Capacity: 3,927 (478 Seated)
Address: Borough Briggs Road, Elgin, IV30 1AP
Telephone: 01343 551 114
Fax: 01343 547 921
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Black and Whites
Year Ground Opened: 1921
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Black and White Stripes
On one side of the ground is a small, covered Main Stand. This all seater stand runs for only about half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. There is terracing to one side of this stand. On the other side of the ground is a small covered terrace, which is divided between home and away supporters. This enclosure looks quite old and has a number of supporting pillars. Both ends have newish open terraces that are set back from the pitch. These were opened in the year 2000. An unusual aspect of the ground is the odd looking floodlights running down each side of the pitch, the bases of which, on the enclosure side go down through the roof and onto the terrace, further hindering the spectators view of the playing action. Borough Briggs is the most northerly professional club ground in the UK.
Away fans are located on the Western side of the covered enclosure. This stand is a little grim and the views of the action, unless you are right of the front of the stand can be quite poor, as there are a number of supporting pillars to contend with. The facilities in this area are quite basic, but at least it is covered and even a small number of away fans can really make some noise from this terrace. You will normally find a warm welcome at Borough Briggs and this makes for a good day out.
There is a supporters social club which welcomes away fans, the entrance to which is located behind the Main Stand. The social club is quite comfortable, so much so that the barman was telling me that on one occasion, two supporters from Stranraer never left the bar all Saturday afternoon and didn't get to see the game! Otherwise if you take a 15 minute walk into the town centre, then on the High Street there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Muckle Cross, as well as the Droughy Cobbler pub. Both of these are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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Coming from the East or West along the A96, continue into Elgin until you reach the roundabout that has Elgin Town Hall situated on one corner. Turn at this roundabout onto the A941 (North Street) towards Lossiemouth. After a short distance down this road, take the second road on your left (Borough Briggs Road) and the ground is situated down this road on your right. There is plenty of street parking around the ground.
Elgin Railway Station is about a mile from the Borough Briggs ground and should take about 15 minutes to walk. Kevin Craig provides the following directions; 'As you leave the station turn left and continue up a steep hill. Continue straight on this road crossing two roundabouts and at the third roundabout turn left. Go up this road for some 500 yards and you should see the ground on your left hand side'.
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Adults £14, Concessions £9
Adults £12, Concessions £7
Official Programme £2
12,608 v Arbroath, Scottish Cup, February 17th, 1968.
2016-2017: 687 (League Two)
2015-2016: 737 (League Two)
2014-2015: 544 (League Two)
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Elgin City v Heart of Midlothian
Football League Cup Group Stage
Tuesday 18th July 2017, 7.45pm
Matthew Wilmot (Neutral fan)
We were advised to purchase tickets ahead of the game from the offices at the club, which meant we arrived early in Elgin. We were very fortunate to park literally opposite the turnstiles. Once our tickets were bought, we walked into town for some food.
At the recommendation of this guide, we headed into town and the Wetherspoons, although difficult to find at first, it was very pleasant and friendly.
The efforts that have gone into modernising an older ground are clear. The terraces behind each goal look very new and well kept. The main terrace reminded me a lot of some other grounds I have been to (notably Underhill, Barnet - where I grew up) We didn't go into the Main Stand. This guide's comments about poles and roof supports in the main terrace are correct but do not hinder or impede sight lines too much.
Given the obvious disparity in terms of league standing between the clubs and the time of year that the game took place, it did have a feel of a friendly. The pace was very pedestrian and Hearts were obviously the better side, but couldn't create clear chances. Elgin should've had a penalty toward the end to level the scores, but none was given. Still, the Edinburgh team went away with a 1-0 win.
Having parked across the road from the ground, it was easy to get back to the car. We waited for the crowd to disperse slightly before pulling away. The road signs to get back to where we were staying were not always clear and we didn't have to rely on the map to get out of the city.
Elgin City is a very friendly club.Borough Briggs is a quaint older ground that is being revamped slowly but without losing its character.
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