NAME: The Coleraine Showgrounds
RECORD ATTENDANCE: 12,500 [est] v. Tottenham Hotspur, 1982 Cup Winners' Cup
CAPACITY: 4,637 [1,100 seated]
AMENITIES: McKendry Lounge, Viewing Lounge, Executive Lounge, Club Shop (Merchandise and Refreshments) and Hot Food Catering
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There are currently three ‘Showgrounds’ hosting football in the Carling Premiership. Ballymena, Newry and Coleraine. The latter being home to Coleraine FC, The Coleraine Showgrounds.
The Showgrounds' is located on the Ballycastle Road of the town and has played host to Coleraine FC since June of 1927. It has seen many changes throughout the years and has developed into one of the most prestigious Irish League venues. With a current capacity of 2,200, mainly due to stringent Health and Safety regulations, long gone are the days of crowds of well over 10,000 flocking to watch the Bannsiders. The club’s record attendance still stands at 12,500 when Coleraine entertained Spurs in the 1982 Cup Winners’ Cup. Other memorable moments in both domestic and European football include the inexplicable 5-5 draw with Linfield and, more recently, the shock win over Portuguese Cup Finalists UD Leiria in the UEFA Cup.
It also plays host to arguably the most coveted youth tournament in the world, the Milk Cup, where sides from 6 continents descend on the North Coast for a week’s football, at U14, U16 and U19 age groups. Recent participants include Paraguay, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea to name but a few.