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  • Inverness CT : Caledonian Stadium

    • Last Updated: 17th November 2016
    • Club Info
      Club Inverness CT
      Official Website https://ictfc.com/
      Telephone 01463 222880
      Commercial Enquiries
      Email Address
    • Ground Information
      Ground Nick Name
      Opened 1996
      Capacity 7,800 seats
      Record Attedance 6290 (Aberdeen, 2000)
      Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
      Pitch Type Grass
      Heating No

    The Caledonian Stadium, currently known as the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is an association football stadium situated in the Longman area of Inverness, Scotland. The stadium plays host to the home matches of Scottish Professional Football League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle was formed in 1994 by the merging of two Highland League clubs, Caledonian and Inverness Thistle. Between 1994 and 1996, the new club played their home matches at Telford Street Park, which had been the home ground of Caledonian. However, one of the pledges made to gain entrance into the Scottish Football League (SFL) was that they would move to a newly built ground by August 1995. Four sites were considered until early in 1995, when Highland Council gave approval to a site called East Longman, next to the A9 road and the Kessock Bridge. This site had to overcome concerns of the local Harbour Trust that the stadium floodlights would interfere with traffic in the Moray Firth and the need for an access road to relieve traffic from the A9. Inverness District Council approved the plans and authorised £900,000 of public funds to cover a funding gap.

    The SFL extended the deadline for a new stadium to 1996, but the District Council was provided legal advice that the public funds could only be provided under set conditions, which caused further delay. The club threatened to resign from the SFL if the funds were not forthcoming, but eventually the District Council granted the funds in December 1995. The new stadium opened in November 1996 and hosted its first SFL match, a 1–1 draw between Caley Thistle and Albion Rovers. The stadium held 5,000 supporters at opening and cost £5.2 million. This was funded by selling the old grounds of Caledonian and Inverness Thistle for £1.1 million, the grant from Inverness District Council, £500,000 from the Football Trust and the rest was provided by the Inverness and Nairn Enterprise Board, sponsors and supporters. The local authority retained ownership of the ground, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle being given a 99-year lease on the site.

    When the club won promotion to the Scottish Premier League (SPL) in 2004, they faced a problem in that the Caledonian Stadium did not meet a SPL requirement for stadiums to have 10,000 seats. At that time, the Caledonian Stadium had a total capacity of 6,280 and only 2,280 seats. Inverness CT agreed to groundshare with Aberdeen at Pittodrie. The SPL initially rejected the groundsharing application, but accepted it on appeal. The SPL also voted to reduce the 10,000 seat requirement to 6,000. Inverness CT played at Pittodrie for the first two rounds of fixtures of the 2004–05 season, while redevelopment works were carried out at the Caledonian Stadium.

    Inverness playing St Mirren in May 2008 at the Caledonian Stadium.

    The redevelopment in 2004–05 included the construction of two new stands at either end of the ground, which made the stadium all-seater and increased its capacity to over 7,500. These stands were built in a remarkable 47 days by the Tulloch Construction Company who are also the club's biggest shareholder. As Tulloch also paid part of the development cost, the stadium had the Tulloch name added to it on completion of the work and the lease on the site was transferred to Tulloch. The lease reverted to the football club in December 2017, except for the stadium car parks.

    In 2007, the club added a very small stand opposite the Main Stand - called the West Stand. It has a capacity of around 400 and was initially intended to be a 'singing section'. The highest football attendance recorded at the Caledonian Stadium is 7,753, set on 20 January 2008 against Rangers.

    By Car

    From South

    From Perth head north on the A9 until you reach Inverness.

    At the Longman Roundabout before the Kessock Bridge, take the third exit and carry on round until you come to the Stadium and away car park.

    Note: Be prepared for delays of up to 15mins on the A9 Northbound approaching the bridge roundabout.

    From East

    Head west on the A96 as far as Inverness.

    On the outskirts of Inverness take the second exit from the roundabout (The retail park/Tesco's) towards Inverness.  Go under fly over and take third exit towards A9 North / Wick.

    At the Longman Roundabout before Kessock Bridge, take the third exit and carry on round until you come to the Stadium and away car park.

    Note: Be prepared for delays of up to 15mins on the A9 Northbound approaching the bridge roundabout.

    From North

    Head south on the A9 as far as Inverness.

    Cross the Kessock Bridge and take the first exit from the roundabout and carry on round until you come to the Stadium and away car park.

    By Public Transport

    Trains:The nearest railway station is in Inverness (about 1 mile away) with regular services from the South and East. Train services also run from the North and West.

    Buses:There are regular coaches daily from Glasgow, Edinburgh Aberdeen, Wick and Perth to Inverness. A bus departs from the Bus Station at Farraline Park to the Stadium 45mins before kick-off, returning after the game. Several local bars also run buses to some games.

    Taxis:Taxi Ranks are located at both the Bus Station and outside the railway station.

    Walking: The Stadium is a 20 minute walk from the City Centre. We advise that you use the designated walking route through the Industrial Estate which is signposted from Longman Road and avoids crossing the A9 trunk road.

    Away Fans

    South Stand: 

    • Adults £25 (£22),
    • Concessions £20 (£17),
    • Under 16's £10 (£10)

    Concessions apply to Over 65's/Under 26's.

    Official Programme £3

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    Stadium Map

    • 3939 A9
    • Inverness
    • Scotland
    • IV1 1FB
    • United Kingdom
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