Scottish Ground Guide


Livingston FC
Almondvale Stadium

Capacity: 10,000 (all seated)
Address: 
Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7DN
Telephone No: 01506 417 000
Fax No: 01506 418 888
Pitch Size:
110 x 76 yards 
Club Nickname: Livi Lions
Year Ground Opened:
1995
Undersoil Heating:
Yes
Home Kit Colours: Amber & Black
Official Web Site:
www.livingstonfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Livilions
Supporters Trust


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Contents

What's Almondvale Stadium Like?
Looking Towards The East Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Layout Of Ground
Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation

What's Almondvale Stadium Like?

This purpose built stadium opened in 1995. It is a small, compact but smart looking ground. All four stands are of roughly the same height and two corners of the ground are filled with covered seating. There are open corners to the ground on either side of the West Stand, at one side of the pitch, which also has a few supporting pillars. 

George Hobb a visiting Hearts supporter adds, 'The club grew from the ashes of the former Meadowbank Thistle who played in Edinburgh, until in a move similar to NFL franchises, it was moved lock stock and barrel to Livingston. Efforts to retain the name were in vain as the major players saw this as an opportunity to get the town on Scotlandís soccer map. What has been achieved in a short time is a minor miracle. Third division to Premier League, crowds quadrupled and most importantly a sound foundation has been put in place. Plus the ground is so neat, that you half expect the players to be on plastic bases and flicked around on the pitch!'

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Looking Towards The East Stand


East Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located in the North Stand and the North East corner of the ground. Up to 4,000 fans can be accommodated in this area. Livingston are a family orientated club and hence you are likely to have an enjoyable and relaxing day out. There is also a small band of drummers and trumpeters in the Livingston crowd who try to raise the atmosphere throughout the game, with a number of well known tunes. Aidan Hegarty a visiting Dundee United supporter adds; 'visitors should be aware that the club operates a zero tolerance policy towards foul or abusive language, so try to be on your best behaviour'.

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Where To Drink?
George Hobbs informs me, 'try The Lime Kiln up from the Main Stand, that was quite popular on my visit'. Whilst up at the McArthur Glen Shopping Centre, there is a Wetherspoons pub, called the Newyearfield, although no football colours are allowed to be displayed.

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The North Stand


North Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Livingston is situated approximately 18 miles west of Edinburgh and easily accessible from the M8 motorway. The stadium is fairly well signposted around the town. The following directions from the M8 are not necessarily the quickest, but they are fairly straightforward to follow.

Leave the M8 at Junction 3 and take the A899 towards Livingston. Leave the this road when you reach the large roundabout that is the junction with the A71 (Bankton Road). Turn right onto the A71 and at the next island turn right into Alderstone Road (sign posted town centre). Go straight across three roundabouts and then turn right at the second set of traffic lights and into the stadium approach road. There is a fair sized car park at the stadium which costs £5.

For a map showing the location of the ground click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

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By Train
There are two stations that are in reach of the ground. Livingston North & Livingston South. The North station is served by trains from Glasgow Queens Street and Edinburgh, whilst the South Station is served by trains from Glasgow Central and Edinburgh. Both stations are served by trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both stations are around a 25-30 minute walk away from the ground.

Exit Livingston North railway station and turn right, heading downhill towards the town centre. You can walk by the main road or take the more pleasant network of paths. You want the Alderstone Path, following directions for St John's Hospital, Howden and Town Centre. When you reach the hospital, youíll see the first signposts for the ground, further downhill along the main road and then on the left. The walk takes 30 minutes. Thanks to Andy Little a visiting Partick Thistle supporter for providing the directions.

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Local Rivals
With being a relatively new club, local rivalries have yet to be firmly established. However, if the club maintains its current growth, then the Edinburgh clubs may be the focus of rivalry.

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Admission Prices 

Adults: £17
Concessions: £7
1 Adult + 1 Child: £20

Concessions apply to Over 65's and Under 18's.

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Programme Price
Official Programme £2.50.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures
Livingston FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
10,112 v Rangers, Premier League, October 27th,
2001. 

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,157 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 1,308 (Division One)
2011-2012: 1,704 (Division One)

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Hotel Accommodation
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Last Revised:  12 July 2014