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  1. Careful kids don't crash the server rushing to check this report out, and don't go burning the location by all rushing out to have a pop for yourselves-as much as you wil probably want to once you see the amount of epic in this place. right i know we've all been waiting to catch a glimpse inside this place for a long time, one of the holy grails of exploring, yeah people have done the mail rail, yeah people have done burlington rar rar-old news , ladies and gentlemen i present to you.... hereford football ground, can i get hell yeahh!! Anyway enough of that, its a derpy football ground i drive past this place all the time and worked over the road building a few bits in the big new crap shopping complex. Basically they owed the powers that be about 50k in rent and legal fees for the ground, hence the reason for shutting down, this alongside the fact the ground had been condemned over health and safety issues, Not 100% sure but word round the campfire with the hereford lads at work is someone had themselves a mischief in the ground and sued the club, more campfire rumours are the guy that bought up the club is a property developer itching to get the green light to flatten the place, would make sense as it's an eyesore and its also over the road from the city's nice shiny new shopping complete, much like my local worcester ground it's only a matter of time really. sure you've all been in a football ground before but i hadn't until i went here so lorra pics for a derpy lower league ground. well you're gonna do it aren't ya take it sleazy kids, thanks for looking
  2. History In 1880 the Canterbury Cricket and Athletics Sports Co Ltd. purchased 10 acres of land within an area known as the Lancaster Estate, for £2,841 (approximately £260 per acre). By 1905, however, the Canterbury Cricket Association became the sole owners of the grounds and remained so until 1911, when they once again became co-owners, this time with the Canterbury Rugby Union. Regardless, in 1919 parliament assumed control over the grounds and established the Victory Park Board to manage and undertake responsibility for its management. This change in ownership was principally a result of WW1 which left the club in severe financial difficulty, to such an extent that parts of the grounds were ploughed to farm potatoes in the hope that they would help raise funds to support the continued survival of the club. Nevertheless, under the management of the government the site was developed extensively over the subsequent years and the stands were constructed to hold a capacity of approximately 33,000. In 1995 an additional corporate stand was also constructed and fully completed. It wasn't until 1999 that the stadium moved from the Victory Park Board into the hands of JADE Stadium Limited, a company which was established to take over management of the facilities. Once again the stadium was developed further, increasing the overall capacity to roughly 38,500. The final redevelopments occurred in preparation for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, at a cost of $60 million, and the capacity was raised to 43,000. If the grounds had been fully completed it would have been the second largest stadium in New Zealand; second to Eden Park in Auckland. A final detail, for those wondering about the conflicting signs - indicative of a name entirely different to the 'Jade Stadium - in its final years, through sponsorship rights with AMI Insurance Limited, the facility briefly became known as AMI Stadium. Although it was primarily a rugby and cricket ground, over the years the stadium operated it has hosted a number of significant events ranging from various sporting events to a variety of concerts; Bon Jovi, Roger Walters, Meat Loaf, Tina Turner, U2, Dire Straits and Billy Joel, to name but a few. As the situation stands now, although the council had the stadium insured for $140 million, discussions are currently ongoing as the insurance company and engineers argue that the structure can be fully repaired and strengthened. The council suggest that it is uneconomical to fix the existing facility due to the extent of the damage in the land and surrounding stands. Our Version of Events And there we were, travelling through Christchurch, staring at the surroundings incredulously when we stumbled across AMI Stadium. Against the rest of the destruction this particular site stood superficially solid in its appearance, as something that should have been representative of a dominant symbol in a city aspiring to prosper. As we moved in for a closer look it was clear that the stadium had suffered a similar fate to the rest of the city, as the cracks within its frame suddenly became blatantly visible to the eye. Going along with the spontaneity of the moment we decided, contrary to the cameras and secca in the area, that we'd attempt to get into the stadium and absorb the magnificent views of the stands and former centre pitch. We were right in our decision to attempt it as the views and atmosphere inside the monolith were arresting. This is perhaps the only time I've sat in a stadium and taken in absolute silence, inciting a feeling that's a conflicting mix between fact and fantasy. Explored with Nillskill. 1: The AMI Stadium from The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament 2: Access way to the pitch 3: AMI Stadium sponsorship sign 4: The bush on the pitch 5: Pitch maintenance vehicle 6: Walkway outside of stands 7: Express food and drink 8: Door twenty-four 9: Top floor walkway 10: The AMI Stadium overview 11: One hell of a lot of seats 12: The stadium and beyond 13: A view inside the restroom 14: Up on the lighting scaffolding 15: Lighting walkway 16: Lighting ladder (to the top) 17: Capturing a whole stand 18: The way out 19: Stands A-G 20: Seating with old barrier 21: Old turnstiles 22: Emergency equipment 23: The AMI Stadium stands 24: The rear stand 25: McDonalds sponsorship sign 26: Outside view of AMI Stadium
