Ainslie Park

Ainslie Park is a football stadium located in Edinburgh, Scotland, which is the home ground of Lowland Football League club Spartans. Scottish League Two club Edinburgh City played at the ground between 2017 and 2021, while Meadowbank Stadium was being redeveloped.

Ainslie Park
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Ainslie Park is located in Edinburgh
Ainslie Park
Ainslie Park
Location in Edinburgh
LocationPilton Drive, Edinburgh, Scotland[1]
Coordinates55°58′17.69″N 3°13′59.58″W / 55.9715806°N 3.2332167°W / 55.9715806; -3.2332167Coordinates: 55°58′17.69″N 3°13′59.58″W / 55.9715806°N 3.2332167°W / 55.9715806; -3.2332167
Capacity3,534 (534 seated)
SurfaceArtificial Turf
Opened2008
Tenants
2008–present
2008–present
2016–present
2017–2021

HistoryEdit

Spartans F.C. had previously played at City Park, in the Crewe Toll area of Edinburgh, until moving to Ainslie Park in November 2008.

In March 2017, Edinburgh City reached an agreement with Spartans to use Ainslie Park for three seasons while Meadowbank Stadium is being redeveloped.[2] This arrangement continued until 2021, when Edinburgh City returned to Meadowbank.[3]

FacilitiesEdit

Ainslie Park on Pilton Drive in north Edinburgh is the home ground of Spartans, part of their Community Football Academy. The new facility incorporates a fully enclosed stadium which meets SFA and SFL criteria, with an artificial pitch, floodlights, seating for 504 spectators and an overall capacity of 3,000. Another full size, floodlit artificial pitch sits adjacent to the main playing area and the accommodation incorporates six changing rooms, a club room, committee room and a physio room. The Club ground holds a PA system and a bar for spectators.

TransportEdit

Waverley and Haymarket, the main railway stations in Edinburgh, are both approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) from the stadium.

The nearby Ferry Road is served by Lothian Buses route numbers 21 and 27.[4] Services 19, 29, 37 & 47 also run within 0.5 miles (0.8 km) of the stadium.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Spartans Community Football Academy". The List. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ Pilcher, Ross (29 March 2017). "Edinburgh City and Spartans confirm three-season groundshare". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. ^ McGlade, Neil (31 March 2021). "Edinburgh City set for Meadowbank return in 'major step' for club". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Ainslie Park". Spartans FC. Retrieved 1 May 2017.