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Football: The Venues.


Windsor Park

CAPACITY: 20,500

LOCATION: A short distance from Belfast city centre, Windsor Park is located on Donegall Avenue just off the Lisburn Road.

FACTFILE: Windsor Park has been the home of Linfield FC since 1905 and also hosts all of Northern Ireland's home international matches. The stadium has undergone many changes in the past century. The North Stand has a 6,800 capacity while the new Kop Stand holds 4,000.

The Oval, Belfast


CAPACITY: 14,000

LOCATION: Just 10 minutes from the city centre. Take the Queen Elizabeth Bridge out of city - The Oval is just off Sydenham Bypass.

FACTFILE: The Oval is the home of Irish League champions Glentoran FC who have been housed at the old east Belfast venue since 1892. The stadium was rebuilt from scratch after being destroyed during World War Two. It currently has room for 5,000 fans in covered seated areas.


Ballymena Sh'grounds


LOCATION: Take M2 out of Belfast and follow signs for Ballymena. The arena is located off Warden Street at the north end of town.

FACTFILE: The Showgrounds is the home of Irish League side Ballymena United and the stadium has been developed - by the local council - into one of the most modern stadiums in Northern Ireland. Recent development - including a new stand and dressing room complex - cost EUR4.5m.

Mourneview Park



LOCATION: Take the M1 out of Belfast and exit at junction 10 for Lurgan. The arena is located on Mourneview Avenue.

FACTFILE: Mourneview - which is all-seater on three sides of the ground - is the impressive home of Irish League side Glenavon. The stadium has undergone many improvements in recent years. The Crescent End, main stand and Glenfield Road stand have all been built in the past 13 years.


Newry Showgrounds


LOCATION: Take M1 out of Belfast, turn off at Junction 7 and take A1 to Newry. The arena is in the Greencastle Industrial Estate.

FACTFILE: Newry City FC have made major improvements to their ground in recent years. A new stand was completed at a cost of EUR750,000 at the end of 2003 and new floodlighting has been installed for this tournament.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2005
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