Excelsior Stadium
The Excelsior Stadium is the home of Airdrie United F.C. of the Scottish Football League Second Division. It was built in 1998 to house Airdrieonians F.C., and when Airdrieonians went into liquidation four years later, Airdrie United began playing their home games there. When the stadium first opened it was officially titled Shyberry Excelsior Stadium ("Shyberry" being the company who sponsored the stadium when it first opened). The fans, and indeed sometimes the media often refer to the stadium as New Broomfield, which is more palatable from an Airdrie perspective due to its association with the former home of Airdrieonians, Broomfield Park.

Following the sale of Airdrieonians home ground ( Broomfield Park) to large supermarket chain Safeway in 1994, the club searched for several years for a suitable site, and planning permission for, a new home. The motive for the move was to build a stadium that would allow the club entry to Scottish Premier League (Clubs were required to have a stadium with a seating capacity of at least ten thousand). The building work on Excelsior Stadium was eventually completed in 1998, and Airdrieonians played here until the club went out of business due to heavy debts in May 2002. This left an opening in the Scottish League, which was filled by Northern Premier League side Gretna To attain a position in the league, the Airdrie United owner, Jim Ballatyne, bought out the ailing Clydebank, and changed their name and strip and relocated the side to Airdrie.

Records and facts
The record attendance at New Broomfield was that of the Challenge Cup Final between Hamilton Academical and St. Mirren which took place on the 6th of November, 2005. 9,613 spectators attended the game, which St. Mirren won 2”“1. The highest attendance for an Airdrieonians match was 8,762 and this was set when Airdrie played against Celtic in a Scottish League Cup match on August 1998. The highest attendance for an Airdrie United game was 5,924 and this was set during the Scottish Cup third round tie against Lanarkshire derby rivals Motherwell on January 2007. Excelsior Stadium is the highest altitude stadium in Scotland, at 408 feet above sea level.

The ground seats 10,171 and, as well as Airdrie United home games, has also played host to Scottish Challenge Cup finals, as well as Scotland Under-21 fixtures, Old Firm reserve matches and in August 2008 it played host to Queen of the South's UEFA Cup 2nd qualifying round 1st leg against Nordsjælland. The stadium also hosted all of Motherwell's Europa League qualifying round ties in the 2009-10 season, against Llanelli, Flamurtari and Steaua Bucharest in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round respectively. The stadium has also hosted charity events, and may host concerts in the future. In addition to the executive match-viewing boxes that look onto the pitch, the stadium boasts conference and banqueting facilities, with six separate spaces and The Mercedes Sports bar being situated within the main (Jack Dalziel) stand. Disabled facilities are also provided in the North, East and South stands. A Sports Injury Clinic operates from the main stand. Nine five-a-side football pitches were installed for community use in early 2010, adjacent to the stadium on the South stand side and to the East stand side. The car parks were resurfaced, and a new fence was erected around the perimiter of the stadium and land. At the end of season 2009-2010 work began on converting the stadium pitch to meet FIFA standards, with the installation of a new 3G artificial surface. Although due for completion prior to season 2010-2011, in July Airdrie United played their opening Alba Challenge Cup 1st Round game v Ayr United at Alloa Athletic's Recreation Park ground, as the work had been delayed due to heavy rain. The first competitive game played on the new surface was on August 14, 2010, as Airdrie entertained Ayr United.

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