King George V Park

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King George V Park
LocationSt. John's, Newfoundland
OwnerCity of St. John's
OperatorCity of St. John's
Capacity6,400 (Soccer)
Record attendance13,000 (Canada  v  Honduras, 14 September 1985)
Opened22 June 1925
Construction cost$ 3,500,000
Memorial Sea-Hawks
Holy Cross

King George V Park is a soccer-specific stadium in St. John's, Newfoundland, located at the head of Quidi Vidi Lake in downtown St. John's. The stadium was built in 1925 as the National stadium of Newfoundland. It is the oldest surviving soccer specific stadium in North America, and hosts the Memorial Sea-Hawks soccer teams.


The most famous game played at King George V was on 14 September 1985 when over 13,000 people witnessed Canada's 2–1 victory over Honduras to win the 1985 CONCACAF Championship; the match also qualified Canada for their first World Cup (Mexico, 1986). It was a momentous occasion and is considered to be the first high point of Canadian soccer history.[1]

The stadium played host to the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship.

In 2005 construction began on a major renovation involving widening and lengthening the field surface, installing an underground irrigation system, constructing new locker room facilities as well as expanding the bleacher seating. In 2006, the natural grass playing surface was replaced with a FieldTurf pitch.[2] It seats 6,400 for soccer today.[3]

In 2008, KGV played host to the Challenge Cup and the Jubilee Trophy.


  1. ^ "Moment 1: Canada qualifies for FIFA World Cup". June 3, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  2. ^ "King George V Park". June 3, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "King George V Park".

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Coordinates: 47°34′39.95″N 52°42′05.03″W / 47.5777639°N 52.7013972°W / 47.5777639; -52.7013972