McCain Stadium
The McCain Stadium is a disused football stadium located on Seamer Road in Scarborough, England. It was the home of Scarborough FC, a defunct football club who last played in the English Conference North before they were dissolved on June 20, 2007 with debts of £2.5m. The ground was first opened in 1898, when Scarborough FC moved from playing at Scarborough Cricket Club. It was then called the Athletic Ground. In 1988, under a sponsorship deal, Scarborough FC sold the naming rights of the Athletic Ground to McCain Foods and until its closure in 2007 the stadium was known as the McCain Stadium.

Layout
The ground has four main stands: The Main Stand runs along one side of the pitch. It is an old grandstand-style stand and is all seater. The Shed runs along the other side of the pitch and is covered terracing. This was the most popular part of the ground and was usually where the singing supporters stood. The East Stand is behind one of the goals and is an all seater stand in which the seats are red and the letters SFC are spelled out in white seats. This is the newest part of the ground along with The West Stand. The West Stand is identical to The East Stand but is behind the other goal. It was where the away fans were located. In three of the four corners of the ground there is uncovered terracing although in the north-west corner the corner had become overrun with grass and weeds so was not normally used. The other corner of the ground is two-step terracing in front of the social club. In the north-east corner of the ground there is a social club, known as the McCain Lounge, and a club shop which is located in a hut. There is also a programme shop, food outlet and coffee hut.

2006 plans
In March 2006 the plan was for a new stadium to be completed well before the start of the 2007-08 season. The stadium was to be located in Eastfield, Scarborough. The planned capacity was around 4,000 and the amount of land that the club would own was 15 acres (61,000 m 2) of which some would have been used for the stadium, with room for expansion, and the rest used to lease to offices etc. that would cover the club's operating losses. The McCain Stadium was to be sold to property developers ( Persimmon Homes) for around £4.1 million and this would have been enough to pay off all of the clubs debts and fund the new stadium.

Demise of Scarborough FC
A covenant existed on the McCain Stadium that restricted its use only to sporting activities. Scarborough F.C. failed to convince the Scarborough Borough Council that its proposals to sell the McCain Stadium to a housing developer would raise enough money to both to pay off the debts and build a new ground. On Tuesday 12 June, Scarborough F.C. were given an eight day 'stay of execution' following a 'change of heart' by their local Borough Council. But, on 20 June, they were wound up in the High Court, ending its 128-year run as a club with debts of £2.5m. However, the winding up of Scarborough F.C. paved the way for the supporters' trust to form a new club as Scarborough Athletic F.C. and secure a place in the Northern Counties East League, Division One with effect from 2007-08.

Subsequent events
On 26 September 2007, Scarborough Borough Council announced its intention to purchase the ground from the liquidators. The liquidators, Begbies Traynor, applied to have the covenant lifted. This was contested by the Council. As a result the stadium remained empty and derelict, and has been subject to vandalism. The stadium was damaged by a fire on 17 October 2008, that started in the changing rooms. A director of Scarborough Athletic criticised administrators Begbies Traynor for the lack of security. He said that the club would be interested in moving back to the stadium but that the vandalism was making that option more difficult and expensive. In December 2008 the Council finally purchased the ground from the liquidators. On 15 December 2009, the Council announced that it had decided to invest money in a new facility rather than regenerate the stadium. On 13 March 2010 Scarborough Council stated it was about to discuss demolition work at the stadium.