Work on the new stadium well under way by the spring of 1996 and pitch contractor Sports Grounds Ltd started turf-laying on April 24th. There was still a shortfall of nearly £1 million pounds which was funded by bank loans. These stands were built in a remarkable 47 days by the Tulloch Construction Company who are also the club's biggest shareholder. In March 1997, the Caledonian Stadium hosted its first international game, a 5–1 victory of Scotland U-16 over England U-16. Whispers at SPL board level were that a return to Inverness was possible if Caledonian Stadium could be upgraded before late January 2005. Es ist die Heimat des schottischen Fußballvereins Inverness Caledonian Thistle und bietet den Zuschauern 7.711 Sitzplätze. [4] At that time, the Caledonian Stadium had a total capacity of 6,280 and only 2,280 seats. As Tulloch also paid part of the development cost, the stadium had the Tulloch name added to it on completion of the work and the lease on the site was transferred to Tulloch. [4] Inverness CT agreed to groundshare with Aberdeen at Pittodrie. The public’s first real look at the new structure was on 27 July 1996 at an open day. With Israel being hosted in neighbouring Dingwall. In mid-2018, Inverness CT swapped out the original manned turnstiles for more modern barcode scanning ones, becoming one of a handful in Scotland to use these turnstiles, and the first in the Highlands. Saturday 9 November 1996 was one more red letter day in the story of Inverness football. The honour of scoring the first goal went to the Select’s Norman Kellas. This article is about the football stadium in Inverness, Scotland. A Completion Certificate for the building work was granted by the Planning Department of Highland Council followed swiftly by the issue of the all-important Safety Certificate by Environmental Health. The First Division proved a much harder nut to crack, especially as there was just one promotion place available, but in May 2004 this was achieved amidst much drama and excitement. The answer came from an unexpected direction. This took the form of a challenge match on Wednesday 6 November 1996 between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and an Inverness & District Select. © 1999 - 2020 all rights reserved, We hate spam and will never share your email address with anyone else, More than a million fans already rely on Ents24 to follow their favourite artists and venues. Eventually a cunning plan emerged – one that at first seemed outrageous, uneconomic and just plain daft. The attendance of 7512 still stands as a stadium record. During the pandemic, the stadium was used as a drive-in cinema, showing Toy Story, Grease, Joker, and Braveheart, between the 7th and 10th of August. [3] Inverness District Council approved the plans and authorised £900,000 of public funds to cover a funding gap. The escalating costs were partly met by the sale of Caledonian’s Telford Street Park (for a retail development) and Thistle’s Kingsmills Park (for residential development and a home) and contributions were also received gratefully from Inverness and Nairn Enterprise, the Football Trust (grants and loans) Highland Council, the European Development Fund and Inverness Harbour Trust. Le Caledonian Stadium (officiellement appelé Tulloch Caledonian Stadium pour des raisons de naming) est un stade de football construit en 1996 et situé à Inverness. [3] This site had to overcome concerns of the local Harbour Trust that the stadium floodlights would interfere with traffic in the Moray Firth and the need for an access road to relieve traffic from the A9. Further international matches in Inverness are a distinct possibility and the future of the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium is most certainly a rosy one. El estadio es … [1] The lease reverted to the football club in December 2017, except for the stadium car parks. Upcoming events, tickets, information, and maps for Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in Inverness from, the UK's biggest entertainment website. Capacity 7 512 Country Scotland City Inverness Clubs Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC Inauguration … Of that more later. Despite the score the event was a major success for the club and the stadium. This was a promise that was to prove difficult to keep. Then it was on with the show. [3] The new stadium opened in November 1996 and hosted its first SFL match, a 1–1 draw between Caley Thistle and Albion Rovers. The Caledonian Stadium also hosted a 4–1 win of Portugal over Israel in the Quarter Finals. Het is de thuisbasis van de voetbalclub Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. Enter Tulloch Construction and a remarkable feat. The excellent facilities, including a fine playing surface, were reflected in the team’s performance over the rest of 1996-97 and the Third Division championship was won by early April. The next day Tulloch chairman David Sutherland formally handed back the upgraded stadium to the club and it was all systems go. Inverness Caledonian Thistle was formed in 1994 by the merging of two Highland League clubs, Caledonian and Inverness Thistle. However, one of the pledges made to gain entrance into the Scottish Football League (SFL) was that they would move to a newly built ground by August 1995. This all seated stand, is quite smart looking and is partly … [3], The SFL extended the deadline for a new stadium to 1996, but the District Council was provided legal advice that the public funds could only be provided under set conditions, which caused further delay.