Meadowbank Stadium

Capacity16 500
7,500 (Covered and seated)
Country Scotland
CityEdinburgh
ClubsEdinburgh City FC
Inauguration 1970
Construction 1967-1970
Renovations 1994, 1999
Address 139-141 London Road; EH7 6AE Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Description: Meadowbank

One of the best situated stadia in Edinburgh lies just a few hundred meters south of the Easter Rd Stadium. Due to its multi-functionality it's mostly used by local athletes. Built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, it received a running track and has three indoor halls integrated with the main, southern stand.

This grandstand is the stadium's only one, with remaining sides having simply benches mounted onto land slopes. Thus all of the 7,500 seats are located south of the pitch and covered, making up for almost half of the stadium's capacity.

But its size was never an issue for football fans, or at least it was never too small. Home team Meadowbank Thistle couldn't get more than 1,000 people inside and this was among reasons for the club's relocation to Livingston in 1995. That meant Edinburgh City, a local league club, remains currently the sole football tenant.

However, as one would assume, it's not all about football here. Commonwealth Games were held here twice, in 1970 and 1986. Dozens of other sporting events came as well, with concerts joining between 2005-2008, bringing the likes of Radiohead, Muse or Kaiser Chiefs here.

Priority still remains within local sportsmanship, shown very well in 2006, when thousands of people opposed city's plans to tear the stadium down and make way for residential estate. Since then no decision as to the venue's future has been made, but it's apparent one has to come soon with desperate need for improvements of building anew.

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