Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, Enfield

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Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
Queen Elizabeth Stadium Enfield Town.jpg
LocationDonkey Lane, Enfield, London, England
Coordinates51°39′33.6″N 0°03′49.86″W / 51.659333°N 0.0638500°W / 51.659333; -0.0638500Coordinates: 51°39′33.6″N 0°03′49.86″W / 51.659333°N 0.0638500°W / 51.659333; -0.0638500
OwnerEnfield Council
Capacity2,500
Opened1953[1]
Tenants
Enfield Town
Enfield and Haringey
London Skolars (2014)
Enfield Borough (2016–2018)
New Salamis

The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium is a multi-use sports venue in Enfield, London. Built initially as a venue for athletics, in 2011 a three-year refurbishment was completed to allow the stadium to be used for football.[1] The Stadium is a Grade II Listed Building.[2]

History[edit]

In 1939, construction of a new sports venue for Enfield began. The centerpiece was an athletics stadium, with additional space on the site for ball sports and a swimming pool.[1] Due to the Second World War, work on the site was suspended, with the stadium not being completed until 1953.[1] The athletics stadium, named after Queen Elizabeth II for her Silver Jubilee in 1977,[3] was used as a training venue by a number of significant British athletes, including Sebastian Coe, Daley Thompson and Linford Christie, all of whom won Olympic titles.[4]

By 2008, the venue had fallen into disuse. Enfield Town F.C., which had been formed in 2001, and who had been groundsharing with Brimsdown Rovers,[5] came to an agreement with Enfield Council to refurbish the stadium for use as a multi-use venue, with the track being resurfaced and the stadium brought up to the standard required for football in the Isthmian League.[5][6] Enfield Town moved to their new stadium in 2011, with their first official game taking place against a Tottenham Hotspur XI.[7]

In 2014, during upgrades to the New River Stadium, the London Skolars played six home games at the QEII stadium during the second half of the rugby league season.[8]

In 2018, the stadium was one of the venues for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup, with ten games played there: six group games, and four in the knockout round, including the final on 9 June 2018.[9]

Facilities[edit]

The main element part of the stadium is the pavilion, completed in 1953. This is a Grade II listed building built in Art Deco style,[10][1] and serves as the clubhouse, main stand and changing rooms. Opposite the main stand is a second, small seated stand, while behind each goal, inside the perimeter of the running track, are two covered terraces. The running track was reduced from eight lanes to six during the refurbishment from 2008-2010.[11]

Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, taken from the Clubhouse, showing the covered seating, two covered end terraces and six lane track.

International football[edit]

Year Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Attendance Part of
2018 31 May  Abkhazia 3–0  Tibet 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Group B
2018 31 May  Northern Cyprus 1–1 Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Group B
2018 2 June  Abkhazia 0–2 Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Group B
2018 2 June  Northern Cyprus 3–1  Tibet 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Group B
2018 3 June  Northern Cyprus 2–2  Abkhazia 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Group B
2018 3 June Westarmeniaflag.jpg Western Armenia 4–0 Kabylie Kabylie 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Group D
2018 5 June  Matabeleland 0–0
(3-4 on penalties)
 Kabylia 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Placement Round 1
2018 7 June  Tibet 1–8  Kabylia 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Placement Round 2
2018 9 June  Padania 0–0
(5-4 on penalties)
 Székely Land 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Third-Place Play-Off
2018 9 June Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Kárpátalja 0-0
(3-2 on penalties)
 Northern Cyprus 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup Final

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Queen Elizabeth II Stadium". Open House London. 2017. Archived from the original on 8 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ "LIST OF BUILDINGS OF SPECIAL ARCHITECTURAL OR HISTORIC INTEREST" (PDF). Enfield Council. November 2017.
  3. ^ "Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Enfield". Modernism in Metro-Land. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. ^ Hardiman, David (11 November 2011). "Enfield Town FC get £6m Queen Elizabeth II Stadium off to a winning start". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Ten Years Of Enfield Town". Twohundredpercent. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Seb Coe inspects new athletics track at QEII". Enfield Council. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  7. ^ Ollerenshaw, Andy (January 2012). "Launch of the QEII". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ "London Skolars to play home games at Enfield Town's QEII Stadium". London Skolars. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Stadium and ticketing information for CONIFA's 2018 Paddy Power World Football Cup". ConIFA. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Venue Hire". Enfield Town F.C. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Enfield Council Planning Committee Reporrt - Queen Elizabeth Stadium". Enfield Council. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2018.