The Showgrounds (Coleraine)
|Location||Coleraine, Northern Ireland|
|Capacity||13,132 (2,496 safe capacity)|
The Showgrounds is a football stadium in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. It is the home ground of Coleraine F.C.. The stadium holds 13,132, but is currently restricted to 2,496 under safety legislation.
Between September 1971 and October 1972, Derry City F.C. were forced to use the stadium as their home-ground after the Irish Football Association banned the use of their ground in Derry, the Brandywell, due to security fears emanating from the Trouble and civil unrest in the nearby Bogside area. Derry's use ended in 1972 when, faced with dwindling crowds, travelling to Coleraine to play home-games was no longer financially sustainable.
The Showgrounds also hosts the Milk Cup finals and main matches. The Milk Cup is an international youth football tournament which features both international teams and league clubs from around the world.
- http://www.worldstadiums.com/europe/countries/united_kingdom/northern_ireland.shtml Stadiums in Northern Ireland
- Northern Ireland Assembly Answer to Written Question AQW1178/11 Archived 30 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
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