Edinburgh City

Ainslie Park Stadium

Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 504)
Address: 94 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh EH5 2HF
Telephone: 0845 463 1932
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: The Citizens
Year Ground Opened: 2008
Home Kit: Black and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
Clubhouse End
Clubhouse End
West Side
West Side
North End
North End
Main Stand and Clubhouse
Main Stand and Clubhouse
Main Stand
Main Stand

With Edinburgh City's current Meadowbank Stadium home about to undergo a major refurbishment, the Club have had to seek another location for home games. The Club have agreed a three year groundshare of Ainslie Park Stadium, the home of Spartans FC, who were Edinburgh City's main local rivals when both clubs played in the Scottish lowland League.

Ainslie Park Stadium is fairly modern having been opened in 2008 but is a small basic affair. Three sides are open areas that are consisted of perimeter fencing surrounded by a small hard standing or grassed areas, where fans stand to watch the game. One one side is a covered all seated Main Stand that has a capacity of around 500 seats. This stand which is comprised of six rows does not run the full length of the pitch, being just over half the pitch length. The roof of the stand is raised quite high above the seating area and at least there are no supporting pillars to contend with. It is though quite setback from the side of the pitch. Oddly the team dugouts are not located in front of this Main Stand but are housed on the opposite side of the ground. This leads to quite a procession of players and club staff across the pitch at half and at full time. There is also a precarious looking television gantry on this side.Beyond this side are some sizeable blocks of residential apartments that overlook the stadium. In addition, a number of houses overlook the ground from the North End. At the South East Corner there is a small structure that houses the changing rooms, Club offices and clubhouse bar. It has a raised balcony viewing area for Club Officials and Sponsors. The stadium has two rows of four floodlight pylons running down each side of the ground.

Apart from Spartans FC, the stadium is also home to Hibernian Ladies FC. The stadium has an artificial 3G playing surface.

The local council have approved plans to replace the current Meadowbank Stadium and Sports Centre, with a new facility. Works are expected to commence in early 2018. As part of these plans, a new athletics stadium will be created, featuring a running track surrounding a 3G artificial pitch, which can be used for football. The stadium would also include the construction of a new 500 capacity seated Main Stand. It is expected that works will continue until Easter 2020, with Edinburgh City FC returning shortly thereafter.

There is no club house or bars located near to the ground. The closest is probably the Spiers Bar which is located around a mile away from the stadium on Ferry Road (going towards Leith).

It unlikely that any league games will be segregated at Ainslie Park Stadium. If there is a need to segregate fans then visiting supporters are allocated specific seats on the North side of the Main Stand. Your entrance fee allows you stand or sit down at the ground. If you decide to stand then note at the North End of the stadium there is a small raised grassy bank, which gives spectators an elevated view of the match. The refreshments include a range of pies including a Macroni Pie £2. I have yet to attend a game at the stadium, but I am sure a friendly welcome awaits you. If you wish to feedback your experience to me of seeing a game there, then please email me at: duncan@footballgroundguide.com.

From the North

After crossing the Forth Road Bridge and just before reaching the M90, take the left hand slip road onto the A90 towards Edinburgh, which then becomes the A902. After seven miles you will pass a Shell Petrol Station on your right and at the next roundabout take the third exit towards Leith and Newhaven which is Ferry Road (A902). After passing a Morrisons Store on your left, take the next left into Pilton Drive. The entrance to the Leisure Centre and Football Club are located down on the left after crossing a small railway bridge.

From the West & Glasgow

On reaching the end of the M8 take the A720 City Bypass North. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the A8 towards Edinburgh City Centre. Then at the traffic lights (where there is a Shell Garage on one corner) turn left onto Maybury Road towards Forth Road Bridge/Leith. Go straight across at the next roundabout and on reaching the next traffic lights which is the junction with Queensferry Road, turn right towards City Centre/Leith (A90). Follow this road for three miles and as you pass a Shell Petrol Station on your right then at the next roundabout take the third exit towards Leith/Newhaven which is Ferry Road (A902). After passing a Morrisons Store on your left, take the next left into Pilton Drive. The entrance to the Leisure Centre and Football Club are located down on the left after crossing a small railway bridge.

From the South

Follow the A1 and then the A199 towards Leith. After passing through the centre of Leith and crossing the bridge over the Water of Leith, turn left at the traffic lights onto North Junction Road. At the next traffic lights turn right onto Ferry Road towards Forth Road Bridge/Glasgow (A902). Stay on Ferry Road for two miles. After passing the Rugby Club on the left, then at the next traffic lights just before reaching the Morrisons Store turn right into Pilton Drive. The entrance to the Leisure Centre and Football Club are located down on the left after crossing a small railway bridge.

Car Parking

There is some parking available to the Leisure Centre, otherwise street parking. Please note that parking at the nearby Morrisons Supermarket is restricted to two hours.

The nearest railway stations are Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley, both of which are around two and a half to three miles away from Ainslie Park Stadium. Therefore really they are too far to walk, so either get a taxi (around £10) or if arriving at Edinburgh Waverley you can catch a Number 27 Lothian Bus, which drops you off outside the Morrisons Supermarket on Ferry Road close to the ground. You can catch the 27 Bus from 'The Mound' road which is close to the Waverley Station on the town side, by the Scottish National Gallery. The service operates every ten minutes on Saturdays and takes around 20 minutes to reach Morrisons. The bus costs £1.60 each way for Adults and 80p each way for Children. See the Lothian Buses website for more details.

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Adults £12
Concessions £6

Concessions apply to OAP's, Under 18's, Students and the Disabled, plus carer.

Official Matchday Programme: £2

The Club have enjoyed a healthy non-league rivalry with Spartans FC. With promotion to the Football  League  it will remain to be seen with which Clubs a rivalry develops.

