Nottingham Forest F.C. - Stadium

Stadium

Nottingham Forest originally played at the Forest Recreation Ground where they remained until 1879 when they relocated to the Meadows. Following this move, Forest began playing their more important matches at Trent Bridge due to its larger capacity. By 1880, all of Forest's matches were taking place at Trent Bridge but the club secured a site of its own in Lenton in 1882, naming it Parkside. The inadequate facilities necessitated the building of an improved ground in the next field in 1885 at a cost of £500. In 1890, Forest relocated once more, this time with the intention of drawing larger crowds in a location closer to the centre of Nottingham. The Town Ground, on the banks of the River Trent, was built in 1890 at a cost of £1,000 before growing success led to a final move across the Trent to the current City Ground site in 1898. Since then the ground has undergone extensive redevelopment, resulting in the 30,602-seater Euro 96 venue which we know today. Contrary to popular belief the name "Forest" does not originate from Sherwood Forest, but from the Forest Recreation Ground just north of Nottingham City Centre which is where the club first played upon its formation in 1865.

The City Ground is the 21st largest League football stadium in England List of football stadiums in England

On 20 June 2007, Forest announced plans to relocate to a 50,000-seater new stadium in either the Clifton area of the city or a site near to the current City Ground in Holme Pierrepont. The club later announced revised plans for a new ground at Gamston which formed part of the FA's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, with Nottingham beating neighbours Derby and Leicester (both of which already had modern stadia capable of hosting such international games) into the final stages of selection by the FA to be included within the bid. However, in December 2010 The FA controversially failed in the bid and it was announced by FIFA that the 2018 World Cup will be staged in Russia. Following this announcement Forest's plans for a new stadium were scrapped for the foreseeable future and the club announced the intention to remain at the City Ground.

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