Ground InformationGround Nick Name Global Energy StadiumOpened 1929Capacity 6541 seatsRecord Attedance 8,000 V Rangers (28 February 1966)Pitch Size: 10 × 75 yardsPitch Type GrassHeating Yes
Victoria Park, also known as the Global Energy Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is an all-seater football stadium in the town of Dingwall, Highland, Scotland. It is the home ground of Ross County, who currently play in the Scottish Premiership.
Victoria Park has a greater capacity than the population of Dingwall, which was 5,491 at the 2011 census. However the County of Ross and Cromarty from which the club draws much of its support has a population of over 60,000. The largest crowd ever to watch a match at Victoria Park was reported as 8,000, for the Scottish Cup match between Ross County and Rangers in February 1966. The revenue from this match helped to fund construction of the Jail End terrace.
Ross County played in the Highland League until 1994, when they were admitted to the Scottish Football League Third Division alongside Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Victoria Park then became the most northerly ground in the senior section of the Scottish football league system, until Elgin City were admitted in 2000.
Ross County gained promotion to the Scottish Premier League (SPL) by winning the 2011–12 Scottish First Division. The stadium was renovated in the spring and summer of 2012 to meet SPL criteria. This involved installing seats in the Jail End, constructing a new North Stand, installing under soil heating and providing more car parking. Victoria Park was renamed the Global Energy Stadium, after the company founded by Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor, when the renovation was completed in July 2012.
There are four all-seated stands: the West (Main Stand) and the East are on either side of the pitch, while the North Stand (Academy End) and the South Stand (Jail End) are behind each goal. The Jail End is so called because the old County Jail and Sheriff Court were behind it. The jails have since been converted to housing, but the Sheriff Court is still used. Away fans are housed in the Academy End. Home fans occupy all other sections of the stadium. There are corporate hospitality facilities and executive boxes in both the East and West Stands.
The Dingwall campus of the Highland Football Academy is situated behind the Academy End. It has a three-quarter size 3G astroturf pitch under cover and a full size Astroturf pitch adjacent to the East Stand, which has markings for football, 5-a-side football and hockey. The Academy also has three full size grass pitches, plus additional grassed training and warm-up areas.
The ground is well signposted once you reach Dingwall and our full address including the postcode for Sat-Nav is The Global Energy Stadium, Victoria Park, Dingwall IV15 9QZ.
We are located only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of town and less than 500 metres from the Train Station. If using service buses to get to the match then the stop located on Hill Street (beside the Royal Hotel) is the closest to the ground and included on most of the main routes to and from the town and is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the ground.
There is ample free and well signposted car parking in Dingwall Town Centre, whilst there is also car parking available for both home and away fans at the ground on matchdays at a cost of £3. Please note spaces are extremely limited for larger games and if in doubt please call to check the situation before leaving. Also note that the standard matchday traffic arrangements implemented by the Council Traffic Wardens and Police Scotland mean that access to the Stadium by car is not possible in the final 30 minutes before kick-off at any game.
Please bear in mind that weather and road conditions can vary greatly both from area to area and indeed compared with previous forecasts. Therefore we would ask all fans, and particularly those travelling longer distances, to check the up to date weather situation and forecast as well as road conditions and incidents before making the decision to travel for any match. Up to date information can always be found at www.trafficscotland.info
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