King George V Park

King George V Park is a soccer-specific stadium in St. John's, Newfoundland, located at the head of Quidi Vidi Lake in downtown St. John's. The stadium was built in 1925 as the National stadium of Newfoundland. The stadium played host to the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship. It is the oldest surviving soccer specific stadium in North America.

King George V Park
LocationSt. John's, Newfoundland
OwnerCity of St. John's
OperatorCity of St. John's
Capacity10,000 (Soccer)
Record attendance13,000 (Canada  v  Honduras, 14 September 1985)
SurfaceFieldTurf
Construction
Opened22 June 1925
Renovated2006
Construction cost$ 3,500,000
Tenants
NLSA
Memorial Sea-Hawks
Holy Cross
Feildians

In 2005 construction began on a major renovation involving widening and lengthening the field surface, installing an underground irrigation system, constructing new locker room facilities as well as expanding the bleacher seating. In 2006, the natural grass playing surface was replaced with a FieldTurf pitch and additional seating was added to bring the total capacity at King George V Park to 10,000.[1]

The most famous game played at King George V was on September 14, 1985 when over 13,000 people witnessed Canada's 2–1 victory over Honduras to win the 1985 CONCACAF Championship; the match also qualified Canada for their first World Cup (Mexico, 1986). It was a momentous occasion and is considered to be the high point of Canadian soccer history.[2]

In 2008, KGV played host to the Challenge Cup and the Jubilee Trophy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KING GEORGE V PARK". us.soccerway.com. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Moment 1: Canada qualifies for FIFA World Cup". canadasoccer.com. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2017.

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Coordinates: 47°34′39.95″N 52°42′05.03″W / 47.5777639°N 52.7013972°W / 47.5777639; -52.7013972