Killie won promotion in the 1992-93 season, the old Rugby
Park was certainly starting to show it's age, and being a Premier Club,
Killie would have to address the gracefully aging old stadium.
Former chief executive Ian Welsh explained why Killie choose to
stay at Rugby Park Vs moving elsewhere....."The club considered moving to an out-of-town site a few years ago, but
so much history would have been lost,"
So in early 1994 with the club's SPL future hanging in the balance
the Killie board took a
major financial risk and agreed to start the renovation of its stadium.
The last game at the
'old Rugby Park' was
played May 7th 1994, when Killie
beat Rangers 1-0!
(Above). The bulldozers moved in, the very next day.
The "New Rugby Park"
During 1994-95 season Killie played in front of 3
new stands being constructed at Rugby Park.
go on to officially open the "new" Rugby Park on August 6th 1995,
in a friendly match against English Premier Champion Blackburn Rovers.
Killie lose 0-5 with a certain Mr Alan Shearer netting a "hat-trick" for
the visitors in front of a 10,004 crowd.
On May 12th 1998
Rugby Park hosts the last ever Ayrshire Cup Final,
Killie come back from 2 down at the half
1995 Main Stand Renovation
1995 Front of the Main Stand
Moffat Stand Built 1994-95
2001 Rear of the Moffat Stand on
Moffat Stand inside the Turnstyles
2001 Rear of the Main Stand
2001 Rear of the
Chadwick Stand on Rugby Rd Built 1994-95
2001 East Stand
Three Dimension Mock Up of Rugby Park
And on Thursday,
Aug 26th 1999 a
led Killie team entertained
Reykjavik in the UEFA Cup, as
Kilmarnock Football Club celebrated 100 years at Rugby Park.
Mementoes were presented to the players and a special commemorative
publication was commissioned to mark the occasion.
A near-capacity crowd turned out
to urge on the team as they overturned a 1-0 deficit from the
preliminary-round first leg in Iceland.
To mark that special evening in the
history of Kilmarnock Football Club a special programme for the night
was issued. (Right).
"The centenary is a significant
landmark for the club and, by laying the new pitch at a cost of £500,000
this summer, we are stating our commitment to stay at Rugby Park for
another 100 years," said former Club Director Ian Welsh. The relaying of the turf, which has been accompanied by the installation
of a state-of-the-art drainage system, is the first pitch upgrade for 50
The supporters, particularly a young element who have been reared on
Premier League and, latterly, continental fare, responded by
purchasing a record 5,400 season tickets for the 1994/95 campaign.
Summer 1999 Underground Heating Installed.
Also in Aug of 1999, Rugby Park was used
for a fictitious Scottish Cup Semi-Final, and was called "Premier Park"
for the film "A Shot At Glory". Killie were allegedly playing
Kilnockie at a neutral site site and lost 1-0 to a Second Division team.
The film ironically stared Killie's
McCoist, who was playing for Kilnockie as a former Celtic player.
2001 Hot Air Balloons Over Rugby
In 2001 it is understood that Killie's
state-of-the-art drainage system, is too
noisy for the club's neighbours and Killie have to bring in hot air
balloons to back up the malfunctioning
system. It is also reported that the firm that installed the system is
The Park Hotel (Adjacent to Rugby Park)
In June 2002, Kilmarnock
Football club opened the
Park Hotel, adjacent to Rugby
Park. The hotel was built on top of Killie's old training pitch.The
Hotel incorporates the Ayrshire Banqueting and Conference Centre,
offering 50 executive twin/double bedrooms, is ideal for the business
traveller. The Cafe Bar serves light meals and refreshments
throughout the day, and Blues Restaurant offers excellent cuisine in
modern, relaxed and informal surroundings. These facilities are open to
non-residents on match-days.
Nov 2004 Killie open a new sports under the main stand
(where the Killie shop used to be). Bar is sponsored in part by Fosters
Rugby Park & Scotland!
Park has hosted two full Scotland international's since it's renovation.
Both in 1997. Scotland hosted Estonia in March 1997 in a France 98 World
Cup Qualifier, in front of a "full-house".
Then on the 27th of May in 1997 Scotland hosted Wales, in a friendly
full international. This was 3 days after
Killie had won the Scottish
Cup for the 3rd time! Killie paraded the Scottish Cup to the fans at
May 2012, after the seasons conclusion, Killie started
re-laying the playing surface after several seasons neglect.
The cost was estimated at around a hundered and fifty grand. The good
news was that these renovations were funded by Glasgow Celtic's titling
winning outing at Rugby Park, where Killie sold the visiting fans three
of the four stands, in March. Celtic avenged their League Cup Final loss
to Killie by winning 6-0, that day, but Killie still denied then the
treble, and kept their cash!
LOCATION: Rugby Road,
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
TELEPHONE: 01563 525184
CAPACITY: 18128 (All
PITCH DIMENSIONS: 112yds x
BUSES: The main
bus station, which is served by buses from all over the country is ten
minutes walk from the ground, but there are three local services which
run from here to within two minutes walk of the park. These are the
Kilmarnock-Saltcoats, Kilmarnock-Ardrossan and Kilmarnock-Largs routes.
Kilmarnock Station is well served by trains from Glasgow and the West
Coast, and the station is only 15 minutes walk from the ground.
CARS: Car parking
is available in the club car park by permit only. Entry ONLY from Dundonald Road.
Visiting supporters enter only from the Rugby Road entrance. Rugby Park
is signed as 'Football Traffic' from the main A77 Glasgow -Ayr dual
carriageway and on internal roads within the town.
ON FOOT: If you
are planning to walk to the ground from the town centre, locate the
railway station at the top end of John Finnie Street. Once you have
found that walk away from it down John Finnie Street until you reach
traffic lights outside the Sheriff Court. Turn right and head up to the
next set of lights, passing The Portman Hotel on your left hand side.
At the next set of lights turn left and you'll see the stadium on your
right hand side.
Contact Mae Orr on 01563 537522
Rugby Park, Rugby Road, Kilmarnock, KA1 2DP
Main Stand Renovated
Renovated (All Seater)
Vs Alloa Ath, 1984 Scottish First Division
Largest Crowd (Old)
35,995 Vs Rangers, 1962 Scottish Cup
Largest Crowd (New)
18,076 Vs Celtic, 1998 SPL
Last International Hosted
Scotland Vs Wales, May 27th 1997