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Selhurst
Selhurst
Park is an association football stadium located in the London suburb of Selhurst
Selhurst
in the Borough of Croydon. It is the home ground of Crystal Palace Football Club playing in the Premier League. The stadium was designed by architect Archibald Leitch
Archibald Leitch
and opened in 1924. The stadium has hosted one international football match as well as games for the 1948 Summer Olympics. Part of the stadium incorporates a branch of Sainsbury's. The stadium was shared by Charlton Athletic F.C. from 1985 until 1991 and then by Wimbledon F.C.
Wimbledon F.C.
from 1991 until 2003.

Contents

1 History 2 The stands

2.1 Holmesdale Road Stand 2.2 Arthur Wait Stand 2.3 Main Stand 2.4 Whitehorse Lane Stand

3 Attendance

3.1 Average 3.2 Records

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] In 1922 the site, a former brickfield, was bought from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company for £2,570. The club had been pursuing a deal for the ground as early as 25 February 1919.[1] The stadium, designed by Scottish stadium architect Archibald Leitch, was constructed by Humphreys of Kensington (a firm regularly used by Leitch) for around £30,000, and was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of London
London
on 30 August 1924.[2] There was then only one stand, the present Main Stand, but this was unfinished due to industrial action; Crystal Palace played Sheffield Wednesday and lost 0–1 in front of 25,000 fans.[1] Two years later, on St David's Day
St David's Day
in 1926, England played Wales in an international at the stadium.[2] England amateur matches and various other finals were also staged there,[2] as were other sports including boxing, bicycle polo (in the late 1940s) and cricket and music concerts (in the 1980s). In addition to this, it hosted two games for the 1948 Summer Olympics.[2][3] In 1953, the stadium's first floodlights were installed consisting of numerous poles around the 3 sides of terracing and four roof mounted installations on the Main Stand,[2] but were replaced nine years later by floodlights mounted on pylons in each corner and six installations on the Main Stand roof. Real Madrid
Real Madrid
marked the occasion by playing under the new set of bulbs – a real footballing coup at the time for third division Palace, as it was Real's first ever match in London.[1][2] The ground remained undeveloped until 1969, when Palace were promoted to Division One (then the highest tier of English football) for the first time. The Arthur Wait Stand was built, and is named after the club's long-serving chairman, who was a builder by trade and was often seen working on the site himself.[2] Arthur Wait was notable for overseeing Palace's rise from the 4th to the 1st Division in the 1960s. The Whitehorse Lane end was given a new look when a "second tier" of terracing, brick-built refreshments and toilets were provided along the top. The Safety of Grounds Act required the Holmesdale Road terrace (the preferred stand for the Crystal Palace supporters) to be split into three sections for safety reasons. The remaining poorer facilities were mainly where opposition supporters were situated. New facilities were subsequently built at the back of the Holmesdale Stand. In the summer of 1981, the Main Stand terraced enclosure was redesigned and refitted with seating. This year also saw Palace sell the back of the Whitehorse Lane terrace and adjacent land to supermarket retailer Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
for £2m, to help their financial problems.[2] The size of the terrace at this end was effectively halved. Charlton Athletic moved into the stadium as temporary tenants in 1985, and became with Palace the first league clubs in England to agree such a ground-sharing scheme.[2] The following year, chairman Ron Noades purchased the stadium from the club as a means of raising revenue. In the summer of 1990, the lower half of the Arthur Wait Stand was converted into all-seater with the assistance of Football Trust Grant Aid, following the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough Disaster. Two rows of executive boxes (48 in total) were constructed above the Whitehorse Lane terrace (on the roof of Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
supermarket) in 1991 and this was subsequently roofed and made all-seater in the summer of 1993.

Centenary year (2005) mural above the entrance to the players lounge at Selhurst
Selhurst
Park.

