Capacity: 5,268 (Seated 1,622)
Address: Cowdenbeath, Fife, KY4 9QQ
Telephone: 01383 610 166
Fax: 01383 512 132
Pitch Size: 107 x 66 yards
Club Nickname: Cowden or Blue Brazil
Year Ground Opened: 1917
Home Kit: Royal Blue and White
The ground is also used from time to time for motor sport events. This means that around the oval grass football playing area, at the front of the spectator areas, there is a fair sized tarmac track, plus a meshed safety fence. It is largely an open stadium with three sides having small open terraces. Only on the North Side of the stadium is there a covered Main Stand. Or really I should say Main Stands as there are two, as an older and newer structure, sit side by side. This is because the original old Main Stand was partly destroyed by fire in 1992 and a new structure was constructed beside the remnants of the old stand. Both are covered and all seated and have a row of floodlight pylons at the front of them, which could affect your view.
For most games there is no segregation of supporters. If segregation needs to be enforced, then the terraces at both the South & East sides are allocated to away fans. The oval stock car track means that supporters using the end terrace are set rather far back from the action. For this reason supporters tend to congregate on either side of the ground, where you are a bit closer to the pitch. As the perimeter wall surrounding the stadium is not that high, you can often see a few dotted faces, peering over it and watching the game for nothing!
Derek Hall a visiting Hartlepool United fan adds; 'Not one of the better grounds that I have visited. The black markings and large tyres surrounding the pitch makes the whole site look quite ugly. The only saving grace for this place is that it sells the famous Killie Pie'.
There are a number of bars located on or around the High Street. Near to Cowdenbeath Railway Station there is Partners Bar as well as the New Goth (both on the High Street). Whilst on nearby Broad Street there is the Woodside Hotel which also has a bar.
If you require hotel accommodation in Cowdenbeath, 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 Cowdenbeath Town Centre.
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The ground is located in the centre of the town, beside the High Street, however it is not easily visible when driving along the High Street itself.
Leave the M90 at Junction 3 and take the A92 towards Kirkcaldy. Then take the A909 into Cowdenbeath, which then leads into the High Street. After a short distance along the High Street there is a small parking sign entitled 'Central Park' which points left down a small road for the ground. If you miss the sign (as I did), continue further up the High Street and turn left into Stenhouse Street where there is an overflow car park used on matchdays. There is also a fair sized car park at the ground as well, which is free to use.
Cowdenbeath Railway Station is only a five minute walk away from Central Park and is served by trains from Edinburgh. Exit the station walking down the slope towards the main High Street and bear left at the bottom. Walk down the High Street towards a set of traffic lights and turn right there into Hall Street. You will pass under a railway bridge and the ground will become visible slightly to your left not long afterwards. Thanks to Iain Badger for providing the directions.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.
Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.
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All areas of Central Park
Over 64's/Under 16's £6
1 Adult + 1 Under 13 £14
1 Adult + 2 Under 13's £15
Official Programme £2.50
25,586 v Glasgow Rangers, League Cup Quarter Final, September 21st 1949.
2015-2016: 596 (League One)
2014-2015: 1,574 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 623 (Championship League)
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll update the guide.
Special thanks to Ryan Thomson for helping me out with some additional photos of Central Park.
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