Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox stadium The National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace in south London, England is a large sports centre and athletics stadium. It was opened in 1964 in Crystal Palace Park, close to the site of the former Crystal Palace, in the former parkland and also usurping part of the former grand prix circuit.
It was one of the five National Sports Centres, run on behalf of Sport England, but responsibility was transferred to the London Development Agency (now GLA Land and Property) and is managed by Greenwich Leisure Limited. It is a Grade II* listed building.
The athletics stadium has a capacity of 15,500, which can be increased up to 24,000 with temporary seating. It hosts international athletics meetings. The complex also hosts a 50 m swimming pool. However both the athletics stadium and the aquatics centre have been superseded as London's main facilities for their sports by the Olympic Stadium and the London Aquatics Centre which were constructed in Stratford in east London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
thumb The current 15,500 seater athletics stadium was built on the site of the football ground by M J Gleeson and opened in 1964. Since 1999 it has hosted the London Grand Prix. The stadium can be expanded to 24,000 with temporary seating if required. With the opening of the London Olympic Stadium in 2012, its future as a stadium hosting athletics events is in doubt. Crystal Palace F.C. has submitted plans to rebuild the stadium as a 40,000 seater football stadium without a running track, but with a new indoor aquatic and sports centre as part of the complex.<ref name="Fly home">Template:Cite web</ref>
The current athletics stadium is on the same land as a previous football ground, home of the original Crystal Palace football club from 1861. It also hosted the FA Cup final from 1895 to 1914 as well as other sports. In 1905, the owners wanted a professional club to play at the venue, so a new Crystal Palace FC, was formed. They were forced to leave by the military, in 1915, and now play at nearby Selhurst Park, though the Reserve side did play at the NSC in the 2000–01 season. The largest 'domestic' attendance ever at the stadium was in the 1913 Cup final between Aston Villa and Sunderland, when 121,919 spectators squeezed into the stands. The previous world record had been the 1901 Cup Final, when 114,815 amassed to watch Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United draw 2–2, (Spurs won the replay at Burnden Park).
For several seasons, Crystal Palace have played several reserve team matches at the centre, most recently in 2001, and in January 2011 the club's owners announced plans to relocate the club back to the site of the NSC, redeveloping it into a 40,000-seater, purpose-built football stadium.<ref name="Fly home" /> Tottenham Hotspur F.C. also released plans to redevelop the NSC into a 25,000-seater stadium, maintaining it as an athletics stadium, as part of their plans to redevelop the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. However, Spurs' plans were cancelled due to their failure to obtain the Olympic Stadium, and now the path is clear for Palace to pursue the site.
The following international matches have been played at Crystal Palace:
- 3 April 1897 – England 1–2 Scotland
- 30 March 1901 – England 2–2 Scotland
- 1 April 1905 – England 1–0 Scotland
- 3 April 1909 – England 2–0 Scotland
- 4 March 1911 – England Amateurs 4–0 Belgium
Crystal Palace FA Cup Finals 1895–1914
Template:Wide image Twenty-one teams competed in the twenty FA Cup Finals staged at Crystal Palace, with ten different winners. Four more teams won the FA Cup during this time, after replays at other grounds. All but two of the finalists from that era a century ago are still playing in either the Premier League or the Football League Championship, the exceptions being Bradford City, and Bury. Newcastle United appeared in the most finals at the ground, five, but never lifted the cup there, whilst Aston Villa won all four of their games there.
Results of finals at Crystal Palace
|1895||42,560||Aston Villa||1||West Bromwich Albion||0|
|1896||48,036||Sheffield Wednesday||2||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1|
|1898||62,017||Nottingham Forest||3||Derby County||1|
|1899||73,833||Sheffield United||4||Derby County||1|
|1901||110,802||Tottenham Hotspur||2||Sheffield United||2||3–1 in replay at Burnden Park, Bolton|
|1903||64,000||Bury||6||Derby County||0||Largest ever cup final victory|
|1904||61,734||Manchester City||1||Bolton Wanderers||0|
|1905||101,117||Aston Villa||2||Newcastle United||0|
|1908||74,967||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3||Newcastle United||1|
|1909||67,651||Manchester United||1||Bristol City||0|
|1910||76,980||Newcastle United||1||Barnsley||1||2–0 in replay at Goodison Park, Liverpool|
|1911||69,098||Bradford City||0||Newcastle United||0||1–0 in replay at Old Trafford, Manchester|
|1912||54,434||Barnsley||0||West Bromwich Albion||0||1–0 in replay at Bramall Lane, Sheffield|
FA Cup Wins at Crystal Palace
|2||Bury, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday|
|1||Burnley, Everton, Manchester City, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Wolverhampton Wanderers|
Crystal Palace FA Cup Final Appearances
|3||Derby County, Everton, Sheffield United|
|2||Barnsley, Bury, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1||Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Bristol City, Burnley, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur|
Goals Scored in FA Cup Finals at Crystal Palace
|4||Everton, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|3||Nottingham Forest; 2 Derby County, Newcastle United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur|
|1||Barnsley, Burnley, Manchester City, Manchester United|
|0||Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Bristol City, Liverpool, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion|
Goals Conceded in F.A. Cup Finals at Crystal Palace
|7||Newcastle United, Southampton|
|5||Everton, Sheffield United|
|2||Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur|
|1||Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion|
|0||Bradford City, Burnley, Bury, Manchester City, Manchester United|
On 2 December 1905, the ground also held the first England Rugby Union international match against New Zealand in England, New Zealand winning 15–0.
