Dumbarton Football Stadium
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
The stadium seen from Dumbarton Rock
Location in West Dunbartonshire
|Location||Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland|
Dumbarton Football Stadium is a stadium in Dumbarton, Scotland, used mostly for football matches; it is the home ground of Dumbarton Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 2,020, and was built in 2000 after the move away from Dumbarton's former home, Boghead Park. It was built on part of the site formerly occupied by Denny's shipyard. The stadium is 5-10 minutes walk from Dumbarton East railway station on the North Clyde Line. Dumbarton have the smallest stadium in the Scottish Championship, and the third smallest in the SPFL.
The stadium has just one stand, officially opened on Saturday 2 December 2000 prior to the visit of Elgin City; a match which ended 3–0 to the Sons. It is nicknamed The Rock by fans, as it is adjacent to Dumbarton Castle. Open areas ring the three sides without stands, which could be used for future expansion, were Dumbarton to undergo a revival and secure a place in the Scottish Premiership.
The Scotland international team have also used the stadium for training purposes before playing home matches.
Aside from football the stadium also hosts many other events; wedding receptions, conferences & various parties are held in the Allied Distillers suite. The ground has also been used for Cruise for Charity, an event which brings together modified car enthusiasts from around Scotland to raise money for charity.
The original name of the stadium, Strathclyde Homes Stadium, changed after the stadium sponsor, Strathclyde Homes, went into receivership in September 2011. On 18 February 2012, the stadium was officially renamed Dumbarton Football Stadium, sponsored by DL Cameron. It was renamed again, just five months later on 20 July 2012, The Bet Butler Stadium. On 9 July 2015, the stadium was unveiled as the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, after fan Alex Couper and his company took over the sponsorship. After the end of the 2016/17 season the name reverted back to Dumbarton Football Stadium.
- "Dumbarton Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- Dumbarton investigate new stadium, BBC Sport, 4 July 2009.
- STADIUM SPONSORSHIP Archived 18 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine., dumbartonfootballclub.com, 12 September 2011.
- STADIUM SPONSORSHIP, dumbartonfootballclub.com, 18 February 2012.
- STADIUM IS RENAMED[permanent dead link], dumbartonfootballclub.com, 20 July 2012.
- STADIUM SPONSORSHIP, dumbartonfootballclub.com, 10 July 2015.