Kenilworth Road Stadium
|209 (Business seats)|
|1800 (Away section)|
|Clubs||Luton Town FC|
|Inauguration||04.09.1905 (Luton Town - Plymouth Argyle, 0-0)|
|Renovations||1922-23, 1937, 1953, 1954, 1985, 1991, 2005|
|Record attendance||30 069 (Luton Town - Blackpool, 04.03.1959)|
Description: Kenilworth Road
Luton Town has been playing here since 1905. Now this may seem a noble history, but back in the days it was a must, because in 1905 Luton had to move from their previous gorund, which was sold on short notice by the owner. And though Luton Town aim in leaving the ground since 1955, they haven't succeeded so far. They never became any of England's top clubs, but surely they've got their achievements at Kenilsworth Rd, to name just avarage attendance of over 25,000 fans per game at peak.
But before crowds began flocking the ground, money had to be invested. In 1921 main stand was consumed by a fire and had to be rebuilt. The structure raised in 1923 stands until now, of course with a few revamps along the way. In 1953 a friendly against Turkish Fenerbahce inaugurated floodlights at the ground and a year after that crowds of over 25,000 were attending nearly every game. Unfortunately in further decades attendance was constantly dropping due to installing seats on all stands. In 1985 it was already an all-seater with just over 10,000 seats, as it is until now.
An interesting fact is the membership scheme introduced by the club in 1985. For 5 years authorities were allowing only local people into the ground, causing criticism among away travelling and the FA as well. It even resulted in the club being banned from the League Cup for 4 years until Luton finally dropped the idea.
England: Luton impatient over stadium impasse
Luton Town chief executive described his club's planning application delays as unfathomable in a recent letter to fans posted in official match programme. He expressed hope for a planning permission by mid-March, but that doesn't seem to happen.
Luton: “I'm confident but it isn't a done deal”
Luton Town CEO assures fans he won't give up on the project. However, Power Court stadium now faces opposition from Capital & Regional and the fight won't be a walk in the park.
England: Unexpected opposition for Power Court stadium
Operator of nearby shopping centre launched an unexpected campaign against the planned Luton Town stadium Power Court. Luton's supporters decided to hit back and not without merit!
England: Luton Town submit planning application
One of the most unique stadiums across the United Kingdom is now officially awaiting approval from local authorities. And Luton assure that Brexit shouldn’t impact the scheme at all.
England: Luton Town’s stadium with a hat
New renderings are here and public consultation will soon begin. Later Luton Town will seek planning permission and proceed with their 17,500-capacity stadium at Power Court.
New design: Luton Town show their ambitions
They’ve only been back to “the 92” for one season, but Luton Town are already planning a brand new stadium. Early renderings were presented just before Christmas and 2016 should be interesting!
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.