Kenilworth Road is the home stadium for Luton Town Football Club. It is located in Luton, Bedfordshire and has been the home ground for the club since 1905. It has also played host to youth and women’s international games.
The stadium currently can host a little more than 10,000 people and its name comes from the road that it is on. For a six-year period in the late 1980s, the surface was artificial at Kenilworth Road.
History of Kenilworth Road Football Stadium
It was in 1905 that Luton Town moved into Kenilworth Road and have remained ever since. There have been extensive renovations completed at the ground on a few occasions over the years. This included after a fire in 1921 burned down portions of the stadium. This led to the main stand being rebuilt and smoking being banned.
In 1936, it was decided that improvements were needed at Kenilworth Road as the average attendances were rising and it was falling into disrepair. This renovation work saw the capacity of the stadium increasing from 25,000 up to 30,000. This led to massive improvements in the average attendance of Luton Town games, often reaching 21,000 on average during a season.
The club got floodlights installed in time for the 1953/1954 season. Financial difficulties and relocation plans meant that not much work was done at Kenilworth Road for the next few decades. It was in 1973 that new seats were added to the main stand and in 1985 a refurbishment worth £1 million began. This saw artificial turf being installed and the stadium becoming an all-seater.
The artificial surface only lasted a few seasons, with opposition teams giving out and labelling it as a plastic pitch. A new stand was built in 1991 and the latest improvements came in 2005. The highest recorded attendance at a Kenilworth Road game was 30,069 at a clash with Blackpool in the FA Cup in 1959.
The layout of Kenilworth Road
There are currently five stands that makeup Kenilworth Road. The Main Stand takes up about two-thirds of the length of the pitch and can seat 4,277 fans. This is also where the dressing rooms, television gantry and club offices are located. The family area is found in the David Preece Stand that can hold 711 fans. The site of the former Bobbers Stands now taken up by a number of executive boxes.
The Kenilworth Stand holds 3,229 fans and contains the club shop. The Oak Road End has the electronic scoreboard and can hold 1,800 fans and has been the site of away fans for most recent times, but now it is split with home fans, leading to the home capacity of the stadium being increased by 15%.
Luton Town Football Club
Luton Town Football Club was founded in 1885 and it has been playing at Kenilworth Road since 1905. The club is currently playing in the second-tier Championship and the club has seen many ups and downs over the years. Its golden era came in the 1980s and the early 1990s when it was in the top flight of football in England.
The club’s only major trophy to date is a League Cup title in 1988. The main rival for the club is the nearby Watford FC. One of the club’s claims to fame is that it was the first club in the south of England to become professional.
Luton has experienced financial issues over the years. This has led the club to get demoted rapidly down the leagues. Eventually falling to non-league football for five seasons until they got promoted in 2013/2014. The club then quickly earned a few promotions, aiming it back to the second tier for the first time since 2006/2007 in 2019/2020.
Betting on games at Kenilworth Road
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