Charlton moved back to The Valley via West Ham's Boleyn Ground, and Wimbledon F.C.
Wimbledon F.C.
replaced them as tenants in 1991.[2] The Holmesdale terrace was demolished in 1994 and replaced a year later with a two-tiered 8,500 capacity stand.[2] The roof cladding of the main stand was also replaced, the previous one having started to leak. Some 23 years on, this remains the most recent major work to be carried out at Selhurst
Selhurst
Park. When Mark Goldberg bought Crystal Palace, he bought just the club. Former Palace chairman Ron Noades retained ownership of the Selhurst Park ground, having purchased it from the club in 1986. Chairman Simon Jordan took out a ten-year lease on the ground upon his purchase of the club in 2000, and Noades received rent from Palace. Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
in 2003,[2] a section of their fans already having decamped to the newly established AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon
in protest, when the old club were given permission by the FA to move in 2002. Palace chairman Jordan stated that he had completed a purchase of the freehold of Selhurst
Selhurst
Park from Altonwood Limited (Ron Noades' company) for £12m in October 2006. However, Simon Jordan never owned the freehold or had any interest in it and his reasons for claiming he had bought it are unknown. Ownership was in fact held by Selhurst
Selhurst
Park Limited, a joint venture between HBOS
HBOS
and the Rock property empire owned by Paul Kemsley, a former director of Tottenham Hotspur. In April 2008, a 25-year lease was granted to Crystal Palace at an annual rent of £1.2m. The Rock Group went into administration in June 2009, the management of the freehold was taken on by PwC
PwC
acting on behalf of Lloyds Bank, which now own HBOS. PwC
PwC
expected to sell it within two years.[4] The club and Selhurst
Selhurst
Park stadium were purchased by the CPFC 2010 consortium in June 2010, leading to the stadium and Football Club being united in a company for the first time since 1998. January 2011 saw CPFC 2010 announce plans to redevelop the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, the club's original home, in five years' time. However, opposition from Crystal Palace residents and Bromley council have seen the plans become increasingly infeasible, resulting in suggestions that Selhurst
Selhurst
Park should be redeveloped gradually similar to the Molineux stadium
Molineux stadium
(home to Wolves). In June 2012, Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish approached Rugby Union team London
London
Welsh about a possible ground-share. London
London
Welsh's promotion to the English Premiership was in doubt, as their plans to play their matches at Kassam Stadium
Kassam Stadium
were deemed unsuitable by the RFU.[5] The stands[edit]

Holmesdale Road Stand[edit] Capacity of stand: 8,147 The Holmesdale is a double-tiered stand (Lower tier 5,341, Upper tier 2,806) on the south side of the stadium. Built 1994-95, this is the newest stand in the stadium, replacing the previous terrace stand. It forms the SE end of the stadium. Arthur Wait Stand[edit] Capacity of stand: 9,754 Part of this stand seats the away supporters (2,900), the 'Arthur Wait' stand named after the then chairman opened in 1969. It forms the NE side of the stadium. Main Stand[edit] Capacity of stand: 6,163 This original stand opened in 1924 includes the Directors Box, new offices/Main Entrance were built at the rear of the stand during the nineties, meanwhile the exterior of the Main Stand has been re-cladded in white replacing the old original blue painted corrugated iron. New seats were also installed during the summer of 2013, several lounges/Bars and a restaurant are also within the stand. With new investment now confirmed this stand will be the first developed (pending approval) in to a three tier structure, building over the current stand then removing the present roof. Whitehorse Lane Stand[edit] Capacity of stand: 2,245 + seating for executive boxes The Whitehorse Lane stand is otherwise known as the Family Stand for Crystal Palace supporters. The stand also include 24 luxury Executive Boxes. It forms the NW end of the stadium. Attendance[edit] Average[edit]

Season Average Attendance League Reference

2014-15 24,421 Premier League [6]

2013-14 24,375 Premier League [7]

2012-13 17,280 Football League Championship [8]

2011-12 15,219 Football League Championship [9]

2010-11 15,351 Football League Championship [10]

2009-10 14,945 Football League Championship [11]

2008-09 15,220 Football League Championship [12]

2007-08 16,030 Football League Championship [13]

2006-07 17,541 Football League Championship [14]

2005-06 19,457 Football League Championship [15]

2004-05 24,108 Premier League [16]

