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Opened 1891

Capacity 8,867

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Stark's Park
56.099814,-3.168336

Rating: 4.3

(122) Google Reviews

Great club with great atmosphere on matchdays! As a Rovers supporter I would say that though, so my opinion could be deemed biased. Great afternoon out.
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a year ago
Fantastic place to spent an afternoon and the club really trying to connect with the community. Deserve a bigger support
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a year ago
Its my team 5 stars helpful staff took my Ant and Uncle here not been here for 31 years got shown around thanks they were ecstatic.
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a year ago
A place of immense joy and sadness sometimes all in one afternoon but at least you can have a great pie whatever the score
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a year ago
A lovely ground with a mix of new and original stands. Catering was superb. Let down by very poor disabled access and lack of water in the toilets after half-time.

History (from Wikipedia)

Raith started using the ground in 1891 and it seats 8,867.[1] It is located in KirkcaldyFife. The park can clearly be seen from the railway line on the route between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The unusual L-shaped main stand that houses the players dressing facilities and the supporters lounge was designed by the renowned 
Grandstand architect Archibald Leitch and was built with part funding from the sale of Alex James to Preston North End in 1925. Other funding came from a loan scheme that was not finally paid off until 1946. The terracing was open to the elements except for a covered enclosure affectionately known as the "coo shed" which stood opposite the main stand and ran approximately two-thirds of the length of the pitch. The ash and railway sleeper terracing which surrounded all sides of the ground except the stand enclosure was replaced with new concrete works in the north and south enclosures behind the goals. This work being carried out in the 1950s when a shed was erected at either end to give partial covering to the supporters. Typical of several football grounds of the time the club sold advertising space on the pitched asbestos roofs of the covered areas to companies such as R'bt Hutchison & Co (Youma Bread), The Evening Dispatch, Nelsons Cigarettes and Barnett & Morton Ltd, the local ironmonger who had erected the sheds. Shortly after the above terrace was upgraded, four large floodlighting pylons similar to those at Tynecastle Park were erected to allow evening midweek fixtures to be played all year round. Most of the cost of the above work was covered (as had become the norm) by the sale of assets, the most notable of those being Jackie Stewart to Birmingham CityJim Baxter to Rangers and Jimmy MacEwan to Aston Villa, the latter deal also leading to Villa travelling north to play in the first match under the new lights.

The ground then remained unchanged for almost thirty years until the departure of a modern-day Alex James in the form of striker 
Andy Harrow who in 1981 was sold to Luton Town. The sale of this latest asset allowed the board to demolish the antiquated railway enclosure and build a 1,000 seat stand on the south side and terraced concrete steps at the north side. This was how the ground was to remain until more redevelopment in the early 1990s. Anticipating a swift return after relegation from the Premier league in 1992 the board spent £250,000 on upgrading the north and south ends of the ground when the 1950s concrete was taken up and new terracing and crush barriers erected, although the sheds remained. Though the board's confidence in achieving promotion was well founded the money spent was to prove a poor investment as after the last home game of season 1995–96 the bulldozers returned and demolished both ends of the ground and the railway enclosure.

Barr Construction were appointed to redevelop the stadium. Two 3,370 seat stands with inbuilt floodlight towers behind each goal and a 1000-seat stand to join onto the 1980s railway (new) stand were erected. This work brought the ground capacity up to a creditable 10,700 all seater. During all of the above changes the main pavilion remained totally unchanged with its asbestos roof, concrete steps and wooden seats and benches. A new metal roof and plastic seating were finally installed in 1999 which slightly reduced the spectator capacity to 8,473. As of the 2017/2018 season the railway stand is to be converted into a standing support section adding to the total capacity which will become 11,198.

In the 2018 
close season, an artificial pitch was laid.[2][3]