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Huish Park
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Huish Park
Location of Huish Park
Full nameHuish Park Stadium
Location Yeovil, Somerset, England
Coordinates 50°57′0.94″N2°40′25.84″W / 50.9502611°N 2.6738444°W / 50.9502611; -2.6738444 Coordinates: 50°57′0.94″N2°40′25.84″W / 50.9502611°N 2.6738444°W / 50.9502611; -2.6738444
OwnerHuish Park Stadium Partnership Ltd
OperatorYeovil Town
Capacity 9,565 (5,212 seated) [1]
Record attendance9,527 Yeovil Town vs. Leeds United
Field size115 by 72 yards (105 m × 66 m)
Opened4 August 1990
Construction cost £3.5 million
Yeovil Town Football Club (1990–present)
Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club (2016–2018)

Huish Park is a football stadium located in Yeovil, Somerset, England. The stadium has been home to Yeovil Town F.C. since its completion in 1990, following their relocation from Huish. Huish Park has a capacity of 9,565 (of which two stands are all-seated, totalling 5,212 seats) with terraces behind each of the goals. [1]



In January 1985, Yeovil started negotiations to sell the Huish Athletic Ground and move to a new stadium in the Houndstone area of Yeovil on the site of an old army camp. Negotiations commenced between the club and Bartlett Construction regarding moving from Huish to a new site at Houndstone Camp, with the first meeting taking place on 12 November 1985 when an offer of £1.3m was made for the Huish site. Following further meetings and more detailed plans being studied the offer was raised to over £2m early in 1986, when the directors agreed in principle for the move to go ahead. A company, Collier & Madge, who specialised in buying and selling supermarket sites was engaged to advise the club and to ensure the best possible price was obtained.

On 15 December 1986, the club was informed by its advisors, Collier and Madge, that the offer of £2.4m now on the table was about as much as they could hope to receive. It was revealed that the new proposed site for the club was 20.75 acres of freehold land at Houndstone Camp with a further 4.2 acres being made available on a 999-year lease. The directors agreed in principle to the deal and Tesco were insisting that contracts should be exchanged by the end of March 1987 with the building contractors having vacant possession by July 1988. Further discussions took place with South Somerset District Council regarding developing the new site for recreational use, and they set aside money to purchase the land.

At an extraordinary general meeting held on 25 August 1987, shareholders gave the go-ahead to "conclude negotiations with F. R. Bartlett Limited for the sale of Huish and to negotiate the development of the Houndstone site". The voting was 14,431 for and 1,356 against, giving a majority of 13,075, representing 91% in favour. On 15 September 1987, the Public Inquiry began which was to delay the proposed move for a long time; two days later the final agreement was signed.

On 21 March 1989, and after a wait of just over 20 months, the result of the Public Inquiry was made known. The Department of the Environment granted planning permission to develop Huish. The first work at the new ground got underway in May 1989 when boreholes were drilled. A month later it was revealed that the cost of the new development had risen to £3.5m and that Bartletts had come forward with a further £400,000, bringing the total for the sale of Huish to £2.8m. On Sunday 1 April 1990, over 500 supporters viewed the new stadium at Houndstone, and it was announced the new stadium would be called Huish Park.

The new Huish Park Stadium was opened with a friendly against Newcastle United on 4 August 1990, ending in a 2–1 defeat in front of a crowd of 5,093. The first competitive match followed on 18 August 1990 with a Football Conference match against Colchester United, the 2–0 win for Yeovil resulted in Mickey Spencer scoring Yeovil's first competitive goal at the new ground. The first season at the new ground resulted in an average attendance of 2,639, an increase of 17.6%, [2] and the season finished with an U18 international match between England and Wales attracting a bumper 6,153 crowd.

The 1999–2000 season saw a proposal for the erection of a roof over the home terrace. The work eventually took place in early 2001, with the roof being completed for the match against Rushden & Diamonds, which drew a then-record crowd of 8,868. [3]

Following Yeovil's promotion to the Football League, crowds increased by 30% to an average of 6,197 in the 2003–04 season, [2] and on 25 April 2008, Yeovil's match against Leeds United saw the record attendance at the ground of 9,527. [4]


The ground is made up of four stands:


Average and highest attendances at the ground since it was opened in the 1990-91 season. Huish Park attendances.png
Average and highest attendances at the ground since it was opened in the 1990–91 season.

The five highest attendances at Huish Park are:

25 April 2008 League One Leeds United 9,527
4 January 2004 FA Cup Liverpool 9,348
4 January 2015FA Cup Manchester United 9,264
26 January 2018FA CupManchester United9,195
31 December 2005League One Bristol City 9,178

Source: [5]

International games

The stadium has been used for the following international games:

Future development

In March 2011, Yeovil Town announced plans for a 3,500 seat stand to replace the current Away Terrace, [6] in conjunction with the training pitches being redeveloped into retail land creating over 300 jobs in partnership with Chris Dawson, owner of the Range Home and Leisure. [7] Following public consultation in late-November 2011 the plans for a new stand have dropped off the agenda with the retail development continuing as a new food store. [8]

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