Welcome to Touchline Top 10s! Today we’ll be counting down the Top 5 biggest stadiums in Northern Ireland.
1. Windsor Park – Linfield / Northern Ireland (18,000)
National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is a football stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is the home ground of Linfield FC and tenants Northern Ireland national football team, and is also where the Irish Cup final is played.
2. The Oval – Glentoran (15,000)
The Oval is a football stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which has been home to Glentoran F.C. since 1892. The Oval was bombed during the Belfast blitz of World War II, and was out of use until 1949 when it was rebuilt by the club along with supporters, who had jointly formed the ‘Back to the Oval’ committee. During their exile, the club played games at the ground of fellow Belfast club, Distillery – Grosvenor Park. It had a new stand built in 2000 but requires consistent maintenance to fulfill health and safety requirements and its capacity is currently restricted to 6,050. The Oval has occasionally hosted the final of the Irish Cup as well as hosting the final of the County Antrim Shield and the Setanta Cup.
3. Ballymena Showgrounds – Ballymena (8,000)
The Ballymena Showgrounds is a football stadium in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is home to Ballymena United F.C. and Ballymena United Allstars F.C.. It is owned by Ballymena Borough Council. In addition to men’s soccer a variety of other sports and events are held at the stadium and surrounding facilities, including women’s association football, field hockey, and stock car racing.
4. New Grosvenor Stadium – Lisburn Distillery (8,000)
New Grosvenor Stadium and Drumbo Park is a multi-purpose stadium in Ballyskeagh, County Down, Northern Ireland. It is currently used for football matches and greyhound racing, the latter is operating under the name Drumbo Park. The stadium currently has a total capacity of 8,000 of which 790 can be seated, however this is split to a capacity for Football matches of 7,000 (540 seated) and a capacity for Greyhound Racing is 1,000 (250 seated).
5. Shamrock Park – Portadown (8,000)
Shamrock Park is a football stadium in Portadown, Northern Ireland. It is the home ground of Portadown F.C. Shamrock Park was previously used for stock-car racing, but this has since been discontinued. The stadium is classed as an all-seater stadium but has only two seated stands around the pitch totaling 2,770 seats, with one side containing a training pitch and the other having an older seated stand which is no longer in use. When grant aid is available, the older stand will be demolished and replaced with a brand new seated stand.