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Dean Court
Fitness First Stadium at Dean Court
Full name Fitness First Stadium at Dean Court
Location Kings Park
Bournemouth
Dorset
England
Opened 1910
Renovated 2001
Owner Structadene
Capacity 9,600 seated
Field dimensions 105 x 78 m
Tenants
A.F.C. Bournemouth (League Two)

Dean Court is a stadium in Bournemouth, England. Primarily used for football, it is the home of League Two team A.F.C. Bournemouth. Also currently known as the Fitness First Stadium for sponsorship purposes, although the naming rights are currently being made available to a new sponsor.[1]

History

Dean Court is named after the Cooper-Dean family of Bournemouth, who granted the land to the football club in 1910. One of the stands had previously been used in the Wembley Exhibition of 1924. The ground's attendance record of 28,799 was set at an FA Cup match against Manchester United in 1957.[2]

The ground was completely rebuilt in 2001, with the pitch rotated ninety degrees from its original position. The stadium was also moved away from adjacent housing. Although it was rebuilt as a three sided stadium, seats were placed on the undeveloped south end in the autumn of 2005. The club sold the stadium in December 2005 in a sale-and-leaseback deal with London property company Structadene.[3]

The stadium has also been used for music concerts, hosting Elton John in 2006.

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Coordinates: 50°44′07″N 1°50′18″W / 50.73528°N 1.83833°W / 50.73528; -1.83833

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