The Airfield

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Not to be confused with Airfield.
The Airfield
Airfield 3g.jpg
Location Broughton, Wales
Coordinates 53°10′17″N 2°58′53″W / 53.171492°N 2.9815189°W / 53.171492; -2.9815189Coordinates: 53°10′17″N 2°58′53″W / 53.171492°N 2.9815189°W / 53.171492; -2.9815189
Capacity 1,600 (500 seated)
Surface 3G Artificial Turf

The Airfield, also known by its sponsored name as the Hollingsworth Group International Airfield,[1] is a football stadium in Broughton, Flintshire in Wales. It is home to Airbus UK Broughton F.C. who play in the Welsh Premier League.[2] In 2014, the grass surface was replaced with a 3G synthetic pitch.[2]

History[edit]

One of the retractable floodlights

The Airfield is noted in Welsh football for having retractable floodlights due to the ground being located close to a working runway at Hawarden Airport.[3] Steve Williams, chairman of the Football Association of Wales stated that he wanted the Wales national football teams to play more international matches in North Wales. The Airfield was suggested as a location for friendlies however The Airfield does not meet UEFA standards meaning the only international ground in North Wales is the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.[4] Due to failing to meet UEFA standards, Airbus UK Broughton also have to play their home UEFA competition matches away from The Airfield.[5]

In 2004, Airbus UK Broughton were promoted from the Cymru Alliance into the League of Wales. However The Airfield did not meet the LOW's standards. Airbus UK Broughton decided to groundshare at Conwy United's Morfa Stadium in order to partake in the league while they upgraded The Airfield.[6] Airbus UK's first opponents in the League of Wales at The Airfield were Total Network Solutions.[7] In 2012, Airbus UK Broughton sold the naming rights of The Airfield to the Hollingsworth Group and renamed The Airfield.[1] Due to regular waterlogging of the pitch, The Airfield's grass surface was replaced with a 3G synthetic pitch in 2014. This came after funding was raised by UEFA, the FAW and the Airbus Sports and Social Club.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wingmakers rename stadium" (PDF). Welsh Premier Times. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "Airbus 3G pitch plans will 'secure club's long-term future', says boss". Chester Chronicle. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  3. ^ "For love of Wales local football". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  4. ^ Goodban, David (2012-02-09). "Airbus UK Broughton: Andy Preece tipped for success by Wales manager Chris Coleman". Daily Post. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  5. ^ Williams, Aled (2013-07-01). "Europa League: Bala Town, Airbus UK and Prestatyn Town's hopes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Airbus homecoming lands green light". Daily Post. Retrieved 2015-04-07 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Airbus given home lift-off". BBC News. 2004-09-16. Retrieved 2015-04-07.