  3. History Kettering football club played here at this ground between 1897 and 2011 before closing its gates for the last time to move in with Rushden & Diamonds I don't think the club has ever been the same since moving out of here. In 2012 they were forced to move out of Rushden and to Corby because they couldn't afford the rates and for the 2013/14 season they are playing their games in Burton Latimer. I reckon they should come back here to Rockingham Road, cut the grass and re-boot the club completely. I believe they have plans to build flats on this site eventually. 114 years of football will be gone forever, but until then; this decayed beauty stands before us. The Explore Visited solo after work on one hot Friday evening. Nice little mooch without the need to worry about usual hazards such as loose flooring or pigeon crap, this time having been replaced with hawthorns and barb wire instead. Access is a bit awkward and you are often very exposed by people nearby including houses that look directly over the pitch itself, so be discreet if you are planning a visit. I find the best attraction of Kettering football club is the pitch itself, found a couple of old footballs still lying around amongst the matted grass and wondered how many stars had kicked them around as I smiled and had kick about of my own. Most places are accessible including the stands, bars, locker rooms, equipment cupboards, VIP areas, commentary box and kitchen. There is a nice feel of football nostalgia aswell. As I left I did so with an accidental clatter which raised the alarm for nearby onlookers, explained that I was an explorer, following it up with “Now, mind your own business†Haha. Pictures Thank you all for reading my report, I hoped you liked. The Lone Shadow
  4. I first visited this place in almost a year ago to the day, but our splore was cut short by the free roaming sec dog So we decided to go for a return to see if Fido was still there, well he was, and this time he had a friend Crank the sound up and have a little lookie at Trogs video.......... A little history Opened in 1933 by William Chandler. It had a larger attendance and income from gambling than any other dog racing track in the UK, and was at one time the largest track in the UK with capacity for over 5,000 spectators It's popularity waned and in 2008 it closed There has been a large campaign to bring it back to life including a 20,000 signature petition Developers London & Quadrant (L&Q) took ownership of the iconic site, but have infuriated campaigners by failing to submit planning applications or accept offers to buy or lease the site. Infact a £9m bid by businessman and greyhound enthusiast Bob Morton was rejected by the owners My piccies..........
  5. Walthamstow Stadium Opened in 1933 by William Chandler. It had a larger attendance and income from gambling than any other dog racing track in the UK, And was at one time the largest track in the UK with capacity for over 5,000 spectators. It's popularity waned and, in 2008, it closed. There has been quite a large campaign to bring it back to life including a 20,000 signature petition https://saveourstow.wordpress.com/ Developers London & Quadrant (L&Q) took ownership of the iconic site two years ago. Since buying the site, L&Q have infuriated campaigners by failing to submit planning applications or accept offers to buy or lease the site. Infact a £9m bid by businessman and greyhound enthusiast Bob Morton was rejected by the owners http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11103349 Trivia bit!!! The front and back cover of the Blur album Parklife were shot at the stadium Explored with Skeleton Key, Priority 7 and a newly met non member, although that is hopefully about to change We had heard all about the free roaming guard dog and had even seen a picture of it on another forum, but that was dated a year ago and we were hoping that it was old news. I kid you not, I had a sandwich bag full of chopped up sausage tied to my belt, I had seen the photo and I wasn't about to become a dog chew, the plan was, if the dog found us then rip open the bag, throw the grub at it, trip SK over and the run like F##K We had only been in the first grandstand building for a couple of minutes when we heard somebody walking about on the floor above. Then it was out of the first bar and towards the seating area and the second section of the building, this is when we started noticing the dog crap dotted all over the floor, not good!!! At the end of the building we came across the Sec tea station and TV. We were deciding whether or not to have a brew up when fido spotted us through the window, he went absolutely ballistic!! Barking and growling. We retreated to one of the upper bars but it was too late, Sec knew we where in there and was walking the outside looking for us, at one point he climbed an outside staircase and was only a stones throw away. We did the brave thing and hid, waited a while and decided not to push it and beat a retreat, taking photos on the way. So that was that and Charlie Chans nightclub which is situated under the clock will have to wait for the revisit!!
  6. Awesome explore all round. Infiltration much? Had a couple of very close calls haha. Nottingham Forest play their home games at The City Ground, which has been their home, directly across the Trent from city rivals, Notts County, since 1898. Before they settled at The City Ground, which is located on the south bank of the Trent, they played at the Forest Recreation Ground, from which the team takes its name. The City Ground, Home of Nottingham Forest The four stands are: The Main Stand, the oldest stand in the ground. Capacity: 5,708. There were plans to rebuild this stand with a much larger capacity in order to raise the City Ground's capacity to 40,000 if the club regains a Premier League place. This was scrapped when the club planned to build a new stadium. The Trent End, the newest stand, built in 1994. Capacity: 7,500 The Bridgford End, the lower tier houses up to 5,151 away fans, while its total capacity is 7,710 The Brian Clough Stand, which was originally named the Executive Stand but has been renamed to honour Forest's former manager Brian Clough. It is the largest stand in the ground with a capacity of 10,000. The Capital One Corner, located in one corner of the ground between the Brian Clough and Bridgford stands. Before it was named Pinnacle Place, after the club's previous sponsors. The main noise comes from Capital One Corner and the Main Stand's "A" block The ground's combined capacity is 30,602. Right, on with the photos (theres quite a lot of them actually) Hope you like:) Shadow

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