Luton Town Football Club - Kenilworth Road Stadium, Luton

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3.7/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Kenilworth Road is a football stadium in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. It has been home to Luton Town Football Club since 1905 when they left Dunstable Road. The ground has also hosted women's and youth international matches.The 10,356 all-seater stadium is situated in Bury Park, one mile (1.6 km) west of the centre of Luton. It is named after the road which runs along one end of it, but the official address is 1 Maple Road. Kenilworth Road hosted football in the Southern League until 1920, then in the Football League until 2009, when Luton were relegated to the Conference Premier. It has hosted Football League matches once more since 2014.The ground is known for the artificial playing surface which was present from 1985 to 1991, the unusual entrance to the Oak Road End, and the five-season ban on away supporters that Luton Town imposed following a riot by visiting fans in 1985. Floodlights were fitted in 1953, and the ground became all-seated in 1986. The record attendance of 30,069 was set in 1959, in an FA Cup sixth round replay against Blackpool.HistoryLuton Town moved to Kenilworth Road in 1905, leaving their previous home at Dunstable Road after their landlord sold the site for housing at short notice. The club's directors quickly procured a new site, and the club's first match at the new ground came on 4 September 1905—a 0–0 draw against Plymouth Argyle. Watford player C. Barnes scored the first ever goal at the stadium, in a reserve match. Originally known as Ivy Road, the new ground brought success with it—in their last season at Dunstable Road, Luton had finished second from bottom, but in the first at Kenilworth Road, Luton finished fourth in the Southern League.
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  • This place is old-school but beautiful. Incredible atmosphere when it gets rocking, you are close to the pitch and it makes a difference. Many of the best days of my life have been spent here, the tea...  read more »
  • this club hasn't really changed from the 1960,s apart from the seating and the prices good friendly ground parking is a issue best to walk in from the town stadium needs an update and a better locatio...  read more »
  • Kenilworth Road Luton has been the home of the Hatters since 1905, it's like a living dinosaur in regards to football stadia, it hopefully will be replaced in 2020 by a new modern stadium but in the t...  read more »
  • Have been many a time to watch a game and Kenilworth Road is a great stadium. On the way in there are multiple places where you can buy some chips, a burger or hot-dog to accompany you through the game, all decently prices and they all serve good size portions to fill even the hungriest of people up! You can also purchase Pepsi, Bovril, Sprite, Fanta, as well as a few hot drinks such as Cadbury's Hot Chocolate. As with any football ground, lids are not allowed on the drinks, which can be annoying but it takes a while to get used to. The toilets aren't that nice, as you would expect from the thousands who go there, so I would recommend a trip before you arrive at the ground. The inside (before you get out to the seats) has a very dirty floor and old white slabs, but the ground isn't really supposed to be a visual feast. The seats in the home ends are comfortable with a good amount of space, but the seats in the away end don't have a lot of room, which doesn't help if you are particularly tall. Another shame is that half of the previous away stand is now home to yet more Luton fans. While this is good for encouraging more Luton support, it takes away the atmosphere of the rivalry between the two teams as there are only a couple of hundred away fans. You could strike lucky while you are there, however, as the Golden Gamble is a raffle in which you could win big money. Tickets cost £1 each and they are sold at various vendors around the ground. The winner is picked at half time and announced through the speakers. The programmes are £3 each and have lots of pages about previous matches, captain's and manager's thoughts as well as a good decent section on each of the away teams. My favourite parts are where a Luton fan writes about all of the different grounds they have been to and reviews them out of 25 as well as when the journalist team interview an away supporter. The ground can be very atmospheric at high profile games, and it is a great place to go and watch football. The prices can vary, but for very important games I would recommend getting yourself a season ticket if you are a regular watcher.
  • a lot of people say that the lower league is worse than the best English teams but actually they are not. luton has been the best team all my life. love going there. come on you hatters.
  • Great atmosphere from over of the few remaining traditional club, one with character
  • The hatters what a team ei ei ei o coyh
  • Worth a visit
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