|Other names||Pittodrie Park (1899-1968)|
|Inauguration||02/09/1899 (Aberdeen - Dumbarton FC, 7-1)|
|Construction||02/1899 - 08/1899|
|Renovations||1925, 1959, 1968, 1978, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1993|
|Record attendance||45,061 (Aberdeen FC - Heart of Midlothian, 13/03/1954)|
|Address||Pittodrie Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5QH|
Pittodrie Stadium – stadium description
Late into the 19th century this stadium’s site was used as a dung hill for police horses. In 1899 it was selected by the newly-formed Aberdeen football club (since 1903 Aberdeen FC) and within half a year the place was converted into a field with embankments around it.
Due to its location on the east-west axis, the stadium has its main grandstand in the north. It was built in 1925 and to this day has very outdated roof with numerous pillars, even after a massive fire consumed significant parts of it in 1970. Interestingly, this is the very first stadium to have dugouts, commissioned by manager Donald Colman.
First with dugouts and second, at least within the UK, that was converted into an all-seater already in 1968. Almost a decade earlier Pittodrie was equipped with floodlights.
West side is occupied by the family section, called the Merkland Rd End. It’s known for the granite façade and is partly based on embankment remembering the old days. It’s the same with the south side, which was a largely undelivered terrace for most of its existence. In 1968 it was covered.
East end is occupied by the Richard Donald Stand, only one to be built in the post-Taylor era. Erected in 1993 at the price of £4.5 million, this section is the only one to have two tiers. It also houses 12 private boxes and large hospitality facilities for banqueting and non-matchday revenue.
Scotland: Beachside stadium project full of benefits
A rainy and cold Aberdeen doesn't encourage people to go to the water, but fans will certainly be eager to visit a new venue whipped by the sea breeze in the future. In an online poll, a remarkable 92% of fans liked the plan to build an arena and replace the current one.
Scotland: Aberdeen fans like the beach stadium idea
Aberdeen City Council created a refreshed masterplan for the city centre with a new home for Aberdeen FC as a beachfront centerpiece. An overwhelming majority of club fans support the idea.
Scotland: New stadium in Aberdeen to be smaller?
The Dons have yet to make a final decision where to build the new ground. The club is still examining two potential locations. What's more, it is very likely that the size of the new venue will be reduced.
Scotland: Beachfront stadium location proposed in Aberdeen
Ahead of next week’s council committee meeting, report by AFL Architects suggests two options for a potential beachfront stadium. Both of them would see the new venue just 300 metres away from Pittodrie.
Scotland: Aberdeen’s new stadium by the beach?!
After nearly two decades of trying to build outside city limits, Aberdeen FC might end up much closer to their home ground after all. New proposal would see a new stadium within earshot from Pittodrie, by the beach.
Scotland: Aberdeen postpones new stadium indefinitely
With the coronavirus pandemic already costing them millions, Aberdeen FC have decided to put their largest project on hold. The new 20,000-seater might not come soon or even have that number of seats.
Aberdeen: Traffic issues arise as Kingsford Stadium consultation is announced
While the first phase of Aberdeen FC's new sports complex is complete, work on the stadium is yet to begin. There's still time to consult fans on its final shape. Some proposals by the club haven't been taken well by locals, though.
Aberdeen: Kingsford financing to be sealed in a year
As enabling works are to begin on the new Aberdeen FC football stadium, club vice-chairman assures the project's funding should be secured within the next 12 months, more or less.
Aberdeen: Higher cost of Kingsford complex confirmed
While Aberdeen FC had wanred earlier on that complete budget of their Kingsford project would be within £50 million, now it seems the stadium itself would cost 50 million, with the training centre consuming 12 million further.
Scotland: Aberdeen's stadium scheme safe after judicial review
As reported by the BBC, Aberdeen FC's plans for a new £50-million stadium have been given a legal go-ahead. Court has refused to accept petition by opponents of the stadium, who argued the local council committed an error of law.
Aberdeen: Construction begins in Kingsford
Tuesday saw groundbreaking on what will become Aberdeen FC's new training complex (phase 1) and stadium (phase 2). AFC now owns the 25-hcetare site, which means we should expect progress from now on.
Scotland: Aberdeen sign stadium agreement
Aberdeen FC hopes to begin construction of its new stadium and training complex in June, after signing a legal agreement with the city council.
Scotland: Aberdeen stadium approved, opponents suggest further fight
Despite some controversies, the Aberdeen council voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new Kingsford Stadium. Campaigners against the stadium announce they will pursue judicial review.
Aberdeen: Stadium subsidiary announced, decision in January
As Aberdeen FC announce the creation of stadium-dedicated subsidiary, we await the final decision of Aberdeen City Council in late January.
Scotland: Aberdeen secure 60% of project budget
With new shareholder from USA the Dons now have £6 million in place, 60% of their new training complex, first phase of the Kingsford stadium project.
Scotland: Decision for Aberdeen in December?
Aberdeen FC has said it hopes a decision on plans for a new stadium can be taken by councillors before the end of the year. If it's a green light, works can begin early into 2018. Unless opposition to the project succeeds.
Scotland: Aberdeen population still split about new stadium
More than 10,000 people have officially given their views on the proposed Kingsford Stadium for Aberdeen FC. The outcome may be surprising as opponents get over 47% of the vote.
Aberdeen: Celtic and Hearts support Aberdeen's stadium scheme
In a rare case of solidarity two high-profile Scottish clubs stand behind Aberdeen FC's plan to build both their new stadium and training centre within the same plot.
Aberdeen: Opposition to Kingsford Stadium not giving up
The No to Kingsford group has been in a long-running battle over the development of the proposed £50million site and has submitted a fresh plea to the council, The Scottish Sun reports.
Aberdeen: Kingsford Stadium suffers from 4-month delay
The Aberdeen City Council has requested more information, including environmental surveys. Their decision will thus be delayed by no less than 4 months.