|350 (VIP seats)|
|44 (Press seats)|
|Inauguration||1807 (1872 for football)|
|Renovations||1952, 1972, 1978, 1999|
|Record attendance||34 445 (Wrexham - Man Utd, 26.01.1957)|
|Address||Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AH|
Racecourse Ground – stadium description
Regarded by the Guinness Book of Records as football’s oldest ground still to be in use, this Benue dates back to 1807. Very impressive even if taking into account that first football match in fact took place in 1872. Before that, as name suggests, it was a horse racing and also cricket stadium.
In 1952 first concrete stand was built, the Spion Kop that still stands with minor changes today. However along all-seater standards it’s often closed for spectators. Another two grandstand were built in 1972 (main one) and 1978 with the latest addition coming in 1999. Since 2006 there are plans to replace the Kop with a new, seated and covered structure. The project, integrated with student housing, hasn’t been implemented yet, though.
Thanks to its long history and important role, Racecourse Ground has hosted more Wales international games than any other stadium, even if recent fixtures are only passed between Cardiff and Swansea. Day-to-day use is provided by Wrexham AFC and rugby team Crusaders, which – ironically – has double the attendance of their football partners.
Wales: Wrexham has found a contractor for stadium redevelopment
A few months after announcing the construction of a new grandstand for "The Kop", Wrexham AFC has selected a company to carry out the project. The redeveloped sectors will gain modern facilities and meet UEFA category 4 requirements.
England: Wrexham AFC to have new "The Kop"
The new stand is expected to accommodate a total of 5,500 people, as well as a visitor lounge, office and retail space for the club, and facilities for the Wrexham AFC Community Trust. The 5,000 seats will be designated for general supporters with the remaining 500 seats being reserved for business clients.
Wales: Oldest stadium in the world will be revamped
In February, Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds completed the acquisition of Wrexham AFC. The investor's plans assume the return of the team to EFL and modernization of the oldest stadium in the world.
Wales: Wrexham fans officially in charge of stadium
Wrexham FC fans who run the club have signed a 99-year lease to take over its Racecourse stadium. A BBC report.
Wales: Supporters take over at the Racecourse
Arguably the world’s oldest stadium is now in possibly the safest hands it could be. For the next 99 years it will be managed by supporters of Wrexham AFC.
Cardiff: Chance for safe standing throughout Wales?
Currently Welsh stadiums are regulated by English laws. If Wales gain autonomy to introduce their own regulations, safe standing might kick off in Swansea and/or Cardiff. Concrete steps soon!