Highfield Road

Key Facts

Address Highfield Road Stadium, King Richard Street, Coventry, England, CV2 4FW
Capacity 24,000 seats
Build Date 1899
Demolished 2005
Record Attendance 51,455

Last Match Highfield Road

Description

Highfield Road used to be a football stadium located in Coventry, the UK. The ground was used by Coventry City F.C. for more than 100 years until 2005.

The stadium was constructed in 1899, and the very first football game played at the ground was a match between Shrewsbury and Coventry that resulted in the victory of the latter. The highest attendance at Highfield Road was 51,455 people in 1967 during Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City F.C games.

Highfield Road was the first all-seater stadium in UK league, and it was one of the UK largest stadiums. In 1981, the fans of Leeds United fans destroyed many seats, when their club was beaten by Coventry City with the score of 4-0. New seats were installed only in several months.

From 1983 to 1994, the standing accommodation was installed at the ground again, but due to the Taylor Report, the ground had to be redeveloped into all-seater again with the capacity of 23,489. By the time, the stadium had been renovated, so it had a modern look. However, it did not have enough facilities if compared to the similar stadiums, which was one of the reasons why Coventry City F.C. decided to move to another ground. Also, the stadium could not provide enough of parking places.

In 2005, the football club moved the Ricoh Arena, and no more football games were played at Highfield Road. Later, the ground was also used for music events, including Elton John’s concert. The stadium was demolished in 2006. Today, the area of parking and stands are used for housing, but the playing surface was covered with grass to allow local children play football.

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