Victoria Park, DingwallEdit profile
Coordinates: 57°35′45.41″N 4°25′08.09″W / 57.5959472°N 4.4189139°W / 57.5959472; -4.4189139
Victoria Park is a football stadium situated in the town of Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland. It is the home stadium of Ross County F.C. who currently play in the Scottish Football League First Division.
There are two stands; the West (Main Stand) and the East, which have covered seats, that run either side of the pitch, there are also two standing-only terraces – North Terrace and South Terrace – situated behind each goal; known as the Academy End (North Terrace) and The Jail End (South Terrace). It has a total capacity of 6,310 (2,590 seated) so currently has less than 50 per cent of the Scottish Premier League criterion of 6,000 seats.
The Jail End is known as this because of the old County Jail and Sheriff Court that was positioned behind that end of the ground, the Jails have since been converted to housing, although the Sheriff court is still used.
Away fans are housed in the North end of the West Stand and depending on the size of support anticipated can also have access to the Academy Terrace. Home fans occupy all other sections of the stadium.
There is corporate hospitality facilities and executive boxes in both the East and West Stands.
To date, the board have spent more than £3.5 million on renovating the stadium and plans are being made to create a modern all-seater stadium suitable for the Premier League should the team win promotion to the SPL.
In terms of capacity, the stadium holds more people than the town of Dingwall, which had a population of 5,521 at the last census in 2001. The largest crowd ever to witness a match at Victoria Park was reported as 8,000 for the Scottish Cup match between Ross County and Rangers in 1966.
The Highland Football Academy is situated behind the Academy End and has a 3/4 size 3G Astroturf undercoverand, a full size outside Astroturf pitch adjacent to the East Stand which has markings for football, 5-a-side football and Hockey. The football Academy also has three full size grass pitches, plus additional grassed training / warm-up areas.