Nice modern, clean stadium with car parking, however street parking is available in the vicinity. On the downside, the artificial playing surface seems to allow the ball to bounce higher than on grass and does diminish the spectacle somewhat.
Decent wee stadium with good transport links making it easy to get to. Very close to the pitch although stands are quite shallow. Some of the seats werent in great condition and there isn't enough turnstiles for big games (Probably not an issue most days)
Friendly club and stewards. Easy to get to and local street parking as well as car park adjacent to Stadium. Catering reasonably priced although quite vanilla. Home fans are now starting to make an atmosphere (at long last). Great time to be a Livi supporter but they don’t turn out in numbers. Which is a shame…
Community pitches at the rear of the stadium are great for kids teams. Match day experience is good. Only downside was stewards constantly having to move children away from the wall at pitchside as they were blocking the view of people in the front row.
The stadium was constructed in 1995 as a joint venture between Edinburgh football club Meadowbank Thistle and the Livingston Development Corporation (LDC). Part of the deal involved the relocation of Meadowbank Thistle to the town and a name change to Livingston. When the LDC was wound up, ownership of the Stadium was transferred to West Lothian Council. It is hired by Livingston from West Lothian Council every year. Livingston initially rapidly moved up the divisions of Scottish football, and the stadium was expanded to meet Scottish Premier League (SPL) standards in time for the club's promotion to the top flight in 2001. The record attendance for a Livingston match at Almondvale is 10,112 and was set during that first season in the SPL, for a match against Rangers on 27 October 2001.
The stadium has changed names several times due to sponsorship deals. However, supporters of the club continue to call the stadium Almondvale or the 'Vale. It was previously officially titled the City Stadium in the early 2000s due to a sponsorship deal with the City group. It had also been called the West Lothian Courier Stadium before that. However, after the club were taken over by the Lionheart Consortium in 2005, it reverted to its original name, Almondvale Stadium. It was renamed 'Braidwood Motor Company Stadium' in a three-year naming rights deal in May 2010. In June 2013, it was renamed again for sponsorship reasons to 'Energy Assets Arena'. In September 2015, it was renamed again for sponsorship reasons to its current name of 'Tony Macaroni Arena'. On 7 April 2011, there were rumours that the stadium could be sold off to a supermarket development, and in turn finance a new stadium, of slightly smaller design, a mile away. However, nothing became of these rumours.
Structure and facilities Almondvale is a 9,521 capacity all-seater ground. It has four stands which are all roughly of the same height and two corners of the ground are filled with covered seating. There is an open corner on one side of the West Stand and there is also the 5 storey stadium house in the other corner of the ground which is primarily used for conferences and offices. All the stands are one tier high and the stadium has four large floodlights situated at each corner of the ground. The stadium is covered and shielded from the weather elements by the roof and the windshields at the side of the stands. Almondvale also has a red blaze pitch and fully operational under-soil heating.