It had been a while and my first time in hospitality at the club. The facilities are befitting a club, higher in the football ladder but I always knew that. The atmosphere was very good around the ground and inside. I will be back, now under new management and hopefully we can dream again...
Nice little football club. Arrived and went in the fans rent to start. Some lovely ciders to choose from whilst watching the early kick off. Inside the ground if the weather maybe poor you will need to choose to sit as the away end is open.
In January 1985, Yeovil started negotiations to sell the Huish Athletic Ground and move to a new stadium in the Houndstone area of Yeovil on the site of an old army camp. Negotiations commenced between the club and Bartlett Construction regarding moving from Huish to a new site at Houndstone Camp, with the first meeting taking place on 12 November 1985 when an offer of £1.3m was made for the Huish site. Following further meetings and more detailed plans being studied the offer was raised to over £2m early in 1986, when the directors agreed in principle for the move to go ahead. A company, Collier & Madge, who specialised in buying and selling supermarket sites was engaged to advise the club and to ensure the best possible price was obtained.
On 15 December 1986, the club was informed by its advisors, Collier and Madge, that the offer of £2.4m now on the table was about as much as they could hope to receive. It was revealed that the new proposed site for the club was 20.75 acres of freehold land at Houndstone Camp with a further 4.2 acres being made available on a 999-year lease. The directors agreed in principle to the deal and Tesco were insisting that contracts should be exchanged by the end of March 1987 with the building contractors having vacant possession by July 1988. Further discussions took place with South Somerset District Council regarding developing the new site for recreational use, and they set aside money to purchase the land.
At an extraordinary general meeting held on 25 August 1987, shareholders gave the go-ahead to "conclude negotiations with F. R. Bartlett Limited for the sale of Huish and to negotiate the development of the Houndstone site". The voting was 14,431 for and 1,356 against, giving a majority of 13,075, representing 91% in favour. On 15 September 1987, the Public Inquiry began which was to delay the proposed move for a long time; two days later the final agreement was signed.
On 21 March 1989, and after a wait of just over 20 months, the result of the Public Inquiry was made known. The Department of the Environment granted planning permission to develop Huish. The first work at the new ground got underway in May 1989 when boreholes were drilled. A month later it was revealed that the cost of the new development had risen to £3.5m and that Bartletts had come forward with a further £400,000, bringing the total for the sale of Huish to £2.8m. On Sunday 1 April 1990, over 500 supporters viewed the new stadium at Houndstone, and it was announced the new stadium would be called Huish Park.
The new Huish Park Stadium was opened with a friendly against Newcastle United on 4 August 1990, ending in a 2–1 defeat in front of a crowd of 5,093. The first competitive match followed on 18 August 1990 with a Football Conference match against Colchester United, the 2–0 win for Yeovil resulted in Mickey Spencer scoring Yeovil's first competitive goal at the new ground. The first season at the new ground resulted in an average attendance of 2,639, an increase of 17.6%, and the season finished with an U18 international match between England and Wales attracting a bumper 6,153 crowd.
The 1999–2000 season saw a proposal for the erection of a roof over the home terrace. The work eventually took place in early 2001, with the roof being completed for the match against Rushden & Diamonds, which drew a then-record crowd of 8,868. Following Yeovil's promotion to the Football League, crowds increased by 30% to an average of 6,197 in the 2003–04 season, and on 25 April 2008, Yeovil's match against Leeds United saw the record attendance at the ground of 9,527. Stands The ground is made up of four stands:
Tamburino Stand (Main Stand), is a cantilevered covered single tiered stand that is all-seated. The stand has executive boxes running across its back and bar areas, the dug outs and players' tunnel, a small simple electric scoreboard, and it houses the ticket office and club shop.
Screwfix Community Stand (East Stand), similar to the Main Stand in style with a Press Box beneath its roof.
Thatchers Gold Stand (Home Terrace), similar style covered cantilevered terrace for home fans.
Radio Cabs Stand (Away Terrace), smaller uncovered terrace with a large electric scoreboard behind.