Palmerston Park
Palmerston Park is a multi-purpose stadium on Terregles Street in Dumfries, south west Scotland. The site of the ground was formerly a farm called Palmers Toun. This is on the Maxwelltown side of the River Nith in Dumfries. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Queen of the South F.C. The stadium holds 6,412 people. It also holds the currently tallest free standing floodlights in Scottish football, standing at 85 feet.

Ground purchase
Jimmy McKinnell, Tom Wylie and Willie McCall were all sold to Blackburn Rovers around the same time by Queen of the South. This combined with the sale of Ian Dickson to Aston Villa helped to fund the purchase of Palmerston Park in 1921 for £1,500.

Current stadium
Of the 6,412 capacity, there are 3,509 seats. There have been many changes in the ground since it was first opened in 1919, including the removal of the "coo shed" and its replacement by chairman Norman Blount with a new all seater stand. A challenge game was held in April 1995 to commemorate the opening of the new stand and Queens' 75th anniversary against Rangers. Guests for Queens in the 2 - 2 draw included Davie Irons, future managers Rowan Alexander and Ian McCall, Ted McMinn, Andy Thomson . Across from this all seater stand is the traditional "old" stand. This is a small, classic looking covered seating stand, where the seating area is raised. There are standing terraces for fans to the left, right and in front of this stand. This stand was constructed after the original main stand burned down in 1964. The Portland Drive Terrace is a traditional standing area, reminiscent of all UK football grounds prior to the Hillsborough disaster. At the other end of the ground stands the Terregles Street end. This became the away supporters end after the Norman Blount built stand opened. Prior to the Blount stand in the days of the 'coo shed' fans were able to change ends at half time to stand behind the goal being attacked by their team. The Terregles end is currently closed in need of repair.

Playing surface
The grass playing surface is widely recognised for its good condition. Iain McChesney described the surface as simply a, 'Good park'. Jocky Dempster later said in an interview that among his reasons for signing for Queens was, "I liked the park at Queens. As you know it’s a good park, a good surface." Crawford Boyd said, "It was a lovely park, it was a treat to play on that park, a lovely playing surface." Ted McMinn commented, "Palmerston was like a bowling green, you knew when you went to kick the ball you wouldn’t get a bobble."

Attendance
Crowds for Queen of the South fixtures are normally around 2,000 people unless there is a major cup game against higher league opposition. The first league game against local rivals Gretna at the end of August 2006 attracted almost 5,500 spectators, which was Queen's highest league attendance since 2002. There was a full house at Queens' 2007 Scottish Cup Quarter Final clash with Hibs in 2007. Similarly, over 6,000 watched the victory over Dundee on 8 March 2008 for a place in the 2008 Scottish Cup Semi-finals. Modern attendances are small in comparison with Queens' heyday in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. For example 10,948 watched the team featuring Willie Savage, Willie Culbert and Willie Ferguson in Queens first ever game in the top flight of Scottish football in 1933, the 3-2 win against Celtic. 13,000 watched Queens managed by George McLachlan and captained by Savage knock Rangers out of the Scottish Cup in January 1937. However Jackie Oakes scored Queens’ goal in the game with the highest recorded attendance at Palmerston Park. On 23 February 1952 a crowd of 26,552 squeezed very tightly in to see Queens play in a Scottish Cup 3rd round 3-1 win for Hearts.

In popular culture
Scenes from the film A Shot at Glory , starring Robert Duvall, were shot at Palmerston Park during 1999.

Development considerations
Instead of a straight forward promotion meritocracy, the members of the Scottish Premier League (SPL) have decreed that the club promoted each season as champions of the Scottish League First Division to the SPL must have a stadium with a minimum seating capacity for 6,000 fans. Despite the economic sensibility meaning scalable solutions are used widely in other industries, temporary seating facilities have been decreed as unacceptable by the SPL. This presents a significant barrier to many clubs in Scotland due to the limited budget available from relatively small population bases and the corresponding fan base potential. Palmerston Park has ample space for the deployment of additional seating should the funding for investment become available. The obstacle for clubs such as Queens is finding the capital for the required investment.