Ten Acres

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Ten Acres
Full name Silverlake Stadium
Location Eastleigh, England
Coordinates 50°57′08.26″N 1°22′18.37″W / 50.9522944°N 1.3717694°W / 50.9522944; -1.3717694
Owner Eastleigh F.C.
Capacity 5,192 (2,700 seated)
Record attendance 5,250
Surface Grass
Opened 1957
Tenants
Eastleigh F.C.

Ten Acres, known as the Silverlake Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football ground in Eastleigh, England. It has been the home of Eastleigh since 1957 when they moved from Walnut Avenue.[1] The ground's record attendance is 5,250 for a FA Cup third round match against Bolton Wanderers on 9 January 2016.[2]

History[edit]

Eastleigh moved to Ten Acres in 1957 from their previous ground Walnut Avenue. In 1976 floodlights were installed.

In 2004, following promotion to the Isthmian League, the old wooden stand was knocked down and a new 352-seat grandstand was built on the halfway line, stretching for just under a third of the pitch. Behind the motorway end hard standing was hard standing with a cover, this was named the Silverlake Stand. In 2006, the roof was widened across the Silverlake Stand to cover the whole width of the pitch.

Until 2006, the area opposite the grandstand was just hard standing backing into a tall fir trees. During the summer of 2006, a metal back and roof were added, along with an electronic scoreboard on the roof which was the Premier Telecom stand.

In 2009, 150 seats were added to the middle of the Silverlake Stand to give Eastleigh the necessary ground grading to compete in the Conference South playoffs.

On 20 December 2012, concerning the situation regarding the stadium, the club announced that an offer had previously been made to the board at ‘Ten Acre Holdings’ (the current owners). Following discussions the board of Ten Acre Holdings felt that they were willing to accept the offer presented to them as long as the remaining shareholders also felt a desire to sell the ground at this stage. On this basis a full shareholders meeting was called and the outcome was that a clear large majority were in favour of accepting the offer and that the sale of the freehold should progress.

Ten Acre Holdings had been set up to safeguard the club and enable it to get back on a sound financial footing, which it has achieved over recent years. The proposed purchase was intended to provide the football club with the strongest possible opportunity to continue its progression.

The ground was, again, extensively redeveloped during 2014. New pitch side fencing was installed following damage to the previous fencing during Eastleighs championship winning game against Basingstoke. The former East stand at Sandy Park (home of Exeter chiefs RFC) was rebuilt along the premier telecom side of the ground as well as behind the clubhouse goal providing a covered terraced accommodation for 2,000 spectators. On 2 December 2014, the newly completed 2,290-seater South Stand was opened for the first time in a Conference Premier game against Dartford with the club allowing spectators in for free to celebrate the occasion.[3] The Mackoy Community Stand was officially opened on 28 February 2015 with a club and stadium record attendance of 4,216 for a conference premier match against Macclesfield, a live match on BT sport that Eastleigh won 4–0. The record was broken a year later when 5,250 watched the club's FA Cup third round match against Bolton.

The stand behind the clubhouse goal has been affectionately named the "shed end" and is where most vocal home fans congregate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eastleigh Pyramid Passion
  2. ^ Beleaguered Bolton take respite from Darren Pratley rescue at Eastleigh The Guardian, 10 January 2016
  3. ^ Gee, Wendy (2 December 2014). "Eastleigh's new stand open free of charge to spectators tonight". Daily Echo. Retrieved 2 December 2014.