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Kassam Stadium, Oxford

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The Kassam Stadium is the home of Oxford United Football Club, and is named after the ground's owner and former chairman of the football club, Firoz Kassam.To date, the Kassam Stadium has staged nothing higher than third-tier league football, as Oxford were relegated to Division Three the season before the new stadium was built and were further relegated to the Conference National in 2005–06. Oxford were promoted in the 2015–16 season. The club was previously based at The Manor Ground from 1925 up until the opening of The Kassam Stadium in 2001.ConstructionOn 7 June 1995, directors of Oxford United Football Club announced that the cramped and outdated Manor Ground would be replaced by a new 16,000-seat stadium, situated in the Blackbird Leys area of the city, by the end of the decade.Construction of the new stadium was begun in the summer of 1996 by Taylor Woodrow, but was suspended in December 1997 after financial problems meant the contractors weren't paid. The stadium was originally known by its location, Minchery Farm. At this time, United's chairman was Robin Herd, and the club's chief executive was Keith Cox.Ongoing money problems meant that no further work was done on the site until February 2000. This followed Firoz Kassam's purchase of the club in April 1999, and then many legal problems involving Oxford City Council, Nick Pentith, Thames Water, Morrells of Oxford, and local landowner Les Wells. By this time, the contractors had changed to Birse Construction, with Taylor Woodrow having had their debt settled by a Company Voluntary Arrangement, by which Firoz Kassam reduced most of the football club's unsecured debt by 90 per cent.
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  • Came here to watch a friendly pre season game between Birmingham and oxford was a really good experience until we went to leave the away end at the stewards blocked off our exit to the car park and ma...  more »
  • Not the best. Stadium OK with good views, but with only 3 sides it makes it feel incomplete open and windy. OK getting a car parking space, but queuing for 1 1/2 hrs to get out of the limited exit mak...  more »
  • I'm a Southend United fan and this was my second visit to the Kassam. Parking was easy we parked right by the away entrance and it was free parking. We got there about an hour and a half before kick o...  more »
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  • Great atmosphere. Amazing home fans. I was made very welcome, as an away fan. Great parking, just don't expect to exit quickly. Food was fine and sensibly priced. Public transport works well.
  • Good atmosphere, links to City Centre, local businesses within walking distance.
  • Decent stadium, free car parking on first come first serve basis, restaurants nearby, poor choice of snacks once within the ground.
  • Horrible place, Wa curry worst curry house I've ever been too, Oxford not a bad side could do with a fourth stand
  • Love The Us! Great place to watch football, decent parking around and some entertainment facilities for before or after

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