St Mirren Park

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Simple Digital Arena
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Simple Digital Arena
Location in Renfrewshire
Location Greenhill Road, Paisley
Coordinates 55°51′2″N4°26′38″W / 55.85056°N 4.44389°W / 55.85056; -4.44389 Coordinates: 55°51′2″N4°26′38″W / 55.85056°N 4.44389°W / 55.85056; -4.44389
Public transit St James Railway Station & Gilmour Street Station
Owner St Mirren F.C.
Operator St Mirren F.C.
Capacity 8,023 [1]
Record attendance 7,542 - St Mirren v Kilmarnock (31 January 2009)
Field size 105m x 68m (115y x 74y)
Acreage 12.5
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Broke ground 7 January 2008
Opened 31 January 2009
Construction cost £8 million
Architect Barr Construction
Main contractors Barr Construction
Tenants
St Mirren F.C. (2009)
Scotland under-21 (2011)

St Mirren Park, also known as The Simple Digital Arena for sponsorship reasons, [2] is a football stadium in Paisley, Scotland. It is the home of St Mirren. The stadium is the sixth home of the club and replaced Love Street. [3] [4] [5] [6]

Paisley, Renfrewshire town in the historic county of Renfrewshire in Scotland

Paisley is a town situated in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. Located on the northern edge of the Gleniffer Braes, the town borders the city of Glasgow to the east, and straddles the banks of the White Cart Water, a tributary of the River Clyde.

St Mirren F.C. association football club in Scotland

St Mirren Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Paisley, Renfrewshire, founded in 1877. They play in the Scottish Premiership after winning the 2017–18 Scottish Championship. The team has two nicknames, the "Buddies" and the "Saints".

Love Street (stadium) football stadium

St Mirren Park, more commonly known as Love Street, was a football stadium located on Love Street in Paisley, Scotland. At one time the stadium was capable of accommodating almost 50,000 spectators, however in its final years it had an all-seated capacity of 10,800. Until its closure in 2009, it was the home ground of St Mirren F.C..

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History

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View of the stadium during construction

Talks over a new stadium began on 15 January 2003, when the club met representatives from Aldi and Lidl. The club were looking to sell their ground at Love Street for retail development. Selling Love Street would secure the necessary funding to build the new stadium. Planning applications for a retail development at Love Street were passed on 24 May 2005 and the club subsequently sold the ground to Tesco on 25 April 2007 for £15 million. The new stadium site broke ground on 7 January 2008 and was officially opened on 31 January 2009 at a cost of £8 million. [4] [7] Before the first game at the new stadium there was a parade from Love Street to Greenhill Road to celebrate the opening of the stadium. [8] Club chairman Stewart Gilmour and First Minister Alex Salmond were also present at the first match at the new ground. Alex Salmond unveiled a plaque before the game to commemorate the opening. [6] The game between St Mirren and Kilmarnock finished in a 11 draw, with the first goal at the new stadium being scored by Kilmarnock striker Kevin Kyle. [9] Dennis Wyness scored St Mirren's first goal at the new ground, in the same match. [9] The opening match set the record attendance of 7,542, a record which still stands. [9] [10] St Mirren Park has also become the regular home of the Scotland national under-21 football team. [11] [12]

Aldi is the common brand of two German family owned discount supermarket chains with over 10,000 stores in 20 countries, and an estimated combined turnover of more than €50 billion. Based in Germany, the chain was founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother's store in Essen, which had been in operation since 1913. The business was split into two separate groups in 1960, that later became Aldi Nord, headquartered in Essen, and Aldi Süd, headquartered in Mülheim. In 1962, they introduced the name Aldi, which is pronounced [ˈaldiː](listen). In Germany, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have been financially and legally separate since 1966, although both divisions' names may appear as if they were a single enterprise with certain store brands or when negotiating with contractor companies. The formal business name is Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Compagnie, oHG.

Lidl discount supermarket chain based in Germany

Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG is a German global discount supermarket chain, based in Neckarsulm, Germany, that operates over 10,000 stores across Europe and the United States. It belongs to Dieter Schwarz, who also owns the store chains Handelshof and hypermarket Kaufland.

