Airdrieonians

Excelsior Stadium

Capacity: 10,171 (all seated)
Address: Craigneuk Avenue, Airdrie, ML6 8QZ
Telephone: 07710 230775
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Diamonds
Year Ground Opened: 1998
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: White, Red & Black

East and North Stands
East and North Stands
Jack Dalziel and North Stands
Jack Dalziel and North Stands
Looking Towards The South Stand
Looking Towards The South Stand

The Excelsior Stadium is a smart looking all seated ground comprising four separate, single tiered, covered stands. The Jack Dalziel Stand (named after a former Airdrieonians Chairman) at one side of the pitch, is the largest of the four stands. Impressive looking, it has a row of executive boxes running across the back. The other three stands are of an equal height which gives the ground a balanced look. The corners of the ground are open apart from the tall floodlights. The Club plays on an artificial 3G pitch.

The modern ground is certainly an excellent one and the facilities available are not bad. However, the atmosphere generated within the ground can be quite lacking at times. For most games the ground is only a quarter full and just a couple of stands (and for some games only one stand) are open. It would be great to return to this ground to see a game in front of a full house, as that would then do it justice. 

Away fans are normally located in the East Stand at one side of the pitch. Dependant on away numbers, you may find only the portion of the West Stand allocated (this stand is shared with home supporters) or just the East Stand, or both. In the event that the Club were to draw one of the Old Firm sides, then the Club would give their maximum allocation of away seats (6,500), comprising all the stadium apart from the West Stand.

There is a supporters bar at the ground, within the Jack Dalziel Stand. Otherwise as John McCleod informs me; 'the nearest pub is the Albert Bar on Clark Street, which is a good ten minutes walk away from the Excelsior Stadium'. 

Leave the M8 at Junction 6, the Newhouse Junction and take the A73 towards Cumbernauld. After two miles turn right into Petersburn Road (B8058) and you will see the ground over on the left. There is a fair sized car park at the ground, which costs £2. Away fans have their own entrance to the car park, which is signposted on approaching the ground. Chris Cobb adds 'allow extra time for your journey as the access roads around Airdrie do tend to get quite clogged up'.

The closest railway station to the ground is Drumgelloch which is just over a mile away, whilst Airdrie station is a around 1.5.miles away. Both stations are served by Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh.

As you come out of the main entrance at Airdrie station, turn left along Broomknoll Street, proceeding under the railway bridge. At the roundabout turn right and go along the A89. At the next roundabout turn left, still proceeding along the A89 and then at the next roundabout turn right onto Graham Street (still the A89). After around half a mile you will reach another roundabout which is the junction with the A73, turn right onto the A73 Carlisle Road and the ground is down this road on the left.

From Drumgelloch station, proceed up to the top of the station car park and exit in the top left corner. A minor road leads to Forrest Street. Turn left and go straight along Forrest Street until you reach another roundabout which is the junction with the A73. Turn left onto the A73 Carlisle Road and the ground is down this road on the left.

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Adults £17
Over 65's £9
Under 16's £4

Official Programme £2.

Albion Rovers, Hamilton and Motherwell.

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

Record Attendance

For an Airdrieonians Match:
9,044 v Glasgow Rangers
League One, 23rd August 2013

For The Stadium:
St Mirren v Hamilton Academical
9,612, Challenge Cup Final, 5th November 2005

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 643 (League One)
2017-2018: 768 (League One)
2016-2017: 830 (League One)

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Airdrieonians v East Fife
Scottish League 1
Saturday 17th November 2018, 3pm
John Boynton (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Excelsior Stadium?
 
The international weekend is a good opportunity to visit a new ground and as there were no reviews on this website for Airdrie it seemed like an ideal opportunity to visit.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I travelled by train from Northumberland via Edinburgh which was pretty straightforward. Airdrie is less than an hour from Edinburgh. As I had time to kill I used Airdrie station rather than the one closest to the ground. This allowed me to spend time in the town centre and then walk the half hour or so to the ground later. There was a fair bit of parking around the stadium and from my experience, it looked like most fans drove to the game rather than walked.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I wandered around town to see what it was like. It was a nice enough if functional town centre. Unfortunately like most towns now the High Street looked as though it had seen better days. I had a walk out of the west end of town which was very pleasant and led to a couple of nice small parks where I sat for a while in the sunshine to plan the rest of my day. Back in town, I went to the Cellar Bar for a pint and a bag of crisps. It was small but a good pleasant choice. When I went up to the ground everyone was really friendly and happy to chat; from the guy in the club shop, to the lady security guard to the fans sat beside me.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Excelsior Stadium?
 
This is a very nice stadium. Not old and traditional but with a bit more character than very modern grounds. It is way too big for the size of crowd they currently get so consequently three sides were closed for this fixture.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was not always full of quality but was packed with excitement as Airdrie came from 2-0 down to win 4-2. The atmosphere did make me smile. In the first half the only noise from the crowd was single random comments shouted out from various parts of the stand. Initially, these were berating the home team and letting them know how useless they were when they were 2-0 down. Strangely though by the time the score got to 4-2 the atmosphere had completely changed and the home fans had actually been moved so much that as one they started singing the teams name loud and proud. Sing when you're winning definitely came to mind! The facilities were pretty good. The Scotch pies were good. Two pies and a warming coffee came to just over £5. Compare that to £4 for just a cup of coke at Wembley and you can see you're getting value for money here. A shout out to the gents toilets in the stand as well as they are bigger and much more spacious than many grounds I've been to. A little hot water on a freezing cold day would not have gone amiss however!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was fine. It was a little slow for cars but as a pedestrian, it was a quiet, lonely walk back to the town centre for me.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a great day. Airdrie is a nice trip. All the people I met were lovely. The choice of train stations is good and if you have time to kill then Airdrie station seems the best choice. The weather was sunny but very cold and ideal for a trip away to watch football in Scotland. The Excelsior Stadium is very decent and so was the match. Overall I'd recommend anyone to make the visit and hopefully, have as great a day as I did.

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Updated 5th December 2018

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