The Kuflink Stadium (Stonebridge Road)
|Clubs||Ebbsfleet United FC|
|Other names||PHB Stadium (2014–2017)|
|Record attendance||12,032 (Gravesend & Northfleet – Sunderland AFC, 02/1963)|
|Address||Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9GN, United Kingdom|
The Kuflink Stadium – stadium description
The stadium in Northfleet (eastern outskirts of London) lies in an industrial location just 400 meters from the Thames. Local club has been constantly using the site since 1905. Initially as Northfleet United, then Gravesend & Northfleet FC and now Ebbsfleet United, the side had a different ground only in its earliest days, back in the 19th century. Temporary hosts that played at least one season here include Dartford FC, Gillingham FC and Charlton Athletic reserves.
Ebbsfleet United became recognized worldwide in 2007 as the first ever football club to be managed by online users. This brought a publicity boost and initially helped gather funds, but in 2013 the team went back to traditional managing and ownership system.
On the western side of the stadium is the new (completed in 2017) stand. Opposite it is also a covered, though much older, structure. The south end is also covered and has been seated since 2006. It’s mostly occupied by local fans, while away teams are usually allocated in the north, where the only open terrace stands.
Before the great reform of the 1990s the stadium was able to hold over 10,000 people. All-time high came in 1963, when the local side fought Sunderland in the FA Cup. Official number for the game is over 12,000. Since the conversion to seats, the largest recorded crowd is 4,068 at the Canvey Island game in 2002.
Since 2009, the club had been seeking permission to redevelop the stadium. The original concept was rejected by the local authorities, but in 2015 the club, with a modified design, managed to gain the support of the local government and a new west stand was built between 2016 and 2017.
England: New stadium for Ebbsfleet United
Ebbsfleet United, playing in England's National League South, has unveiled ambitious plans to build a new 8,000-seat stadium in the heart of the waterfront entertainment and shopping destination. This paves the way for a new multi-purpose stadium with improved facilities and usable space to replace the team's current facility.
England: Ebbsfleet granted planning permission
After Boston, now plans for the Stonebridge Road redevelopment are approved. Ebbsfleet United may begin works as early as end of May.
New additions: 110 years of history and the future at Ebbsfleet
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