Records[edit] The record attendance in Selhurst
Selhurst
Park was achieved in 1979 when 51,801 people saw Crystal Palace defeat Burnley F.C.
Burnley F.C.
2–0 to clinch the Football League Second Division championship title. The ground also holds the record for Division Four (now League Two in the English football pyramid) attendance when Crystal Palace played local rivals Millwall F.C.
Millwall F.C.
in 1961 after 37,774 people turned out for the game. The ground also holds the English football record for staging the game seen by the greatest amount of people. Over 100 million people watched the club debut of the first Chinese footballers to play in English football, Sun Jihai and Fan Zhiyi in 1998.[17] 100 million people were reported to be watching on television in China alone.[18] Selhurst
Selhurst
Park recorded the lowest attendance for a Premier League
Premier League
game - 3,039 during Wimbledon v. Everton on 26 January 1993. The game finished 3-1 to Everton.[19] See also[edit]

List of English football stadia by capacity

References[edit]

^ a b c Peskett, Roy (1969). The Crystal Palace Story. Roy Peskett Ltd. pp. 15–16, 78–80.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l King, Ian (2011). Crystal Palace: The Complete Record 1905-2011. The Derby Books Publishing Company. pp. 67–71.  ^ 1948 Summer Olympics
1948 Summer Olympics
official report. pp. 45–6. ^ PwC
PwC
kicks off sale of Kemsley’s trophy assets, The Times, 20 October 2009 ^ Palace make late bid to bring Premiership rugby to Selhurst, Inside Croydon, 1 June 2012 ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2013–14". World Football.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2013–14". Premier League. Retrieved 26 April 2014.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2012–13". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2011–12". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2010–11". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2009–10". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2008–09". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2007–08". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2006–07". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2005–06". The Football League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Attendance 2004–05". Premier League. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Crystal Palace Legends: Fan Zhiyi". Crystal Palace F.C.
Crystal Palace F.C.
Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2013.  ^ "Cyber-Eyes on Asia". www.asgam.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018.  ^ "Lowest attendances in all divs". Orange. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

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Selhurst
Park.

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Club

Crystal Palace F.C. Original 1861 club

History

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Grounds

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Park

Rivalries

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venues

Current

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London
Stadium Old Trafford St James' Park St Mary's Stadium Selhurst
Selhurst
Park Stamford Bridge Turf Moor Vicarage Road Wembley Stadium

Former

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Buildings and structures in Croydon

Highrises

100 George Street Altitude 25 Apollo House Central One Cherry Orchard Road
Cherry Orchard Road
Towers Croydon Tower Croydon transmitting station Croydon Vocational Tower Direct Line House Leon House Lunar House Nestlé Tower Newgate Tower No. 1 Croydon Prudential House Ruskin Square Saffron Square Taberner House Wettern House

Notable lowrises

Addington Palace Airport House Ashcroft Theatre Bridge House BRIT School Christ Church, Croydon Croydon College Croydon Clocktower
Croydon Clocktower
(David Lean Cinema Museum of Croydon Croydon Central Library) Cane Hill Hospital Old Palace Croydon Minster Fairfield Halls Grants John Ruskin College Croydon University Hospital RAF Kenley Ruskin House Safari Cinema St Andrew's, Croydon St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood St Michael and All Angels, Croydon St Peter's, Croydon The Exchange Trinity School of John Whitgift Whitgift School Warehouse Theatre

Major railway stations

East Croydon Norwood Junction Purley West Croydon

Major complexes

Allders Ashburton Learning Village Centrale Colonnades Leisure Park Grants Park Place Purley Way St George's Walk Valley Park Retail Area Whitgift Centre

Sports venues

Croydon Arena Croydon Sports Arena Croydon Water Palace Selhurst
Selhurst
Park

Architecture of Croydon Croydon Vision 2020 List of tallest buildings and structures in Croydon

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Venues of the 1948 Summer Olympics

Aldershot Arsenal Stadium Bisley National Rifle Association Ranges Champion Hill Craven Cottage Empire Pool Empire Stadium Empress Hall, Earl's Court Finchley Lido Green Pond Road Griffin Park Guinness Sports Club Harringay Arena Henley Royal Regatta Herne Hill Velodrome Lynn Road Lyons' Sports Club Polytechnic Sports Ground Royal Military Academy Selhurst
Selhurst
Park Tweseldown Racecourse Torbay Wembley Palace of Engineering White Hart Lane Windsor Great Park

