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Livingston

Ground Name: Almondvale Stadium
Capacity: 10,000 (all seated)
Address: 
Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7DN
Telephone No: 01506 417 000
Fax No: 01506 418 888
Pitch Size:
110 x 76 yards 
Club Nickname: Livi Lions
Year Ground Opened:
1995
Undersoil Heating:
Yes
Home Kit Colours: Amber & Black
Official Web Site:
www.livingstonfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Livilions
Supporters Trust

Map

Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Looking Towards The East Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Layout Of Ground
Fixtures 2008-2009
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Feedback

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What's The Ground Like?

This purpose built stadium opened in 1995. It is a small, compact but smart looking ground. All four stands are of roughly the same height and two corners of the ground are filled with covered seating. There are open corners to the ground on either side of the West Stand, at one side of the pitch, which also has a few supporting pillars. 

George Hobb a visiting Hearts supporter adds, 'The club grew from the ashes of the former Meadowbank Thistle who played in Edinburgh, until in a move similar to NFL franchises, it was moved lock stock and barrel to Livingston. Efforts to retain the name were in vain as the major players saw this as an opportunity to get the town on Scotlandís soccer map. What has been achieved in a short time is a minor miracle. Third division to Premier League, crowds quadrupled and most importantly a sound foundation has been put in place. Plus the ground is so neat, that you half expect the players to be on plastic bases and flicked around on the pitch!'

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Looking Towards The East Stand


East Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located in the North Stand and the North East corner of the ground. Up to 4,000 fans can be accommodated in this area. Livingston are a family orientated club and hence you are likely to have an enjoyable and relaxing day out. There is also a small band of drummers and trumpeters in the Livingston crowd who try to raise the atmosphere throughout the game, with a number of well known tunes. Aidan Hegarty a visiting Dundee United supporter adds; 'visitors should be aware that the club operates a zero tolerance policy towards foul or abusive language, so try to be on your best behaviour'.

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Where To Drink?
George Hobbs informs me, 'try The Granary up from the Main Stand, that was quite popular on my visit'. Whilst up at the McArthur Glen Shopping Centre, there is a Wetherspoons pub, although no football colours are allowed to be displayed.

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The North Stand


North Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Livingston is situated approximately 18 miles west of Edinburgh and easily accessible from the M8 motorway. The stadium is fairly well signposted around the town. The following directions from the M8 are not necessarily the quickest, but they are fairly straightforward to follow.

Leave the M8 at Junction 3 and take the A899 towards Livingston. Leave the this road when you reach the large roundabout that is the junction with the A71 (Bankton Road). Turn right onto the A71 and at the next island turn right into Alderstone Road (sign posted town centre). Go straight across three roundabouts and then turn right at the second set of traffic lights and into the stadium approach road. There is a fair sized car park at the stadium, although it does cost a whopping £5 to park there! 

For a map showing the location of the ground click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

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By Train
There are two stations that are in reach of the ground. Livingston North & Livingston South. The North station is served by trains from Edinburgh and is about a fifteen minute walk away from the ground. Whilst the South station receives trains from both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is about a 25 minute walk away from the ground. If anyone can provide directions to the stadium from either station then please e-mail them to me.

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Local Rivals
With being a relatively new club, local rivalries have yet to be firmly established. However, if the club maintains its current growth, then the Edinburgh clubs may be the focus of rivalry.

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Admission Prices 

Adults: £16
Concessions: £7

Concessions apply to Over 65's and Under 16's.

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Programme Price
Official Programme £2.50.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2008-2009
For the fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
10,112 v Rangers, Premier League,
October 27th 2001. 

Average Attendance:
2007-2008: 1,831 (Division One)
2006-2007: 1,896 (Division One)
2005-2006: 4,938 (Premier League)

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Football Hotels who are powered by Activehotels, who specialise in locating accommodation near or within a short travelling distance of the football ground. They also have the added advantage over some other hotel booking services that you pay on departure. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. To access their Livingston page click here.

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me and I'll update the guide.


 


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Last Revised: 07 January, 2008