Edinburgh City

Meadowbank Stadium

Capacity: 16,000
Address: London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
Telephone: 0845 463 1932
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Citizens
Year Ground Opened: 1970
Home Kit: Black and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
West End
West End
South Side
South Side
Main Stand Viewed From The South Side
Main Stand Viewed From The South Side

The Meadowbank Stadium is primarily an athletics one which is council owned and run. On one side is the large Main Stand. The stand is single tiered and of a good size, having a capacity of 4,000 seats. It has a large cantilevered roof, meaning that apart from the very back rows of seats, it is largely free of any supporting pillars that could impede your view. Having glass windshields to one side, it runs for the whole length of the playing area. On one side of this stand is a sizeable building which is part of the adjacent Meadowbank Sports Centre. The rest of the stadium is open to the elements, however only the Main Stand is open for football matches. An eight lane running track surrounds the playing area and at the West End of the stadium is a huge electronic scoreboard, that must have been 'state of the art' in its day, but it like the rest of the stadium, is now looking rather tired and dated. Both ends sweep around the running track in a semi circular shape and have a mixture of bench seating and standing areas, although some of these look to have fell into disrepair. The stadium has four gigantic floodlight pylons that can be seen from miles around.

By gaining promotion to the Scottish Football League in 2016, Edinburgh City created history by being the first non-league club to gain promotion via the new league pyramid system and play offs. Meadowbank Stadium was previously the home of Meadowbank Thistle FC who left and moved to become Livingston FC in 1995.

The local council have put forward proposals to replace the current Meadowbank Stadium and Sports Centre, with a new facility. As part of these proposals a new athletics stadium would be created, featuring a running track surrounding an 3G artificial pitch, which can be used for football. The stadium would also include the construction of a new 500 capacity seated stand. However there are funding issues surrounding the project, so we'll have to wait and see as to what happens next.

Visiting supporters are housed in the large covered Main Stand, on one side of the stadium. This stand is shared with home fans and normally segregation is not needed. Sightlines of the game are good with no obstructions and leg room is adequate. However the Main Stand is well set back from the playing action. Not only are there the eight lanes of the athletics track to contend with, between the Main Stand and the pitch but also a long jump run up and pit. So you may need to bring those binoculars! Also with relative small crowds in attendance and with the rest of the stadium being unused, then atmosphere is at a premium. The stadium itself looks rather run down and drab, which is not the fault of the Club (as they don't own the stadium) and with the local Council looking to build a new stadium in its place, then it is unlikely that any further money will be injected to improve the current facilities in the near future.One unusual aspect of the stadium, is that after entering through the turnstiles you have to cross an indoor running track/warm up area, to gain access to the seating sections. There is a small refreshment kiosk located inside the Main Stand, whilst across the road from the stadium is a McDonalds.

There is no bar at the stadium itself. The two closest pubs are the Safari Lounge and the Artisan Bar, both of which are located on London Road, down past the Meadowbank Shopping Centre. Both are about a ten minute walk from the stadium. With the Main Stand behind you, then turn right along London Road. After passing the shopping centre you will reach the Safari Lounge on the left and the Artisan further along on the right. the Safari Lounge offers a number of different craft beers.

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Meadowbank Stadium is located near to Hibernian's Easter Road Ground in the North East part of Edinburgh, which is on the other side of the city centre to the way that most people approach the city from the M8. Although mileage wise it may be a shorter route to go through Edinburgh City Centre to the stadium, it is normally quicker to go around the ring road. However the stadium is relatively easy to find as it is located on the A1.

From The West and M8, South and A1.
At the end of the M8, follow signs for the City Bypass South A720, Berwick (A1). Keep on the A720 for nine miles and at the roundabout which is a junction with the A7/A6106, take the second exit onto the A6106 towards Millerhill/Newton. Follow the A6106 for three miles and on reaching a set of traffic lights, that is the junction with the A1 (there is a National Tyres garage on one corner) turn left onto the A1 (Milton Road), towards Edinburgh City Centre. Continue along the A1 as it becomes Willowbrae Road. On reaching a set of traffic lights, with a large church on the right hand side, turn left at the traffic lights onto London Road (signposted A1 City Centre). Meadowbank Stadium is further down London Road on the right. You will first see the tall floodlights and then turn right just before the stadium into the adjacent Sports Centre, where parking is available.

From The North
After crossing the Forth Road Bridge, continue along the A90 towards Edinburgh. After eight miles you will reach a major set of traffic lights, where you turn right towards City ByPass/Edinburgh Airport/Berwick. On reaching a set of traffic lights with a Shell Garage on the left hand corner, turn right towards City Bypass (A720). On joining the City Bypass then follow directions From the West above.