Edinburgh City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance

At Meadowbank Stadium:
2,522 v Hibernian
Pre-Season Friendly, 7th July 2016.

Record Attendance For Ainslie Park Stadium
3,127 Spartans v Manchester United
Pre-Season Friendly, 23rd July 2011.

Average Attendance

At Meadowbank Stadium
2016-2017: 401 (League Two)
2015-2016: 230 (Lowland League)

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Special thanks to Geoff Jackson and Jonathan Gallagher for proving photos of the Ainslie Park Stadium in Edinburgh.Check out Geoff's Cumbrian Groundhopper blog.

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

Edinburgh City v Montrose
Scottish League 2
Saturday 13th January 2018, 3pm
Graeme Whitton (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Ainslie Park?
 
Last year I visited the last few league grounds in Scotland that I hadn't been to complete the 42. But as Edinburgh City have temporarily moved home from Meadowbank Stadium to Ainslie Park, I had to visit there to recomplete the full set of current grounds.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very straightforward. I live in Edinburgh so a simple 30 minute bus journey across town. Ainslie Park isn't hard to find from the main Ferry Road. When the directions say it's behind the Morrisons supermarket you can take that literally.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There is not much in the way of pubs etc near Ainslie Park, but having had lunch before leaving home, I headed straight to the ground. If visiting from out of town I'd recommend you eat and drink in one the many excellent establishments in central Edinburgh before taking a bus or taxi to the game. If you're driving you'll find several decent establishments in the Stockbridge area (5/10 minutes drive away).
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Ainslie Park?
 
It looks what it is. A community facility and it looked well kept. Ainslie Park only has a covered seating area down one side. The other three sides are open but no terracing though there is a raised area behind one goal. Away fans congregated at one end of the grandstand but there didn't seem to be any formal segregation.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was patchy. Both sides at least tried to get the ball down and pass it around but conditions (and possibly the 3G pitch) made that tricky at times. Montrose, in the end were fairly comfortable 2-0 winners, though Edinburgh hit the woodwork twice.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was easy. A short walk back to my bus stop. There was a small queue of traffic waiting to get out onto the main road but I don't imagine it would take more than five minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall, an okay visit but I suspect the lack of facilities near the ground don't make this a popular day out for away fans. Ainslie Park itself was neat and tidy but my inner football romantic wanted to scream "but it has no soul!".

Edinburgh City v Stirling Albion
Scottish League Two
Saturday 4th November 2017, 3pm
Martin Cooper (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Ainslie Park Stadium?
 
Having previously visited the 42 Scottish League grounds, and having not made it to Meadowbank last season, I was keen to visit the Ainslie Park Stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took a train to Edinburgh Waverley Station and then a taxi to the ground, which took 15-20 minutes and cost £12-15.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We arrived early at the ground in expectation of a warm and welcoming Clubhouse. Unfortunately, no such facilities exist and so I ended up sitting in the stand reading the excellent programme.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Ainslie Park Stadium?
 
Ainslie Park Stadium is located around the back of a Leisure Centre and is fairly basic with a 500 seat Main Stand, two-storey changing rooms/hospitality suite and a basic post and rail around the pitch.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
This was a second from bottom side versus the league leaders but Edinburgh City started brightly and took an early lead with a great strike from the on-loan Falkirk striker. Stirling Albion battled back and equalised from a flowing move. The leaders Stirling exerted their class in the second half and took the lead with a close range finish from a fine cross. The atmosphere was pretty flat in the first half but was enlivened by a guitar strumming away fan who led the fans in some lively singing. There appeared to be a range of pies available, including the macaroni pie, and hot drinks. The toilet facilities, although housed in shipping containers behind the stand, had hot water and hand dryers that were most welcome in the chilly temperature.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I booked a Taxi at half time to enable a quick return to the train station at the end of the game. Our exit was delayed due to traffic lights and departing shoppers from Morrisons next door.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was an entertaining lower level game. The match programme was superb but the lack of bar facilities was very disappointing as I had been looking forward to sampling some fine local ales prior to the game, having made a long journey from Newark.

Spartans v Clachnacuddin
Scottish Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 14th October 2017, 3pm
John Scott (Clachnacuddin fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Ainslie Park?
 
New ground and day out really. Clachnacuddin were so unpredictable, they might have had a chance of a result. I was wrong there!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The supporters had a small bus going to the game, so driving and finding the Ainslie Park ground seemed straightforward after crossing the new Queensferry Bridge. There were 18 good back seat drivers!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went into the very friendly Social Club at the ground. However it was very busy so a few of us were directed to the Village Urban Hotel, which was a 5-10 minute walk along a pathway. This would be an appropriate choice for well behaved fans, and there was a good choice of food there.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Ainslie Park Stadium?
 
Ainslie Park Stadium is part of a community sports complex so it is neat and tidy, and obviously lower league. A Main Stand runs along one side, so was comfortable and the view good. The attendance was around 200. As the stadium holds 3000, there was plenty of space.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Spartans hit two early goals, and that was the game really. It was held up for 40 minutes when the Clachnacuddin keeper had a bad neck injury and ambulance attended. Thankfully he's recovered and travelled back that night. Didn't try pies but the facilities were good. Home fans were pleasant and welcoming, there was a good vibe as the Clachers fans were in fancy dress.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The bar re-opens in the Social Club on the final whistle so we had a couple of beers and watched the shambolic, twice drawn draw for next round of the cup. Then a straightforward run back up to Inverness. The bus was a bit quieter on the way home!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a very enjoyable trip down to Edinburgh and we had a good time at Ainslie Park. The home fans were welcoming so a good time had by all, notwithstanding the scoreline! (5-0 to Spartans).

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Updated 23rd January 2018

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