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Olympic venues in association football

1900 Vélodrome de Vincennes 1904 Francis Field 1908 White City Stadium 1912 Råsunda IP, Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Stockholm Olympic Stadium
(final), Tranebergs Idrottsplats 1920 Jules Ottenstadion, Olympisch Stadion (final), Stade Joseph Marien, Stadion Broodstraat 1924 Stade Bergeyre, Stade de Colombes (final), Stade de Paris, Stade Pershing 1928 Monnikenhuize, Olympic Stadium (final), Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel 1936 Hertha-BSC Field, Mommsenstadion, Olympiastadion (final), Poststadion 1948 Arsenal Stadium, Champion Hill, Craven Cottage, Empire Stadium (medal matches), Fratton Park, Goldstone Ground, Green Pond Road, Griffin Park, Lynn Road, Selhurst
Selhurst
Park, White Hart Lane 1952 Helsinki Football Grounds, Kotka, Lahti, Olympic Stadium (final), Tampere, Turku 1956 Melbourne Cricket
Cricket
Ground (final), Olympic Park Stadium 1960 Florence Communal Stadium, Grosseto Communal Stadium, L'Aquila Communal Stadium, Livorno Ardenza Stadium, Naples Saint Paul's Stadium, Pescara Adriatic Stadium, Stadio Flaminio
Stadio Flaminio
(final) 1964 Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium, Mitsuzawa Football Field, Nagai Stadium, Tokyo National Stadium (final), Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium, Ōmiya Football Field, Prince Chichibu Memorial Football Field 1968 Estadio Azteca
Estadio Azteca
(final), Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Estadio Nou Camp, Jalisco Stadium 1972 Dreiflüssestadion, ESV-Stadion, Jahnstadion, Olympiastadion (final), Rosenaustadion, Urban Stadium 1976 Lansdowne Park, Olympic Stadium (final), Sherbrooke Stadium, Varsity Stadium 1980 Dinamo Stadium, Dynamo Central Stadium, Grand Arena, Grand Arena (final), Kirov Stadium, Republican Stadium 1984 Harvard Stadium, Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Rose Bowl (final), Stanford Stadium 1988 Busan Stadium, Daegu Stadium, Daejeon Stadium, Dongdaemun Stadium, Olympic Stadium (final) 1992 Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta, Camp Nou
Camp Nou
(final), Estadio Luís Casanova, La Romareda, Sarrià Stadium 1996 Florida Citrus Bowl, Legion Field, Orange Bowl, RFK Memorial Stadium, Sanford Stadium
Sanford Stadium
(both finals) 2000 Stadium Australia, Brisbane Cricket
Cricket
Ground, Bruce Stadium, Hindmarsh Stadium, Melbourne Cricket
Cricket
Ground, Olympic Stadium (men's final), Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney Football Stadium
(women's final) 2004 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Karaiskakis Stadium
Karaiskakis Stadium
(women's final), Olympic Stadium (men's final), Pampeloponnisiako Stadium, Pankritio Stadium, Panthessaliko Stadium 2008 Beijing National Stadium
Beijing National Stadium
(men's final), Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Shanghai Stadium, Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Workers' Stadium
Workers' Stadium
(women's final) 2012 City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park, Millennium Stadium, St James' Park, Old Trafford, Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
(both finals) 2016 Estádio Nacional de Brasília, Arena Fonte Nova, Mineirão, Arena Corinthians, Arena da Amazônia, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Maracanã (both finals) 2020 International Stadium Yokohama, Kashima Soccer Stadium, Miyagi Stadium, National Stadium, Saitama Stadium, Sapporo Dome, Tokyo Stadium 2024 Parc des Princes
Parc des Princes
(both finals), Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Stade de la Beaujoire, Stade de Nice, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Stade Matmut Atlantique, Stadium Municipal, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Stade Vélodrome 2028 Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Banc of California Stadium, Rose Bowl, Levi's Stadium, Avaya Stadium, Stanford Stadium, Californi

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