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Thursday 04 July 2013

Around the grounds: KC Stadium

Today's Barclays Premier League stadium profile takes in newly-promoted Hull City's home ground

  • The KC Stadium was completed in 2002 and was mainly funded by the local council

  • Hull City had been at Boothferry Park for over 50 years

Premierleague.com profiles all 20 Premier League venues, continuing with Hull City's home ground, the KC Stadium.

In profile: KC Stadium

Capacity: 25,586
Year built: 2002
First League match: Hull City 2-0 Hartlepool United, 26 December 2002

History

Located in a parkland setting in the west of the city, the KC Stadium has been Hull City’s home for the last 11 years after their move from Boothferry Park.

The stadium cost about £44m to build and was mainly funded by Hull City Council, who had sold a part of its shares in Kingston Communications.

The all-seater bowl-shaped venue took 14 months to complete and was opened with a friendly against Sunderland, midfielder Steve Melton scoring the first goal at the ground as Hull sealed a 1-0 victory.

The club were then in the bottom division and the new home played a key role in creating a significant increase in attendances. The first league match was on Boxing Day in 2002 against Hartlepool United, which attracted 22,000 fans.

Within three years, Hull were in the Championship and in 2008 they won promotion for the first time to the Barclays Premier League, where they spent two seasons.

The KC Stadium, which is also home to the Hull FC rugby league team, has won awards for its design and in 2004 it won the culture and regeneration category at the Civic Trust Awards, which is sponsored Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Premier League football will return to the KC Stadium this summer following the club’s promotion, with their first home match taking place on 24 August against Norwich City.

  • August 2008: Caleb Folan scores the winner in Hull's first Premier League match

  • November 2009: Andy Dawson's free-kick put Hull 2-0 up against Everton

Three of the best: Barclays Premier League matches at the KC Stadium

16 August 2008: Hull City 2-1 Fulham
Hull celebrated their first match in the Barclays Premier League with a come-from-behind victory over Roy Hodgson's Fulham. The home side got off to a disappointing start when Seol Ki-Hyeon headed home from Jimmy Bullard's cross. Hull rallied and were level 14 minutes later when Geovanni curled a fine shot past Mark Schwarzer. Caleb Folan scored the winner with nine minutes to go after Craig Fagan robbed Paul Konchesky of possession.

6 December 2008: Hull City 2-1 Middlesbrough
Hull's debut season in the Barclays Premier League had got off to a great start with six wins from their opening nine matches. But their form dipped in November as Phil Brown's men suffered three defeats and three draws. The home match against Boro would put them back on track but they had to work hard to achieve victory. Tuncay Sanli flicked in Justin Hoyte's cross with 11 minutes to go to put Boro ahead, only for Hull to equalise when Bernard Mendy's shot hit a post and rebounded in off goalkeeper Ross Turnbull. Middlesbrough were reduced to 10 men when David Wheater was penalised for pulling back Geovanni in the area, and Marlon King scored the winner from the spot.

25 November 2009: Hull City 3-2 Everton
Hull hung on to claim three valuable points in a five-goal thriller at the KC Stadium. It looked as if it was going to be a comfortable day at the office for the home side as they scored three goals in the opening 28 minutes. Stephen Hunt put Hull ahead on nine minutes, pouncing after Tim Howard had parried Jozy Altidore's shot. Andy Dawson doubled the lead 11 minutes later with a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner, while Dean Marney made it three with a shot that deflected in off Tim Cahill. Everton came back into it after the break, however, and were given a lifeline four minutes after the re-start through Kamil Zayatte's own goal. Zayatte then was adjudged to have fouled Louis Saha in the penalty area and the striker picked himself up to score from the spot. Although Everton had chances to claim the equaliser, Hull came away with a valuable victory.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks at the history of Hull City's home ground
  • The Tigers have been playing at the venue since 2002
  • We pick out three of the best Barclays Premier League matches at the venue
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