Livingston

Tony Macaroni Arena

Capacity: Capacity: 10,000 (all seated)
Address: Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7DN
Telephone: 01506 417 000
Fax: 01506 418 888
Pitch Size: 110 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: Livi Lions
Year Ground Opened: 1995
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Home Kit: Amber and Black

East Stand
East Stand
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand

This purpose built stadium opened in 1995. It is a small, compact but smart looking ground. All four stands are of roughly the same height and two corners of the ground are filled with covered seating. There are open corners to the ground on either side of the West Stand, at one side of the pitch, which also has a few supporting pillars. 

George Hobb a visiting Hearts supporter adds, 'The club grew from the ashes of the former Meadowbank Thistle who played in Edinburgh, until in a move similar to NFL franchises, it was moved lock stock and barrel to Livingston. Efforts to retain the name were in vain as the major players saw this as an opportunity to get the town on Scotland’s soccer map. What has been achieved in a short time is a minor miracle. Third division to Premier League (although now in the Championship), crowds quadrupled and most importantly a sound foundation has been put in place. Plus the ground is so neat, that you half expect the players to be on plastic bases and flicked around on the pitch!'

For many years the stadium was named Almondvale, but in September 2016, it was renamed the Tony Macaroni Arena in a corporate sponsorship deal. In case you are wondering then Tony Macaroni is the name of a chain of Italian restaurants in Scotland.

Away fans are located in the North Stand and the North East corner of the ground. Up to 4,000 fans can be accommodated in this area. Livingston are a family orientated club and hence you are likely to have an enjoyable and relaxing day out. There is also a small band of drummers and trumpeters in the Livingston crowd who try to raise the atmosphere throughout the game, with a number of well known tunes. Aidan Hegarty a visiting Dundee United supporter adds; 'visitors should be aware that the club operates a zero tolerance policy towards foul or abusive language, so try to be on your best behaviour'.

George Hobbs informs me, 'The Lime Kiln pub located near to the stadium on Almondvale Boulevard, was quite popular on my last visit'. This pub which is part of the 'Hungry Horse' chain also derives meals. Whilst up at the nearby Livingston Designer Outler retail park, there is a Wetherspoons pub, called the Newyearfield. However no football colours are allowed to be displayed inside the pub. Further on inside the Almondvale Shopping Centre is a pub called the Paraffin Lamp.

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If you require hotel accommodation in Livingston or Edinburgh, then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the centre of Livingston.

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Livingston is situated approximately 18 miles west of Edinburgh and easily accessible from the M8 motorway. The stadium is fairly well signposted around the town. The following directions from the M8 are not necessarily the quickest, but they are fairly straightforward to follow.

Leave the M8 at Junction 3 and take the A899 towards Livingston. Leave the this road when you reach the large roundabout that is the junction with the A71 (Bankton Road). Turn right onto the A71 and at the next island turn right into Alderstone Road (sign posted town centre). Go straight across three roundabouts and then turn right at the second set of traffic lights and into the stadium approach road. There is a fair sized car park at the stadium which costs £5.

There are two stations that are in reach of the ground. Livingston North and Livingston South. The North station is served by trains from Glasgow Queens Street and Edinburgh, whilst the South Station is served by trains from Glasgow Central and Edinburgh. Both stations are served by trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both stations are around a 25-30 minute walk away from the ground.

Exit Livingston North railway station and turn right, heading downhill towards the town centre. You can walk by the main road or take the more pleasant network of paths. You want the Alderstone Path, following directions for St John's Hospital, Howden and Town Centre. When you reach the hospital, you’ll see the first signposts for the ground, further downhill along the main road and then on the left. The walk takes 30 minutes. Thanks to Andy Little a visiting Partick Thistle supporter for providing the directions. 

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

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Adults: £17 Concessions: £7 1 Adult + 1 Child: £20

Concessions apply to Over 65's and Under 18's.

Official Programme £2.50.

With being a relatively new club, local rivalries have yet to be firmly established. However, if the club maintains its current growth, then the Edinburgh clubs may be the focus of rivalry.

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

Record Attendance: 10,112 v Rangers, Premier League, October 27th, 2001. 

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 1,765 (Championship League)
2014-2015: 2,364 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 1,157 (Championship League)

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. 

Access their Livingston and Edinburgh Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.

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.

Livingston v Hibernian
Scottish Championship League
Saturday 13th February 2016. 5.15pm
Edward Russell (Hibernian fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Almondvale Stadium?  

I was looking forward to seeing Hibernian which I can't do every week as I live in Oxfordshire but as it being half term, I got the week off work so I chose to travel up to Scotland to see the Hibees. Almondvale is also a new ground for me and I have only heard good things about the now called Toni Macaroni arena so it sounded like a good trip.

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

I set off at 8am in the morning and embarked on the six hour journey that awaited me up to Scotland. Almondvale is fairy easy to find as it is just off the main road, although it is hidden by the Lidl in front of it. It cost me £5 for a car parking spot but it was very bad weather (so bad I thought the match would be postponed!) I gave in and paid for it and parked behind the Hibs end which was the East Stand.

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

I embarked on the 15 minute walk from the ground to the Lime Kiln pub, which is a pub that away fans use, where I chose not to be silly and got a club soda. I spent about an hour there watching Gillette soccer special and then I walked back to the stadium. I didn't see that many Livingston fans but the few that I ran into seemed very friendly so I didn't run into any trouble. I entered the stadium at about 4.45pm.

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

The Toni Macaroni arena is very impressive from the inside, although it is fairly cramped when going through the turnstiles. Hibs fans were given the East Stand and both corners of the stadium on that side, which meant that there were around 1,600 Hibees who travelled from Edinburgh (make me an exception). Both of the behind the goal stands were closed because Livingston F.C decided to have all home fans in one stand (the West Stand) so they could make some noise. The West Stand has no corners but it is impressive none the less..

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

One thing that let me down was that it was a freezing cold day and I couldn't take my flask of coffee into the ground for a reason I don't know. But other that this, the stewards were very relaxed as the Hibs fans were very subdued that day. I don't know why we didn't sing a lot considering we had just come back from the dead in the Edinburgh derby to earn a replay at Easter Road. The Livingston fans tried very hard to make some noise and they did put in a better performance that Hibs did, on and off the pitch. Hibs were very poor and Livingston were very happy to take a draw so a 0-0 draw was the best outcome. Neither side really threatened to score except when Josh Mullin hit the bar for Livingston. Chris Dagnall also was in one on one with Livingston keeper Marc McCallum but he squandered his opportunity.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

With all of the Hibs fans leaving at the same time, leaving the ground took its time but getting out of the car park was easy enough as there was a set of traffic lights so traffic was regulated easily.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The Livingston ground was very impressive but the result was very bad especially as we could have closed the gap on Rangers as they drew with Alloa earlier in the day. But I would go to the Toni Macaroni arena again as it is a very good ground and so will a lot of other loyal Hibees if we put in performances like that again.

 

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Updated 20th July 2016

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