Dumbarton Football Stadium

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Dumbarton Football Stadium
The C&G Systems Stadium
Strathclyde Homes Stadium - Home Of Dumbarton FC - geograph.org.uk - 2586794.jpg
The stadium seen from Dumbarton Rock
Dumbarton Football Stadium is located in West Dunbartonshire
Dumbarton Football Stadium
Dumbarton Football Stadium
Location in West Dunbartonshire
Former names
  • Strathclyde Homes Stadium
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium Sponsored By DL Cameron
  • The Bet Butler Stadium
  • The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
  • The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium
Location Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Coordinates 55°56′18.41″N 4°33′41.18″W / 55.9384472°N 4.5614389°W / 55.9384472; -4.5614389
Owner Dumbarton F.C.
Capacity 2,020[1][2]
Surface Grass
Opened 2000
Tenants
Dumbarton.

The Dumbarton Football Stadium, commonly known as The Rock, and currently named The C&G Systems Stadium for sponsorship purposes is a stadium in Dumbarton, Scotland, used mostly for football matches; it is the home ground of Dumbarton Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 2,020,[1] and was built in 2000 after the move away from Dumbarton's former home, Boghead Park. It was built on part of the site formerly occupied by Denny's shipyard, the stadium is 5–10 minutes walk from Dumbarton East railway station[3] on the North Clyde Line. Dumbarton have the third smallest stadium in the SPFL.

History[edit]

The stadium has just one stand, officially opened on Saturday 2 December 2000 prior to the visit of Elgin City; a match which ended 3–0 to the Sons. It is nicknamed The Rock by fans, as it is adjacent to Dumbarton Castle. Open areas ring the three sides without stands.

The Scotland international team have also used the stadium for training purposes before playing home matches.[4] Celtic have used the stadium for UEFA Youth League home games.

Aside from football the stadium also hosts many other events; wedding receptions, conferences & various parties are held in the Allied Distillers suite. The ground has also been used for Cruise for Charity, an event which brings together modified car enthusiasts from around Scotland to raise money for charity.

Names[edit]

The original name of the stadium, Strathclyde Homes Stadium, changed after the stadium sponsor, Strathclyde Homes, went into receivership in September 2011,[5] on 18 February 2012, the stadium was officially renamed Dumbarton Football Stadium, sponsored by DL Cameron.[6] It was renamed again, just five months later on 20 July 2012, The Bet Butler Stadium,[7] on 9 July 2015, the stadium was unveiled as the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, after fan Alex Couper and his company took over the sponsorship.[8] At the end of the 2016-17 season the name reverted to Dumbarton Football Stadium;[9] in July 2017 the club agreed a deal with local radio station Your Radio, which would see the stadium known as 'The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium' for at least the next two years.[10] That deal was cancelled in May 2018 with Your Radio facing an uncertain future[11], with C&G Systems agreeing a three year deal a week later.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dumbarton Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/stadiums/sco/the_rock_stadium_dumbarton
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  4. ^ Dumbarton investigate new stadium, BBC Sport, 4 July 2009.
  5. ^ STADIUM SPONSORSHIP Archived 18 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine., dumbartonfootballclub.com, 12 September 2011.
  6. ^ STADIUM SPONSORSHIP, dumbartonfootballclub.com, 18 February 2012.
  7. ^ STADIUM IS RENAMED[permanent dead link], dumbartonfootballclub.com, 20 July 2012.
  8. ^ STADIUM SPONSORSHIP, dumbartonfootballclub.com, 10 July 2015.
  9. ^ Findlay, Alan. "SPONSORSHIP DEAL ENDS". Dumbarton Football Club. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Findlay, Alan. "SPONSORSHIP NEWS - YOUR RADIO ON BOARD". Dumbarton Football Club. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT - YOUR RADIO". Dumbarton Football Club. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  12. ^ Barrow, Simon (5 May 2018). "C&G SYSTEMS ARE NEW STADIUM SPONSORS". Dumbarton Football Club.