at the stadium.[2]

Greyhound racing[edit]

The greyhound racing operation followed Hull Kingston Rovers to their new home from Old Craven Park after it closed in 1989. The first race meeting was held on 11 November 1989.[12] The management team of John Kennedy and Roy Thickett had overseen the move and set up racing for Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights. The new circuit had a circumference of 415 metres and race distances of 290, 462, 490, 655 & 705 metres. Prentice Racing came in as new promoters during the nineties but the racing switched to the Boulevard Stadium in 2003.[13] Both the speedway and greyhound tracks were grassed over.

Speedway[edit]

Speedway arrived in 1995 hosting the Hull Vikings but finished in 2005.

Boxing[edit]

In 2015, Craven Park hosted the 'Rumble on the Humber', where after ten rounds, Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell defeated local rival Tommy Coyle, with crowds numbering around about 15,000.[14]

Quidditch[edit]

On 26 August 2017, Craven Park hosted the first ever Championship fixture of the Quidditch Premier League. The fixture involved eight teams from two regional divisions (North Division and South Division),[15] and the winners were the West Midlands Revolution.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium capacity increased". Hull Kingston Rovers. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Hull United move to Hull KR's KC Lightstream Stadium". Hull Daily Mail. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ground guide – Lightstream Stadium". Love Rugby League.com. 
  4. ^ "Club Honours". Hull Kingston Rovers club website. 
  5. ^ Craven Park at Rugby League Project
  6. ^ Hudson, Elizabeth (3 November 2012). "Autumn International Series: England 44–6 France". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013 fixtures announced". Code 13 Rugby League. 23 July 2012. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hull KR's Lightstream Stadium to host Australia v Scotland Four Nations opener". Hull Daily Mail. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hull KR: East stand extension ready to start". Hull Daily Mail. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Hull KR: Craven Park becomes KC Lightstream Stadium". Hull Daily Mail. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hull KR's Lightstream Stadium to be renamed KCOM Craven Park". Hull Daily Mail. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  12. ^ Barnes, Julia (1991). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 64. ISBN 0-948955-61-9. 
  13. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2003). Greyhound Annual 2004. Raceform. p. 158. ISBN 1-904317-21-9. 
  14. ^ "Luke Campbell beats Tommy Coyle in 'Rumble on the Humber' fight". ITV. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Divisions & Teams". Quidditch Premier League. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "West Midlands Revolution crowned Champions!". Quidditch Premier League. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "West Midlands Revolution crowned champions of first ever Quidditch Premier League". ITV News. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 

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