Vitality Stadium (Dean Court)
|Other names||Seward Stadium (2011-2012)|
|Renovations||1925, 2001 (new stadium), 2013|
|Record attendance||28 799 (AFC Bournemouth - Manchester United, 1957)|
|Address||Kings Park, Bournemouth, Dorset, England|
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Description: Vitality Stadium
In 1910 the Cooper-Dean family donated part of their lands to the local football side. Stadium built on that ground was opened the same year and received the name Dean Court, honoring the donors. That name was official until 2011 when first naming rights contract was signed, changing official naming to Seward Stadium.
Historical venue was equipped in its first decades in one of stands built for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, the largest exhibition event ever with 27 million visitors. Dean Court lost its form in 2001 however, due to complete revamp. The pitch was rotated 90 degrees and moved slightly to increase distance from local housing. Three new stands were built and the open side on the South was later filled with a temporary stand. In 2005 Bournemouth sold the ground to Structadene developers and leases it since then.
Record attendance was set in 1957, when AFC Bournemouth matched Manchester United in the FA Cup. 28,799 people watched that game. Currently stands are all-seater sections accommodating 11,700 fans, mostly covered.
England: Bournemouth shortlisting new stadium sites
Premier League’s smallest stadium is far too small for AFC Bournemouth’s ambitions. They’ve already selected several potential sites for a brand new one.
England: Away fans must be placed pitch-side
From the 2017/18 Premier League season no club will be allowed to place away supporters far from the field. At least one section has to be placed just behind the field.
England: Bournemouth delay expansion plans
New south stand will have to wait. AFC Bournemouth have just stated they won’t begin expansion this summer.
England: Dean Court to grow, but still Premier League’s smallest
Despite planned capacity increase of almost 30%, AFC Bournemouth home stadium will remain the smallest throughout England’s Premier League.
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10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
England: Bournemouth, the Cinderella of Premier League
Thankfully it will all be decided on the pitch in terms of score. But the score on matchday revenue is already certain to be lowest across Premier League as Bournemouth prepare for their debut.
England: Bournemouth assure expansion is coming
Their ambition is to advance to the Premier League, but it’s not easy with one of Championship’s smallest stadiums. Now AFC Bournemouth reassure their fans: expansion will happen.
England: Bournemouth hope to expand stadium
They have just celebrated promotion to the Championship last weekend and already announce plans to expand the Dean Court by up to 40%. According to the BBC, the Cherries are hopeful of getting it done in just a few months!
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.
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