Griffin Park


Griffin Park

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name = Griffin Park

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fullname = Griffin Park Stadium
nickname =
location = Braemar Road,
Brentford,
Middlesex
built = 1904
opened = 1904
seating_capacity = 13,202
tenants = Brentford F.C.,
Chelsea Reserves | dimensions = 110 x 73 yards

Griffin Park is a football ground situated in the London Borough of Hounslow, West London. It has been the home ground of League Two side Brentford since it was built in 1904. It is known for being the only English league football ground to have a pub on each corner, and is situated in a predominantly residential area. The ground gets its name from the Griffin in the logo of Fuller's Brewery, which at one point owned the land on which the stadium was built.

The highest ever attendance at the ground was 38,678 when Brentford played Leicester City on February 26, 1949. The ground currently has a capacity of 12,763.

Griffin Park is beneath the flightpath of London Heathrow Airport and the roofs of the stadium are used as a large advertising space because of this. The space is currently used by Qatar Airways.

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It comprises four stands. The home fans are allocated the Braemar Road stand (the main stand) a seated single tier stand, the Ealing Road end, a covered terrace and the Bill Axbey Stand (formerly the New Road stand), a single tier seated stand. Away fans are housed in the Brook Road Stand, a double tiered stand, comprising terracing at the lower level and seating in the upper section.

Other tenants

The ground has hosted three international friendlies in recent times, the most recent of these being a game between Nigeria and Ghana.

In 2002, London Broncos rugby league team moved to Griffin Park as tenants of Brentford F.C. The club stayed at Griffin Park until the 2006 season until they became Harlequins Rugby League when they vacated Griffin Park and ground shared with Harlequin F.C..

On the May 11, 2007 it was announced that Chelsea Reserves and Chelsea Youth Team will play their home games at Griffin Park from the 2007/8 season onwards.

Future

Brentford's hopes of moving to a new 20,000-capacity stadium were boosted after they were given an option to buy a 7.6-acre site at Lionel Road. The proposed new home for the Bees is close to their current Griffin Park ground, which would be redeveloped into residential housing if they relocate.

Nearest rail stations

*Brentford railway station
*Kew Bridge railway station
*South Ealing tube station

ee also

*Ground improvements at English football Stadia

External links

* for Griffin Park can be seen as a square on the west side of Ealing Road (ie. left side on the map). It may be labelled "Brentford FC" rather than Griffin Park.


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