Kenilworth Road Stadium
|209 (Business seats)
|1800 (Away section)
|Luton Town FC
|04.09.1905 (Luton Town - Plymouth Argyle, 0-0)
|1922-23, 1937, 1953, 1954, 1985, 1991, 2005
|30 069 (Luton Town - Blackpool, 04.03.1959)
Kenilworth Road – stadium description
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.
How Kenilworth Road compares to other Premier League stadiums?
England: Jurgen Klopp endorses Luton Town's Kenilworth Road Stadium
Luton Town's venue, the Kenilworth Road Stadium, is one of the smallest in Premier League history. As it turns out, the arena is admired even by the big names in the league. Despite the atmosphere at the stadium, it's hard for a team from a small town to stay afloat in the world's best league.
England: Luton Town finally played at home in the Premier League
The case of Luton Town is one of the most exciting stadium stories in England. After all, there is no lack of big, modern venues, but it is the small, sometimes crumbling stadiums that convey a truly English atmosphere. That is certainly the case with Kenilworth Road Stadium, whose inaugural Premier League fixture took place just last weekend.
England: Premier League club's stadium was to be part of F1 circuit
Formula 1 at Wembley or London's Olympic Stadium? Back in 2012, there was speculation about the possibility of hosting a race for the Queen of motorsport in the British capital city. As it turns out, 10 years earlier another English city had a similar plan.
England: 'The ball smashed my window' - what do Luton residents think of their stadium?
How do they live next to one of the world's most peculiar stadiums? The Premier League kicks off, and it includes an arena sandwiched between buildings about which not everything has yet been said. So let's give the floor to eyewitnesses.
England: Luton Town to receive nearly half a million pounds for stadium renovation
Kenilworth Stadium, Luton Town's venue, was on the lips of many supporters when the small club was recently promoted to the Premier League. The main topic of consideration was that the arena did not meet several of the requirements of England's top league. It turns out that Luton Town will receive a lot of funding to make changes to their ground.
England: Luton with promotion and new stadium design
Luton Town FC is famous not only for their historic promotion to the Premier League, but also for their stadium, which has stolen the hearts of fans from all over the world with its old-school style. The club's board of directors, while proud of the age-old arena, has made concrete plans for a new facility.
England: Where will Luton Town play after promotion to the Premier League?
Just one game separates the Luton team from playing in England's top division. They will play for a place in the Premier League against either Middlesbrough or Coventry City. If Luton win at Wembley, the club's authorities will have to consider their future stadium.
England: Luton Town raised most of the funds to build the stadium
Clubs are building new stadiums not only in the Premier League. The Hatters' infrastructure plans look better and better as they have amassed a substantial sum to finance the construction of a new home.
England: Safe standing trials in Premier League and Championship
There has been talk for some time about introducing safe standing in the two highest leagues in the country. In 2019, the government assured about the imminent change of the regulations, but these were not introduced until 2 years later.
England: More English clubs go cashless
Cashless solutions at Premier League stadiums are a standard rather than unique innovations. Other clubs follow such upgrades, with lower-tier teams adopting the same approach. Luton Town, Leyton Orient and Derby County announced their stadiums will be fully cashless.
England: Luton set goal to relocate in 2024
Luton Town have revealed the latest renderings of what’s planned at the Power Court site. A lot has changed, although the stadium design remains almost untouched. New opening date: 2024.
England: Luton Town rethinking stadium design due to COVID-19
In an online conference with supporters executive director Gary Sweet informed them that changes are necessary to the new stadium design. Amended documentation should be filed within weeks.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
England: 341 games in five “regional hubs”?
In case not all stadiums are available to host games of Championship, League One and League Two, the EFL is considering using stadium clusters to hold the 341 remaining league games of 2019/20.
England: Safe standing in Premier League and Championship from 2021?
Though physically safe standing is already in Premier League, legally it's still prohibited. But that might change as the government is expected to act quickly, possibly introducing legal standing in 2021.
England: Have Luton Town won, finally?
Each time it seems they're close to construction in Luton, something pops up. But now nothing more should indeed stand in their way, main opponents decided to step back and no longer obstruct.
England: Luton hit by new delay
Request for judicial review by potential competition is the latest setback for Luton Town. It remains unclear how much time it could cost but the football club and borough council remain defiant in their decision to proceed.
England: Luton spends £1m on stadium facilities
As LutonToday informs, Luton Town stadium underwent renovations before club’s first in over a decade season in The Championship. The club’s owners spent over £1m on new facilities.
England: Luton plans won't be called in
The biggest remaining threat for Luton Town's stadium plans is no more. Secretary of state decided not to commission a review of the Newlands Park planning permission, which would have delay the project.
England: Power Court one more step closer
With the supporting commercial development now approved, Luton Town's stadium scheme can officially go forward. Two issues may still arise but unless planning permission is challenged, we should see construction this year.