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Stebonheath Stadium

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Stebonheath Sports Bar 

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Stebonheath Park (Welsh: Parc Stebonheath) is a multi-use stadium in LlanelliWest Wales with a capacity of 3,700. It is primarily used as a football ground and is the home of Llanelli Town A.F.C.. It is also used for athletics and Llanelli Amateur Athletic Club (Llanelli AAC) are based at the stadium. It is owned by Llanelli Town Council.

 

From 2015 the West Wales Raiders RL club use the stadium as their home ground, the Raiders are fast developing into a serious contender to enter the Professional ranks

 

Stebonheath Park has been used as a football ground since 1920. It almost hosted League football in the 1930s but the club lost out coming second in the vote. At the time the ground had a large wooden grandstand, a covered end terrace and a large bank on the south side, and it could easily have been developed into a Third Division ground.The stand was subsequently demolished and the ground re-shaped to allow the building of an adjacent by-pass road.

Stebonheath Park was home to the Wales national rugby league team in the 1930s. Here Wales where crowned European Champions, after defeating England 17–9, on 10 November 1938. The Great Frank Whitcombe made his debut for Wales in this game.

The stadium has been owned by Llanelli Town Council since 1977. The council undertook major redevelopments of the stadium which included floodlighting, a new 700 seater main stand, new terracing, a function room social club as well as all-weather training facilities for the athletics club. In July 2008, a new open seated stand was built on existing terracing along one side of the ground with about 300 seats.

Around the pitch is a narrow 400 metre running track with four lanes on each straight. It is the narrowest 400m track in the United Kingdom.

On 28 February 2006 the stadium hosted an international match between Wales Under-21s and Northern Ireland Under-21s, with the Northern Irish side winning 1-0.

Local junior football finals are held at the stadium.[citation needed] The Welsh Cup final has been staged at the stadium including the 2002-03 season final between Barry Town and Cwmbran Town as well as the 2004-05 final between Total Network Solutions and Carmarthen Town.[5] On 6 May 2007 Stebonheath Park staged the 120th Welsh Cup final between Carmarthen Town and Afan Lido

On 31 October 2008 the stadium hosted a Victory Shield match between Wales under-16 and England under-16 which was shown live on Sky Sports.

The stadium has held numerous Rugby League internationals such as Wales under 16, and wales Dragon hearts, In 2016 it held the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Serbia where Wales were the clear winners.

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