Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Capacity: 7,711 (all seated)
Address: East Longman, Inverness, IV1 1FF
Telephone: 01463 222 880
Fax: 01463 227 479
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Caley Thistle
Year Ground Opened: 1996
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Home Kit: Royal Blue and Red
The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium is a modern and tidy looking ground. It 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.
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.
John Blair informs me; 'There are no pubs as yet around the ground. The nearest pubs are about half a mile away towards the town centre. 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'. Near the railway station on Church Street is a Wetherspoons pub called the Kings Highway, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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 (£2) at each end of the ground.
Inverness Railway Station, is about a mile away from the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, 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. Eventuall, 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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Main Stand: Adults £22, Concessions £17, Under 16's £6
North and South Stands: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 16's £6
South Stand: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 16's £6
Concessions apply to Over 65's/Under 26's.
Official Programme £3
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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At The Caledonian Stadium:
7,512 v Glasgow Rangers, Premier League, 6th August 2005.
At Pittodrie (whilst ground sharing with Aberdeen):
9,530 v Aberdeen, Premier League, October 16th, 2004.
2018-2019: 2,548 (Championship League)
2017-2018: 2,395 (Championship League)
2016-2017: 2,439 (Premier League)
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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.
Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram and to Dave Hollands for providing photos of the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium Inverness.