Prenton Park
Prenton Park is a stadium in Birkenhead, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Tranmere Rovers F.C.. Liverpool reserves also play their home games at Prenton Park. Rovers moved to the current Prenton Park in 1912. The ground has had several rebuilds, with the most recent occurring in 1994 in response to the requirement of the Taylor Report to become all-seater. Today's stadium holds 16,567 in four stands: the Kop Stand, the Johnny King stand, the Main Stand and the Cowsheds (for away supporters).

History
Tranmere Rovers bought Borough Road from Tranmere Rugby Club in 1887. The ground was renamed Prenton Park in 1895. Tranmere Rovers rented out the ground to Birkenhead Wanderers rugby league club in 1902. In February 1912, Tranmere Rovers played their last game at the old Prenton Park as the land is sold to developers and the club moves across the road to the new Prenton Park.

Record attendances
The record attendance is 24,424 on 5 February 1972, for a 4th round FA Cup match v Stoke City. For a league match, the highest attendance is 19,615, against Wrexham on 30 April 1958. The lowest attendance is 937, in a game against Halifax Town in 1984.

Stands (and maximum capacities)

Kop (5,696)
A large single-tier, all-seater stand, completed in 1995, the Bebington Kop replaced the earlier open terrace (also called the Kop) which had stood behind the goal at the Bebington End. Originally the Kop housed both home and away fans, split down the middle, and occasionally was handed entirely to the away fans. However, following the 1999 league cup semi-final against Bolton Wanderers when the Kop was given entirely to the home fans a campaign was begun to claim the Kop as a home end. From the 2000/01 season this became the case, with away fans housed in the Cowshed. It was announced on 1 April 2010 that the top part of this stand would be closed off, to lower Stewarding costs.

Johnny King stand (2,414)
Formerly the Borough Road stand, now named after former Rovers manager John King. The stand runs along the Borough Road side of the pitch, and is a low-rise seated stand.

Cowshed (2,500)
Previously the home end of the ground, the Cowshed now houses the away supporters.

Main stand (5,957)
The Main stand is the oldest stand at Prenton Park, having been built in the 1960s. A two tier stand, it is generally divided into 3 main sections. The lower tier consists of the Bebington End paddock (capacity 1,122 + 28 disabled spaces) and the Town End paddock (capacity 1,209), either side of the halfway line. The upper tier is simply referred to as the Main Stand (capacity 3,598). The future of the Main stand is under discussion as the 40-year-old structure is becoming increasingly expensive to repair.

Redevelopment
During 1994 and 1995, three sides of the ground were redeveloped with three entirely new all-seater stands created - the Borough Road stand, the Cowshed and the new Kop. This was the club's response to the Taylor Report which suggested that all stadia in the top two divisions of English football should no longer permit standing. This new ground had a capacity of just under 17,000 although this is currently rarely filled since the teams relegation to League 1. The club wish to develop the ground to 30,000 if they reach the Premier League.

Key games

Shelbourne v Rangers, 1998
The only UEFA European Fixture to take place at Prenton Park was a UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round Tie First Leg between Shelbourne (Ireland) & Rangers (Scotland) on 22 July 1998. Due to fears of sectarian violence, and after discussions between the two clubs and UEFA, it was decided that Prenton Park would be the venue for the first leg with Shelbourne as the Home team. As a result Reds Independent was set up by Shelbourne fans who had been against the club to move the game outside of Ireland. The match finished 3”“5 in favour of Rangers after Shelbourne (at the time an amateur side) had earlier taken a shock 3”“0 lead. As a result of this game, Rangers were fined 25,000 Swiss Francs and warned by UEFA after some of their fans caused trouble at the game. UEFA also told Rangers that should they be drawn to play in Ireland in the future in UEFA Competition they would be required to fulfil the fixture.

Cultural references
Footage from Prenton Park was used in the Coca-Cola "Real Fans" television commercial for the 2004”“05 season.