On Wednesday 18 August 1965, the ground was the venue of the Rugby league match in which the Commonwealth XIII were defeated 7–15 by New Zealand.<ref name="…and win at Crystal Palace">Template:Cite web</ref>
It also played host to Fulham Rugby League in the mid-1980s for a couple of seasons, after they were forced to leave their previous ground of Craven Cottage.
thumb]] London County Cricket Club was a short-lived cricket club founded by the Crystal Palace Company. In 1898 they invited W. G. Grace to help them form a first-class cricket club. Grace accepted the offer and became the club's secretary, manager and captain. As a result, he severed his connection with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club during the 1899 season. The club played first-class matches from 1900 to 1904. Some of the best players of the time played some matches for the club while continuing to play for their usual teams, among them CB Fry, Johnny Douglas and K S Ranjitsinhji. However, the games were little more than exhibition games — and money-making exercises for Dr Grace — and so it quickly lost its first-class status, and with that the ability to attract the top players. It folded in 1908.
The 3,500 capacity indoor Arena at the National Sports Centre was also home to the first team of former British Basketball League team's Crystal Palace and London Towers. Crystal Palace eventually merged into the London Towers organisation in the mid-1990s, whilst after great success domestically and in European competition the Towers ran into severe financial difficulties and folded its professional team in 2006. During its most successful period, Towers alternated between Crystal Palace and Wembley Arena as its home venues.
For the 2012-2013 season, the London Lions plays home games at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre until they move to the Copper Box in 2013.
The Sports Arena was used by the London Monarchs, who also played some games at the stadium as England Monarchs before the team became defunct. The Monarchs were a very successful team that competed at the top of their league, prior to their deletion by the NFL – who controlled the franchises.
The main stadium pitch is currently used by the London Olympians and is the home of the Great Britain Lions, the national American football team. The stadium played host to the 2011 Britbowl, the championship game of the British American Football League, which was won by the London Blitz.
Crystal Palace race circuit was located in Crystal Palace park, the outline of the track can still be seen on maps providing access to the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre that is also located in the park.
The circuit opened in 1927 and the first race, for motorcycles, was on 21 May 1927. The circuit was 1 mile long, and ran on pre-existing paths through the park, including a loop past the lake. The surface had tarmac-covered bends, but the straights only had hard-packed gravel.
Improvements begun in December 1936 increased the circuit to 2 miles, and tarmac-covered the entire length. 20 cars entered the first London Grand Prix on 17 July 1937, a race eventually won by Prince Bira in his ERA R2B Romulus at an average speed of Template:Convert. Later that year, during the International Imperial Trophy meeting also won by Bira, the BBC broadcast the first ever televised motor racing.
With the outbreak of World War II, the park was taken over by the Ministry of Defence, and it would not be until 1953 that race meetings could take place again. The circuit had been reduced in length to 1.39 miles, bypassing the loop past the lake, and pressure from the local residents reduced motor sport in the park to five days a year. A variety of races took place at the circuit including sports cars, Formula Three, the London Trophy for Formula Two, and even non-championship Formula One races.
The last International meeting was in May 1972, the final lap record going to Mike Hailwood at an average speed of Template:Convert. The final meeting was held on 23 September 1972, but club events continued until 1974. Although the circuit no longer exists, it can be driven in the Grand Prix Legends historical motor racing simulation, for which it was recreated in detail. It was later converted to several other racing simulation programs. Adjacent to the Olympic swimming pool exists a small race circuit for radio-controlled cars. The site is the home of the London Radio Car Club (LRCC).
The first British Motor Show (then known as the 'London Motor Show', which was one of the first of its kind in the world), was held at Crystal Palace in 1903. Organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) it subsequently moved to Olympia for the next 32 years.
Crystal Palace Park
Template:Infobox stadium Crystal Palace Sports Arena is a proposed football stadium which would be built in Crystal Palace, London, England, and would replace Selhurst Park as the home stadium of Crystal Palace Football Club. Announced in January 2011, the stadium is a redevelopment of the current Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and is expected to be ready for the 2015-2016 football season. Crystal Palace F.C. has submitted plans to rebuild the stadium as a 40,000 seater football stadium without a running track, but with a new indoor aquatic and sports centre as part of the complex. A London Tramlink extension to the area is planned to coincide with the completion of the stadium.