The Colchester Community Stadium, constructed in a prominent location adjacent to the A12 on the northern outskirts of Colchester, is an all – seater football stadium, the home of Colchester United. The stadium has a capacity of 10 000, with potential to increase this to 18 000. The project was largely paid for by Colchester Borough Council, with additional grants from the Football Foundation, the Communities and Local Government and the East of England Development Agency.
The site contains more than 600 parking spaces and two synthetic surface football pitches, for use by the Colchester United Community Sports Trust. The complex also encompasses a variety of sporting, leisure and business facilities, including hospitality suites.
The football club took possession of the stadium in July 2008. Colchester United’s first game at the stadium was a 2-1 loss against Athletic Bilbao on 4 August 2008. The first goal at the stadium was scored by Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz. Colchester’s first goal at the new stadium was the equaliser, scored by Scott Vernon which was also the first penalty awarded at the stadium. The first red card in the stadium was also shown in that game, Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Murillo was sent off an hour into the match. Near the end of the game David López Moreno scored to give Bilbao a 2-1 victory.
The decision to use a simple four stand design principle helped keep costs down and this ethic was further enhanced by the extensive use of galvanized steel throughout the project.
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