Following the recent news that Dean Court may be expanded, and AFC Bournemouth legend Steve Fletcher’s enthusiasm at such plans, a list of frequently asked questions about the old stadium has been compiled:
How many people does Dean Court hold?
Currently 11,700, including segregation.
When did the stadium open?
The grounds on which it is built were originally given to Boscombe FC (latterly AFC Bournemouth) in 1910 by J.E. Cooper Dean, hence the name ‘Dean’ Court.
What is the record attendance at the stadium?
28,799 against a giant of English football, Manchester United, in the FA Cup in 1957. This high attendance was due to the terracing at the old Dean Court which was abolished following the Taylor Report in the 1980s.
What are the plans for stadium expansion?
Chairman Jeff Mostyn has stated that there would be no problem in expanding to 15,000, but there may be a need for 18,000 if the club reach the Premier League.
Do the fans accept this stadium expansion?
One loyal supporter, Rob Lee attends all of AFC Bournemouth’s home and away games and has said; “The supply and demand has been an issue- the Liverpool game in January proved as such. And due to the clubs success, the growth is necessary for us to grow as a club, and therefore we need the stadium expanded. It would be brilliant for the club. And hopefully the fans because hopefully the season ticket prices are dropped!”
Does the stadium have a sponsor?
Yes, it is sponsored by a company called Goldsands, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Goldsands Stadium.