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Blundell Park is a football ground in Cleethorpesmarker, North East Lincolnshire, Englandmarker and home to Grimsby Town F. C.

History and layout

Pontoon Stand

The Pontoon Stand
The keenest home fans sit in the Pontoon Stand. This is at the north end of the ground behind one of the goals. It was built in 1961 with money for the construction raised by Grimsby Town's fans.

The Pontoon Stand is the only stand in which the seats correspond to the club's colours, black and white stripes.

The Findus Stand

The Findus Stand.
The two tiered Findus Stand runs along half of the length of the pitch on the west side. This was built with money from former fish processing company Findus and the stand was originally known as the Findus Family Stand, built by South Humberside Fabrication Services. It has subsequently been called the Stones Bitter Stand, John Smith's Stand and most recently the Carlsberg Stand. Due to the Company Findus returning to Grimsby, the Carlsberg stand has now returned to its original name

This stand was opened in 1981, replacing the old Barrett Stand. The upper tier is covered and offers views of the River Humbermarker, Spurn Pointmarker and the North Seamarker over the top of the Main Stand. The lower tier is uncovered and between the two is a row of corporate boxes.

The club shop, ticket office and boadroom are also based in this stand. As well as this, the "McMenemies Function Suite" which is also a fully functional restaurant and bar is also based in this stand. The suite is named after former Town manager Lawrie McMenemy.

Main Stand

The Main Stand.

Opposite the Findus stand, on the east side of the ground, is the Main Stand which dates from 1901 and is often claimed to be the oldest stand in the football league. Only the central part of the stand dates from 1901 the rest has been modified in some guise or other. Smoking is banned here, due to it being constructed partly from wood. (All grounds are now non smoking). This stand houses the changing rooms and disabled supporters.

The players' tunnel runs from the centre of this stand onto the pitch between the two sets of dugouts.

Osmond Stand

The Osmand Stand (Away End).
Away fans sit in the Osmond stand at the south end of the ground, where there are around seats. This stand was built in 1939, shortly before the start of World War II. The Osmond stand is also a two tier stand, but unlike the Findus Stand, the Osmond only has a steps separating the two parts.

The corner between the Main Stand and the Osmond Stand is the only enclosed corner in the whole ground.

Additional Seating

When the football club made Blundell Park an all seated stadium in the early nineties, the overall capacity of the ground decreased accordingly. The club arrected temporary seating in two corners, these were known to the Town fans as "The Green seats", these consisted of four blocks of makeshift scaffold seating approximatley 10 rows back. The corner between the Pontoon stand and the Main stand had two blocks of temporary seating for home fans, and the corner between the Osmond Stand and the Findus Stand had seating for away fans. These acted as spill overs, but were in regular use on a weekly basis while the club enjoyed a lengthy spell playing in the English Championship. It wasn't until the club were relegated that attendances drop, which made the temporary seating inadequate. Only in special cup fixtures, for instance the Carling Cup games with Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United in 2005 has the seating ever been reinstalled again for use. Due to the changes in seating, the grounds overall capacity dropped from just under 12000 while in the Championship to just under 10000 now in League Two.

The future

The club is hoping to relocate to a new ground on the western outskirts of Grimsby at Great Coatesmarker, adjacent to the A180 dual carriageway. Planning permission has been granted for the provisionally-titled Conoco Stadium, and if all goes to plan this will be ready for the 2010-11 season. Blundell Park is the lowest football stadium in the United Kingdommarker, at a height of only 2 feet above sea-level. While not in immediate danger from rising tides, it is prudent for Grimsby Town to pursue a move to higher ground.

Records

The highest ever attendance at the ground was for an FA Cup 5th Round match on February 20 1937 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Since the ground was converted to all seating for the start of the 1995-96 season after the Taylor Report, the highest attendance was for a Football League Division One (Second Tier) match against Sunderland on March 13 1999.

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