Sixfields StadiumEdit profile
Sixfields Stadium is a 7,653 capacity all seater sports stadium in Northampton, England. It has been the home ground of Northampton Town Football Club following their move from the County Ground. The site also hosts athletics in the adjacent stadium. Aside from being a sports venue, Sixfields also houses conference facilities.
The stadium had been scheduled to be opened at the start of the 1994-95, but was not ready on time and as a result Northampton began the season still at the County Ground. The mid-season relocation to Sixfields is one of just a few which have taken place in English senior football since the Second World War. The first game to be played there was against Barnet in Division Three on 15 October 1994. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with striker Martin Aldridge scoring the first goal at the new stadium.
- West Stand
The largest of the stands, seating just under 4,000 home supporters on a matchday, the West Stand also accommodates the club offices, changing rooms and supporters bar.
- Dave Bowen (North) Stand
Named after ex-Northampton Town player and manager Dave Bowen, who helped take the club from Division Four to the First Division during the 1960s, the North Stand is behind the goal nearest to the hill. It seats approximately 900.
- Alwyn Hargrave (East) Stand
This is the Family Enclosure which stands opposite the West Stand. It can accommodate approximately 1,700 fans. It is usually reserved for home supporters, although if the opposition sells their allocation in The Paul Cox Panel & Paint (South) Stand, they are usually sent an extra 450 tickets for the south-end of this stand. It is named after an Ex-Borough Councillor who helped the stadium become reality. This stand is well known for its 'award-winning facilities for disabled supporters' according to The Football Ground Guide.
- Paul Cox Panel & Paint (South) Stand
Standing opposite and identical to The Dave Bowen Stand, this end is reserved for away fans. The only occasion where this stand has held Northampton Town supporters was against Chester City on 29 April 2006 when the stand was split and supporters segregated to allow the maximum amount of home supporters to witness the club's promotion to League One.
In December 2003, the football club secured a 150 year lease on the ground from the local council. The owners of Northampton Town, David and Tony Cardoza, propose to redevelop the whole ground into a 15,000 all-seater stadium, starting with adding executive boxes and a further 2,000 seats to the West Stand, whilst expanding the clubs offices and facilities. The other stands would then be expanded and joined to create a 'bowl' stadium. The new complex would also feature a hotel which could potentially be built behind the Paul Cox Panel & Paint (South) Stand. The home end at Northampton Town's old County Ground was called The Hotel End, so it would be quite apt if the new stadium was to also feature its own Hotel End. The proposed expansion would be largely financed by associated development, such as new shops and a hotel. As these associated developments would not comply with national government policy on restricting out-of-town retail development, the plans for stadium expansion have not progressed to the stage where a formal planning application has been made. In 2009, the Northampton Retail Strategy was produced by consultants CACI for Northampton Borough Council. This study concluded that further out-of-town retail development would harm the existing town centre. In addition, the average attendances at the stadium (see below) suggest that there is no need for additional seating at the stadium. On the 9th April 2007, prior to their 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe United, Northampton Town FC fans marched from the Northampton Guildhall, past Northampton Saints' Franklin's Gardens to Sixfields to pressure the council to make a quick and informed decision regarding the re-development. .
- Record Attendance - 7,557 - Northampton Town vs. Manchester City, Division Two, 26 September 1998.
- 2009-2010: 4,375 ( Football League Two)
- 2008-2009: 5,200 ( Football League One)
- 2007-2008: 5,409 ( Football League One)
- 2006-2007: 5,573 ( Football League One)
- 2005-2006: 5,935 ( Football League Two)
- 2004-2005: 5,927 ( Football League Two)
- 2003-2004: 5,306 ( Division Three)