Car Parking
There is a 100 space car park at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, next to the Stadium, which is free to use.. Otherwise street parking.

Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station is the closest to Meadowbank Stadium and is just over a mile or a 20 minute walk away. Either grab a taxi from the station or Lothian Bus No 26 up to the stadium (see below).

Walking directions from Waverley Station
On exiting Waverley Station through the main entrance, turn right and walk up to the main Princes Street. On reaching Princes Street turn right towards Berwick (A1)/Leith. Just follow the A1 towards Berwick and you will reach Meadowbank Stadium on the left.

By 26 Lothian Bus
On exiting Waverley Station through the main entrance, turn right and walk up to the main Princes Street. On reaching Princes Street turn left and then take the second right onto St David Street. Just up on the left is bus stop marked 'PL' where the 26 can be caught. It takes about ten minutes to reach the stadium. On Saturday afternoons the Number 26 runs every ten minutes and costs £1.60 for an adult and 80p for a child.

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

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Official Matchday Programme: £2

Adults £12
Concessions £6

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

The Club have enjoyed a healthy non-league rivalry with nearby 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
For an Edinburgh City game: 2,522 v Hibernian Pre-Season Friendly, 7th July 2016.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 230 (Lowland 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 Joris van de Wier for provding the photos of the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City v Forfar Athletic
Scottish Football League Two
Saturday 6th August 2016, 3pm
Paul O'Shea Doing the 42)

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

The first game for Ediinburgh City in the Football League and a new ground for me, made this one unmissable.

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

I came up from Lytham on the train using my Senior railcard for the first time. Got into Edinburgh early to soak up the Fringe atmosphere and to find some pubs that had previously eluded me.

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

Headed out to Stockbridge to enjoy the Tap of the same name before coming back into town for a couple in the Abbottsford, a belter of a boozer. Then jumped on a number 4 Bus out to the Meadowbank Stadium. 

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

The bus drops you off right behind the Main Stand and there was no queuing at the turnstiles, only £6 for me. You walk across a indoor track inside the stand where there is a snack bar and a another stall set out selling the home sides shirts, scarves and programmes etc. Only the Main Stand is open and as it holds 7,500 the 547 that turned up were fairly spread out. As its nearly 50 years old some of the design i , to be fair, very dated but I found it alright. On the far side of the ground were three giant white concrete triangles that seemed to serve no purpose whatsoever and behind one of the goals appears what looks to be a fitness centre.

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

The game was played at a high tempo and what the teams lacked in skill they made up with enthusiasm.Forfar went ahead with a penalty before City hit back with a well taken equaliser. However just before ht Forfar regained the lead. Forfar went 3-1 up in the second half and I thought that's that but Edinburgh pulled a late goal back and really threw all they had into getting a draw. It was not to be and after a melee in the Forfar goalmouth two players were shown the red card for some argy bargy. Great value for money! The crowd got more vocal as the game went on and there were a fair few Loons who had made the trip but all in all very relaxed and the stewards were easy going too. Sat next to some Forfar fans in the first half then some City fans for the second, everyone was fine.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Unfortunately it started raining but thankfully the bus stop back to the centre was handy and I caught the first bus that came in a matter of minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Terrific day out, good beer, entertaining match and back home for 10pm.

Edinburgh City v Hamilton Academical
Scottish League Cup - Preliminary Group Stage
Wednesday 27th July 2016, 7.45pm
Gavin (Neutral fan) 

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

Another ground to tick off the list!

How easy wa s your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was about a mile walk from Waverley Railway Station.

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

I was pushed for time so just went straight to the ground from the train station.

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

I could believe how run down the ground was. The entire Meadowbank Stadium (which is council owned and hosted the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games) is well past its best. The Main Stand is the only part of the stadium that's used with no fan segregation and you basically sit where you want. The rest of the ground consists of an unused terrace that sweeps around the other three sides of the ground. A disused scoreboard and a sports centre also sit behind each goal. The stadium has an eight track running track and long jump pit surrounding the pitch so you are a fair distance from the nearest touch line .

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

The game was good with Edinburgh going two up within 20 minutes, before Hamilton started to dominate eventually running out 4-2 winners. The stewarding was low key and the pies, tea etc.. were reasonably priced.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walked back the same way to Waverley station I came with no problems.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good game, but I doubt if I'll be rushing back to watch another game at the Meadowbank Stadium.

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Updated 22nd August 2016

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