Tesco plc trading as Tesco, is a British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer with headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues and ninth-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues. It has shops in seven countries across Asia and Europe, and is the market leader of groceries in the UK, Ireland, Hungary and Thailand.

In November 2015, St Mirren agreed a two-year sponsorship deal with Renfrewshire Council to rename the stadium as the Paisley 2021 Stadium. [13] This was to promote Paisley's bid to become a UK City of Culture in 2021. [13] In June 2018, the stadium was renamed as The Simple Digital Arena as part of a four-year deal with Glasgow-based IT firm Simple Digital Solutions. [2]

UK City of Culture

The UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom for a period of one year. The aim of the initiative, which is administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is to "build on the success of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture 2008, which had significant social and economic benefits for the area". The inaugural holder of the award was Derry~Londonderry in 2013. In 2017, Kingston upon Hull took over the title. On 7 December 2017 it was declared that Coventry had been chosen to host in 2021.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect of the Scots language that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.

Construction

St Mirren Park is built on a 12.5 acre site on Greenhill Road in the Ferguslie Park area of the town. The previously unused site is less than a mile from the clubs former ground. [14] [15] Barr Construction were responsible for the design and construction of the stadium. [16] Their design consisted of four grandstands with a total capacity of 8,023. [1] [17] The East Stand is the Main Stand. The North Stand is used by away fans. Larger away supports can also be seated in a section of the West Stand. The West Stand has the largest capacity of all the stands. Whilst the South Stand is the Family Stand. [18] [19]

Ferguslie Park

Ferguslie Park is a housing estate at the north-west extremity of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland. It is bordered by the town of Linwood to the west and Glasgow Airport to the north. In 2006, the Scottish Executive named it as one of Scotland's most deprived communities. This information was based on paperwork dating back to 1996. Ferguslie Park has improved over many years by building centres for sports and leisure for all ages. However, in 2012 the "Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation" analysis by the Scottish Government again identified Ferguslie Park as the most deprived area in Scotland.

Barr Construction

Barr Construction was a major Scottish contracting organisation operating throughout the United Kingdom.

Facilities

On the outside of the stadium, promotional plaques have been constructed on the wall including fans names and loved ones. In the undercroft areas under each of the home support sections, large plaques dedicated to the members of the club's 'Hall of fame' have been erected by members of the supporters association and the website team, detailing player profiles and stats. Also, a 7-a-side pitch behind the North Stand is covered by the Airdome and can be hired by the public.

Transport

Paisley St James Railway Station, which is served by trains on the Inverclyde Line from Glasgow Central, is adjacent to St Mirren Park. [10] Since the stadium opened, some supporters campaigned for the local transport authorities to rename the station to Paisley St Mirren. [10] Following station improvements, the signage of the station was updated to read as "Paisley St James, alight here for St Mirren Park", as a compromise between supporter groups and the local transport regulators SPT. Paisley Gilmour Street is a 15-minute walk from St Mirren Park, but has a much more frequent service from Glasgow Central. [10] The ground is very near to the M8 Motorway and is accessed via junction 29. Fans travelling from North Ayrshire can also access the ground via the A737 road. [10] There is a car park at the stadium for permit holders, and street parking is also available. [10]

Paisley St James railway station

Paisley St James railway station is Paisley, Scotland's smallest railway station by passenger numbers and is on the Inverclyde Line, serving one of the residential districts of the town, just west of the town centre. For passengers travelling to the commercial district, Paisley Gilmour Street is the main railway station of Paisley and is located in the heart of Paisley town centre. There is an ongoing campaign to rename the station "Paisley St Mirren" due the station's proximity to St Mirren's new stadium.

Inverclyde Line

The Inverclyde Line is a railway line running from Glasgow Central station through Paisley and a series of stations to the south of the River Clyde and the Firth of Clyde, terminating at Gourock and Wemyss Bay, where it connects to Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services. The line has been in operation since the 1840s between Glasgow and Greenock and was the first passenger service to follow the River Clyde to the coast. The line was electrified in 1967.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) is a passenger transport executive responsible for planning and coordinating regional transport, especially the public transport system, in the Strathclyde area of western Scotland. This includes responsibility for operating Glasgow's Subway, the third oldest in the world.

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