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Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby
Posted Jul 01, 2011 by Chris White
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Following recent renovations, Kingsholm is now a 16,000-seater stadium, which is the home of Gloucester Rugby, and formerly the England national team before their move to Twickenham. The ground hosted it’s first ever match in October 1891, between Gloucester and Burton, with the home side coming out victorious.
Before this, Gloucester played at the Spa Ground. Kingsholm is sometimes nicknamed ‘Castle Grim’ after the estate where the stadium is built. The main grandstand is an all seated area along the south touchline, which holds upto 4,500 people, with plenty of terracing around the other stands. The North Stand is the main standing area, which runs along the length of the playing area, and is known as ‘The Shed.’
Kingsholm has played host to one Rugby World Cup match, back in 1991, as New Zealand thumped the United States 46-6, and is a nominated venue to host fixtures in the 2015 tournament.
In October 2003, Gloucester launched 'Project Kingsholm' and 'The Kingsholm Supporters Mutual' (KSM) was set up by to help fundraise towards the redevelopment of the entire ground at a cost of £6million, and the launch of a supporters shares rights issue. The idea was to be similar to the development at Northampton Saints’ Franklins Gardens, although on a larger scale, incorporating both seating and terracing. Despite meeting the fundraising targets, Gloucester abandoned the plans.
In 2006, the club announced it would be extending Kingsholm, bringing the stadium capacity up to 16,500 to comply with Premier Rugby's minimum seat number requirements.
The ground also features conference and exhibition facilities, catering for up to 350 guests, and also has 16 pitch-facing meeting rooms, and executive boxes, giving spectators that special match day experience.