|10 500 (Seats)|
|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|
Description: Racecourse Ground
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 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!