Kilmarnock

Rugby Park

Capacity: 18,128 (all seated)
Address: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, KA1 2DP
Telephone: 01563 545 300
Ticket Office: 01563 545 310
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Killie
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: QTS
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Blue, White and Red
Away Kit: Black and Orange

East Stand
East Stand
Frank Beattie Stand
Frank Beattie Stand
Chadwick Stand
Chadwick Stand
Moffat Stand
Moffat Stand

Rugby Park was transformed in the mid-1990's with the building of three new stands. Both ends of the ground and one side have been re-developed. The ends are good sized two-tiered stands, which are virtually identical. The Chadwick Stand at the north end is given to away supporters. There are also electric scoreboards placed on the roof of each end. The East Stand on one side of the pitch is also a relatively new stand, that is similar in height to the two ends. This stand however, does not run the full length of the pitch. It has a scoreboard on the back wall inside the stand. Opposite is the older Main Stand, which dates back to the early 1960's. It is smaller than the other stands and has four supporting pillars which could obstruct your view. In 2010 this stand was renamed the Frank Beattie Stand after a former player. The stadium has unusual looking floodlights protruding from the roofs of the two side stands. In 2014 an artificial 3G playing surface was installed at Rugby Park.

Away fans are housed in the Chadwick Stand. The facilities and views from this stand are generally very good, although I have had some fans comment that the leg room is a little tight. David Tennant a visiting St Mirren supporter adds; 'a great ground to visit, with friendly supporters, some good pubs and also don't forget to sample their legendary pies (£2.20)'.

There is the Sports Bar underneath the Frank Beattie Stand, which welcomes away fans (although children are not admitted) as does the nearby Park Hotel. Gordon Duff recommends the Howard Arms, in Glencairn Square, which is only a few minutes walk away from the ground. Otherwise, Rugby Park is under a 10 minute walk from the town centre where there are plenty of bars to be found and including the football friendly Portmann Hotel bar and the Brass & Granite on Grange Street. There is also a Wetherspoons pub on Portland Street called the Wheatsheaf Inn. Both this Wetherspoons pub and the Brass & Granite are both listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

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From the A71, take the A759 towards Kilmarnock. Eventually the ground will appear on your left. Turn left off the A735 into South Hamilton Road and left again into Rugby Road for the ground. The ground is quite well signposted around the town.

Car Parking
There is a car park at the ground, but this is for permit holders only. So it is a case of finding some street parking, or using one of the pay and display car parks located in the nearby town centre.

Kilmarnock Railway Station is principally served by trains from Glasgow. The ground is around about 15-20 minute walk away from the station.Descend the steps from the platform and turn right to emerge from the station on the south side. (there are two exits). You will find yourself at the top of John Finnie Street. Walk down this street against the flow of one way traffic. At the traffic lights at the bottom of the street (by the Sheriff Court) turn right into Portland Road. Take the second left at the traffic lights into South Hamilton Street and proceed to first right turn into Rugby Road and the ground

Thanks to Stephen Millar for providing the directions. 

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Home Fans*
East and Frank Beattie (West) Stands: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 16's £5
Moffat Stand: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 16's £5
Family Ticket: 2 Adults + 2 Under 16's £45

Away Fans*
Chadwick Stand (Away): 
Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 16's £5, Family Ticket: 2 Adults + 2 Under 16's £45

Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 21's and Students with a valid matriculation card.

* These prices are for tickets to SPL Games, although for Celtic and Rangers games, prices may be increased.

Official Programme £3

Ayr United.

Kilmarnock FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Record Attendance

35.995 v Rangers Scottish Cup, March 10th, 1962. 

Average Attendance 
2016-2017: 5,065 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 3,993 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 4,076 (Premier League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Owen Pavey and Stephan Hoogerwaard for providing the photos of Rugby Park Kilmarnock for this page. 

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen
Scottish Premier League
Sunday 26th November 2017, 12.30pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Rugby Park?
 
I'd seen the Rugby Park ground several times over the years from the railway line and thought how impressive it looked. Just through coincidence this was the last of the 'major' grounds in Scotland for me to visit.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I stayed for three nights at a guest house in the town, visiting Alloa Athletic the day before and being able to combine two grounds in the weekend due to this match being moved to a Sunday for television. It was an easy walk to the ground from my accommodation via the town centre. Once nearly there the stands dominate the local houses.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The friend I was with wanted to visit the club shop which was in a portacabin type building behind the Main Stand. Everyone seemed friendly apart from the man sitting behind my companion. He seemed extremely rude commenting on the snack Erik was eating for his lunch.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Rugby Park?
 
The stands look impressive, but I did note how the stairways in the three newer stands come down out into the open for toilets etc. The South Stand was locked out of use. However, the old Main Stand is more conventional. Another reviewer commented about how poor this old stand is. Well I totally disagree - I loved it. The toilet I used was perfectly acceptable. The four pillars holding the stand up didn't get in my way much at all. I loved the wooden structure as wood is warmer than concrete and it was a cold day. The modern tip up seats were comfortable.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
There was a large contingent of fans from Aberdeen who were able to make a lot of noise in the big stand at the North End. In fact, there were 822 away fans and only 3,376 home fans, meaning that nearly 20% of the 4,198 attendance were visitors. In fact, I was quite surprised at the low attendance for a Premier League match. I suppose I'm comparing this with an English Premier League game. I had tried to buy a ticket before the day but it was cash through the turnstiles.
 
Aberdeen got off to a cracking start, scoring within the first minute. They made it 0-2 with a well worked free kick in the 12th minute. In the 66th minute a goal for Kilmarnock woke the home crowd up until Aberdeen scored there third in the 74th minute. Any hope of a comeback for Killie was killed off in the 88th minute when they had a player sent off with two yellow cards. Killie still haven't won a game at home this season.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was an easy walk back to the town centre and then on to my guest house. Then returned home to Suffolk the next day. Only nine more ground out of the 42 still to do in Scotland. Still there's always the Lowland League, and then the Highland league!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very good weekend overall.

Kilmarnock v Fleetwood
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 25th July 2015, 3pm
Gareth King (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Rugby Park?

I had never been to Rugby Park before. Plus for a change it was a sunny day in the west of Scotland, so I decided to go out and watch a game.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I drove to Rugby Park. I managed to park okay in a nearby street, but I think that this due to the relatively small attendance. I can imagine that it's usually more difficult to get parked close by for a league game.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?  

 I drove straight down from Glasgow and arrived about ten minutes before kick off, so can't comment on the nearby amenities. but, the mix of the crowd (only one stand was open and no segregation) and atmosphere were very friendly.. In fact, it was a family crowd.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Rugby Park?    

Rugby Park has quite a bit of character for a (predominately) 90's 'quick build' stadium. The three newer stands look not bad, if a little basic. I noticed that there is no internal concourse, so all the facilities are outside at the back - I can imagine this is grim at winter when you want some shelter!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

I was sat in the Main Stand, which felt pretty dated (wooden floor!), though the pillars didn't obstruct very much. Rugby Park's Main Stand has the toilets of a 1950's arena. Very poor! The 'famous Killies pies' are as good as legend leads you to believe, and the historical Killie team murals at the concession stands are cracking.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Lightning quick as it was a pre-season friendly.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really friendly, pleasant day out.. But shocking toilets!

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Updated 30th November 2017

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