Griffin Park is located in Brentford, which is in the London Borough of Hounslow. It was the home stadium for Brentford Football Club beginning in 1904 up until July 2020. It is located and its claim to fame is that it is the only football ground in the English professional league system that has a pub on each of its corners. The name for the stadium comes from the local Fuller’s Brewery logo, which is that of a griffin.
History of Griffin Park
Brentford FC was created in 1889 and it played at a variety of different venues for some years. Griffin Park was eventually bought by a group of club officials. The ground was on a local orchard and it was developed into a home ground for the team.
The initial size was for about 20,000 people, with the possibility of extending this to between 30,000 and 40,000 if needed. The official opening came on September 1, 1904, with season tickets for the year selling out almost straight away.
Over the years, a number of renovations took place at Griffin Park. The club was able to use the £5,000 it won by getting the FA Cup fifth rounds in 1926/1927 to build a new grandstand.
Further extensive development took place over the next decade or so. Not much was then done over the next five or six decades. They were one of the first clubs to invest in floodlights in 1954.
After the club earned promotion into the Championship in 2014, a number of different improvements were completed on the grounds. This included putting in AstroTurf along the side of the pitch and heated seats for the dugouts. After the club got into the play-offs for the Premier League, development plans were drawn up for the stadium in case they managed to get into the Premier League. This ultimately did not happen.
Structure of the stadium
After opening initially, there was no terracing at all with banks that were covered with ashes bordering the pitch. There was then a small stand built. Currently, there are four main stands in place at Griffin Park.
The Braemar Road Stand has two tiers and the bottom tier is called ‘The Paddock’. This is where the dressing rooms are located, as well as the club offices and the supporter's bar. The New Road Stand has one tier and the dugouts have been located in front of this stand since 2010 and is also the location for the main cameras.
The Ealing Road Terrace is a single-tier terrace that has had a roof since 2007, with most home supporters being located at this end of the pitch. Finally, the Brook Stand Road is a stand with two tiers that are terraced on the bottom tier and seated at the top. It was built during the 1980s and currently is the main location for away fans to watch the game.
Brentford currently plans in the Championship and it has been around since 1889. Having played at Griffin Park since 1889, it is set to move into the Brentford Community Stadium in time for the 2020/2021 season. The club's golden area came in the 1930s when it managed to finish in the top six places of the First Division in three seasons in a row.
Its biggest rivals are clubs from the West London area, such as Queen Park Rangers, Fulham and Chelsea. Its best finish in top-flight football was 5th in 1935, with the club reaching the quarter-final of the FA Cup on four occasions, most recently in 1988/1989. It has been the finalist of the Football League Trophy three times, losing each of these finals.
Betting on games at Griffin Park
While Griffin Park will no longer host Brentford FC games, it has been a stalwart in English football for many years. Brentford is looking to get its way into the Premier League for the first time ever. It has a young team that is pushing hard in this regard.
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