|Renovations||1903, 1941-1949, 1953, 1999|
|Record attendance||55,000 (Glentoran - Rangers, 1966)|
|Address||Parkgate Drive, Belfast BT4 1EW, Northern Ireland|
The Oval – stadium description
Despite being among Ulster’s oldest with opening back in 1892, this stadium was already the fourth venue to be used by Glentoran, even though the club started operation just a decade earlier.
New stands were built in 1903, but current look of the ground is an outcome of works done 50 years later, in 1953. Before that the Oval was bombed in 1941 and repaired until 1949.
Theoretically it’s able to hold up to 26,500 people with terracing throughout the perimeter of the pitch, but for safety reasons only two seated and covered sections are being opened nowadays, bringing actual size to just over 5,000 seats.
Northern Ireland: Government to release funds for stadiums
After many years of waiting, Ulster clubs are to receive financial help for the construction of new grounds or renovation of existing ones. National authorities are working on solutions for the distribution of money.
New design: Belfast’s Oval will no longer be an oval
Glentoran FC have officially submitted their plans for a brand new Oval stadium, which would stop being oval in any way. But after 129 years in use, new facilities would surely be appreciated.
Belfast: Glentoran will have a new stadium
After 124 years since the opening of their current home, Glentoran FC are set on building a 8,000-capacity stadium to replace The Oval. Funding is already secured.