18,128 (all seated)
Address: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, KA1 2DP
Telephone: 01563 545 300
Ticket Office: 01563 545 310
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Killie
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: QTS
Home Kit: All Oxford Blue*
Away Kit: Yellow and Blue
Third Kit: Blue, White and Red
Rugby Park was transformed in the mid-1990’s with the building of three new stands. Both ends of the ground and one side have been re-developed. The ends are good sized two-tiered stands, which are virtually identical. The Chadwick Stand at the north end is given to away supporters. There are also electric scoreboards placed on the roof of each end. The East Stand on one side of the pitch is also a relatively new stand, that is similar in height to the two ends. This stand, however, does not run the full length of the pitch. It has a scoreboard on the back wall inside the stand. Opposite is the older Main Stand, which dates back to the early 1960’s. It is smaller than the other stands and has four supporting pillars that could obstruct your view. In 2010 this stand was renamed the Frank Beattie Stand after a former player. The stadium has unusual looking floodlights protruding from the roofs of the two side stands. In 2014 an artificial 3G playing surface was installed at Rugby Park.
In November 2019, Kilmarnock became the second club in Scotland (after Celtic) to install an area of safe standing. 324 rail seats have been installed in parts of the East and Moffat Stands. This was funded entirely by supporters.
Away fans are housed in the Chadwick Stand. The facilities and views from this stand are generally very good, although I have had some fans comment that the leg room is a little tight. David Tennant a visiting St Mirren supporter adds; ‘a great ground to visit, with friendly supporters, some good pubs and also don’t forget to sample their legendary pies (£2.20)’.
There is the Sports Bar underneath the Frank Beattie Stand, which welcomes away fans (although children are not admitted) as does the nearby Park Hotel. Gordon Duff recommends the Howard Arms, in Glencairn Square, which is only a few minutes walk away from the ground. Otherwise, Rugby Park is under a 10 minute walk from the town centre where there are plenty of bars to be found and including the football friendly Portmann Hotel bar and the Brass & Granite on Grange Street. There is also a Wetherspoons pub on Portland Street called the Wheatsheaf Inn. Both this Wetherspoons pub and the Brass & Granite are both listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
From the A71, take the A759 towards Kilmarnock. Eventually the ground will appear on your left. Turn left off the A735 into South Hamilton Road and left again into Rugby Road for the ground. The ground is quite well signposted around the town.
There is a car park at the ground, but this is for permit holders only. So it is a case of finding some street parking, or using one of the pay and display car parks located in the nearby town centre.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.
Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.
Click on the trainline logo below:
Kilmarnock Railway Station is principally served by trains from Glasgow. The ground is around about 15-20 minute walk away from the station.Descend the steps from the platform and turn right to emerge from the station on the south side. (there are two exits). You will find yourself at the top of John Finnie Street. Walk down this street against the flow of one way traffic. At the traffic lights at the bottom of the street (by the Sheriff Court) turn right into Portland Road. Take the second left at the traffic lights into South Hamilton Street and proceed to first right turn into Rugby Road and the ground
Thanks to Stephen Millar for providing the directions.
Booking train tickets in advance will normally save you money! Find train times, prices and book tickets with Trainline. Visit the website below to see how much you can save on the price of your tickets:
East and Frank Beattie (West) Stands: Adults £22, Concessions £17, Under 16’s £5
Moffat Stand: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 16’s £5
Chadwick Stand (Away):
Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 16’s £5
Concessions apply to Over 65’s, Under 21’s and Students with a valid matriculation card.
* These prices are for tickets to SPL Games, although for Celtic and Rangers games, prices may be increased.
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If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.
35.995 v Rangers
Scottish Cup, March 10th, 1962.
2019-2020: 5,856 (Premier League)
2018-2019: 6,895 (Premier League)
2017-2018: 5,391 (Premier League)
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 and Stephan Hoogerwaard for providing the photos of Rugby Park Kilmarnock for this page.