|Other names||Reynolds Arena (2003-2004), New Stadium (2004-2005), Williamson Motors Stadium (2005-2006), 96.6 TFM Darlington Arena (2006-2007), Balfour Webnet Darlington Arena (2007-2009), The Northern Echo Darlington Arena (2009-2011)|
|Inauguration||15.08.2003 (Darlington FC - Kidderminster Harriers, 0-2)|
|Cost||20 mln Ł|
|Address||Darlington Football Stadium, Darlington, DL2 1DL|
Darlington Arena – stadium description
The stadium was built in 2003 as part of millionaire George Reynolds’s investment in Darlington FC. Due to ambitious action Reynolds was soon named patron of the ground. However, less than a year after opening the name was changed as the investor had been arrested for defrauding money. The venue was then taken over by two businessmen, Philip Scott and Graham Sizer.
Since the opening capacity was restricted to 10,000 by local authorities who found local road infrastructure insufficient to cope with larger crowds. However, if hosting events with greater demand, organizers can apply for one-time permissions to open more parts of the stadium.
England: Darlington Arena comes back to life?
The 25,000-seater that proved to be Darlington FC's doom has been abandoned this year as the club dissolved. But as it was bought by local rugby side, it's expected to start operating again soon.
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.