Scottish Ground Guide


Inverness
Caledonian Thistle

Ground Name: Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Capacity: 7,512 (all seated)
Address: East Longman, Inverness, IV1 1FF
Telephone No:  01463 222 880
Fax No: 01463 227 479
Pitch Size:
115 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: Caley Thistle
Year Ground Opened:
1996
Undersoil Heating:
Yes
Shirt Sponsors: 
Orion Group
Home Kit Colours: Royal Blue & Red
Away Kit Colours: Black With Red & Blue Trim
Kit Manufacturers: Errea
Official Web Site: www.ictfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Caley Thistle Online
Caley Nostalgia

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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Main Stand Exterior (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

Looking Towards The Main Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Bridge End (photo)
Admission Prices

Disabled Facilities

Programme Price

Layout Of The Ground
Fixtures 2013-2014
Fans Reviews
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Stadium Location Map

What's The Ground Like?

With the SPL reducing its stadium capacity requirements, the Club have at last been able to develop the stadium. Mainly to fulfil the criteria, the club have built two new stands at either end of the ground and installed undersoil heating. Not only has this meant that the Club have not had to seek an alternative site to build a bigger stadium, but also that the ground sharing agreement with the Club at Aberdeen, has now ended and the Club have been able to return home.

The ground is dominated by the Main Stand, which runs along one side of the pitch. This all seated stand, is quite smart looking and is partly covered (to the rear), whilst opposite is a small open terrace, that is now unused. At one end is the North Stand or more commonly known as the 'Bridge End', which is an all seated covered stand which is the 'home end' of the ground. The other end, the South Stand, is a similar looking all seated stand, that is given to away supporters. One unusual fact about the Caledonian Stadium, is that it has the widest pitch of any league team in Scotland.

The Club was formed in 1994, following a merger of two Clubs; Inverness Thistle & Caledonian FC. The new Club were admitted to the Scottish League for the 1994-95 season.

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Main Stand Exterior


Main Stand Exterior

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away supporters are housed in the new South Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 2,200 fans can be accommodated. John Hill informs me; 'The ground is very smart and there's a great atmosphere when it's a full house. The ground staff are also very welcoming and the location is pretty good, with some stunning views over the water. The only real let down, was the lack of a supporters club at the ground or any nearby pubs. Otherwise, the catering almost makes up for the lack of beer, especially the brilliant steak sandwiches!'

The ground is built right on the coast of the Moray Firth, means that there can be some biting cold winds coming off the sea. However, the ground has quite a picturesque setting and from the away end you get quite a view of the Kessock Bridge climbing up into the distance.

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Where To Drink?
John Blair informs me; 'There are no pubs as yet around the ground. There is due to be one opened at the ground, but at the moment the nearest pubs are about half a mile away towards town centre. In town there are plenty of good pubs. Try the Gellions, the Phoenix or Gunsmiths, or the Caley Club (near Caledonian FC's old ground) which has plenty of history. Most home fans tend to head for The Innes Bar in Innes Street near the harbour. It's about a 20 minute walk from the stadium'.

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Main Stand


 Main Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From The South:
The ground is straightforward to find and depending on which approach you take into Inverness, the bright orange cantilevers of the Main Stand can be seen for quite some distance away. Continue on the A9 through Inverness and at the roundabout, just before the large
Kessock Bridge that takes you across the Moray Firth, turn right for the road down to the ground. There are a couple of good sized car parks (1) at each end of the ground.

Map showing the location of the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
(at the bottom of this page).

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By Train
Inverness station, is about a mile away from the ground, which is about a 20-25 minute walk away. On leaving Inverness station follow the signs for the car park and bus station (going along Railway Terrace). Cross through the car park, keeping the bus station on your left and on your right you can see a bridge crossing the railway line. Go across the bridge and then continue straight ahead along Longman Road. Eventually you will reach the stadium on your left.

Thanks to Ingo Braun for the directions and who also adds; 'After the match there were a number of shuttle buses waiting outside the stadium to take fans back into the town centre'.

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Local Rivals
Ross County.

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South Stand


South Stand

Thanks to Nathan Davies For Providing The Above Photograph

 

Admission Prices 

Admission prices vary in accordance with the category of the match. Category A prices are shown here with category B prices in brackets.

Home Fans:

Main Stand: Adults 30 (26), Concessions 25 (21)
North Stand: Adults 25 Concessions 20 (16), Under 12's 20 (10)
Family Tickets (all areas):
Adults 20 (16), Under 16 12 (7)

Away Fans:
South Stand: Adults 25 (21), Concessions 20 (16), Under 12's 20 (10)

Concessions apply to over 60's, under 16's and students with a valid matriculation card.

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2.50

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Disabled Facilities
Nathan Davies informs me; 'There are 16 disabled spaces in front of the main stand but the dug outs partially obscure the view of the match. A better bet may be to ask whether you can sit at the top of the main stand (accessible via lift), where there is limited space next to the executive boxes. This ensures a much better view. Disabled are admitted free while helpers pay 11. To book a space call the club on 01463 222880.

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Fans Reviews

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
At The Caledonian Stadium:
7,512 v Glasgow Rangers,
Premier League, August 6th, 2005.

At Pittodroie (whilst ground sharing with Aberdeen):
9,530 v Aberdeen,
Premier League, October 16th, 2004.

Average Attendance:

2012-2013: 4,038 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 4,023 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 4,526 (Premier League)

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Hotel Accommodation
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. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

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Map Showing The Location Of The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium




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Last Revised:  20 July 2013