Rugby Park

Key facts

Club: Kilmarnock FC | Opening: 1899 | Capacity: 18,128 seats

History and description

Rugby Park opened in 1899 as the fourth ground of Kilmarnock FC. The name Rugby Park had been brought from their previous ground, which had been used for football as well as rugby matches.

The first match at the new Rugby Park was a friendly between Kilmarnock and Celtic on the 1st of August 1899. It ended in a 2-2 draw.

Rugby Park was initially an oval-shaped ground, and by the Second World War consisted of one covered main stand and terraces on the other sides, of which one end was partly covered.

The stadium underwent its next developments around 1960 when first a roof was added to the eastern terrace and next the main stand got rebuilt.

By the mid-1990s, Rugby Park had significantly aged and a major redevelopment was required to be able to keep playing in the top division.

Demolition works started in the summer of 1994, and over the next season three new stands got built with only the main stand left standing.

Getting there

Rugby Park is located toward the south-west of the town of Kilmarnock. The walk from the town centre and rail station takes 10 to 15 minutes.

If arriving by car from the A77, exit for the A71 Irvine and take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto the A71. Follow the A71 for about 2.5 mile until the Moorfield roundabout and take the first exit toward Conference & Banqueting centre. At the next mini roundabout take the first exit onto Dundonald Road. Follow for about a mile and turn left into Dundonald Place (sign Conference & Banqueting).

Address: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, KA1 2DQ


Tickets for Kilmarnock matches can be bought at the ticket office at Rugby Park.

Tickets cost £22.00 for a regular league match, or £26.00 for the home fixture versus Celtic.

For more information call +44 (0) 1563 545318, or email


Relevant Internet links – Official website of Kilmarnock FC. – Kilmarnock tourist information.