The County Ground

Opened 1892

Capacity 15,728


Rating: 4.2

(73) Google Reviews

Nice little ground for an L2 club. Had a proper footballing ground feeling to it. Atmosphere wasn't bad. 2 larger grandstands along the wing and, a closed and an open top terrace behind the goals. Rivalries aside I do have a soft spot for the County Ground
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2 months ago
Not a bad ground. If housed in the side bit the away end is decent. If behind the goal the facilities are appalling.
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9 months ago
What a great venue and meeting space! We held two evening workshops here and the staff were wonderful, they accommodated everything we asked for including A/V set-up, and made sure we had everything we needed the whole time we were there. They were also lovely and friendly and made us feel welcome. The food was very excellent. Overall as a hired venue it's very good value for money and highly recommended.
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4 months ago
Great atmosphere with the team doing well. A bright future for the ground, supporters and team.
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a month ago
A season ticket holder. Things around the club have been getting steadily better over the past 18 months, just need a bit more excitement on the pitch.
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2 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

Thomas Arkell of Arkell's Brewery donated £300 to finance the construction of a stand on what was then known as the 'Wiltshire County Ground', this investment was enough to begin development of a purpose built football ground. Since its original construction, the ground has been periodically updated with new features or fittings. A covered stand on the Shrivenham Road side was erected in 1932, it was replaced in 1960 with one obtained second hand from Aldershot Military Tattoo. At a cost of £4,300 a roof was erected over the Town End, this was raised by the Supporters Club, and was opened on 27 August 1938 by local MPW.W. Wakefield.[2]

The War Department took over the ground in 1940, where for a while POWs were housed in huts placed on the pitch. For this the club received compensation of £4,570 in 1945.

The addition of 
floodlights in 1951 at a cost of £350, gave Swindon the honour of being the first League club to do so. These were first tried out v Bristol City on 2 April 1951 beating Arsenal by six months. These original set of lights were supplemented by lights on both side stand roofs, which were sufficient for the County Ground to stage its first floodlit league match on 29 February 1956 v Millwall. (7 days after Fratton Park became the 1st ground to stage a floodlit league fixture). The present pylons date from 1960.[2] In 1963, the Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi, who had been responsible for stadia in Florence and Rome, was commissioned to design a replacement for the North stand. However, his futuristic design was never realised due to the high construction cost and the club's on-field relegation.[3]

Additions included the building of the "new" all-seater Arkell's (or North) stand in 1971 (behind the original) and following the 
Hillsborough disaster; the County Ground was converted to an all-seater stadium beginning with the addition of extra seating in front of the North Stand and the building of a sponsored stand (originally the Intel Stand, then the Nationwide Stand, now the Don Rogers Stand) in the early 90s. The Nationwide Stand replaced the Shrivenham Road enclosure, a two-tiered terrace. In its last years, due to safety concerns, the upper tier was used by TV cameras and for crowd monitoring only.

Rolex clock is located at the rear of the Stratton Bank stand, next to the scoreboard. Erected in 1963 following the club's promotion to the Second Division, it is the only Rolex clock to be found at any football stadium in the world.[4]

The ground itself is on land owned by 
Swindon Borough Council to whom the club pay rent. Swindon have in the past considered a move to a club owned stadium to generate more revenue, but have not had the financial backing to do so. In 2006 a redevelopment campaign for the County Ground began,[5] with the club and TrustSTFC (the supporters' trust) raising a petition to 'Save Our Home' urging the Borough Council to "facilitate the redevelopment of the stadium and do everything they can to keep the club within the Borough"[6] including the proposed upgrading of the adjacent Cricket Club to County standard and Athletic Club to Olympic standard.

Talks with the council resurrected again in 2021 when Clem Morfuni took control of the club and restarted plans to buy the County Ground in a joint venture with the supporters trust. On 16 March 2022 Swindon Borough Council confirmed it would sell the stadium to the joint venture. Early plans included a £22.5m redevelopment project including a refurbished Stratton Bank, executive boxes in the Don Rogers Stand and a new Town End with a conference centre and hotel. Work is expected to be completed by 2027.[7] On 21 March 2022 the council officially approved the sale of the stadium to the joint venture. Finalisation of legal documentation to complete the sale is expected to be completed in May/June 2022.[8]

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