|Clubs||Plymouth Argyle FC|
|Nicknames||Theatre of Greens|
|Renovations||1920 (new stadium), 1945, 1952, 1964, 1984, 2001|
|Record attendance||43,596 (Plymouth - Aston Villa, 10.10.1936)|
|Address||Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ|
Home Park – stadium description
The venue was built in 1893 and for the first five years main tenants were rugby side Albion who moved out in 1898. Three years was the ground left unused until Argyle club became host to sporting events – initially in athletics, but soon football became the most important discipline. Back then the ground consisted of one wooden grandstand for some 2,000 people and tailings on remaining three sides.
First major revamp came in 1920 when the club advanced to Premier League and main stand was replaced by a covered concrete structure. So were the remaining sections, however they were transformed into uncovered terracing. New infrastructure for players and officials was also created, largely funded by supporters association. Following years saw the club draw large crowds with average around 20,000 in 1930’s and record attendance reached in 1936’s game against Aston Villa.
WWII bombings that hit Plymouth in 1941 due to its military base status haven’t spared the stadium. Main stand was almost destroyed and repaired after the conflict ended in 1945. It was later replaced by a two-tiered stand by Archibald Leitch (1952, along with floodlights), one of his last works. Until mid-80’s remaining stands were receiving cover.
Plans to build a completely new venue were drawn in 2001 with three stands being replaced that same year as part of first phase. Main grandstand was supposed to be next, but it hasn’t happened to date. In 2011 the club went into administration and municipality took over the ground.
How Home Park compares to other Championship venues?
England: Plymouth Argyle announce stadium improvements
The scope of works at Home Park will probably be revealed in the next couple of months. So far, the club has not released many details, but it is known that the expenses for the modernisation have already been approved by the board.
England: Plymouth to finally erect the missing main stand?
Their current south stand of Home Park is heavily outdated and is the last one not to be rebuilt entirely. That’s bound to change in 2019 if Plymouth Argyle get their way.
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England: Contractor selected for Plymouth’s new main stand
Worth some £10 million, the 4,800-seat grandstand is well on its way to be delivered within the 2-year deadline. Kier Construction has just been selected as preferred bidder for the construction contract.
England: Plymouth granted planning permission for south stand
City council granted planning permission for the new 4,800-seat stand that is to be built by private investor along with extensive retail development. Works should be done within two years.
England: Plymouth's stadium gains some charm
First murals arrived last year and this summer more were mounted on special boards to decorate the stadium and honour the traditions and success Plymouth Argyle enjoyed over the years.
Plymouth: Argyle want to expand Home Park
Talks began today about the plan to replace the old main stand with a new complex. It would include a conference centre, 120-room hotel, cinema and underground parking spots, The Herald reads.
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.