|Clubs||Cambridge United FC|
|Inauguration||31/08/1932 (Cambridge United FC - Cambridge University Press)|
|Renovations||1934, 1954, 1970, 2002|
|Record attendance||14,000 (Cambridge United FC - Chelsea FC, 01.05.1970)|
Abbey Stadium – stadium description
This Cambridge-based stadium was donated to United in 1931 along with a grandstand accommodating players (not opened until 1934) by Henry Francis and has since been the home of CUFC.
Since 1934 it was gradually improved until finally being a fully enclosed ground in 1954. In 1970 floodlights were first lit and the club played Chelsea to celebrate it, drawing largest ever crowd of 14,000.
In 1990s United had a chance to win Premier League promotion spot, but instead went down by four tiers, thus losing any hope for stadium improvement. Officials refused to installed the recommended plastic seats all around the ground, arguing they would only do that when advancing to a league requiring such facilities.
In 2004 further financial trouble caused the club to sell Abbey Stadium to a private entity. Despite attempts by fans to buy it back, the ground still doesn't formally belong to United.
England: Cambridge United buys back Abbey Stadium
Cambridge-based club had to sell its home ground in 2004 to stay afloat. Now, it has bought it back. Days of struggle seem to be over for United, as the team no longer thinks about survival, instead, it seeks to progress.
New design: Cambridge United's ambitions on show
It might be one of the most iconic small stadiums across England. Except it's a really early vision, with no funding or even a solid, predictable price tag. So let's see if CUFC find an investor willing to be part of the scheme.
New design: Abbey Stadium to lift Cambridge United up
This scheme is expected to give The U’s financial stability and establish them as a Championship side. But first each of the planned three phases has to be delivered.
England: Cambridge United hoping for stadium redevelopment
As the plan to build new stadium was rejected by the city council, now Cambridge United may see their existing Abbey Stadium revamped by private investors. Planning application is expected in April 2014. Report by BBC.
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