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Butlin Road, the home of Rugby Town Football Club is one of the best stadiums in the BGB Premier and is rapidly becoming one of the best in the non-league.

Developments such as the new 500-seater cantilever stand - opened in 2003 by England international Darius Vassell, and the VS Bar make Butlin Road a great stadium and always provides a great day out.

Stadium Overview

Officially Opened October 1973
Capacity 6,000 (unconfirmed)
Covered Terrace 2,800
Seating 740
Record Attendace 3,961 v Northampton Town (1984)

The ground, unlike many in non-league circles, has covering on all four sides of the ground and seating on two sides.  

The official capacity was confirmed as 5,375 in 2005 but this is set to increase with the new 1,300 covered terrace at the allotment end as well as further terracing developments throughout the stadium.

Now, approximately 2,800 spectators are able to be accommodated under cover and 740 of these can also be seated.

Main Stand

Butlin Road boasts the magnificent main stand, which holds 500 fans and also includes the dressing rooms.

Helped by a Football Foundation & Stadia Improvement Fund Grant, the stand was open for use in early 2003, but it was not officially opened until August 2003, when ex-England International Darius Vassell did the honours as Rugby played an Aston Villa XI.

New facilities under the stand also include 4 changing rooms, referees' room, male, female and disabled toilets and a physio room.  It will provide air conditioned rooms and top quality showers - bought from another ex-Premiership ground in the shape of Manchester City's old ground Maine Road.

These new changing facilities will create extra space where the old rooms are placed to possibly extend the superb VS Bar which was refurbished into a sports bar in 1999 and is a great place for all functions.

Dugouts

The 2003/04 season saw the introduction of new dugouts at Butlin Road. The ex-Filbert Street (Leicester City) structures have brought another professional feel to the club, with a strip of Astroturf laid in front of the dugout area to stop wear and tear.

Turnstiles

New electric turnstiles were installed in 2004 from Filbert Street as well as a new external wall around the whole ground to meet Conference standard.

Playing Surface

Since 1999, the Butlin Road pitch has become renown for being one of the best around. A lot of time & expense has been put into the turf over the last few years including top drainage technology to ensure the best possible standard (for part-time staff!). The pitch is carefully nurtured throughout the year by head groundsman Steve Sharp and his team.

The pitch was recently recognised in a non-league poll where it came 3rd in the whole Southern League in 2006.

Training Facilities

In October 2006, Rugby Town opened the state-of-the-art training facilities at Butlin Road.

Helped by a Football Foundation grant, the facilities at Butlin Road now include a full-size & a mini-sized third-generation rubber crumb astro turf training pitch.

The facility is used for training as well as local clubs, youth & junior teams, ladies clubs and the local community all year round.

The facility is also fully floodlit and offers the best in astro turf technology to allow a natural bounce and roll.

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