Riverside Stadium, Drumahoe

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Riverside Stadium
Riverside
Capacity 3,110 (1,540 seated)
Construction
Built 1980
Opened 1980
Tenants
Institute F.C.

Riverside Stadium, formerly the YMCA Grounds, is a football stadium in Drumahoe, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is the home ground of Institute F.C. of the NIFL Championship. The stadium holds 3,110 people with 1,540 seated.

In 1980, a site at Drumahoe was purchased jointly by the Presbyterian Working Men's Institute (of which Institute was the football team) and the local YMCA. The new football grounds were not opened officially until January 1985, but Institute had been playing at the YMCA Grounds since 1980.[1]

The development of a stadium began in 1995 when the club established a committee to plan the its development with a view to gaining entry to the Irish League B Division, the top level of intermediate football. The ground was enclosed by a new security fence, and new changing rooms, toilets, facilities for disabled fans, rooms for hospitality and a shop, and two new turnstiles were added and admission to the B Division was achieved in 1996. A second phase of development resulted in the erection of a new 300-seater stand and floodlights. This was enough to gain senior status with admission to the Irish League First Division in 1999.[2]

In May 2008, the club secured £800,000 worth of funding for improvements to the ground. In May 2009, the club installed new floodlights at each corner of the ground, and in November 2010, more ground development began, involving the building of a new 800-seater stand at one of the goal-mouths. This work was completed in August 2011.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Institute FC
  2. ^ Institute FC
  3. ^ BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Foyle and West | £800K stadium boost for Institute

Coordinates: 54°58′34.04″N 7°16′42.21″W / 54.9761222°N 7.2783917°W / 54.9761222; -7.2783917