|4,000 (North stand)|
|6,000 (East stand)|
|4,000 (South Stand)|
|11,000 (West stand (main))|
|28 (Executive boxes)|
|Clubs||Hull City AFC|
|Floodlights||1 200 lux|
|Inauguration||18.12.2002 (Hull City - Sunderland 1-0)|
|Record attendance||25,280 (England - Netherlands U21, 2004)|
|Project||Miller Partnership / Arup Sport|
|Address||Walton Street, Hull, HU3 6HU|
|Notice||The stadium may be nelarged by adding a 2nd tier over the east stand.|
Description: KCOM Stadium
The idea to build a new stadium came about in 1997, when existing Boothferry Park was fund well below stricter standards of ‘post-Taylor’ reform. However, insufficient funding initially blocked the development.
Thorough analysis of several plots in the city and outside Hull ended with West Park being selected. The place is both near city centre and in a fair distance from homes, not deteriorating residents’ comfort on matchdays.
Planning and design were done by Arup Sport and Miller Partnership – both companies renowned for their other English stadium work. Single-tiered bowl (topped by a second tier only on the west side) were to accommodate between 25 and 30,000 people. Though capacity was finally left at 25,000, possibility to expand by adding another tier to the east still remains. 28 skyboxes are included in capacity, all located between tiers of the main stand.
Stadium is owned by the municipality as it provided £42 out of £44 million. This was possible when Hull sold their shares in Kingston Communications, stadium name sponsor. Despite some difficulties along the way, construction ended within expected budget and schedule (14 months).
Selected colours have a meaning – seats in black-white-amber are to fit two tenant clubs: Hull City (black-amber) and rugby team Hull FC (black-white). Meanwhile external towers in blue-gold colours resemble Hull’s municipal crest.
Both football and rugby sides provide week-to-week use for the ground nowadays, though City are said to be analyzing a possible move due to inability to buy the stadium from the municipality. National teams in both disciplines also play some fixtures here, though the stadium isn’t of major importance nationwide. Summer concerts bring stars every year, with the likes of Elton John, Bon Jovi or R.E.M. playing.
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.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
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.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
England: Fans to protest ticket prices again
On August 14 supporters from across England will demonstrate in London, showing their outrage with pricing policies at Premier League clubs. Some season tickets have risen by 30-40% for the upcoming season and only Manchester City offers any season ticket below £300.
England: Premier League stadiums not fit for disabled fans
Only 3 of the 20 Premier League grounds meet all guidelines in terms of accessibility. World's richest league made little progress despite current guidelines being 10 years old.
England: Hull owners consider leaving KC Stadium
After failed attempt to buy the stadium from municipal authorities, Hull City AFC hope to move away. One condition is reaching promotion back to the Premier League, BBC reports.
England: Further clubs support safe standing
The list of clubs appealing to test and potentially allow standing areas back inside English stadia is growing. Back in January it was just Aston Villa, now it’s 10 clubs in England and Scottish Premier League.
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.