Home of Airdrieonians FC

Opened 1998

Capacity 10,101

Rating: 4.1

(54) Google Reviews

I visited this ground as part of my journey to promote my disorder FND functional neurologal disorder and to highlight disability issues. The welcome I received was second to none. I took along a disabled fried who unfortunately could not make it up the stairs in the stand. Due to this we sat in seats at the front which did not allow us access to toilets or food stand. Perhaps a rep to help disabled fans would be a good idea plus a disabled portaloo. In all a good visit.
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6 months ago
Basic facilities and food services lacking
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6 months ago
Nice venue for any type of celebration holds partiesof up to 100 people dance floor suitable in my opinion only for Disco, larger halls are available also for anyone requiring parties over 100.
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5 years ago
Excellent place with friendly staff
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11 months ago

History (from Wikipedia)

Following the sale of Airdrieonians' home ground (Broomfield Park) to large supermarket chain Safeway in 1994, the club searched for several years for a suitable site, and planning permission for, a new home. Guidelines set by the football authorities in the period were for top division clubs in Scotland to have all-seater stadia with a minimum capacity of 10,000,[2] and having only been relegated from the Scottish Premier Division in 1993, the club sought to comply with this. The building work on Excelsior Stadium was eventually completed in 1998, and Airdrieonians played here until the club went out of business due to heavy debts (caused in part by the burden of the construction cost of the new stadium, and made worse by a fall in supporter numbers in the four years based away from their home town) in May 2002.[3]

This left an opening in the Scottish League, which was filled by 
Northern Premier League side Gretna. To attain a position in the league, Jim Ballantyne bought out the ailing Clydebank, renamed the club Airdrie United, changed the strip and relocated the club to Airdrie and Excelsior Stadium. Airdrie United are now known as 'Airdrieonians', the same name as the club dissolved in 2002.

The ground seats 10,101
[1] and, as well as hosting Airdrieonians first and youth team games, Motherwell Under 20s games and various local amateur sides, it has also played host to Scottish Challenge Cup finals in 1999 and 2005, as well as Scotland under-21 fixtures and Old Firm reserve matches. The stadium has also hosted several charity events.

In 2003 
Falkirk enquired about groundsharing at the stadium for a season, as their former home, Brockville did not meet SPL criteria. This was later rejected in a meeting between SPL chairmen, meaning Falkirk were denied a place in the SPL. In August 2008 it played host to Queen of the South's UEFA Cup 2nd qualifying round 1st leg against Nordsjælland.[4] The stadium also hosted all of Motherwell's Europa League qualifying round ties in the 2009–10 season, against LlanelliFlamurtari and Steaua Bucharest.[5]

Queen's Park used Excelsior Stadium as their regular home ground while Hampden Park was being converted for use as an athletics stadium in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[6]

In January 2016, 
East Kilbride of the Scottish Lowland Football League drew Celtic in the Scottish Cup. As their K-Park stadium was inadequate for the crowd expected, the match was held at Excelsior Stadium;[7] 7,767 fans attended.[8]

In June 2017 the stadium underwent refurbishment prior to hosting a concert by singer 
Elton John.[9][10]

Records and facts[edit]

The record attendance at New Broomfield was 9,612 for the 2005 Scottish Challenge Cup Final, played between Hamilton Academical and St Mirren on 6 November 2005.[11] The highest confirmed attendance for an Airdrieonians match was 9,044 for a Scottish League One fixture against Rangers on 23 August 2013;[11] however, one of the first matches at the stadium, a Scottish League Cup win for Airdrie over cup holders Celtic in August 1998 was reported to have been played "before 10,000 ecstatic fans".[12]

Excelsior Stadium is the highest stadium in Scottish league football.[citation needed]

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