Dean Court Stadium Capacity, Tickets, Seating Plan, Records, Location, Parking

Dean Court, currently known as Vitality Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football stadium in Kings Park, Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, Dorset, England and home of AFC Bournemouth.

Built In:1910
Home Teams:A.F.C. Bournemouth
Ground Size:105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)

Dean Court Stadium History

In 1910, Boscombe F.C. received land from the town’s Cooper-Dean family, after whom the land was named. The ground was the site of a former gravel pit and the ground was not built on in time for the start of the 1910-11 season.

As a result, the club played in the adjacent King’s Park until it moved to Dean Court in December 1910. However, the club’s facilities were not yet ready and the players initially had to change at a nearby hotel. Early developments on the ground included a 300-seat grandstand.

In 1923 the club was elected to Division Three South of the Football League, at which time it changed its name to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic. The first Football League match was played at Dean Court on 1 September 1923, with 7,000 spectators watching a 0-0 draw with Swindon Town. Subsequent improvements were made to the ground following the purchase of fixtures from the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, allowing for the construction of a 3,700-seat stand. A covered terrace was added to the south end of the grounds in 1936.

The club’s league record attendance was set on 14 April 1948, when 25,495 watched a 1–0 loss to QPR. The overall attendance record was set on March 2, 1957, when 28,799 spectators watched an FA Cup match against Manchester United. Shortly after, a roof was added to the western stand. The club also bought more land behind the north end of the pitch, with the intention of extending the stand and building a leisure center.

However, the club ran out of money during its construction and abandoned the scheme in 1984. As a result, the half-built structure was demolished and homes were built on that part of the site. The club’s lowest Football League attendance was set on 4 March 1986, when just 1,873 watched a 2–2 draw with Lincoln City.

Stadium Capacity

The stadium Capacity for this tournament is 11,379.

Dean Court Stadium Seating Plan

Dean Court Stadium Seating Plan
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The Vitality Stadium has four separate stands:

  • Main Stand – is the alongside stand of the Vitality Stadium seating approximately 3,500 fans;
  • The East Stand – is located opposite the Main Stand and it seats about 2,000 home and 1,500 away supporters;
  • Steve Fletcher Stand – seats nearly 2,500 most vocal supporters of Bournemouth. They occupy this short side stand at the north of the ground;
  • Ted MacDougall Colmar Stand – was installed in 2013 at the south short side of the Vitality Stadium.

Notable Events & Records

Here are some records and notable achievements associated with the stadium:

  • In 2013, the stadium set a record attendance of 11,364 for a match between Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town.
  • In 2015, Bournemouth achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history. They played their first top-flight match at Dean Court Stadium on August 9, 2015, in a match against Aston Villa.
  • In 2016, the stadium was renamed from Dean Court Stadium to the Vitality Stadium in a sponsorship deal with the UK health insurance company Vitality.
  • In 2020, Bournemouth was relegated from the Premier League after 5 seasons, but continued to use the stadium as the home of their Championship team
  • Dean Court Stadium is one of the smallest stadiums in the premier league, It is also the smallest stadium to host a premier league team in the history of the league.

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Azan Haider is Editor and author at Football Arroyo.

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